Shabazz Napier bounced back from a poor shooting night Saturday against the Washington Wizards, making some nice moves off the dribble to get to the rim and providing some bench spark against Cleveland, who outscored the Nets 42-31 off the pine.
Napier’s 3-point shot has abandoned him of late — he’s 1-for-10 in his last two games from deep — but he didn’t force them Monday. Missed shots in the rhythm of the offense happen and that’s to be expected.
Napier’s game is predicated on isolation, however, so when he’s out there, the Brooklyn offense can get a bit bogged down.
Jared Dudley didn’t have a bad night against Cleveland, working the offensive glass for two boards.
His shooting just hasn’t been there often this season. After taking a 1-for-3 against the Cavs, Dudley is at 36.4 percent from the floor this season. He didn’t attempt a 3-ball Monday, where he’s at 29.4 percent, his worst effort since hitting 22 percent from deep as a rookie in 2007-08.
Dudley continues to get minutes because coach Kenny Atkinson likes the veteran touch he brings to the floor, but you’d still like to see something more in the area of tangible results.