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3 Takeaways from Brooklyn Nets historic victory over Detroit Pistons

Sad for Pistons fans, happy for Nets fans

Detroit Pistons v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Stacked with Facilitators

The Nets tied their season high for most assists in a game last night with 32 dimes. Detroit’s porous defense didn’t make it easy, but definitely didn’t make it difficult.

One of the benefits of not having a “go to guy” is versatility amongst the roster. Players are often asked to do different things night in and night out depending on who’s hitting shots and who’s not. That then opens the door for players to deepen their bags.

This phenomenon has especially started to take effect in the passing department for the Nets, as they got their impressive assist tally with a variety of contributors.

Spencer Dinwiddie, a usual suspect in this regard, added seven assists, but so did Mikal Bridges. Playing more on-ball than he has at any point in his career, Brooklyn Bridges is averaging a career-high in dimes (and boards.) In an up-and-down season for him, he’s perhaps the team’s largest beneficiary of this malleable offensive scenario in play.

Royce O’Neale, more commonly known for his pump fake threes, came up with five assists as well. Planned or not, he initiated a number of sets for the Nets last night.

On a night where more than 70% of their made baskets came of feeds from teammates, you have no choice but to marvel at the team’s passing. To put it simply, everyone looks for everyone on this team, which is something that cannot be said for most.

It Could Always Be Worse (aka It Ain’t That Bad Here)

In this season of giving, the Pistons left the Nets a box of “perspective” under the tree last night. After executing a mass reconstruction last February and consequently flipping one’s entire outlook on the team on its side, this gift probably isn’t something Nets fans asked for, but needed regardless.

As the losers of five straight straight, Ben Simmons hurt (again), and Mikal Bridges coming off the worst stretch of his career, dark clouds surrounded the Barclays Center all week. But those hovering over the Detroit Pistons made whatever storm that seemed to be brewing over Brooklyn look like a drizzle.

If fans were to air their grievances, the historic losing streak would obviously come first. However, their roster construction and the amount of money they have committed to Monty Williams, who seemed to discover what floor spacing was a week ago, both add extra weight to this growing collection of losses.

At the end of the day, Brooklyn still stands one game under .500, a slew of young players and enough draft capital to build the team back up in a variety of ways. For all the doom and gloom, things could be far worse. We should all try and keep that in mind the next time Cam Thomas misses an outlet pass, Spencer Dinwiddie air mails a lob pass, or Bridges smokes a layup.