The breakout game we’ve all been hoping for from Allen Crabbe finally happened. Crabbe knocked down his first two 3-point attempts early and, instead of then going icy, remained locked in.
He nearly doubled his season-high with 27 points (his previous best had been 15), shot better than 50 percent overall for the first time in 18 games this season and made more than half of his 3-point attempts for just the second time this season.
He was locked in, looking to score and as his teammates struggled to make shots, Crabbe kept the Nets in the game in the fourth quarter with 12 points in the period.
It was Crabbe’s fifth straight start since Caris LeVert was injured and you can’t help but be cautiously optimistic looking ahead to the Friday afternoon matinee against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
For a 12-game stretch from Oct. 19 to Nov. 10, Joe Harris was as locked in as any shooter you will ever see. He made 59 percent overall, was a ridiculous 63.2 percent from 3-point range and averaged 14.1 points per game.
His true shooting percentage over that period was 76.9. His effective field goal percentage was 76.2. He was doing that on a usage rate of only 16.4 percent. Harris was as hot as you’ll ever see.
Including Wednesday’s game, Harris has been retreating to the mean quickly, shooting 37.5 percent overall and just 21.2 percent from 3-point range over his last six games. He’s still averaging 11 points per game because he’s done a solid job penetrating and getting to the line.
Harris’ history with the Nets shows he’ll be OK. When you add it all up, he’s at .503/.454/.769 and those are numbers any team will take from a role player.