Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from 110-108 OT win over Pistons

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B-. 7 MIN, 4 PTS, 1-for-2, 5 REB (2 ORB), 1 TO, +2. SF. Brooklyn Nets. RODIONS KURUCS

How do you not just fall in love with Rodions Kurucs? The guy plays as hard as anyone in recent memory and is active — almost hyperactive — on the floor.

Kurucs got limited run Monday night, playing about half of the final period, and he made an impact — particularly with the five rebounds. He nearly took off the arm of Ed Davis while grabbing one of his two offensive boards.

There were rookie moments — particularly his “eurostart” that led to a traveling call when he appeared to have a wide open lane to the rim. His first shot attempt was one of his signature straight line drives and wound up with a wild and ineffective layup attempt.

Still, that sort of energy can be infectious, even at the professional level and enthusiasm can be like a coat of fresh paint — it can cover up a lot of mistakes.

inc. 3 MIN, 0-for-1 (0-for-1), +1. SG. Brooklyn Nets. ALLEN CRABBE

Allen Crabbe gets the dreaded “incomplete” grade for Monday night, as he was helped off the floor with a sprained left ankle less than three minutes into the game.

His status for Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors in Montreal is undetermined at this point, but it would be a shocker if the Nets risked further aggravating the injury in what is, essentially, a meaningless game.

If the Nets are without Crabbe for an extended period, it could be tough on them. They already don’t have enough shooting and Crabbe is the best 3-point shooter of the current starting group.

If you go with Joe Harris in Crabbe’s spot, you take shooting away from the second unit. If you go another direction and start Spencer Dinwiddie, the starting five could have difficulty spacing the floor properly.

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So let’s hope Crabbe’s injury is minor and he’s good to go on Oct. 17 when the Nets head back to Detroit for real.