The Golden State Warriors are a poor matchup for the Brooklyn Nets’ centers. They run so little of their offense through the post that the bigs can fall into the habit of drifting defensively and when it became an iso game on the offensive end, Davis’ big screens were mostly not used.
He still did the work on the glass and his one basket came on a putback that was straight up caused by Davis outworking his defender.
Davis brings a lot of value to the Nets as a help defender, with his ability to switch onto smaller ball-handlers and keep them in front of him. But against an offense like Golden State’s, those opportunities are few and far between.
On the positive flip, Jared Dudley did not miss a single shot Saturday night. But that was in large part due to the fact Jared Dudley did not attempt a single shot Saturday night.
We get it — he doesn’t look to shoot often. But he turned down a clear path to the rim after he caught Jonas Jerebko flat-footed in the first quarter and instead chose to throw the ball to the perimeter.
It was that one play or so per game where the veteran savvy turns into perhaps over-thinking things and trying to be a little too cute.
The Nets don’t need a lot offensively from Dudley. But they do at least need something.