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Brooklyn Nets vs Atlanta Hawks Notes and Observations: 12-4-17
Home-and-homes are fun! If a team loses the first game, then there is always the very next game to get revenge against its opponent. And that is exactly what the Brooklyn Nets did on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
After suffering a 114-102 defeat at home, the Nets rebounded with an authoritative 110-90 victory on the Hawks’ own turf. For the most part, this was a pretty contest in favor of Brooklyn.
The Nets headed into this matchup much less shorthanded than usual (only D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin were missing), with even Rondae Hollis-Jefferson inserted back into the starting five. Contributions from numerous Nets were expected, as the team starts to return to more status quo in available players.
The boxscore filled up with players who finished in double digits. Six Nets — DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris — did so. It is also worth noting Spencer Dinwiddie’s zero turnovers (despite the team’s appalling 22), Hollis-Jefferson’s double-double, as well as Caris LeVert and Trevor Booker each pitching in six assists. It is a thing of beauty when the Nets effectively work together as a team.
Tale of Two Third Quarters For Both Teams
In the first game of the home-and-home set, 19 turnovers cost the Nets the win. They had an even more ridiculous amount of turnovers in Atlanta, but were fortunate that unlike the prior game, the Hawks were not able to capitalize this time around. In fact, while the Hawks finished with less turnovers (18 compared to the Nets’ 22), Brooklyn finished with six more points off turnovers than Atlanta. That, and Brooklyn’s hot shooting, made up for the Nets’ deficit in carelessness.
At halftime, both teams were pretty evenly matched, with the Hawks holding a slim 54-53 edge. In the first half, Atlanta shot 47.7 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from downtown, while Brooklyn shot 42.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from behind the arc. From there, everything went downhill for the Hawks. It took them until the 6:17 mark in the third to finally score, and that was off three free throws by Kent Bazemore. Their first second half field goal came even later — at the 4:54 mark off a jumper by Dennis Schroder.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Nets did not match their struggles in shooting during this period. Brooklyn scored 31 points in the third, more than double Atlanta’s amount (15). That was the game-changer.
Jarrett Allen is a Beast
Jarrett Allen is two things: the thing that and a human highlight reel. Apparently, it was not insane enough that the rookie 7-footer knocked down his first career triple in this game…
Now, with a 20-point win, one would expect that all things were going right for the victors. While that was the case for most of the Nets, it certainly did not apply to Allen Crabbe. For someone who is well-known for his lethal shooting, he did not contribute much to the team. The wing shot just 3-of-8 from the field and 2-of-6 from long distance, finishing with only eight points. His frustration was evident throughout the contest, and it reached its peak in the fourth quarter.
With 4:31 to go, the generally mild-mannered Crabbe was called for an offensive foul. Frustrated for picking up his sixth personal foul, Crabbe tossed the ball downcourt and received a technical foul in the process, followed by an ejection. Atypical of a player who does not elicit too much emotion when a game is in play, but his foul troubles were clearly bogging him down.