Jarrett Allen on Wednesday night earned the dubious distinction of being the first Brooklyn Nets player to foul out of a game this season. That was the big knock against Allen in this one — he piled up fouls by the bushel-basket full.
When he was able to stay on the floor, Allen was masterful at times, going hard to the rim on rolls and showing off his improved footwork with some nimble moves.
And he battled his proverbial butt off on the glass, grabbing nine rebounds — four offensive — in just 22 minutes.
One concern with Allen is his shaky stroke at the free throw line. He was just 2-for-5 Wednesday night and is now at 54.2 percent on the season. That comes after he was a 77.6 percent foul shooter as a rookie last season.
His free throw stroke looks hesitant, almost as if the mechanics of increasing the range on his jumper to become a viable corner-3 shooter have messed with his mechanics at the line.
If we’ve learned anything about Allen Crabbe over his time with the Nets, it’s this: When the man goes into a shooting slump, he goes into a shooting slump.
After another poor shooting night on Wednesday, Crabbe is at .259/.306/12-for-16 on the season, averaging 7.3 points in 22.4 minutes per game.
But Crabbe isn’t sulking, either about being in a funk with his shot or with his reduced minutes, and he continues to work on the glass and at the defensive end.
And the flip side of that whole slump thing is this. Last season, Crabbe also showed us that when he gets hot with his shot, he gets hot with his shot.