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So far, so good returns have been pretty strong.
We've basically had Brooklyn has been up about six points throughout this first half, stretched all the way to 10 at one point and Damian Lillard coming off hitting a nice three pointer.
There certainly has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting for Portland, and they find themselves down just five right now is Kyrie drives the lane, scoops up and in extending the lead to 51 44 with just over 30 seconds remaining here in the first half will go through some of the live action leading up to half time is little gets fouled going down a lane, and he will head over to the line.
To go here in the first and as he goes up to take a couple of free throw shots, will just highlight some of the key points that we had mentioned in the pregame show.
Things We want to look for turnovers, being a big part of that, right? Brooklyn Nets six turnovers in the first half.
That is a marked improvement for what we've seen from them for the most part so far this year, averaging 19.
9 turnovers as Lillard hits his first bucket from the line.
Spencer Dinwiddie picked up his third personal foul there, 51 45 with 32.
3 left to go here.
And as Littler goes up for a second shot, we'll see if the Nets, who have the six point lead, cut it cut down to five.
Here, you like to see them just have a quality possession as they head into halftime.
This is what we talked about in the pregame, maintaining and keeping a lead when possible and then also extending as you hadn't 1/2 Temple had a nice three pointer from the corner.
Ah, couple trips and go down the floor kicked outside to the corner winner in the first half.
He has been very impressive in this one so far as the Nets get back on defense with just over 10 seconds to go here, we'll see if Portland can draw up a play with Damian Lillard just outside the arc, defended by Didn't Woody, he steps back behind the arc? No, that's a town of beauty.
4 on the clock, and that'll do in the first half.
So Damian Lewis, certainly working hard and doing a lot of the heavy lifting here for the Portland Trailblazers.
They'll head into halftime Brooklyn up by 5 54 49 And as we dive into the numbers here at halftime, we talked about it.
We touched on the turnover, certainly Nets limiting themselves to just six big improvement, for we've seen from them so far.
Interestingly enough, when we came into this, we talked about consistency, the marquee matchup between Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.
And certainly, as we get inside the numbers here, it hasn't been a disappointment.
Damian Lillard, with that final three pointer at the at the buzzer, there essentially 26 points in the first half, kicking in three assists as well in a couple of rebounds, shooting nine of 14 from the field, three of six from downtown in a perfect five of five fromthe line in 19 minutes of action.
Now 26 points when you've put up a total of 49.
We highlighted in the pregame contributing over 26 nearly 27% of the offensive output for the Portland Trail Blazers.
And he's doing a bit more than that in this one.
You look over the rest of the roster.
Nobody else is in double digits.
Hi, man behind him is actually going to be Simmons with seven right now.
So while the game is close and while Lillard is having certainly having a nice output, there's still a level of concern from Portland standpoint, because you're not seeing balance and you're not seeing contributions from everyone on the floor.
McCollum right now with just two points, one of 10 from the field, so big struggles.
And when he's your number two man, certainly you needed to be shooting better than that.
Were he to be having more traditional night for him.
You know, you'd be looking at a guy who's probably kicking in 10 to 12 points here in the first half and who knows where the Trail Blazers might found themselves in this match up, we switch over the net side of things will focus in on Kyrie Irving.
First we talked about that being the big matchup.
Kyrie and 17 minutes of action.
Six of 14 2 of five from beyond the arc did not get to the line yet in this one has also had two assists.
Just the one rebound is Steel and 14 points in the first half.
So you know a little bit more just pure scoring from Kyrie, Certainly in this 1st 1 when you look around at the rest of the team.
Couple of assists from Kyrie, couple from avert couple from Den Woody in that second unit.
But again, the balance is gonna be here.
But why? Because you see Spencer **** Lee kicking in four or five from three point range for six from the field overall in 16 minutes of action gives you 12 points and the two assists.
As we mentioned, you also want to highlight a guy like Jared Temple, Garrett Temple Rather struggle from the field but had a nice little three pointer there at the end.
And it's certainly an 11 minutes contributed on the defensive side of the ball.
The big highlight for me has to be.
Jared Allen comes in 17 minutes without DeAndre Jordan on the floor, just two of five from the field on Lee, four points, three blocks in this one.
Also came up with the steal.
Four total rebounds.
Giving you an all around game, really in this one.
It's essential that without DeAndre Jordan and just having another body that's going to spell you, you need to be consistent.
Keep yourself out of foul trouble, certainly, and allow the offense to play through you.
A time to make sure you're setting the consistent picks high on the Ark and then also defensively just being being a presence there.
And he did it on a number of occasions.
