DeMarre Carroll didn’t start, but he wound up playing a season-high 39 minutes off the bench, while also posting season-highs in scoring and rebounding as he once again punished his first NBA team, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Carroll was the inbounder on two critical side out-of-bounds plays that went terribly wrong, but it’s hard to fault the passer when the four other guys don’t get themselves free.
It was the longest stint by a non-starter for Brooklyn since Quincy Acy logged 40 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 10.
Carroll found his shooting touch Friday night after struggling since his return from surgery in October on his right ankle. Here’s to hoping he keeps the burner lit on his shot, if for no other reason than it raises his trade value.
His expiring contract and 3-and-D skill set could be a valuable commodity as the Feb. 7 trade deadline approaches.
Jarrett Allen put up another quality performance against one of the NBA’s elite big, this time Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gasol finished with 15 points, 15 boards, five assists and three blocks, but also turned the ball over five times. The individual battle was just about a push.
Allen continues to play stronger and with more confidence as he faces off against the best the NBA has to offer at his position. He’s growing rapidly and is tracking as someone who might start gaining those honors many of his most recent opponents already have earned.