After another hot start, the Nets quickly fell into a slump. However, they never let go of the rope and grinded their way through the game, despite things not going their way. Through much of the night, Joe Harris was the only Net playing well ... until the fourth quarter, when Spencer Dinwiddie began to erupt, reminding fans of last year’s breakout season. Not only did Dinwiddie ultimately hit the game winner against Andre Drummond, he also sent the game into OT, and was the defender who forced Blake Griffin into a missed jumper at the buzzer. It’s hard to express just how important of a game this was for a team on a three game losing streak. The Nets will next be in action Friday night when they host the Houston Rockets.
D’ANGELO RUSSELL (6 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds – 3/15 in 25 minutes)
D’Angelo Russell just couldn’t find the bottom of the net tonight. At just 3/15 from the field, it was one of Russell’s least efficient performances as a Net. However, aside from his shooting and scoring, I thought Russell played a decent game. He once again played within the flow of the offense and took relatively good shots. Some nights you’ll make them, some nights you won’t; it was just one of those nights for Russell.
CARIS LEVERT (19 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds – 7/16 in 40 minutes)
Another good game for Caris LeVert. LeVert once again looked poised and in control as he had his second strong game of the season against Detroit. His three-point shooting is still an area needing improvement (1-5 tonight), but overall he had a solid, well-rounded performance.
SPENCER DINWIDDIE (25 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds – 8/15 in 32 minutes)
My first A+ of the season goes to Spencer Dinwiddie; the star of the night. Just an unbelievable performance from Dinwiddie, who willed the Nets to a comeback victory. As Andre Drummond said, it seems as if Dinwiddie has a vendetta against Detroit as he seems to dominate every time he plays them. The key to Dinwiddie games like these is his three-point shooting. Dinwiddie went 5/9 from beyond the arc against Detroit, making tough threes throughout the fourth quarter and overtime. If he can continue to shoot well from deep, Dinwiddie is poised to take another step this season.
JARRETT ALLEN (14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists – 6/8 in 22 minutes)
Jarrett Allen was highly effective against Detroit for the second time this season. Despite being in constant foul trouble and only playing twenty-two minutes, Allen put up a solid stat-line and gave trouble to Drummond whenever in the game. Allen will match up to the players he’s most compared to, Clint Capela, when the Nets meet the Rockets on Friday.
RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON (8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists – 4/9 in 25 minutes)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is slowly working his way into form. The combination of he and Jared Dudley did well in slowing Blake Griffin, who has been on a tear to start this season. When Jarrett Allen fouled out, RHJ stepped in as the center in OT and did well to battle on the boards. It’s a lineup that bears more time together, especially late game when the Nets need to switch defensively. A ‘Swiss army knife’ of sorts, RHJ is a valuable piece on this Nets team.
JOE HARRIS (23 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 4 threes – 8/14 in 41 minutes)
Joe Harris is good… like really good. He has established himself as the Nets most consistent player in the early going and for much of the night tonight, he was their best. In a team high forty-one minutes, Harris did more than jump connect from deep. He gets to the line, drives the paint, and creates for others; truly a marvelous signing for Marks and Co.
ED DAVIS (10 points, 10 rebounds – 4/6 in 18 minutes)
Much like Allen, Davis was in foul trouble for most of the night against Detroit’s All-Star frontline of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. However, also like Allen, Davis proved to be effective in limited action as he registered yet another double-double off of the bench. Davis knows his role and plays it perfectly.
JARED DUDLEY (11 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds – 2/9 in 38 minutes)
Dudley struggled at points tonight, but per usual, he was still a positive presence on the floor. Dudley is the only Nets player with a positive plus/minus this season and it’s easy to see why when you watch him. He’s just a winner; a high IQ ball mover willing to do anything needed to win. He even hit some big threes late in the game. He’s easily an upgrade on the stretch fours the Nets put on the floor last season.