NBA News: Stats Says Jeremy Lin Is The Difference-Maker For The Nets
on Mar 17, 2017 05:10 PM EDT
One should say the Brooklyn Nets would have been much better if Jeremy Lin was fit and healthy raring in each game. He has been a game-changer for the team since his arrival back at the court after several hamstring pulls late last year.
The Nets still have a losing record, since Lin's return on 24th February, they have a 4-7 record. That is for sure a better reading than they were during his absence. They only won one game during the seven weeks absence of Lin, a record of 1-25 during that time, bad reading that.
Overall, this season Nets are 7-16 with Lin in the team, who has been on quite a few restrictions all season long and 6-38 without overall. Elevating him game in crunch moments makes him an impact player and it changes the morale of other players too. We have those glimpses in the past NBA seasons too but his game-changing values are more felt in this season.
Some of his game-changing moments includes the closing out of the Denver Nuggets on the road with 11 fourth quarter points after a miserable first three quarters. He changed the game against Knicks on Sunday with multiple late-game buckets and recently on Thursday night, he showed great maturity and leadership to guide the Nets to a come back victory after a bad first half.
A statistic that would make crunch moment thing more meaningful, Nets are 4-20 in games decided by 10 points or less, which includes every single between January 10th and February 15th. With him, they have a 5-7 record in tight games.
He has taken the team to a whole new level, he makes that team look much better when on the field and these things can't be counted enough, Lin's teammate Brook Lopez said of him in an interview.