#3) Chris Chiozza continues to impress
Since subbing into the third quarter of what appeared a hopeless road game against the Boston Celtics on March 3, Chris Chiozza has done nothing but impress.
His contributions that contest helped the Nets overcome a 21-point deficit in the second half. Despite seeing just 30 minutes of floor time in the six weeks he had spent with the Nets up to that point, he was prepared once his number was called. Hell, he even played in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie during crunch time in the fourth quarter and in OT.
Since then he’s been averaging 10.5 points and 2.3 assists on an incredibly efficient 64.5 percent from the field and 50.9 percent from distance.
In his 17 minutes against the Lakers, he’d continue his electric play off the bench.
Seemingly never afraid of the moment, he operated with the poise and calmness of a veteran in the league, not a player that has seen his way in and out of the G-League several times. He attacked the Lakers’ stout defense, hoisting from the perimeter if they gave him space, and he never appeared afraid to push the tempo and look for teammates in rhythm.
What’s really stood out to me is that Chiozza and Caris LeVert have seemed to gel nicely as a pairing; the tandem has a net rating of +15.0 in the 73 minutes they’ve shared the floor. That’s of some significance, even with the relatively minuscule sample size, as those two could be a formidable duo off the bench next season.