Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics 11/23/16 Recap and Player Grades
The Brooklyn Nets almost had them again. Then, the third quarter happened. And injuries happened. And the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Boston Celtics 111-92. The loss drops Brooklyn to 4-10 and their fifth straight loss. The win for Boston increases their record to 9-6 and gives them their third straight win.
Brooklyn was down 30-16 after one quarter of action, but Brooklyn fought back hard in the second, outscoring Boston 33-21. In the third, though, Boston exploited Brooklyn and won that quarter 28-17 and never looked back.
Trevor Booker was the leading starter on the night with 18 points and 12 rebounds and nearly made a shot blindfolded. Sean Kilpatrick led all scorers, tying Isaiah Thomas, with 23 points. Kilpatrick seems to have worked out of his slump a little bit. Skilpatrick hit 8/17 from the floor and 6/8 free-throws. Hopefully he can build on this performance in the upcoming games.
Brooklyn, as a team, shot 39.5% from the field and 10/31 from long range. The over thirty three-pointers is still killing this team. Brooklyn has shooters, but not anything worth shooting this much from that deep this consistently.
This game was close until late in the fourth quarter when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went down. His right ankle was bothering him. For those that do not know, the right ankle is the ankle he broke last year and needed surgery on to repair. Not the best news for Brooklyn. Isaiah Whitehead also left late in the game with an injury.
Grading the Players
Sean Kilpatrick and Trevor Booker get A’s in this game. Booker was really bringing the energy to the team tonight and showed it. Another double-double for the big man shows his worth and why fans love him. Booker even knows how to play stellar defense. Booker snagged four steals tonight, too. Kilpatrick gets an A simply for breaking out of his slump. A stretch of pitiful games can get to a shooter’s head, but Kilpatrick worked through it and had himself a game tonight.
Brook Lopez and Isaiah Whitehead get D’s in this one. Lopez put up only 13 points along with three rebounds on 4/14 shooting. Lopez struggled opening night against the C’s, and he struggled yet again tonight. Whitehead, again in the starter’s role, put up a stinker. Whitehead only dished out three assists and put up four points on 2/8 shooting. Brooklyn really needs Jeremy Lin back.
Brooklyn has the Thanksgiving holiday off, as does the entire NBA. Brooklyn’s next challenge without Jeremy Lin will be Friday night against the Pacers over in Indiana. Brooklyn will be looking to snap their five game losing streak against a team they have already beaten this season. The Celtics will match-up against the mighty San Antonio Spurs up in Boston.
Happy Thanksgiving to all here at Brook-Lin.com, and throughout America, too. Eat well and enjoy your day off! Remember, Go Brook-Lin! Go Nets!