D’Angelo Russell responded to his late-game benching against the Houston Rockets with a terrific game from an effort standpoint against the 76ers.
Russell worked hard on defense — something that appeared to be lacking as Chris Paul dissected the Nets Friday — and once he found the range with his mid-range shot, he put together a decent night offensively as well.
Add to that Russell taking good care of the ball — with one turnover against six assists — and it was the kind of game the Brooklyn Nets need from their would-be floor leader.
This shooting slump has made its way to Allen Crabbe‘s head at this point. The struggles continued against the 76ers, as Crabbe was just 2-for-9 and made one 3-pointer in six tries.
Crabbe — much like Joe Harris — puts a lot into the jump shot, even from long range and on Sunday night, there was a visible hitch near the top of his motion, just prior to the release.
It’s the sort of late adjustment cold shooters sometimes fall into, even subconsciously, because when they lift off the floor, they’re not just shooting, they’re thinking about missing again.
You want to say that it will clear up at some point, that Crabbe will find his touch. He did after a dismal start last season.
You just find yourself — much like Crabbe himself — getting a bit impatient waiting for that breakthrough to happen.