Little was able to drive the lane certainly a times and body into him and get his shots off.
But a number of blocks.
He looked very strong in this one night.
Think without reading into it too much.
But certainly his confidence is certain to build here early in the season and the absence of the Andre Jordan probably hasn't coming in here knowing I need to be strong in this one because I am once again as I have been in my young career, so far the true starting center in the big man that needs to carry the load for this team.
We We called for it, right? Nicholas Claxton making his debut on in just seven minutes.
Action that first half to a two from the field to a three fromthe line had Ah, three total rebounds.
Six points plus nine on the floor.
Listen, he obviously is going to be positioned to be more of a power forward at the embassy level.
But he came in and was incredibly active, incredibly comfortable.
I think you showed a great ability to switch on the defensive side of the ball.
Which gives the Nets Ah, extreme level of flexibility.
He stepped out on a number of shooters from the perimeter, did not commit fouls there on that end, was just able to be a pest and be a presence on the offensive side.
Got a couple of tips, came down with the rebound, put it back up on a nice showed feathery touch on his shot there.
I don't think you could be asking for anything more from a rookie and in his first performance of the season and I think that will certainly be able to see here is well, is that I think you're gonna see Kenny Atkinson.
Regardless of when DeAndre Jordan comes back.
Nicholas Claxton offers you size.
You want to bring him along slowly.
You don't want to overload him.
But these air early returns that probably suggest, especially in matchups where you're playing an opponent like the Portland Trailblazers who are small across the board outside of a son. Whiteside.
They do have some players that come off the bench for them, certainly, but by and large, they're small starting unit.
He's gonna get a lot of success against teams like that.
And I think you can.
You can take that away from him for the 1st 7 minutes of his envy. A career.
You can say that he's gonna be able to be an effective player for you when you have the right matchups for short.
Going into the broad numbers here, you know the Portland Trailblazers gets the line 13 times knocked down 12.
They're having success from that standpoint 35.
7 from the field overall and, ah, start the three point range Rather and 34.
8 16 of 46 shooting from the floor.
And remember, when you highlight Damian Lillard going nine of 14 and they've only hit 16 total shot? That means that the rest of the team is combining for seven buckets.
Certainly not a recipe for success from Portland standpoint.
On the net side of things, they are shooting just over 41% 2151 from the field, 40% from downtown on eight of 20 look.
And that is in spite of Garrett Temple going one of four so far from beyond the arc so that it's bringing that number down a little bit.
Most other players across the board have had pretty good success from Deep and then on Lee, though again, here's an area of concern we talked about before on on SportsCastr and on the podcast is, well, the turnovers, which they've done a nice job here in the first half, limiting to six but getting to the free throw line.
Only eight times have they got in there, and they've only hit four of those shots of 50% from the line.
Those air free points and you're not getting it done, Alan actually, misses his two attempts there, and that's really what brings down that number overall.
But I'd like to see them getting a little bit more attacking mentality, even though what you take away from this as well, is, you've been getting down low, you've been having success.
You've been driving the lane and getting good looks.
So if Portland isn't fouling you and you're making those shots, you'll still take that all day.
But you still do want to see them keeping the attacking mentality.
I thought Caris Levert came out obviously looked a little bit sloppy.
I know I wouldn't say. Sloppy Joes, Inconsistent.
Unable to find the shock was one of seven and 15 minutes in the first half.
Guests with line a few times hits.
Two of those has six rebounds.
So I mean, he's being active in this game, certainly, and comes away with a plus seven but had two turnovers.
Grab the block in this one had two assists, but the turnover There's something that he's been struggling with early in the year, so a little bit of disappointing performance there.
But Spencer Dinwiddie certainly comes in with that second unit and highlights of very positive.
You know, when we go into these numbers here Klassen din Witty Temple Musa Nawab actually gets a four minute run here.
Haven't seen him in a couple of games.
All these guys in there with a positive plus rating when they were on the floor in the first half.
So you know, these air, these air good takeaways.
The bench is doing a nice job for this team going even including Spencer. Doing what? You asked.
12 You get six chipped in from Claxton getting you up to 18 and get over 2023 points combined from the bench.
So very balanced.
The bench is coming and carry that load and help push this lead out against a suspect Portland team currently early here in the season.
You know, Musa looked like he was going to show a little bit of a flash there early and then still kind of settled into a struggling mentality.
Going one of +30 of two from yon New York.
Nobody gets a small run.
It's really inconsequential.
I think it's more of a depth thing.
Big takeaways, or that the Nets are having kind of their way on the offensive side of the court, and I think as we look into the second half, expectations should be that you want to see.
