Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets Notes and Observations 11/3/18
Inspired by Justin’s article on the Detroit game on Halloween, I’ve decided to adopt/steal his idea and provide my thoughts as the Houston Rockets game unfolded. Things started well, then turned real sour in the 2nd half as Brooklyn suffered their sixth loss of the season.
Paul and Cappella are a problem
It took less than 2 mins for the Nets to have a turnover
LeVert’s finishing in the paint has grown exponentially since last year
Russell’s game looks so much better when he’s attacking the rim and not settling for the floater
Guarding the Paul/Capella pick and roll is a major problem
D’Lo needs a quality big like Allen and/or rim runners to be a more effective passer
LeVert’s footwork and composure is a key reason for his rapid improvement
Spencer Dinwiddie (10 points) has scored in double figures in 8 of 9 games this season (all off the bench). Dinwiddie entered tonight’s game 5th in the league in points scored off the bench, trailing only JJ Redick, Lou Williams, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.
Paul hits a dagger three to end the 3rd to extend their lead back to 5
The starters lacked energy overall in the quarter and the bench stepped up to keep the Nets within striking distance
Harris just makes the right play no matter the circumstance
Chris Paul is unstoppable
Harris again drives and dishes to Davis
Napier pushes the pace and gets to the line.
Nets look so much better when they get into their sets early and move in transition
The Nets wouldn’t be in half of their close games this season without the production of Davis and Napier off the bench
Why did I have to tweet this?
Halfway through the final, Russell still hasn’t seen any court time
Dudley just guarded Paul very capable, nice
Allen’s looked tentative for a lot of this one Nets go to the hack Cappella to send him to the line with 4 minutes to go. He hits one, and airballs the other Brooklyn does the same thing again, this time Capella hits both
Nets have missed 7 consecutive field goals
The offense has been absolutely putrid for both teams in the stretch
Harris three cuts it to 4 with 40 seconds left in the contest
Clear travel from Gordon not called by the officials
It was therapeutic to be able to spew my thoughts throughout the game. There were plenty of problems that mainly came in the 2nd half. The defensive communication was lacking too often while Coach Atkinson’s decision to keep Russell on the bench in the final quarter was puzzling, especially given Crabbe wasn’t providing much offensively.
LeVert was awesome again, as was my boy Joey Buckets but the positives were few and far between on yet another disappointing outing for the Nets.