Allen Crabbe getting 26 minutes against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night had a lot more to do with the Brooklyn Nets lacking options at the shooting guard spot than it did with anything Crabbe was contributing.
He knocked down three 3-pointers, misfired horribly on three other attempts and committed three of the most egregious turnovers you’ll ever see from an NBA player.
There was the one where he caught a pass while standing out of bounds. There was the one where he rifled a two-foot return pass to D’Angelo Russell about 40 feet downcourt.
And there was the one where he found a 6-foot-7 Jared Dudley open in the corner and delivered a pass that a guy 7-foot-7 couldn’t have reached.
Mistakes will happen. Unforced mistakes, however, can be such a momentum killer and Crabbe had a knack for coming up with those far too frequently.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 straight points for the Brooklyn Nets over a roughly five-minute span bridging the third and fourth quarters.
His 9-foot floater in the fourth quarter constituted half of the made shots the Nets had over the final 12 minutes, so there’s that.
But as I alluded to in the postgame coverage, Dinwiddie’s outburst may have ultimately done more to derail the Nets offensive — which was teetering on the brink of grinding to a full stop already — and merely masked that problem with his ability to create his own looks.
That Dinwiddie didn’t record a single assist is a telling statistic on a night where the ball was sticking far too often for Brooklyn.
It’s great that he has such outstanding ability in isolation sets, but when isolation becomes the focus of the offense, it doesn’t ever seem to end well for the Nets.