He’s only productive with this team when he’s hitting threes. Tonight, he was hitting threes.
Got above the rim and flew even against an athletic Milwaukee team. Took all four of his dunks/shots in the paint, which is a good thing.
Had an impetus to attack more aggressively but played more of a background role. Had one sick in-and-out dribble, shaking and baking Giannis Antetokunmpo en route to a layup.
Shared minutes in the starting lineup with Deron Williams, a look the Nets haven’t kicked off a game with yet. Thought the combination worked well, and the two didn’t struggle to share the point guard duties, though things tend to work a lot better when you’re playing the worst team in a terrible conference. Also played well with Williams off the floor, though he did get lost on a couple of defensive possessions.
The Nets tried to get Garnett going early on the offensive end, with varying success — he was able to get inside and get good looks, but also committed a silly turnover to open the game. Some good help defense, which isn’t exactly shocking but still refreshing given his struggles this season.
Taken out of the starting lineup in what was not a demotion, but a chance to get a look at different lineups. Didn’t come in until the second quarter, and did some good things: took good shots and hit one pretty reverse layup late in the half.
Looked spry-ish early, creating looks in transition and drawing a foul. Created a bunch off the dribble for himself and others. Didn’t score after the first quarter, and didn’t have to. Not a lot of productive impact in the numbers, but played well tonight.
Got a couple of good spot-up looks in the first quarter, but like Pierce, played more of a background role, dishing to teammates and sitting in wait for looks that didn’t come.
I came, I saw, I havoc’d.
Showed off his passing ability in the first, hitting one touch pass to Mason Plumlee for an alley-oop and a second to Joe Johnson for a three-pointer on the right wing. Also ran the floor, dunked the hell out of the ball on a fast break, and hit his three-pointers to create, maintain, and extend the lead. He’s not the greatest defender against long frontcourt players like the Bucks have, but can you really ask for much more?