Brooklyn can’t play spoiler to masked Kyrie and Boston Celtics

C+

Final: 11/14/2017

L 102 109

Make it a 13-game win streak for Boston. 

The Nets made it interesting down the stretch, but Boston just had too much talent (and offensive rebounding) for Brooklyn to overcome. Boston ended up with a 109-102 win over Brooklyn Tuesday night.

When it comes to positives for Brooklyn, the bench was the story. As Ian Eagle calls them, Joe Harris and Caris LeVert were the “bench buddies” that led the Nets in their runs through the game. Overall, Brooklyn outscored Boston’s bench 38-13.

Harris made five threes, and LeVert had plays like this that show how he can impact a game.

Allen Crabbe was also a big player in Brooklyn, draining an additional five threes in his 33 minutes. Including Crabbe, the Nets had six players finish the game in double digits. 

Despite an underwhelming first quarter in which the Nets were left in a nine-point hole, Brooklyn used a 31-point second quarter to enter halftime tied with Boston. With D’Angelo Russell out due to injury, Spencer Dinwiddie shined in the first half, recording seven assists to zero turnovers. The Mayor ended up recording his second-career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. 

As a team, Brooklyn turned the ball over very little, but neither did Boston. Brooklyn recorded 27 assists on the night to 13 turnovers, while the Celtics had 15 assists to 14 turnovers.

Despite taking care of the ball, the game got away from Brooklyn in the fourth quarter. Marcus Morris scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth, and masked Kyrie Irving made sure the Nets were on their toes.

He-who-must-not-be-named Jaylen Brown also had a solid game with 14 points and three steals, but you didn’t hear it from me. 

The Nets had their runs through the second and third quarters, highlighted by the “bench buddies.” Offense operated smoothly between Dinwiddie, Harris, Crabbe and LeVert, but the 13-2 Celtics had answers. It helps when Boston’s starting lineup all scores at least 14 points each, too. 

Boston made their eventual game-winning surge off a sense of urgency in the fourth quarter, transforming defense into offense and going on an 8-0 run that followed the team’s 19-5 run in the third quarter. The Nets had a 10-2 run of their own in the fourth quarter, but the Celtics used the remaining minutes to make sure their win was not in question. 

While the Nets get the loss, the team had players that stepped up in their roles in the absence of Make it a 13-game win streak for Boston. 

The Nets made it interesting down the stretch, but Boston just had too much talent (and offensive rebounding) for Brooklyn to overcome. Boston ended up with a 109-102 win over Brooklyn Tuesday night.

When it comes to positives for Brooklyn, the bench was the story. As Ian Eagle calls them, Joe Harris and Caris LeVert were the “bench buddies” that led the Nets in their runs through the game. Harris made five threes, and LeVert had plays like this that show how he can impact a game.

Allen Crabbe was also a big player in Brooklyn, draining an additional five threes in his 33 minutes. Including Crabbe, the Nets had six players finish the game in double digits. 

Despite an underwhelming first quarter in which the Nets were left in a nine-point hole, Brooklyn used a 31-point second quarter to enter halftime tied with Boston. With D’Angelo Russell out due to injury, Spencer Dinwiddie shined in the first half, recording seven assists to zero turnovers. The Mayor ended up recording his second-career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. 

As a team, Brooklyn turned the ball over very little, but neither did Boston. Brooklyn recorded 27 assists on the night to 13 turnovers, while the Celtics had 15 assists to 14 turnovers.

Despite taking care of the ball, the game got away from Brooklyn in the fourth quarter. Marcus Morris scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth, and masked Kyrie Irving made sure the Nets were on their toes.

He-who-must-not-be-named Jaylen Brown also had a solid game with 14 points and three steals, but you didn’t hear it from me. 

The Nets had their runs through the second and third quarters, highlighted by the “bench buddies.” Offense operated smoothly between Dinwiddie, Harris, Crabbe and LeVert, but the 13-2 Celtics had answers. It helps when Boston’s starting lineup all scores at least 14 points each, too. 

Boston made their eventual game-winning surge off a sense of urgency in the fourth quarter, transforming defense into offense and going on an 8-0 run that followed the team’s 19-5 run in the third quarter. The Nets had a 10-2 run of their own in the fourth quarter, but the Celtics used the remaining minutes to make sure their win was not in question. 

While the Nets get the loss, the team had players that stepped up in their roles in the absence of Russell. The bench helped make up for his offensive contribution, and Dinwiddie dished the ball, but there’s a reason the Celtics have the best record in the league, so the Nets don’t play spoiler this time.

The current Nets’ stretch holds some rest time for Brooklyn, as the team’s next game does not come until Friday, Nov. 17 against the Utah Jazz (again) at 7:30 p.m. A rematch coming less than a week after Brooklyn’s loss to Utah, some rest time might play in Brooklyn’s favor to snag the win this time. 

Spencer Dinwiddie

B+

The stats: 12 PTS, 4-14 FG, 1-6 3FG, 3-5 FT, 4 REB, 11 AST, 1 TOV, 1 BLK, 34 MIN

He did not have it going for him as much in his scoring, but Dinwiddie was stellar in distributing the ball. He had five assists in the first nine minutes of the game and continued to get his teammates the ball. That led to Dinwiddie’s second career double-double (congrats, Mayor). 

Dinwiddie usually makes his three-pointers, but tonight was one of the first of the season that he went cold from distance. That’s not the reason the Nets lost, but it would have been nice to see those shots fall for him like usual. With everything Dinwiddie brings to the table, he is fun to watch on a nightly basis. 

Joe Harris

B+

The stats: 19 PTS, 7-13 FG, 5-10 3FG, 3 REB, 20 MIN

Harris’ production came in bunches tonight, but they were fun bunches. Again, Harris showed that he can both shoot from distance and get into the lane. 

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Joe Harris for Eighth Man of the Year. At this rate, he might bump that up to seventh man. 

Caris LeVert

B

The stats: 15 PTS, 6-7 FG, 2-2 3FG, 1-3 FT, 1 REB, 4 AST, 3 TOV, 1 STL, 22 MIN

He’s been cold recently, but tonight was the night for LeVert to break out of that streak. He nearly could not miss from the field, and even made both of his threes. When in rhythm, LeVert can be dangerous.

We even got to some “ooh’s and ahh’s” moments from LeVert, like the highlight linked above. We’ve always known LeVert can be sneaky fun and crafty, and tonight was one of those nights.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

B-

The stats: 16 PTS, 7-13 FG, 2-4 FT, 9 REB, 1 AST, 2 TOV, 33 MIN

Even though he got beat up a bit tonight with some hustle plays, RHJ produced in his minutes. He was on the court, though, when Brooklyn went through its dry spell in the second half. Hopefully RHJ’s tweak from this game does not bother him on Friday.

Unfortunately, RHJ was not winning the offensive board battle tonight, and that affected the final impact of his presence on the court. 

News from Around NYC