The Nets signed Shaun Livingston to a veteran’s minimum contract in July as Deron Williams’s backup, but with the team hit by the injury bug, he’s earned a starting spot.
The 6’7″ point guard made another mark on his career season Monday night, racking up 13 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and a career-high seven steals, the last one the biggest. With ten seconds left and the Nets up four, Livingston picked off a pass from Michael Carter-Williams, sealing the victory for Brooklyn.
After the game, Livingston stressed the importance of forcing turnovers, knowing that the team has struggled with rebounding the ball in the last few games.
“(It’s about) being assertive, being aggressive defensively,” Livingston noted. “We switch a lot, and we’re smaller. The last couple of games, we struggled with rebounding, so again, we have to be active with our switches, and we have to be active one-on-one defensively, containing our man.”
As a team, the Nets picked up 15 steals on the night, matching their season-high and making them the first team in the NBA this season to record 13 or more steals in three straight games.