In a weekend of disappointment and frustration, one issue didn't get much attention. As the Nets were waiting for Miami and Portland to match on the Nets offer sheet, their youngsters opened summer league play in Las Vegas.
The Nets won, beating the Cavs team, 79-73, with Sean Kilpatrick leading the way and the Nets getting good games from, among others, Beau Beech, the 6'9" swingman out of North Florida, and Isaiah Whitehead, the point guard taken in the second round.
But the two most experienced players on the Nets squad, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough, were pretty bad. For RHJ,it was again a shooting issue, as Brian Lewis reports...
Hollis-Jefferson had just three points in more than 24 minutes Sunday during the Nets’ 79-73 opening win over the Cavaliers, committing five turnovers and missing four of his five shots. He hesitated and bricked a wide-open 3-pointer near the end of the game that underscored his struggles.
McCullough was almost as bad. He shot 3-of-7 from the floor for 9 points and 4 turnovers in 42 minutes.
Once again, the issue for Hollis-Jefferson was his shot.
"He sometimes shoots with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Even that one, I felt he was tight," Kenny Atkinson said. "Just relax and keep your development and your practice habits and shoot that shot. You’ll make it."
But that's easier said than done.
"They just tell me at the end of the day, it comes with repetition and confidence. I don’t have bad form or a lot of those things. It just comes with building confidence, building habits and the repetition," Hollis-Jefferson said.
Something to watch for Monday afternoon on NBA TV when the Nets face the Hawks The game starts at 4:30 p.m.ET