But let's get him continue to get a longer run here.
Maybe he gets another nice stretch as you flex at the end of the third quarter, going into the fourth when Jared Allen needs to come out.
I think Jared Allen is gonna have to put in a Max minute kind of effort in this one, at least into the fourth quarter, to see where the score kind of stands.
And but I want to see how the rookie makes adjustments.
From the first half, he saw DeAndre Jordan on the sideline, giving him a lot of tips and information and things to look for.
So hopefully you think you have success and build on lead in the first half.
I want to see Jared Allen stay hungry, stay aggressive and also stay vigilant on the defensive side of the bowl.
He's done a great job so far, really, really just showing his presence there around the rim.
I want to see him continue to attack.
I don't know what you look for out of Caris Levert.
Right now, you know, it seems like you, no matter what.
If it's not Carousel of Earth and Spencer didn't but he's had his struggles.
It is not Spencer dignity than Cruz has had his struggles, by the way.
No sign of kooks in this one.
Certainly an interesting thing to note here.
We talked about it in the pregame as well.
What were we going to expect with Claxton needing to come in and play a role in replacement quote unquote of DeAndre Jordan? But the reality is, is he's at the power forward position.
You're playing a smaller opponent.
So with Jared Allen may be playing a little bit extra minute and because it's a small team match up, it means that really Claxton is also taking minutes away from a guy like crooks in this one.
And I think it's been a smart decision.
Certainly early returns on that, you know, beyond that, this is really kind of how we thought this one was gonna play out.
You haven't. You have a five point lead.
You don't really feel like outside of Damian Lillard.
The Portland travelers just have much to lean on.
They haven't really been effective in and around the rim, thanks to Jared Allen's defense, you've gotten good looks on the offensive side of the bowl.
Joe Harris is not necessarily been shooting from downtown.
Just dip it in numbers here one more time.
Only took one shot from beyond the arc, but contributed with four total rebounds and assists in six points overall.
So you know they haven't done as much of the perimeter perimeter shooting as you would like.
This kind of feels like one of those games where consistency, managing your turnovers, hopefully getting good looks and hitting them when you have the opportunities and then staying aggressive and driving into the lane is probably gonna be a recipe for success here.
I don't know what concerns you can have beyond.
Maybe McCullum turning the corner here in the second half and getting himself going.
That could certainly be an issue, but I think you'd say on the other side of the ball, if Caris Levert gets going, you think those players are gonna wash themselves out.
So what it comes down to for me is everyone else around them and like we've seen these last handful of games.
Kyrie Irving is doing combination of scoring and facilitating.
You're seeing balance.
You're seeing points from the second unit, and that's just a great recipe for success.
So as we get out of here and wait for the second half to come back into action, I think consistency is the key to it.
Let's keep those turnovers down.
Was keep the assist numbers upkeep, facilitating on the offensive side of the ball and rotate defensively.
I'd like to keep an eye on klaxon and how he works of defensive assignments, because I really do think that when you have a second unit and will leave on this note.
Maybe Caris Levert is still on the floor at that point.
And then when you have a guy like Garrett Temple and you have a guy like Claxton, those air you know good size and movement defensive presence where you can you can rotate.
You can shift defensive responsibilities.
That's something that Alan can do at times, book thinking have struggles with.
And then it's something that DeAndre Jordan does not have the ability to do, and it's not done in his career, and it's not done early.
This season for for the for the Nets, certainly so classic has given them a bit of a presence.
Still, it's 6 11 enough size to get the job done.
So I've been looking to see how these defensive rotations continue to line up.
And this is an opportunity for the Nets, who, as we highlight it again in the pregame averaging over 120 also giving up over 120.
This could be a great opportunity for them to kind of get a defensive feather in their cap, so to speak.
Hold the Portland Trail Blazers to a relatively low number around that 100 benchmark perhaps, as we all know, team to get runs at any point in game.
Certainly, Damon Miller is gonna continue to get his, but I'd like to see the Nets kind of lock down defensively and put it into cruise control midway through the fourth.
We wanted that same thing in the Pelicans game.
They had to hold off a bit of a surge.
I don't expect anything less, but at the same time I do think that the team is getting the consistency across the board that you can expect him to hold that off and push towards victory.
Keep an eye on. Spencer did money as well.
He's a sharpshooter this game from three point, so I would expect him to at least hoist up another three or four in the second half.
And if he can stay sharp there, he's gonna have a big night for himself.
And certainly be a catalyst for that second unit, much like he was in the first half.
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