Wednesday night was one of those nights where maybe D’Angelo Russell could have helped the Brooklyn Nets by moving the ball more when it became apparent that the shot just wasn’t there.
Instead, he kept firing and did end up with 17 points after making a couple of 3s in the closing seconds, when the Nets cut the deficit to four points before running out of time.
He managed just four assists and both of his turnovers were of the variety I’ve come to classify as “oh-no-DLo” miscues, where he just gets a little lackadaisical with passes, doesn’t put enough on them and basically serves them up as fast-break opportunities the other way.
Defensively, he struggled with J.J. Barea at times, but it’s difficult to knock him if he was following the game plan and doing what he was supposed to do on those high ball screens.
Call it pure fro-stration for Jarrett Allen on Wednesday. He picked up two fouls in just 87 seconds, headed to the bench before even really getting much of a lather going and never really assimilated into the game.
For Allen, as with many young players, the beginning of games is important for him to get into the flow. On Wednesday, that never really happened for him after the early exit. He seemed frustrated and out of sorts most of the night after those two calls went against him so quickly.
He only picked up one more foul in the game, but played somewhat tentatively at the defensive end, as if somewhere in the back of his mind he was just waiting for the next whistle to go against him.