Brooklyn Nets Recap: Game #2. Nets 126 - Magic 121. (1-1)

Really nice way for the Nets to get the first win of the season. After two games it does look like the Nets will be pretty bad (especially with the Jeremy Lin injury) but they could be a really fun pretty bad.

 

Box score.

 

D'Angelo Russell:

The final line for Russell was decent but not great with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists (against 8 turnovers) and 3 steals in just 25 minutes and it isn't totally inaccurate. Russell struggled a bit in the middle parts of the game, missed all his three pointers, and turned the ball over way too much. HOWEVA, he finished the game like a boss, scoring several clutch buckets and really filled in as the closer. If there is one silver lining in the Lin injury it is a game like this, because those moments are going to be totally and disputably Russell's now which should be great experience for him.

On a another note, I was impressed by his defense. Not just because he ended up with 3 steals, but he seems to be competing at a much better level on that end than he had in LA which is a very good sign. He is probably lacking enough in the speed department that he will never be an elite defender, but he has great size for his position and should be able to be pretty good.

On a last night, this dude just plays a super aesthetically pleasing game on the offensive end, he is just so smooth in everything his does, never in a hurry, and always confident. Put him in the great Brooklyn uniforms and it is a great viewing experience.

 

Allen Crabbe:

Kind of a rough game for Crabbe who never really got going with 9 points on 8 equivalents and a pair of assists. With Jeremy Lin out the Nets will probably hope for a bit more scoring out of him going forwards, and he probably has the ability to add a bit more, but this was still a fine game for him. He also joined the rest of the starters in playing low minutes with just 23 so that also adds in to the low counting stats. It was a fine game for Crabbe, just could've been better.

 

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:

I'm not sure how big a role he could play on a good team still given that he is a wing who can't really shoot threes, but he certainly looks to be going the right direction on that end. Scoring 15 points on 13 equivalents with 4 rebounds, an assist, 3 blocks and 3 steals (!!!) it was a really good 25 minutes for RHJ. I would have to go back and check to see how many of his points actually came in transition, but I think that the up-tempo style really benefits him in a big way. This guy is also an absolute joy to watch play defense holy smokes. A couple of the blocks he had were great, he flies all over the floor, and he was tasked with guarding Nikola Vucevic down the stretch of the game and did pretty well. He is really shaping up to be a nice player.

 

DeMarre Carroll:

I mean, I don't want to overreact, but after a good preseason and tonight, it is possible and reasonable to start to hope that Carroll has found some of his game back after being a dumpster fire in Toronto for most of his time there. He finished the night with 17 points on just 10 equivalents with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 28 minutes. He looks super confident shooting the ball from deep, and is playing hard on defense. If he keeps up this sort of play then the Raptors are likely going to start to feel very bad about dumping him the way they did, and he would suddenly be a really nice player for this Nets team who may not be as overpaid as previously thought.

 

Timofey Mozgov:

Doing his thing as the starter in name only, Mozgov had 4 points and 6 rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. He was fine while he was on the floor but was not terribly impactful, which is understandable given the low minutes he played.

 

Caris LeVert:

Caris continued to struggle a bit with his shot as he scored 9 points on 12 equivalents in 27 minutes, he also added on 2 assists and 2 steals. Obviously the Nets will be looking for him to score the ball a bit better as he is one of their more well rounded scorers, but he seems to have picked up where he left off last year and just shows a great feel for the game. I don't know if he will ever end up being more than just a nice rotation player, but with his athleticism he has a chance to be very good.

 

Spencer Dinwiddie:

The one that got away from my Pistons had a solid night with 16 points on 16 equivalents with 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and a pair of steals. He is very good going to the lane with his long strides and is continuing to learn how to really use his length on both ends of the court. Dinwiddie can be a bit of a hit or miss player, but he was pretty much a hit in this game. I would be interested in seeing a bit more of him and Russell on the floor together as well to get Russell in an off ball situation for some more stretches.

 

Devin Booker:

I'm not sure where this came from, but the defense and rebounding specialist came out for 17 points on 14 equivalents with 11 rebounds and a pair of assists. He struggled to guard Vucci Mane which is understandable given the size difference, but he often found smaller guys on him on the other end and he showed really good post up work to get himself some buckets. I also am super intrigued by the fact that Atkinson apparently has decided that Trevor Booker is almost exclusively a small ball center now, because Booker has the right combination of strength and stubbornness that it may actually work.

 

Joe Harris:

10 points on 6 shots in 18 minutes. He is on the floor to shoot the ball and not a whole lot else. With guys like him a game by game analysis is pretty simple, if he hit his shots then he had a nice game and if he missed them then it was a bad one. He hit them in this game.

 

Quincy Acy:

Acy played 17 minutes and didn't really impact the game much. He hit a three pointer which was good, but there wasn't really anything he did that stood out to me.

 

Jarrett Allen:

Making his NBA debut, Allen was pretty impressive. He really struggled with Vucevic, which is understandable but still should be noted, but he started to settle in and was super active on both ends of the floor to finish with 9 points on 5 equivalents and a couple rebounds and a block. When you have a guy that is so young on a team trying to win, the best kind of player is a big guy who is a good athlete and you can have play low minutes so he can just go balls out. Because for all the flaws that rookies have, there is no teaching needed to just out-effort opponents, and Allen seems to fit into that mold very well. (FWIW, the opposing Rookie Isaac seems to fit here as well. I like him.) I have no clue what Allen will be in the long term, but for now he is off to a good start.

 

General:

I said it in the opening, but if you are going to be a mediocre to bad team, at least you can be interesting and fun. The Nets are so reckless throwing gaurds all over the floor that they are super fun to watch on offense and through two games are playing at a pace so fast that the 60s are blushing. And here is the thing that is most fun, it is possible (if a bit unlikely) that things could still break right and have them not be a bad team. Despite the weak East I'd be surprised to see them make the playoffs, but they could be playing meaningful games pretty late into the season.

 

 

What do you think? Is the Carroll re-birth real? What about Dlo?