Allen Crabbe had a decent night from 3-point range, knocking down three shots, and both of his turnovers were of the happy feet variety — he’s had a tendency to shuffle before starting his dribble of late and the traveling calls have been plentiful.
But his work on Danny Green at the defensive end was terrific. Green relies on spot-up opportunities to score and Crabbe, along with DeMarre Carroll, did a great job in ball denial. Green was a non-factor with two points on 1-of-2 shooting, missing his lone 3-point attempt.
Crabbe remains mired in a bit of a shooting slump, though he has been hotter of late, knocking down 45.5 percent from 3-point range over his last six games (20-for-44).
When you can miss every shot you take and still grade out as an “A,” you’re doing a lot of other things right.
Ed Davis did that for the Brooklyn Nets Friday night, ensuring possessions for the Toronto Raptors ended with just one shot as he completely owned the defensive glass in his 21 minutes on the floor.
He also provided some measure of resistance for big Jonas Valanciunas while on the court, using his footwork and veteran savvy to challenge the bigger man’s looks.
Davis is now averaging 8.3 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game, a ridiculous per-36 minute average of 17.6. But because of his tendency to foul — a lot, as in 6.3 per 36 minutes — Davis will remain in his backup/enforcer on the glass role.