I thought it was over when Rasual Butler hit that ridiculous, fading three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. I really did. The life was sucked out of Barclays Center, the Nets looked like they’d packed it in en route to a three-day break.
But behind another inexplicably good game from Jarrett Jack, the Nets clawed back into the fray, erasing the seven-point third-quarter lead in a matter of minutes, only to falter once again down the stretch behind poor decision-making, as the Wizards proved just too talented to lose a second straight.
Not a bad effort overall by the Nets, who played it close throughout the second half against what’s still a tough Eastern Conference team. But they were awful lucky to be in this one. The Wizards shot a putrid mark from the free throw line through most of the game, turning what should’ve been a double-digit lead into a close game down the stretch.
After outplaying John Wall Friday night with equal parts blind luck (hitting five of seven midrange shots and seven of 10 contested ones) and heady play (rushing to loose balls, making key plays to get assists at the rim), Jack had another up-and-down game, taking a lot of rushed, inefficient shots but also displaying a keen eye for finding Mason Plumlee near the rim.
For every time Jack took an ill-advised 15-footer, he found teammates like Plumlee or Bojan Bogdanovic for open buckets. For every weirdly unforced turnover, Jack barreled to the rim and got a layup that his backup Darius Morris just couldn’t replicate.
Hard game to grade when it was so up-and-down, but since the Nets never stood a shot without him creating offense, hard to fault him for the loss.
Solid role player who fit within his role once again. Not much to say about his night, but nice to see him hit a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter when it looked like the game was slipping away.
Took advantage of a few good matchups, partially because he saw fewer double-teams from Washington than against some teams in the past few weeks, and partially because guys hit their shots when he passed out of those double-teams. But missed way too many shots for comfort, probably because he’s played entirely too many minutes.
Played a long time in the first quarter despite being on the second half of a back-to-back, but when he’s making mid-range jumpers like it’s 2013, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Nice force on the glass when nobody else in Brooklyn picked out the tough ones.
Dunks & Dunks & Right Hooks. A little bit of expansion, but a second quiet game for Plumlee.
Did you think he got fouled on that dunk attempt?
Though two of his points came from Marcin Gortat, Lopez continued his stretch of good offense following his red-hot second half Friday night through the first two quarters, before cooling down in the second half.
He did take another open corner three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, which was kind of funny, and would have been great. He’s practiced that shot more and more, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a staple of his game.
If it’s not about who starts the game, but who finishes it, it’s all about Alan Anderson, who Hollins elected to play down the stretch over Bojan Bogdanovic with the Nets within striking distance. Not a game-changer, but you can see the logic.
Looked to dish off his drives with purpose, but missed two of three key free throws with three and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter.