“Linsanity” was born against the Nets on Feb. 4.
Sixteen days later, the Nets will get another chance to contain Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
“He was a little unknown coming into that game, and now he has some games under his belt, so we’ll definitely watch film on him and see what we can do,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “But everybody’s having a tough time containing him, he’s doing a good job out there of getting to the basket and getting everybody involved, he’s just really playing at a high level right now.”
Lin abused the Nets in the pick-and-roll the last time the two teams met -- scoring 25 points and dishing out seven assists in 36 minutes -- so the Nets are going to have to make adjustments on the defensive end.
Since then, Lin has had eight 20-point performances in his last nine games and three 20-point, 10-assist efforts during that span. He dropped 38 on the Lakers, banged a game-winning, last-second 3-pointer in Toronto and had the NBA’s first 28-point, 14-assist, five-steal game of the season on Sunday afternoon in a win over the defending champion Mavericks.
The Nets will be playing their three game in three days without. They’ll be without center Brook Lopez, who is resting after making his season debut Sunday night against Milwaukee. And they aren’t going to be given any chance against a New York squad that is likely to get Carmelo Anthony back.
• Shooting guard Anthony Morrow will honor former Net great Drazen Petrovic, who died in a car crash in 1993, by wearing his No. 3 jersey during the 3-point contest.
Morrow is the odds-on favorite to win the contest.
• Last month, ESPN’s Ric Bucher reported that D-Will and D-12 wanted to play with Stephen Jackson.
Jackson is shooting just 35.7 percent, has a PER of 9.64 and has fallen out of favor with the Bucks. He has one more year left on his contract at $10 million, but there’s always a possibility the Bucks could amnesty him before then.
“(Howard and Williams) is a championship contending team right there,” Jackson told the New York Daily News. “Of course I’d want to play on that team.“No disrespect to the guys (on the Bucks), but I’m at the stage of my career where I want to be in a different situation.”
D-Will was also very high on S-Jax. The Nets wouldn’t be able to afford all three, though, unless Milwaukee amnestied Jackson. Stay tuned on that front.