Shabazz Napier was his aggressive self on Friday, but didn’t quite have the touch working.
The smallest Net was hyperactive on the glass with four rebounds and scored on an iso over Bradley Beal of the Wizards after the backup and the All-Star got into a nice jawing match over Beal being called for a foul that he believed Napier may have embellished a bit.
Napier runs hot and cold offensively and Friday night was not one of his hot nights, but he still provides value with his energy.
The more you watch Ed Davis play, the more you understand why he’s never become a full-time starter in his nine NBA seasons.
Davis leads the Nets this season, being whistled for 6.3 personal fouls per 36 minutes, which offsets a but of the 16.8 rebounds he gets during that same time frame.
He doesn’t shy away from contact, but is just awkward enough in his movements to often look like the guilty party when an opposing player reacts to being fouled, even if Davis may or may not have been the offender.
He’s one of the best rebounders in the NBA, certainly the best among NBA reserves, but it just feels like he enters the game with two fouls already having been assessed.
Hard to assess Dzanan Musa based off his 59 seconds of court time Friday night, but he did have an open look from mid-range that he took with confidence, even as it was off the mark.
Musa has now played 22 minutes in six late-game appearances for Brooklyn, scoring 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting while going 0-of-5 from 3-point range and missing both free throws.
He’s averaging 21.3 points per game in four games with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League, so he is getting some development time in game situations. He’s a 19-year-old late first-round pick, so the fact he’s a raw talent that needs seasoning isn’t a big surprise.