Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from schedule loss at Boston

Brooklyn Nets Rodions Kurucs (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets Treveon Graham. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

B+. 28 MIN, 24 PTS, 8-for-15 (5-for-8), 3-for-3 FT, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2 PF, 1 TO, -8. SF/PF. Brooklyn Nets. RODIONS KURUCS

How much fun is Rodions Kurucs to watch? Enough that he made a 21-point blowout somewhat enjoyable.

Kurucs — playing for the first time in his career underneath an NBA-best 16 championship banners — put on a show with his shooting, nailing a career-high five 3s on the night and keeping the Brooklyn Nets in the game early with his 11 first-quarter points.

He had some solid moments at the defensive end as well, notably altering a Kyrie Irving drive — not an easy task against one of the best inside finishers in the NBA among guards.

There were other moments, too. Kurucs does get a little too creative at times when going to the rim and a couple of his misses on Monday were of the drive-scoop-and-hope variety against multiple defenders.

Still, it was another very good performance for the 20-year-old second-round pick.

C+. 26 MIN, 9 PTS, 3-for-10 (1-for-8), 2-for-2, 2 REB (1 ORB), 1 PF, 2 TO, -13. SF/PF/SG. Brooklyn Nets. TREVEON GRAHAM

In just his third game back from a lengthy absence with an injured hamstring and in only his fifth game overall this season, Treveon Graham logged a season-high 26 minutes as coach Kenny Atkinson used the game as an opportunity to give Graham a lot of run to try and get his touch back.

He did make his first 3-pointer of the season, but just one of his eight attempts found the bottom of the net.

Graham did some good things defensively and his bounciness on the glass is a plus.

The stroke looks good. Graham just needs to get some timing back after a 2½-month layoff.