Why so high a mark for a player who had just 14 minutes? Because Jared Dudley reacted to his removal from the starting lineup like the pro he is.
He had the same bounce in pregame warmups he’s had all year and he was in the ear of the guy replacing him, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, with advice, encouragement and support. In an NBA that can be all about the “I,” Dudley makes it about the “we.”
Honestly, this is probably a better role for Dudley at this point in his career — his defensive shortcomings become more exposed the longer he’s on the floor.
The starting unit will miss his ball movement, but it won’t miss opposing 4s having the ability to do basically whatever they want.
Well, that was fast.
Ed Davis fouled out in just a shade more than 10 minutes of playing time, picking up No. 6 just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter when it appeared the Brooklyn bench was unaware Davis was playing with five already.
A very confusing sequence from the officials in the final 14 seconds of the third quarter led to an announcement of a personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie and a technical foul on Davis. The call was actually the opposite.
The officials — who did not have a stellar performance — should have rectified the announcement mistake immediately. They didn’t and the Nets lost a valuable interior presence with a lot of time remaining.