Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, aside from a corner 3, did not have the range on his jumper Saturday night, but did some decent work on the backboards and was at least engaged at the defensive end.
For what it is worth, Hollis-Jefferson was exonerated for his foul against Memphis Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. late in regulation Friday night, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report on the game.
The NBA ruled the call should have been an offensive foul against Jackson for extending his leg in an unnatural manner. It doesn’t excuse RHJ for closing out far too aggressively for the situation — a three-possession lead inside of 30 seconds remaining.
That report, incidentally, made for some interesting — if infuriating — reading.
The good news was that Jarrett Allen showed some signs of life in the third quarter. But that came after a first half during which Allen had one shot attempt and four turnovers, three of them committed when he just couldn’t hold onto the ball when it was passed to him.
It was one of Allen’s poorer efforts of the season, a game in which he just did not appear to be focused or ready to play, particularly early in the game.
In other words, he played like a 20-year-old kid will from time to time.