For a team that has not had a day off in about a week between practices and games, the Nets continued to look pretty solid Sunday night in a 117-83 preseason win over the Knicks.
A 36-point first quarter set the tone, and Brooklyn kept the foot on the gas pedal all night.
One word to define this team: unselfish. The fluid ball movement has been a constant through the first three games, and tonight’s 29 assists on 42 field goals continue to show it.
The Nets aren’t cooling down from beyond the arc, either. With 14 of 33 three-point shots made and nine players chipping in, Brooklyn continues to spread the court well and sport a smooth shooting stroke.
While New York cut into Brooklyn’s lead a bit in the third quarter, the Nets used the fourth quarter to break the door open. With a 22-4 Brooklyn run, the home team led by as many as 36 points en route to the dominant win.
D’Angelo Russell continued to impress, leading the team with 16 points, and Caris LeVert marked his return from injury with 12 points. With some new players in Jarrett Allen and Jeremy Senglin impressing, there’s been plenty of depth to go around.
Through a 3-0 preseason, the chemistry between Kenny Atkinson’s main rotation is undeniable.
It’s just preseason, but the Nets are showing they’re not a team to overlook just yet.
Allen Crabbe Shooting Guard
14 PTS, 5-7 FG, 3-4 3FG, 11 MIN, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL
Welcome to Brooklyn, Allen Crabbe.
After missing the first two preseason games due to a sprained ankle, Crabbe made his Nets debut Sunday night, and his performance was as-advertised.
Crabbe made three of four threes in the first half and finished the game with 14 points (and that was in just 11 minutes of playing time).
His hot start and impressive premiere puts him in the running for star of the night.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Small Forward
7 PTS, 3-4 FG, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK
RHJ is a man that has shown serious improvement in his jumper and offense.
He’s carried over his defensive skills so far this season, recording a steal and a block tonight, but he also went 3-4 from the field. It’s obvious in his form that he’s been working hard on putting the ‘J’ into ‘RHJ.’
His second-chance hustle on offense is still unmatched.
DeMarre Carroll Small Forward
12 PTS, 4-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 TO, 2 STL, 1 BLK
DeMarre Carroll is a part of Brooklyn’s three-point shooting big man gang, and we’re all here for it.
Not only was he a factor in scoring, but he distributed the ball as well, tallying three assists on the night. Add in two steals, you have another reliable performance from the vet.
Trevor Booker Power Forward
10 PTS, 3-4 FG, 1-1 3FG, 3-4 FT, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 TO, 1 STL, 1 BLK
Trevor Booker wins the award for best all-around player of the game. He was everywhere – shooting threes, grabbing boards and dishing to teammates. He also had a sick behind-the-back pass and was involved with this play, too.
Everything about this is incredible pic.twitter.com/Af91MQ2H6T
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 9, 2017
His energy brings a positive to the court day-in and day-out.