Nets look to match last year’s win total against Boston

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by Ben Nadeau


Resolution: Keep improving, keep doin' you


After the aforementioned injuries to Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez,  Isaiah Whitehead was hurled into the fire against the likes of Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Damian Lillard -- and, hey, for a second round rookie, he's covered ground pretty quickly. 


At the beginning of the season, Whitehead was prone to silly turnovers -- most often by jumping without an endgame in mind -- and struggled to tap into his range. With almost half a season under his belt now, Whitehead has proven to be a capable game manager and, if he starts hitting the three-pointer more consistently, can be a regular contributor to the crippled side. Of course, his assist numbers aren't particularly great, although that's fair given Atkinson's rapid-ball movement offense, but he's saved the Nets from having a historically poor season in all likelihood.


In 2017, Whitehead should look to continue working that #BrooklynGrit moxie, get to the free throw line more, and find that three-point shooting range that made him a collegiate star at Seton Hall.


It's an incredibly early diagnosis on Whitehead, but Atkinson must be pleased with the rookie's play and his quickly matured confidence way ahead of schedule.

Opponent: Boston Celtics Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM With two games remaining on the schedule, the Brooklyn Nets have a chance to match, or even surpass, last year’s modest win total of 21. While last year’s team yielded the third-worst record, and subsequently the third […]

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Brook Lopez blocks a shot by Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller during the third quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Markel Brown wakes up the crowd with a throwdown

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The Celtics racked up 58 points in the paint en route to a dominating win in Brooklyn. (AP)

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