Jeremy Lin

Former Warriors guard makes bold statement

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Former Warriors guard makes bold statement

Last season, the Nets finished with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62.

They "won" the NBA Draft Lottery and with the No. 1 overall pick selected ... oh nevermind. Brooklyn had to swap picks with Boston (who ultimately traded the top pick to Philly) because of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade.

Despite the rough 2016-17 campaign, Jeremy Lin is feeling very optimistic about the 2017-18 season.

"We're making the playoffs," Lin declared during a Q&A over the weekend. "I don't care what anybody else tells you."

The Nets did close the season by winning seven of their final 13 games.

Lin -- who played in just 36 games because of a hamstring injury -- averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists, and shot over 37 percent from 3-point territory.

Brooklyn acquired DeMarre Carroll from Toronto and D'Angelo Russell from the Lakers (but had to give up Brook Lopez).

How will Lin and Russell co-exist?

"I'm going to be at the 1, and then he'll be at the ... I'm not really sure to be honest," Lin answered. "I'm pretty sure he will start at the 2 but it'll be pretty interchangeable.

"And then when one of us is out the game, the other person will most likely have the ball in their hands. It will probably be a little bit combo guard-esque."

During the 2010-11 season with the Warriors, Lin averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists over 29 appearances with the Warriors.

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Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA Gameday: Don't be surprised if Curry makes statement vs Lin

NBA Gameday: Don't be surprised if Curry makes statement vs Lin

The Warriors open a three-game road trip Thursday by facing the Brooklyn Nets, who have been one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Warriors (25-4) have reason to beware, however, as they have been stung by such circumstances. Two of their losses this season came were the result of subpar performances against the struggling Lakers and the woefully shorthanded Grizzlies.

Then, too, there is the Christmas Day game in Cleveland, a rematch of the NBA Finals, which may be lurking in the back of the minds of the Warriors. There also a game at Detroit that tips off about 20 hours after they leave Barclays Center.

The Nets (7-20) have shown the ability to rise to the competition, taking down the Clippers earlier this season in double overtime.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 15.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Jeremy Lin. The two are very familiar with each other from Lin’s brief time (29 games) early in his career as a member of the Warriors. Lin has shown a desire to take it to Curry, with occasional success. Being the competitor that he is, don’t be surprised Curry makes a pointed effort to use his MVP bona fides to make a statement.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Nets: G Isaiah Whitehead (L foot soreness) is listed as questionable.

ROSTER NOTE

Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

LAST 10

Warriors: 9-1. Nets: 2-8.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept two games last season, have won six of the last eight (since the move from New Jersey to Brooklyn) and 12 of the last 17.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Making it rain -- The Nets play fast but don’t bring much defense, allowing an NBA-high 114.4 points per game. The Warriors on average score an NBA-high 117.4. This is a prime opportunity for the Splash Brothers and everybody else to pad their stats.

2) Big Brook -- Former All-Star Brook Lopez has been victimized by the team’s irrelevance but remains a productive scorer, surpassing 20 points in six of the past seven games. The 7-footer is a load, and the Warriors likely will defend him with a tag-team of Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee.

3) Chasing Dirk -- Curry needs five 3-pointers to move past Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki and into 16th place on the all-time list triples. Nowitzki, who has been sidelined for most of the season, has 1,707, while Curry is at 1,703.


 

Any extra emotion for Jeremy Lin when he plays against the Warriors?

Any extra emotion for Jeremy Lin when he plays against the Warriors?

When the Warriors face the Nets on Thursday night in Brooklyn, Jeremy Lin will go head-to-head against Steph Curry.

On Thursday morning, Lin was asked about going against the back-to-back MVP.

"He's extremely talented and watching him and learning from him and playing against him -- it's an awesome opportunity for me," Lin told reporters after shootaround. "I haven't been in a starting position role in a while, so for me, it's a good chance to be able to do that.

"And also, me and him have known each other for a little bit, so it's fun to against your friend -- whether it's him or any other former teammates."

Lin appeared in 29 games for the Warriors during the 2010-11 season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 assists over 9.8 minutes per contest.

He was waived in December 2011 after the lockout came to an end.

Is there any extra emotion for Lin when he faces the Warriors?

"At this point, not really," Lin answered. "It's been so far removed. The first couple times maybe it was a little more emotional, especially at Oracle with all my friends and family. And getting cut -- that may have affected me the first year -- two years -- that I was back.

"But now not really to be honest."

Lin averaged 16.3 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals through the Nets' first four games this year, but sustained a hamstring injury in Game No. 5. 

He missed the next 17 games, returned against Houston on Dec. 12, sat out Brooklyn's game against the Lakers on Dec. 14, and averaged 15.0 points and 3.7 assists the last three games.