It would be easy to ding Jared Dudley hard for his two missed free throws and his moving screen violation that wiped out a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game.
But that would be unfair to the very active game he played to get the game into the closing minutes with a chance to win.
Dudley canned 3-of-4 from 3-point range — he entered Friday’s game shooting just 30.7 percent from deep — and was active all over the place with six rebounds, four assists, a couple of steals and a block in the low post on the much bigger Thaddeus Young.
He is settling nicely into a reserve role after being miscast as a starter early in the season and he made some key contributions throughout Brooklyn’s seven-game winning streak.
D’Angelo Russell‘s facilitating saved his grade, as his nine assists constituted most of his positive effect on Friday’s game.
He did not shoot well, with a season-low three points, and he turned the ball over four times.
Russell was also a team-worst minus-11 for those who put any emphasis on that particular statistic.
I’ve been critical of Russell’s lack of consistency, but Friday night was a new low for DLo.
Which also means the Phoenix Suns could be in trouble.