Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from loss to Warriors

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B+. 30 MIN, 25 PTS, 9-for-14 (5-for-8), 6 REB, 6 AST, 3 PF, 5 TO, 1 BLK, +7. PG. Brooklyn Nets. D'ANGELO RUSSELL

D’Angelo Russell has been blazing from 3-point range his last two games, going a combined 11-for-17 after a 5-for-8 performance against the Golden State Warriors.

But his grade takes a hit with five more turnovers added to his collection on a night in which the Warriors outscored the Brooklyn Nets off turnovers 23-8 and had a 19-2 edge in transition points, in part because of the miscues.

That said, Russell had a solid floor game overall for the Nets, with his spot-up shooting spot-on and his passing generally good.

It’s the passive, weak passes in traffic that continue to be his Achilles heel and it was something that cost the Nets the basketball three different times on Sunday night.

Clean that up and what you have is a borderline All-Star candidate.

B. 29 MIN, 11 PTS, 5-for-6, 3 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 TO, 2 BLK, +14. C. Brooklyn Nets. JARRETT ALLEN

Jarrett Allen had a terrific game at the offensive end, maximizing his opportunities and finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while also doling out four assists for the second straight game.

Defensively, he did a pretty good job with his help defense.

But the Golden State Warriors managed 12 offensive rebounds and turned those into 17 points … and in a six-point loss, those matter.

Allen is doing better this season at boxing out and being ready to rebound. But his hands aren’t always there; the missed shots far too frequently clang off his hands instead of being secured.

Experience will teach him to be more alert for speedy caroms and longer rebounds against teams that shoot a lot of outside jumpers such as the Warriors do. Allen whiffed on some attempts to finish possessions because the ball seemed to just get on him faster than he expected.