Player News - Nets

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DeMarre Carroll matched his career-high 26 points during a 101-95 win over the Heat on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

It's his fifth 20-point game of the season and he's also scored in double figures for six straight. Carroll did have a mild tweak to his right knee, but he obviously looked fine. He also closed as the power forward in this game, which will be important for him because of D'Angelo Russell getting in the mix to take wing minutes away. The needle doesn't move too much on Carroll here because DAR's return may hurt his playing time, so he's more of a hold than anything else.
Jan 19 - 11:32 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

He and Caris LeVert were fantastic today with that duo posting a +71.2 net rating in their eight minutes together. Dinwiddie did not play next to D'Angelo Russell today, but that should happen in the near future once Russell is back to full health. Regardless, Dinwiddie should still have a good chance to flirt with top-50 value in nine-category leagues.
Jan 19 - 11:28 PM

Caris LeVert scored 12 points with four rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

It certainly wasn't his best game overall, but LeVert took over late with two huge shots to help the Nets get this win. He logged a good amount of minutes with D'Angelo Russell and he closed next to Spencer Dinwiddie. Coach Kenny Atkinson could roll with all three together in some matchups, so that'll be something to watch. We'd expect LeVert to trend down, but today's strong finish helped him.
Jan 19 - 11:22 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored seven points with six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

Coach Kenny Atkinson pulled RHJ in the fourth to go with a frontcourt combo of DeMarre Carroll and Quincy Acy at the four and five. Carroll had a huge game in this one while Acy also did a fine job on Hassan Whiteside, so Atkinson's feel for this game was a big factor on his lineup moves. While D'Angelo Russell's return could slightly hurt his scoring, Hollis-Jefferson should still have a chance to be a mid-round guy.
Jan 19 - 11:15 PM

Jarrett Allen scored six points with seven rebounds against the Heat on Friday over his 13 minutes.

He gave the Nets a nice spark in the third quarter and he continues to show his potential on both ends. Jahlil Okafor has been exposed on defense more often these days and it's not like Tyler Zeller is locked in as a starter. Allen's stash appeal could start growing in a hurry.
Jan 19 - 11:11 PM
Quincy Acy - F/C - Nets

Quincy Acy scored seven points with four rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He was big time late in this game and was the best option against Hassan Whiteside. Acy has seen plenty of minutes with 23.6 per game over his last five, averaging 8.0 points, 5.4 boards, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 treys. You could do worse in a deep league.
Jan 19 - 11:08 PM

Allen Crabbe made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks ad one turnover in 27 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He missed all six shots from deep in this game and he lost some playing time to Joe Harris down the stretch. Crabbe has been extremely inconsistent this season, so it may be hard for him to close games on a regular basis with so many options. If he's one of your worst players on your shallow roster, you may want to see what else is out there.
Jan 19 - 11:04 PM
Joe Harris - G/F - Nets

Joe Harris scored 12 points with one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He saw some big minutes late in this game and hit a couple important shots, finishing at 4-of-5 from the field. Harris has been a pleasant surprise for the Nets and it'll be interesting to see how he fits in with so many options on the perimeter. He'll probably trend down once D'Angelo Russell gets rolling again.
Jan 19 - 11:01 PM

Jahlil Okafor scored four points with two rebounds and one block in eight minutes against the Heat on Friday.

It was probably eight minutes too many as Okafor may have had his worst defensive game as a Net. If you're stashing him, there's a very good chance there is someone better on your waiver wire.
Jan 19 - 10:58 PM

D'Angelo Russell made his return against the Heat on Friday, missing all five shots from the field and making 1-of-2 from the line for one point with two assists and two turnovers in 14 minutes.

The rust was there for Russell tonight. He played nine minutes in his first stint with most of his minutes coming next to Caris LeVert. He also didn't close this game after his five-minute stint in the second half, but that's no surprise after missing two months. It'll probably take Russell a handful of games to get going again, so his owners may need to wait a little longer before they start feeling good about him being back in the lineup.
Jan 19 - 10:56 PM

D'Angelo Russell will come off the bench against the Heat on Friday.

There's still no word of a minutes limit, but it would be a major surprise to see him get close to 30 minutes after missing over two months. Russell has said he's excited to play next to Spencer Dinwiddie, so that duo should still see a decent amount of run tonight.
Jan 19 - 5:53 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) said he expects to play Friday vs. Miami and that he has not been given any minutes limit.

Russell, who has not played since November 11th, is on track to make his long-awaited return to the Nets lineup. It's surprising that he claimed he won't have a minutes limit, considering how careful Brooklyn tends to be regarding injuries. Thus, it's safe to assume he will log fewer than 30 minutes in his first game back. Coach Kenny Atkinson should shed some light on that subject when he speaks with the media later today.
Jan 19 - 12:20 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) is listed as 'probable' for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

Russell "looked good" on Wednesday, according to coach Kenny Atkinson, and barring a setback on Friday it looks like he'll be back in action. The Nets haven't clarified what minute-limits or restrictions Russell will have initially, but this is still terrific news for Russell's patient fantasy owners.

Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-of-13 from the field for nine points with one rebound, two steals and a career-high 13 assists against the Spurs on Wednesday.

With no turnovers as well, that makes this game the most assists for a Net without a turnover since Jason Kidd's 13 way back in 2004. Dinwiddie has been superb at the point and he's clearly earned minutes even when D'Angelo Russell returns, which could come on Friday. His per-minute numbers are fantastic with DAR, so Dinwiddie should still be held in all leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:03 PM

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points with eight rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He gets to 100 triples faster than any Net in the team's history with his 41 games topping Deron Williams' 44 back in 2011-12. Crabbe also hit 20 points for the sixth time this season to match his entire output last season -- his boards matched a career-high, too. Good game aside, Crabbe may have a tougher time earning minutes because D'Angelo Russell returning will make the wing rotation a bit of a mess.
Jan 17 - 10:59 PM


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