Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers Notes and Observations 11/4/18

THE NETS WON ON MY BIRTHDAY! In the team’s most complete performance on both ends of the floor, the Nets took care of business in resounding fashion against an Atlantic Division rival.

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Here’s how it all unfolded.

1st Quarter:

  • Embiid showcasing his strength in the first two possessions on the offensive end for the Sixers
  • LeVert’s pump fake game under the rim is beautiful
  • Embed continues to challenge Allen physically in the post
  • Nice LeVert steal, good to see Brooklyn creating turnovers, an area they’ve struggled with for over a season now
  • Joe Harris with early fouls means Crabbe is inserted into the lineup earlier than normal
  • Nets start cold early 2/11 in the first 4 and a half mins before LeVert hits the three
  • Missed some very makeable shots around the rim
  • Defense looks solid early
  • LeVert creating a lot of contact down low, Philly defending him nicely
  • Chris’ ISO play is ridiculous

  • Nets shoot under 18% from the field yet are somehow down by only 3

2nd Quarter:

  • Davis and Napier provide so much chemistry and spark off the bench
  • Embiid has forced 3 fouls on Davis, meaning Rondae is now at the five
  • RHJ’s and 1 play ties it up at 25
  • The Sixers are pulling a Nets, they’ve racked up 13 turnovers in just 15 mins of playing time
  • Things are clicking more on the offensive end
  • Nets transition defense has been solid
  • Now with RHJ heading to the locker room, Dudley is at the five
  • Davis reinserted for Allen after Allen picks up his 2nd foul
  • The perimeter shot hasn’t been falling but Philly hasn’t made a shot there at all

  • Embiid mashes his hand on the rim attempting to block a LeVert drive
  • 18 points for LeVert

3rd Quarter:

  • Caris LeVert is an offensive wizard
  • Dudley makes one of the few poor turnovers for the night giving Simmons an easy transition bucket
  • Fouls are gonna be an issue for both teams heading into the 4th
  • Russell and Allen are developing wonderful pick and roll chemistry
  • Despite foul trouble, we still haven’t seen any Rodions Kurucs tonight
  • Sixers finally hit a three halfway through the 3rd thanks to rookie Landry Shamet
  • Harris responds with a 3 of his own
  • D’Lo and LeVert have both been crucial offensively

  • Caris is a defensive wizard

  • Allen nearing a double-double late in the 3rd, 11PTS, 9RBS
  • Crabbe makes his first basket, a drive to the hole
  • Shabazz is money from three
  • Nets on a 24-8 run to give them a 16 point lead with 2.36 left in the 3rd
  • Rondae now in double digits (11 PTS) with that drive to the basket
  • Massive 3rd quarter for Brooklyn

4th Quarter:

  • Only 7 turnovers for the Nets early in the 4th
  • Sixers in the bonus with just less than 10 mins to go in the game
  • Dinwiddie another solid showing with 12 points off the bench
  • Embiid has 5 fouls, Davis and he has been battling hard
  • Crab notches his first three of the night on a Dinwiddie assist
  • Joe Harris is a walking, hairy, bucket

  • D’Lo nails a mid-ranger right in Embiid’s face. Yes, he’s back in the 4th
  • Massive contributions across the board on the offensive end


  • Easily the best performance of the season on both ends of the floor, and against a more talented, favored the opponent
  • Must and Kurucs with back to back buckets in junk time

Defense is what won this for Brooklyn. They were forcing turnovers at a rate that Coach Atkinson and the team have been wanting since the season started.

Defense creates offense and in this case, it was the impetus that got the Nets their 4th win of the season.