Competitive for three-quarters, non-existent to finish. That’s what the recent definition of ‘Brooklyn Grit’ has been.
Even on the second half of a back-to-back against a rested Toronto Raptors team, the trend is stronger than ever in what is now a nine-game losing streak for the Brooklyn Nets. With Isaiah Whitehead out due to a sprained knee injury sustained yesterday against the Pelicans, Spencer Dinwiddie got the nod at starting point guard.
While turnovers were held at a minimum for the team with 11, that did not stop the Raptors from pouring it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Nets 42-24 — that’s the most points allowed in any quarter for the Nets this season.
This game is also another in which the Nets allowed more than 100 points, something that has been consistent throughout the season and losing streak.
The bench helped out early with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Hamilton, and Caris LeVert scoring 14 of Brooklyn’s 27 first quarter points. Hamilton ended up finishing with 11 points, with the other two contributing little throughout the rest of the game.
Randy Foye also added his occasional standout performance with nine points and seven assists, with five of the dimes coming in the first quarter.
It was a one-point game after the third quarter, but once the Raptors had an 8-0 run in the first minute and 18 seconds of the final frame, there was no holding back. Fourth quarters are bad for Brooklyn, but this was an absolute whooping.
Even when Brooklyn makes 17 three-pointers in the game, it’s still not even close to enough.
What has made the Nets fun in past seasons was the team’s unpredictability to get unlikely wins against teams. Now, the Nets couldn’t be any more predictable.
The stats: 20 PTS, 6-17 FG, 3 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Brook had a good night drawing fouls and getting to the line. Still, he has continued struggling from three. But a good night of passing for him, even if this didn’t count as an assist:
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