Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from disheartening loss to Rockets

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B-. 26 MIN, 5 PTS, 2-for-7 (1-for-4), 6 REB, 2 AST, 2 PF, 1 BLK, +9. SF. Brooklyn Nets. ALLEN CRABBE

Allen Crabbe continues to not shoot well. At this point, it almost feels as if declarations he is too good a shooter for this to continue are not so much statements based on analysis and player history so much as they are an attempt to wish it into existence.

Because Crabbe has been runnin’ cold for awhile now.

But on Friday night, he found other ways to contribute, as he’s been spending as much time at the 3 as the 2 since moving into a reserve role with the emergence of Joe Harris as a starter.

Crabbe had six rebounds, moved the ball well, had a nice blocked shot and at least attempted to fight over screens on defense.

His poor shooting is becoming a target of some fan ire, but Crabbe isn’t letting his poor shooting affect his play in other areas of the game and is still making contributions.

D+. 23 MIN, 3 PTS, 1-for-2 (1-for-2), 3 REB (1 ORB), 3 AST, 1 PF, 2 TO, -12. PF/C. Brooklyn Nets. JARED DUDLEY

Jared Dudley made his ninth straight start for the Brooklyn Nets Friday night and there was photographic evidence he was, in fact, on the floor during the game.

But save for an inexplicable “leave my feet and then try to figure out where I want to pass” turnover in the second half and the one 3-pointer he made, Dudley didn’t have much of an impact on the game.

I defended coach Kenny Atkinson’s decision to stay with Dudley after the win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, but continued support of that notion has to be predicated by Dudley doing more than just being out there.

Even upon a painful second look at the video from Friday’s game, finding tangible contributions from Dudley was difficult.