Last Second Heroics Lead The Brooklyn Nets To Victory Over Charlotte

The eighth victory of the year came via some last second heroics by Randy Foye, but the moment was bittersweet following the news that Jeremy Lin had aggravated the left hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for five weeks this season.

A victory over the Charlotte Hornets is nothing to overlook, especially given their place in the East and the play of possible All-Star guard Kemba Walker. Big nights from Sean Kilpatrick, Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Lin before his injury were enough to keep them in the game leading up to Foye’s buzzer beater.

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The offense was firing on all cylinders, scoring 120 points against one of the better defenses in the league, but the defense was at its usual level as they gave up 118 points. The loss of Lin makes talking about anything else in the game seem a little pointless, but there are a lot of good things to take away from this victory.

Bogdanovic reminded everyone why he was on the roster

Few things have been more disappointing to start this season than Bogdanovic’s slump. Coming off of a hot Olympic games where he looked like one of the best scorers on the planet, his performance so far has been a letdown. Against Charlotte, he looked like his old self.

Coming off the bench, he netted 26 points on four of seven from deep and seven of eleven overall. He scored a point a minute and played a key role in getting the Nets back into this game after Charlotte’s third quarter lead was extended to 14 points. There was nothing fantastic about how he got to 26 points, as his looks usually came within the flow of the offense. Really the only thing that was different than most games was that the shots were falling.

He looked supremely confident and you could tell that as the shots kept falling his confidence only grew. If Lin is going to miss extended time with his hamstring again, Bogdanovic will need to play at this level. The team needs its best players to start taking over, and he is high on that list. He is extremely skilled and very serviceable as a scorer, he can average 18+ points in his sleep. Its time he starts doing so.

Jeremy Lin made a big impact in just 22 minutes

It stings to type this, because thinking about him not leading this team for another five weeks is a scary thought. When he went to the locker room following a sequence that looked almost exactly like his original injury, everyone was sent into a panic. Lin was only on the floor for 22 minutes before he went down, but in that time he scored 17 points on six of eleven shooting to go with four assists and two steals.

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