Awful, great, awful. The seismograph chart that is D’Angelo Russell‘s shooting performances hit another low ebb on Wednesday as he struggled his way to a 6-for-25 night.
On the positive side, Russell had seven of Brooklyn’s 11 assists and picked up three steals at the defensive end — an area where he’s unquestionably made huge strides this season.
But he also committed a team-high four turnovers and displayed a tendency that may be a coaching directive, but it’s something I have a personal disdain for in a point guard — when the shots obviously weren’t falling, he just kept firing it up there rather than focusing on getting others going.
Russell now has 57 points over his last three games. A 19-point-per-game average looks nice, until you see that it is comprised of games of five, 38 and 14 points, respectively. His shooting over that span is 24-for-63, a less-than-optimal 38.1 percent.
Jarrett Allen made his first career start against reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and held his own in spots. He got introduced to the Stifle Tower when he had a shot blocked — something that usually happens the other way with Allen — and posted his eighth double-double.
But he was ineffective at keeping Gobert off the offensive glass, as Gobert had six offensive rebounds and finished with 23 points and 16 boards overall.
Allen’s lack of strength showed at times. That said, he battled hard and did a nice job of getting himself to the foul line, where he was 8-for-11, and had five offensive boards of his own.
He is definitely a piece the Nets can build around because his ceiling might be the highest of any player on the current roster.