Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from a tough night in Detroit

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B-. 37 MIN, 13 PTS, 6-for-14 (1-for-7), 6 REB, 5 AST, 2 PF, 1 STL, 2 TO, -2. SF. Brooklyn Nets. JOE HARRIS

Joe Harris did a lot of things well Wednesday night. He hit the boards well, was solid on defense most of the night, moved the ball well and one of his two turnovers was not his fault.

Harris couldn’t have expected to get the ball back from Jared Dudley on a fast break when he was 30 feet from the basket with two defenders lurking while Dudley had a one-on-one situation with little Ish Smith and a straight path to the bucket.

Half of Harris’ offensive game was solid, as he drove the ball well and was 5-for-7 inside the arc.

But one of the big reasons he got a two-year, $16 million deal to remain in Brooklyn as a free agent last summer was because of his 3-point shooting and that was simply not there.

Harris’ one made 3 was a big one, bringing the Nets to within 101-100 with 1:14 to go, but his final attempt, heavily contested, was off the mark and Brooklyn’s chance to tie was gone.

Here’s hoping Harris finds his touch … and soon.

JARED DUDLEY. D. 36 MIN, 1 PT, 0-for-5 (0-for-4), 3 REB (2 ORB), 3 AST, 5 PF, 3 STL, -8. PF. Brooklyn Nets

Some of what happened to Jared Dudley on Wednesday wasn’t his fault. A guy who spent most of his career as a wing was thrust into the position of guarding a mammoth power forward with five All-Star appearances.

But Dudley was a non-factor offensively and made some questionable decisions with the ball even though he wasn’t credited with any turnovers.

When Dudley — acquired as a salary dump from the Phoenix Suns in July — is logging 36 minutes, there are deeper problems with the club than just him.

That said, he had one positive play that popped out — chasing down a missed free throw on the offensive board and kicking the ball out to Joe Harris for a 3-pointer that brought Brooklyn to within one with 1:14 remaining.

But Dudley is at the point in his career where he becomes a net negative if he’s asked for more than 12-15 minutes. That’s just how it is.