Say this for rookie Dzanan Musa — dude is not at all shy about putting the ball up.
Musa hit a nice floater and converted a drive to the rim at the end of the game, missing consecutive 3-pointers.
Musa was coming off a 37-minute outing for the Long Island Nets on Saturday night in which he scored 23 points and the confidence of getting a lot of minutes and contributing did show in his mop-up stint against the 76ers.
Whaddya know? Rodions Kurucs played three minutes in his first NBA game since spraining his left ankle against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 20 and made a bunch of stuff happen.
He scored on a putback tip in, got a couple of rebounds, airmailed a 3-pointer and was in the mdidle of everything during his three minutes at the end of Sunday’s game.
Kurucs also played for the Long Island Nets, starting and playing 19 minutes, so he had gotten some burn before Sunday.
The timing of the injury couldn’t have been worse for Kurucs, who had played his way into the rotation before being moved down in the pecking order after returning from his injury because the minutes that had been his now belong to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
So this is life when you’re a 6-foot-8 center without a jump shot. Kenneth Faried attacked the boards with ferocity in his short burn Sunday, getting four rebounds in three minutes and scoring on a putback.
Faried has now played 18 minutes in four late appearances for the Nets and it appears that short of some sort of personnel disaster in front of him, he’s going to be a limited playing time guy this season.