There were a number of positives Wednesday night in Atlanta ... if you can still see through the tears and the pain.
The big one, of course, was Mikal Bridges 45-point, 10-rebound performance, one of three double-doubles by the Nets starters. the others being Nic Claxton’s 22 points and 11 rebounds and Spencer Dinwiddie’s 26 points and 12 assists.
Then there was Cam Johnson’s rediscovery of his shot. CJ had his best game of the season: 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting overall, including 5-of-8 from deep, to go along with five assists, five rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes before cramping up late.
It’s the kind of game Sean Marks & co. expected when they gave him a four-year, $94 million deal that with incentives could balloon to $108 million. But he spent a three months with Team USA, then a calf injury kept him out of preseason and a hamstring injury in the season opener kept him out of seven regular season games. Until Wednesday, he didn’t seem himself.
As Brian Lewis reports Friday, a rejuvenated Johnson could be a big deal for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets. “If he needed a few games to find his rhythm, perhaps it has been found,” adding, “Even more encouraging was the diversity of Johnson’s 3-point makes: one from each corner, one from a wing and two from just about straight-on.”
For the Nets, that would be a big deal and not just because they are missing Cam Thomas and his 26.7 points a game. Brooklyn needs reliable 3-point shooting and CJ was a career 39.3% which is 28th among active NBA players. It would be a big deal.
- Nets’ Cam Johnson finding shooting rhythm after injury-filled start to season - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Are Nets giving up too many three-point shots? - Evan Barnes - Newsday