It may not have been Stephen Curry going off for 50 points in three quarters, but D’Angelo Russell definitely got the better of his matchup with All-Star John Wall Friday night.
Save for four turnovers, it was a masterful turn by Russell, who had his mid-range and floater game working and was making some terrific passes to open teammates.
And he kept up the defensive intensity with two steals and helping to limit Wall to 6-for-19 shooting and three turnovers to go with seven assists.
Russell’s passing skills were particularly on display during Brooklyn’s big third-quarter run. Russell went to his dominant hand down the left side of the lane, spotted an open Joe Harris in the corner and whipped an accurate, quick pass for a wide-open look from 3.
Playing well in 13 minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie was an added bonus.
Regression to the mean. That may be what we’re seeing from Joe Harris over the last few games.
After a 1-for-6 night from 3-point range on Friday, Harris is shooting 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from deep over his last three outings. That has dropped his 3-point shooting accuracy on the season to a mere 50.0 percent.
Imagine how hot one has to be to go 4-for-18 over a three-game span and still be making as many shots as you’ve missed on the whole.
Harris is now tied for second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind former Net Bojan Bogdanovic of the Indiana Pacers, who is at 51.6 percent.
Part of the equation is the regression mentioned earlier, but another aspect is that teams are making Harris more of a priority since he was hitting roughly 100 percent from 3 (a rough estimate) for about a three-week stretch.