2. Brooklyn rotation should look more familiar
The Brooklyn Nets listed both Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll as probable on Tuesday afternoon’s injury report after both players sat out Monday’s 116-95 loss to the Boston Celtics.
In the game at Boston, Shabazz Napier started in place of Harris, who turned his right ankle lat ein Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bulls, at the 2 spot and seldom-used Kenneth Faried and his (at that point) two career 3-pointers played significant minutes off the bench in Carroll’s stretch 4 spot.
Napier had six assists with five turnovers and struggled with his shot at Boston, while Faried did knock down a corner 3 and recorded a double-double, but was 1-for-4 from deep on the night.
Carroll sat out Monday with a sore left knee after knocking down 20 points at Chicago, his second straight 20-point outing off the bench.
The 32-year-old veteran had been red-hot over his last six games, averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29.7 minutes per game while shooting 54.1 percent overall and canning 47.2 percent from deep.
That has his numbers on the season up to 10.5 points and 4.9 boards in 24.2 minutes per game on 39.9 percent and 35 percent shooting, respectively, as he has shaken off a slow and delayed start to the season after missing the first 11 games following surgery on his right ankle.
The Nets fell Monday in part due to poor shooting — making just 11-of-42 from long range, 26.2 percent — and in part due to a season-high 23 turnovers.
Many of those turnovers appeared to be a result of guys not being where teammates expected them to be, as the combinations on the court were lineups we haven’t seen much — or at all — this season.
If Harris and Carroll are back, as expected, that latter problem should be alleviated significantly.