Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls 10-31-16 Takeaways and Players Grades
The Brooklyn Nets had a really rough night this Halloween. They got dominated at home by the Chicago Bulls. Brooklyn falls to 1-3 overall while the Bulls keep up their hot start sitting at 3-0.
The Nets really played terribly tonight as evidenced by the low point total and the point differential. Brooklyn shot a mere 34.4% from the field tonight and got dominated on the glass 58-45. Add in the domination in the assists department too as Brooklyn lost that battle 26 to 14. With the exception of Jeremy Lin, who at one point account for 11 of Nets’ 20 point, the rest of Nets can’t seem to buy a basket. There were so many shots that rimed out that I lost count.
The cherry on top of all of that is the fact that we shot 31 three-pointers and made a pathetic five of them. That equals out to be a 16.1%. No matter the team, shooting 16% from three will hinder you from emerging victorious any night, especially when you shot 31 threes.
This is the fourth consecutive game the Nets have shot over 30 three-point shots; a franchise record. Brooklyn needs to find better shots in order to compete with the rest of the league. Getting good shots increases percentages, including chances of victory.
Jeremy Lin is just about the only Net who kind of showed up to play today. Lin had four steals which is the highlight of the Nets’ box score. Lin also scored 14 points on 6/10 shooting and four assists. Jeremy Lin was one of the few Nets who shot decently from the field and had some sort of production.
Brook Lopez did not look too good tonight as he only grabbed two rebounds. How a seven footer only gets two rebounds in an entire game is beyond me. Lopez did shoot 5/11 scoring 13 points on the night. Against a weaker Bulls front court, one should expect better numbers from Lopez. He will need to perform much better if the Nets have a shot; Jeremy Lin cannot do it alone.
Grading the Players
The only two players for Brooklyn that get a decent grade are Jeremy Lin and Bojan Bogdanovic. They were the only two to really score baskets at a good percentage. They were also the top two scorers for the Nets at 15 and 14 respectively.
Brook Lopez, the bench, and Trevor Booker all get C’s. Sean Kilpatrick led the bench with 13 points but he shot 3/13 and 0/6 from long range. Joe Harris scored nine on 4/8 shooting, but only 1/5 from three. Trevor Booker led the team in rebounds with eight but only scored five points. Booker did snag three steals, though. Maybe Booker deserves a better grade, but he does need to score more than five points, especially on 2/7 shooting.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets an F. For someone who played 30 minutes, he really struggled. RHJ only scored two points with three rebounds and three assists adding in one block. He is coming off of an injury, but he needs to start to produce. He becomes a hindrance to Brooklyn if he gets these minutes with this little production.
This was not a good showing from your Brooklyn Nets, but the season goes on. Brooklyn stays at home as they await the arrival of the Detroit Pistons for a battle in Brooklyn Wednesday night. The Bulls, meanwhile, travel to TD Garden in Boston to face off with the Celtics.
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