Jeremy Lin Not Getting Any Rest for the Remainder of the Regular Season
Several tanking NBA teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are shutting down their veterans and letting young players. However, the Brooklyn Nets are not interested in giving players like Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez some rest towards the end of the regular season.
In an interview with Newsday, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was asked by reporters regarding giving his players rest. Atkinson noted that he would rather want some momentum heading into the offseason by finishing the regular season strong.
"We're not going to rest. I've been saying how important it is for us to finish the season strong, and I do think seeing more of Jeremy together with the group is helpful also. We'd love to have positive momentum going into this important offseason," Atkinson said.
The Nets have been playing relatively good basketball since Lin returned from injury after the All-Star break. He missed a total of 45 games this season due to a couple of injuries to his hamstring and an ankle sprain a couple of weeks ago.
Lin was signed by the Nets to a three-year, $36 million deal last summer but he was hampered by injuries. The team was carried by Brook Lopez, who had a fair share of injuries throughout his career. Lin and Lopez have been playing well together and it helps that they are winning.
The Nets would have performed better if Lin was not injured for the majority of the season. He brings a lot to the table for Brooklyn and it would have benefited their players. Nevertheless, the team is looking to finish the final month of the season strong.
They started April with a 2-0 record after defeating the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks on back-to-back nights. The Nets visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday before facing the Magic again in Orlando. Their last three games are against the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Bulls again, per NBA.com.
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