Ed Davis got an early call Wednesday night after Jarrett Allen landed in foul trouble in the first minute and a half of play and responded with a gigantic first quarter.
Davis had 11 points in the period — besting his previous season high for an entire game — and finished with 17 points on perfect 8-of-8 shooting.
It’s one of Davis’ very best qualities. He simply does not take shots that aren’t in his range. After eight years in the league and well into his ninth, Davis knows what he can and cannot do and doesn’t try to do those things that aren’t in his toolbox.
On a night where the starting center had trouble getting it going, the Nets still got 23 points and 15 rebounds from that spot. Before Ed Davis, that wasn’t something that was a regular occurrence for Brooklyn.
After a strong performance the night before in Miami, DeMarre Carroll never got anything going against the Dallas Mavericks.
He couldn’t find his shooting touch, he was settling for some ill-advised mid-range 2s instead of moving the ball, he picked up a couple of tough foul calls and generally looked out of sorts.
These games happen sometimes, even to veterans. Write it off and move on.