Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from blowout loss in Toronto

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12 MIN, 2 PTS, 1-for-4, 5 REB (1 ORB), 1 BLK, +7. C/PF. Brooklyn Nets. KENNETH FARIED. B

Kenneth Faried got all over the glass, as usual, but didn’t have his usual touch in the paint with his shot, making just 1-of-4.

There were a couple of turnovers created when guard tried to lob inside to Faried — those miscues weren’t his fault, but showed where the lack of timing with Faried’s playing time being so limited can come into play.

Faried made just his 12th appearance in 43 games in which he was available this season and is the Nets’ most likely trade candidate — should another team want to take on an expiring contract in exchange for future money and sweeten the deal with draft assets.

ALAN WILLIAMS. A. 9 MIN, 8 PTS (3-for-4), 2-for-4 FT, 8 REB (2 ORB), 2 AST, 1 TO, +8. C. Brooklyn Nets

My goodness!

It’s one thing to see Alan Williams do whatever he wants to do inside against NBA G League defenses. It was another to see him do it against NBA-caliber opposition.

Williams re-signed with the Nets on Friday after he was waived on Jan. 2 and reportedly en route to China. That deal fell through and Brooklyn was more than happy to put him back on a two-way contract.

Friday marked the first time Williams has taken the floor for the parent club this season and he showed a nose for rebounding and some deft moves inside for a guy who goes 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds.

It’s why I hate to term the time at the end of one-sided games as “garbage time.” For a player such as Williams fighting to show he belongs in the NBA, those minutes are far from garbage. And on Friday, Williams absolutely made the most of the opportunity to show what he can do.


  • Allen Crabbe (sore right knee, 15th straight game missed, 16th overall)
  • Jared Dudley (left hamstring, 1st game missed)
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right adductor strain, 6th straight game missed, 10th overall)
  • Caris LeVert (subtalar dislocation, right foot; 30th straight game missed)
  • Dzanan Musa (left shoulder subluxation, 13th straight game missed, 27th overall)

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