The Nets like to be fashionably late.
On Monday night, D’Angelo Russell led the pack in this mindset. Heading into the fourth quarter, he had just two points. Once that quarter hit though, he made 12 points in three efficient minutes. All of a sudden, a game where the Nets were down by as many as 23 points was a 13-point game with nine minutes left.
That 14-4 run turned into a semi-competitive fourth quarter of Nets runs, one where the Clippers’ lead eventually was down to single digits with four and a half minutes left.
Here we go again.
One area where the Nets were able to create stops, though they were hard to come by, was with their steals. Registering 10 steals as a team, Quincy Acy led the way with three, along with adding eight points and five assists.
Another player that stepped up was DeMarre Carroll, who recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 assists.
Both Carroll and Acy struggled a bit from three, as did Brooklyn as a whole. The Nets went 12-of-40 from three, good for 30 percent, with Spencer Dinwiddie leading the way with four of them.
Dinwiddie, Acy and Russell did lead an impressive showing from the Nets in the assists category, recording 27 assists on 41 made field goals. They kept the turnovers down to 12 as well, giving them a shot at a comeback, but stops were hard to come by.
The inconsistency from three and struggle on defense eventually allowed the Clippers to pull their lead back to double-digits and get the victory, even with a 34-point fourth quarter from the Nets. Brooklyn allowed Los Angeles to have seven players in double-digits, and DeAndre Jordan feasted with 17 rebounds.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will sit out for Brooklyn’s final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday, but with this sixth straight loss, the Nets are sure missing him. Caris LeVert continues to sit out with his right knee sprain.
The bench has stepped up, but the Nets are flat out missing weapons. The Nets are winless in February and have dropped 10 of their last 11 games. Maybe a Valentine’s Day date with the Pacers will bring that W.
The stats: 13 PTS, 4-13 FG, 4-7 3FG, 1-2 FT, 2 REB, 8 AST, 3 TOV, 1 STL, 36 MIN
Spencer Dinwiddie gave a bit of everything against the Clippers. Even though he only shot 30 percent from the field, his four made shots were all from three, which was a plus on a team that struggled to make them. He risked his body a lot too, but did not get all the calls he wanted.
Add in eight assists from Dinwiddie, and he was arguably Brooklyn’s best player tonight.
The stats: 12 PTS, 5-15 FG, 2-7 3FG, 10 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 35 MIN
DeMarre Carroll is putting in big minutes, and his stat line shows it. Carroll put up his eighth double-double of the season after recording just eight total double-doubles in the first eight seasons of his career. That’s pretty crazy.
Nets fans appreciate you, DeMarre.
The stats: 16 PTS, 7-17 FG, 1-7 3FG, 1-1 FT, 2 REB, 5 AST, 3 TOV, 1 STL, 25 MIN
D’Angelo Russell is pretty good at this ‘start a run at a comeback’ thing. The only problem is that he gets hot a bit too late in the game. After scoring seven straight points in the third quarter on Saturday to get the Nets on the comeback trail, he scored 12 points to get the Nets on a 14-4 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but alas, it was too late.
After that, his heat checks were just that – heat checks. But his spark in the lineup is undeniable.