Brooklyn Nets Weekly Roundup: Week 2
With another week in the books for the Brooklyn Nets. They now find themselves with a 2-4 record on the season. Here are all the major storylines from week two.
Top Stories of the Week
The Nets showed their commitment to their young players again after picking up team options for Rondae Hollis Jefferson and Chris McCullough. It was the logical thing to do, considering they might come up empty handed in free agency next offseason.
The Nets suffered their worst loss on the young season so far at the hand of the Bulls. The Bulls are playing much better than expected this year. For the Nets, they just have to move on from this loss.
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The Nets played extremely well against the Pistons in the first half. In the second half, the Nets let things get much closer than it needed to be. In the end, the Nets came out with the win.
The Brooklyn Nets suffered a big loss with Jeremy Lin going down due to a strained hamstring. Lin is estimated to miss two weeks before returning to the court.
Whether fans like it or not, Brook Lopez is available for the right price. The Nets are not shopping Lopez, but they are listening to offers. If the right offer comes along, Lopez could be moved.
Another close game and another close loss. The Nets played well against the Hornets, but they just could not hold their lead in the fourth. With Kemba Walker letting loose for 30 points ,the Nets suffered their fourth loss on the season.
As when any player gets hurt, they are immediately frustrated and upset. But Lin quickly over came those things when he remembered what was on his feet.
Nets Record this Week: 1-2
Nets 88 – Bulls 118
Nets 109 – Pistons 101
Nets 95 – Hornets 99
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The Nets had another week of close games aside from the matchup with the Bulls. In the two games against the Hornets and Pistons, Brooklyn shot lights out from the field in the first half of both games. However, in the second half of both games, it was a different story. Against the Pistons, the Nets had such a large lead they were able to hold on. Against the Hornets, the Nets were only up seven at the half. This did not give the Nets much of a cushion to work with. Also, with Jeremy Lin going down with an injury this week, it should be interesting what happens with the Nets going forward.
Player of the Week: Brook Lopez
Stat Averages for the Week
21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 49% FG, 40% 3pt FG
Lopez had a good week considering he only played 26.7 minutes per game this week. To put up more than 20 points in that amount of time just shows how talented Lopez is. In the game against Detroit, Lopez had his first double-double of the season. Lopez put up 34 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Pistons. He also went 4-of-8 from three-point range in that game.
Where Lopez is really lacking is his rebounding.
He has never been the best rebounder in the league. The most rebounds he averaged in a season was 8.6 in his second year in the league. Right now, his rebounding average for this season is 5.2 per game. That is well below his career average of 7.4 rebounds per game.
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Just about every year, Lopez plays with guys who are hustle rebounders and will come in and grab boards that Lopez could have grabbed. Trevor Booker and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are perfect examples. They are so athletic that they will swoop in and grab the ball the second it comes off the rim. Combine that with playing 25 minutes each night, and it is understandable that Lopez has low rebound numbers. But considering his size, he should be averaging at least eight per game. For now, it is good to see Lopez putting up points efficiently on the offensive end.
Holding Their Lead
The Nets need to fix a problem that has haunted them for years: holding a lead. Almost every season, the Nets play so well and then at halftime, some spell is cast over them and they are bond to lose their lead. Whether it is a third quarter collapse or a collapse in the final minutes of the game, the Nets always allow things to get close.
Sometimes they can escape with a win and other times, they do not have enough to hold off the opponent. The Nets have been outscored by an average of 7.3 points in the third quarter of every game this season. Runs are expected to happen from both teams throughout any basketball game. The Nets just need to find a way to answer these runs and hold their lead.