The Brooklyn Nets take a seven game winning streak into a game against one of the NBA’s best teams. The Clippers are 14-4 and come to Brooklyn but are on a two-game losing streak. They will look to bounce back strong against Brooklyn who is ranked dead last in Marc Stein’s latest power rankings. Brooklyn lost 127-95 in the teams previous meeting a few weeks back,
Brooklyn did not have Brook Lopez in the last bout between the two teams last time they met. While Lopez is not exactly a force to be reckoned with down low defensively, he is definitely better on the floor than not. He will be active this time around so maybe he will make a difference. Lopez had an off night shooting the ball against the Kings so look for him to turn that around tomorrow night.
Jeremy Lin is still out and Brooklyn has to reckon with one of the league’s best point guards and overall players in Chris Paul. Isaiah Whitehead seems to be coming along, but he is no match for someone like Chris Paul. Yogi Ferrell cannot handle Chris Paul. Jeremy Lin would even have trouble with Paul. Lin is the better of the three, obviously, and Brooklyn would love to have him back full-strength for a game like this.
No one knows how many games Brooklyn will lose in a row, no one knows how long Lin is out for. There are reports he is coming along nicely in recovery, but, of course, there is still no timetable for his return, which is terrible news. Hamstrings really are one of the worst injuries a player can get as they linger and are painful.
This game will most certainly be a tough game for Brooklyn. Hopefully they can at least remain competitive and not let the third quarter get the best of them this time around. If Brooklyn can keep it even in the third quarter, I will consider it progress and progress is good.