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.
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.