Jeremy Lin Making Brooklyn Nets More Competitive, Team Showing Progress Since Star Guard's Comeback
The Brooklyn Nets are a better team with Jeremy Lin on the floor and they are glad to have him back after missing a total of 44 games with hamstring injury. Lin has helped the Nets win three out of their last six games, looking poise to finish the season on a high note.
The Nets signed Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $36 million deal this summer after a very productive season with the Charlotte Hornets. However, he suffered a hamstring injury five games into his first year in Brooklyn and missed a month of action.
"Linsanity" then took off in early December before suffering another hamstring injury on Dec. 26, 2016 against the Hornets. He went on to miss 26 games before returning after the All-Star break to aid the Nets in their eight-game road trip.
According to Steve Lichtenstein of CBS New York, Jeremy Lin is making the Nets more competitive. He is also getting his teammates more involved with Sean Kilpatrick and Caris LeVert improving their game. Even Brook Lopez is playing well and more efficiently alongside Lin.
Lin's clutch play in the two wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks showed what the Nets were missing for the better part of the season. Nevertheless, it showed that the team is showing progress despite having the worst record in the NBA this season.
Another positive for the Nets is that they are not getting blown out by their opponents unlike in the first half of the season. Fans and analysts think that the team has really become competitive with Jeremy Lin at the point guard spot, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Even Jeremy Lin himself expressed that the Nets are starting to become an even better team. He told the Post that they are going to use the experience from the road trip and try to finish the season stronger, possibly reaching 20 wins.
"I feel like this team is starting to figure it out. You're starting to see that whatever we're preaching is starting to be what it should look like, and we're seeing tangible evidence," Lin said.
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