DeMarre Carroll was one of three Brooklyn Nets reserves to score in double figures, even on yet another day when he did not shoot particularly well.
But Carroll was active defensively with a couple of steals, moved well without the ball and, at least until a couple of heat checks late in the game, kept the ball moving on the offensive end.
Given that the game wasn’t particularly competitive most of the way — the Nets led by 21 points in the first quarter and held a double-digit edge for the final 20:08 of the game — Brooklyn’s rotations were a bit skewed, which is how Carroll wound up leading the team in minutes Sunday.
While I rarely give one of these out, D’Angelo Russell‘s performance on Sunday definitely warranted the elusive perfect grade.
He shot a season-best 13-for-19 from the field, scored 32 points in just 29 minutes and was involved on both ends of the floor with two steals, six rebounds and seven assists while playing turnover-free basketball.
The 32 points exceeded his total from the previous three games, when he scored 29 points on 12-of-36 shooting with 27 assists.
He was so good Sunday that even the one bad shot he took ended well for the Nets — his airball from 3-point range went right into Jarrett Allen‘s hands under the rim for an easy score.
This may have been Russell’s best overall game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and teased once again the potential of the 22-year-old former No. 2 overall pick.