Theo Pinson got his first NBA action since Oct. 24 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, just his third NBA appearance overall, as part of his two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
He didn’t get terribly involved, but made a terrific feed to a cutting Dzanan Musa on a give-and-go late in the fourth quarter.
That Musa and Pinson would operate well together isn’t a huge surprise, since both players have started all seven games for the G League’s Long Island Nets this season.
Coach Kenny Atkinson unleashed a little bit of point Musa Saturday night, playing first-round pick Dzanan Musa at the point guard spot late in the game.
He played there in Long Island’s come-from-behind win at Greensboro Friday night as well.
While his long-term position is likely shooting guard/small forward, playing the point helps Musa’s development in adapting to the NBA game, where the pick-and-roll is much more of a staple than in Europe.
It was Musa’s first NBA action since the Nov. 16 game against the Wizards, as he has been on assignment to Long Island regularly since the G-Nets opened their season.
Kenneth Faried did very Kenneth Faried things in his brief stint Saturday night. He scored on a putback and threw down a massive dunk off an alley-oop from Shabazz Napier.
It was just the eighth appearance in 23 active games for Faried, his first game since the Nov. 23 loss at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 30-for-30 entitled The Vanishing of Kenneth Faried that will be produced in a few years will be a fascinating tale about how the NBA changed its style of play so drastically in the late 2010s.