The Brooklyn Nets close out play in the Las Vegas Summer League Friday with a loser’s bracket matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Here’s how to watch.
The Brooklyn Nets close out a somewhat disappointing trip to the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday with a loser’s bracket game against the Indiana Pacers.
The Nets are 0-4 in Vegas and their roster has been decimated by injuries to Chinese Basketball Association domestic MVP Ding Yanyuhang, who returned to China before play began in Vegas, and Argentine draft-and-stash wing Juan Pablo Vaulet, who went home with a foot injury.
Rotation regular Caris LeVert has also not played due to a variety of nagging injuries and second-round pick Rodions Kurucs didn’t get his buyout from FC Barcelona finalized until Thursday and has been unavailable to play.
First-round pick Dzanan Musa signed his rookie deal on Thursday, but it was never in the plans for him to play in Las Vegas after posting career highs in games and minutes last season with KK Cedevita and the Bosnian national team.
A second rotation regular in Las Vegas, center Jarrett Allen, has only played in the last two games for Brooklyn.
Here are the details on how to watch Friday’s game:
Brooklyn Nets (0-4) at Indiana Pacers (1-3)
Date: Friday, July 13
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Place: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Here are some of the things to watch for Friday afternoon:
Brooklyn Nets will roll with what they’ve had
Despite getting Rodions Kurucs cleared to play in the Summer League by completing his buyout from FC Barcelona on Thursday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post indicated it’s not likely Kurucs will play against the Pacers.
So that means the Nets will go with the players they’ve gone with thus far. Yuta Watanabe leads the Nets with an average of 25.5 minutes per game and started Wednesday against the Houston Rockets after coming off the bench the first three games.
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Pinson has been the Nets’ best shooter from distance through four games, knocking down 8-of-19 attempts (42.1 percent). Watanabe has hit 7-of-18 from 3-point range (38.9 percent). The rest of the club has struggled.
Dawson lead the Nets with 12.8 points per game. Pinson is averaging 11 points an outing and Doyle is at 10 points per. Allen has 21 points in his two games.
Brooklyn was better on the boards in the loss to Houston Wednesday, outrebounding the Rockets 52-37, but it’s been a problem area throughout the Summer League. Allen has 23 boards in two games, while James Webb leads the team with an average of 6.0 rebounds a game in four games.
Jordan McLaughlin is handing out 4.0 assists a game, Doyle is getting 1.5 steals and Watanabe is averaging two blocks, though Allen has six blocks in his two appearances.
Can the Brooklyn Nets cut down on the offensive mistakes?
NBA Summer League is a place where turnovers are high, with teams full of players not well acquainted with one another zig instead of zagging, passes are thrown to the dreaded no one in particular and guys drive wildly into traffic.
Wiz of Awes
That said, the Brooklyn Nets have been practically Christmas-like with their giving spirit in Las Vegas, particularly in their last two outings. Yes, the turnover problem has been getting worse instead of better.
Brooklyn coughed it up 17 times in their opening loss to the Orlando Magic and had 15 turnovers in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Nets have totaled 49 turnovers in their last two games, 23 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and a whopping 26 against the Rockets.
Brooklyn has compounded the turnover issues by not shooting well when they’ve been able to hold onto the basketball long enough to actually shoot.
Wednesday’s loss to Houston marked the first time in Vegas the Nets topped 40 percent from the floor, hitting 39-of-82 (47.6 percent).
Prior to that, their accuracy had been 37.7 percent against Orlando, 33.8 percent against the Thunder and 35.2 percent against Minnesota.
Jarrett Allen, in his two games, is 9-for-16. Shawn Dawson is 19-for-38. Thus endeth the list of players making at least half their shots.
On the other end of the spectrum, Jordan McLaughlin is just 10-for-28, Milton Doyle has made only 12-of 45 attempts and Semaj Christon has been an Arctic-cold 4-for-23.
Players to watch for Indiana
The Indiana Pacers took UCLA guard Aaron Holiday with the 23rd overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft and he’s had his moments in Vegas, averaging 14.5 points, 6.8 assists and 2.8 steals in 30.3 minutes per game.
On the other hand, Holiday is shooting .344/.292/9-for-12 and has 22 turnovers, so it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.
Second-round pick Alize Johnson, taken 50th overall, is averaging 13.3 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds for Indiana.
Last season’s 18th overall pick, T.J. Leaf, is putting ip 12.5 pounds and 5.5 boards for the Pacers, while Alex Poythress is averaging 11.8 points and Edmond Sumner, who spent last season on a two-way contract with the Pacers, has averaged 10.7 points.
Former Net Henry Sims is also with the Pacers this summer. Sims last played in the NBA with Brooklyn in 2016, signing a pair of 10-day contracts in March and then getting a deal to finish the season. He spent last season in Italy with Vanoli Cremona.