3. Hamidou Diallo made his point
The Brooklyn Nets didn’t expect to face Hamidou Diallo, the Kentucky guard they took 45th overall in last month’s NBA draft before trading his rights to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday in the Dwight Howard deal.
Diallo was traded again on Saturday, going to the Thunder in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and cash considerations, per the Thunder’s website.
He was in uniform for the Thunder and put on a show off the bench, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds in just 21 minutes, hitting 7-of-11 from the floor and dropping in both of his 3-point attempts.
And, yeah, he did this in the fourth quarter. NASA reports Diallo is expected to make a safe landing sometime around Tuesday.
There’s nothing like a kid with a chip on his shoulder, which Diallo clearly had after (a) dropping into the middle of the second round in the draft and (b) getting traded twice in 24 hours.
Center Dakari Johnson was solid with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes, Daniel Hamilton had 12 points, nine boards and seven dines in 25 minutes and Rashawn Thomas was active on the glass with 11 rebounds.
It was a bad afternoon in almost every respect for the Brooklyn Nets after the early run.
They’ll get a day to regroup before finishing preliminary round play Monday at 11 p.m. ET at Cox Pavilion against the Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1), who were idle Saturday after a 70-69 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Minnesota plays the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.