DeMarre Carroll cooled off considerably after going 7-for-10 and hitting 4-of-6 from 3-point range against the Memphis Grizzlies.
He did hit a couple of 3s from the corner and worked well on the glass, but after going 39 minutes the night before, his 32-year-old legs showed some fatigue.
That was most evident in leaving his jump shot short, although his best play of the night involved getting to one of his misfires quickly and laying in a follow-up. Good fundamentals pay off.
Grand Theft Minutes was on the floor for 17 of them Saturday night. Jared Dudley was minus-16 during those 17 minutes, didn’t muster a rebound or an assist and his only offensive contribution was one layup and two free throws.
Those were offset by two turnovers.
Understand there is no personal animus toward Dudley. I just would prefer the Nets, at this point, to give 17 minutes to a younger player as development time rather than to a 33-year-old playing out a contract.
With an 8-16 record, six straight losses and lots of bubbles heading toward the surface as the ship sinks on the 2018-19 season, long-term development has to trump short-term happiness of the vets.