Immediately came out more engaged than in Game 2 but didn’t have that energy throughout the game, nor did his teammates share that energy.
Hit some shots and didn’t look like he was the victim of plantar fasciitis but holy offense on a stick the one-on-one isolations for long stretches are just not going to work against a defense like Chicago, and 30-foot threes are not effective offense.
Made a layup, airballed a layup. Missed back-to-back threes to end the first quarter, made a buzzer-beater at the half. Goaded Luol Deng into mostly inefficient jumpers, Deng knocked so many of them down.
His shining moment: getting posterized by Taj Gibson. WOOOooooooOOoo.
Was impressed early by his ability to get low position against Noah and had a historic night (22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 blocks is not something you see often) but for the second straight game the Nets needed someone else to be their best player, and it wasn’t him. Kind of wish they’d gone to him more down the stretch.
So many quintessential Dray moments tonight I just don’t know where to start. Maybe passing on an open jumper, dribbling twice, and shooting a contested fadeaway. Or dribble-driving head-first into Joakim Noah to shoot another off-balance fadeaway.
This isn’t a real grade (B for Bogans!) and I’m sure we’ll find an answer soon, but… um… where was he?
A lot of people were calling to see Brooks earlier tonight. But when he did get in the game, he did almost nothing outside of a late floater to cut the Bulls lead to 77-72.
So maybe letting Carlos Boozer shoot wasn’t the greatest idea. But there was one worse: letting Reggie Evans shoot. Twice. From outside of 15 feet.
His worst game of the series so far and airballed the potential game-tying three at the end of regulation.