Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from comeback win over Knicks

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ED DAVIS. A-. 14 MIN, 5 PTS, 2-for-3, 10 REB (2 ORB), 1 AST, 2 PF, -1. C. Brooklyn Nets

Ed Davis continues to make the most of his time behind Jarrett Allen at center, providing the Brooklyn Nets with the best backup center play they’ve had since Mason Plumlee was traded.

The bargain free-agent pickup grabbed 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes and is averaging a ridiculous 19.1 boards per 36 minutes through two games (yes, small sample size, we know … we know).

He goes after every missed shot like it owes him money. He plays solid defense, even if he lacks the rim-protection ability of Allen. When he sets a pick on offense, the defender knows he’s been picked.

Davis is quite simply a professional center, and one who makes the Nets a better team because he’s there.

C. 10 MIN, 0-for-1, 2 REB (1 ORB), 1 PF, 1 TO, +1. PF/SF. Brooklyn Nets. TREVEON GRAHAM

Treveon Graham‘s night ended prematurely and abruptly when he crumpled to the floor in pain after attempting a drive in the second quarter. Graham left with assistance from teammates Kenneth Faried and Dzanan Musa, not putting any weight on his left leg while doing so.

He was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and did not return. It’s extremely unlikely he’ll play Saturday night at Indiana, either.

Hamstrings can be a lingering injury. Shabazz Napier hasn’t logged a minute this season after straining his right hamstring early in training camp.

The Nets may catch a bit of a break with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson set to return, perhaps as soon as the Indiana game, but Graham had turned some heads with his play, He’s a plus defender on the wing, even if he’s a bit undersized when asked to play the 4.

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And despite his early showing with Brooklyn, he can shoot it. It’s tough to lose another rotation player so early, but with Allen Crabbe back and RHJ almost there, the Nets are in a better position to weather it than they might have otherwise been.