Brooklyn Nets: 3 takeaways from a tough loss against Portland

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1. Harris flashed his unheralded all-around game

The only starter to do much of anything for Brooklyn was Joe Harris. He finished with a strong 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Funny enough, the man who most recently beat the greatest shooter of all time in the Three-Point Contest he had an atypical night from deep. Harris missed all three of his shots from behind the arc.

Instead, Harris flashed the more underrated aspects of his game. He took Blazer defenders off the dribble on multiple occasions; a play by Harris that always catches the defense with its pants down.

One play stood out in particular. Harris grabbed a huge offensive rebound in traffic. He then searched frantically for a kick-out pass but to no avail.

Seeing no teammates on the horizon, Harris did what he had to; he put the ball down onto the floor and drove fearlessly to the rim. There, he was met by Jusuf Nurkic: a fearless shot blocker who has made excellent strides at remodeling his body to suit the current NBA.

With no hesitation, Joey Buckets went head-on into the 280-pound frame of the Bosnian Beast.

And guess what? It worked! Lumber Joe Harris sent the 6-foot-11 center flying en route to a gorgeous and-1.

Harris even unearthed previously unseen abilities against Portland. Taking a page out of the book of fellow All-Star weekend representative, Jarrett Allen, Harris pinned a layup attempt by Portland’s star, Damian Lillard.

Harris averages just 0.2 block per game this season. His killer swat provided the home Barclays crowd with one of the few occasions to celebrate.

Just 30 seconds before the block, Harris secured his second offensive rebound in full stride over the outstretched arms of Enes Kanter. He’s more than just a 3-point specialist, folks.