It’s not that Brooklyn Nets rookie Cam Thomas needed the introduction but on Wednesday night, he “officially” arrived on the scene in a nationally broadcast game in a historic comeback win. Maybe Thomas was telling the truth after all when he said that he beat Kevin Durant 1-on-1 a few months ago.
The 20-year-old entered the fourth quarter against the Knicks with five points and when the final buzzer sounded 12 minutes later, he had 21 points. Thomas gave Brooklyn its first lead of the game and then nailed a deep 3-pointer to give the Nets a six-point lead with 6.8 seconds left.
The Knicks were up by as many as 28 points but began to fall apart in the third quarter and allowed for a rookie to have the most clutch game of his young career.
If you’re a Nets fan, you know that Thomas’ performance wasn’t a surprise. He hit a huge 3-pointer last week against the Wizards late in the game and a game-winning floater against the Spurs in January.
It shouldn’t be a huge surprise to other fans, either. After all, Thomas has gotten to learn under one of the best scorers in the game in his first year in the league.
Kevin Durant praises Brooklyn Nets rookie Cam Thomas after comeback win.
Durant’s been out with a sprained MCL for over a month so all that he could do was watch from the bench. However, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t involved.
In the fourth quarter, KD was seen going over plays with Thomas during timeouts.
Notice how the official had to point Durant back in the direction of Brooklyn’s bench.
After Thomas hit the final dagger, KD was telling New York fans to go home.
Remember when Durant was supposed to sign with the Knicks in free agency? It’s hard to determine which is worse as a New York fan – KD telling you to go home or the fact that he (nor Kyrie Irving or Ben Simmons) played for the Nets on Wednesday.
It won’t be much longer until KD can be back on the floor himself. In fact, he’s expected to return sometime after the All-Star break and we know one rookie in particular who has missed playing with him.