Rondae Hollis-Jefferson did not play in the fourth quarter. Whether that was do to the hard fall he had after being fouled on a drive by Thaddeus Young or it had more to do with him losing control of his emotions a bit is the question.
Hollis-Jefferson picked up a technical foul late in the first half and was visibly annoyed with the officials after being hit with two consecutive illegal screen calls in the third quarter.
He was active trying to get to the rim, even if he wasn’t always effective in so doing, and the degree of difficulty on the corner 3 he dropped was steep considering Rodions Kurucs had the entire backboard swaying after having the ball knocked away on a baseline drive and dunk attempt.
But he also got worked over pretty effectively by the bigger Young at the defensive end in the first quarter, when the former Net had 10 of Indiana’s 37 points.
DeMarre Carroll on Friday had one of his stronger offensive games of the season against the Indiana Pacers, hitting some big shots and keeping active at the defensive end.
He was also the only Net to finish with a positive plus/minus at plus-2.
Carroll’s problem this season has been consistency, as he has had some outings where it looking as if his shot is rounding into form, only to follow those games up with more struggles from the field, where he is shooting just 36 percent overall and 31.3 percent from 3.