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As always, I am Adam Arm Brecht on behalf of the We Got nits podcast talking to You about the game that was Brooklyn Goes to Indiana comes up with a enormous win against the Pacers, a team that has been struggling.
Obviously, they had lost five straight.
Now six, as the Nets are able to come from behind here after leading much of the first half and then even into the third quarter as well, they fall behind, get behind as many as five points but then down the stretch.
Really do a fantastic job.
And there's one player in particular that we have seen doing these kind of things earlier in the year in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Caris Levert.
And that is, of course, as we affectionately call him here, the entrepreneur Spencer Dinwiddie.
So we want to come in and take a look at a couple of those big plays that happened down the stretch and then also go over some of the quotes in the postgame from Spencer de Muddy as well as Kenny Atkinson.
This is a game where again, as we mentioned, Nets lead this one most of the way.
And then down the stretch, they find themselves trailing with 30 seconds to go.
There's a couple of sequences that happened here.
That really ah, you know, turn the tide and kept him.
You kept them within reach.
Unfortunately, over the over the fourth quarter, especially in the later stages, it felt like and Doug and I talked about this on our latest and 50th podcast episode that we just put out this morning for you.
You know, when you felt like the Nets had fallen behind, trailed by three by five.
And they kind of went through this four minutes stretch where there was trading buckets back and forth with the Pacers, and it really made you feel like if you're not gonna be able to get at least one stop on the defense it and it seemed near impossible that you're going to get yourself back into this one.
However, as they work their way through that fourth quarter, they get the inbounds play on the baseline.
Caris Levert, inbounds finds Joe Harris.
He slashes into the basket, gets his up and into go, by the way, this is the fourth quarter were earlier.
There was a sequence nearly, uh, you know, I feel like step for step.
The same is that Toronto game missed three point attempt.
Joe Harris gets the rebound chance to put it back up and in.
And Mrs It's so unlike in the Toronto game, however, where that was the last second at the end as the buzzer sounds opportunity.
This one came off with a few minutes to go there in the fourth quarter, but nevertheless, he scores that up and under at the basket there.
Then, with 30 seconds coming down the floor, Spencer Dinwiddie surveys following the miss on the offense event from the Pacers.
So there were a couple of sequences where Pacers were missing shots, but then the Nets weren't able to capitalize.
So they come down the floor.
He works himself to the right side of the floor.
You see, Joe Harris comes out and sets a bit of a mini screen against Broad, and he's picking him up and then just kind of bleeds himself away over the left side, just beyond the Arc Spencer dimwit.
He finds him Joe Harris knocks down the huge three, and that's really what felt like a big mo mentum shift there.
But at the same time, while that gave them the lead coming, Ray back down in succession, they work their way down the floor.
They find Sabonis.
DeAndre Jordan is in the lane waiting for him. He does pick him up.
He does follow him into the basket.
But, like was having all game long here for Sabonis.
He's able to get rate inside and get that bucket to go, and it leaves the Nets with just 9.
8 seconds on the shot clock, trailing by one now in the fourth quarter to back it up here and really set the expectations right.
This is a game where terrorists avert, struggled a little bit uneven, did have a big three pointer there in the fourth quarter, though, so I came up with a nice shot.
But but overall, obviously was it was a game where he struggled.
That's had five turnovers in this one Caris.
Levert accounted for nearly half of them, so that was obviously a concern coming into the fourth quarter stretch and it just felt like if someone was going to be able to pick this one up.
For the Nets, it was goingto have to come on the hands, all the Joe Harris, maybe from the perimeter.
Or as you started to get that sense.
Spencer Gemini, who gets to the basket and goes to the foul line five times in the fourth quarter alone, finishes the night 13 of 14 from the free throw line.
Knocks down big shot after big shot.
Really, it was interesting how you hadn't seen him do a lot of this throughout the 1st 3 and 1/2 for three and 1/2 3 and 3/4 of this game.
Yet when it gets into the stretch, it's time to take over.
He just starts barreling downhill, gets again, got in there, made a couple and one opportunities and then got found out a couple of fadeaway jumpers in the lane as well, and still got to the line, knocked out his free throw shots on and, you know, finish this game with 11 assists.
Couples that with a team high, I think 23 points 2123 points there, none bigger.
8 seconds they work their way down the floor and basically and we went over this on the podcast as well.
So hopefully you had an opportunity to listen to that were coming into you later in the day here.
And there's plenty of other good covers that we talk about in terms this game.
Doug and I go into a lot more detail around this matchup, but he comes down the floor and he spent The whole game was always seven from beyond the arc, but he, you know, work spend a lot of this quarter getting downhill, attacking at the basket, drawing fouls, getting to the line.
Braga is defending against him as he works his way down.
You can think about how Spencer Dimwit is the kind of guy that likes to chuck him up.
So you felt like maybe he's gonna pull the trigger from deep, even though they're only down by one.
So obviously you know a mid range shot is going to do it for you.
In the postgame, he talks about how this is probably the weakest point of his game, is the mid range and Kenny Jackets and sometimes gets a little frustrated with him when he wants to go into a mid range shot because just not what he is the best at.
So with a chuckle, he mentions this because Kenny Atkinson is trying to push him to do the things that he does so well.
And that's again attacking the basket.
So 07 from beyond the arguably wouldn't want to see him pull it from three.
In this scenario, he works Brogden down.
He's dribbling around the perimeter, still out on the ark there and then takes a few dribbles down into the lane on the right side.
And basically those couple of little steps there.
We highlight this on the podcast where visually got the sense of Brockton probably has it in his mind.
Here, this is leased.
The way that I I read the plane is that Spencer did what he spent the entire quarter driving, attacking, attacking the basket so broad is giving just a little bit of ground.
As Doug pointed out when we discussed this, you know, n B A.
Players don't need a lot of room to get their shot off, so maybe it's a relatively incidental, but you see him just a little bit back on his heels, waiting for Spencer Dinwiddie.
Really attack at him and try to go with the rim, get the bucket, possibly the foul, and instead he dribbles in, takes that little step, and then it's that jab back elevates knocks down.
The massive shot there gives the Nets the 106105 lead 3.
8 seconds left on it, and then it ends up being down at the other end.
Defensively, inbound play comes.
They get into Brogden thinks the bonuses.
They're setting up a bit of a screen.
He gets some space, and it is.
Spencer did what he was trying to fight through that screen and get up in the face of a broad into, not allowed to get a clean look off there from beyond the arc.
And it is actually DeAndre Jordan, who flashes out he's up in the top of the Ark there, because so bonuses out there and he doesn't really nice job flashing by still gets the shot off.
NBA players don't need a lot of room to get their work done, but it is a great job just given a fly by swipe bride and complained about a foul.
I really didn't see anything on the play from taking and look back at it.
And also, referees aren't gonna call, maybe the grays of the hand, you know, on a last second shot in the fourth quarter.
But it looked like it was clean and he was just there to pester him.
That shot's off the mark and the Nets come away with a very big win, and you think about coming up short in a game where it didn't feel like you were really in it. Against Toronto.
You surge back 30 to 19 in the fourth quarter there, and then you end up coming up short when Joe Harris is Joe Harris.
Excuse me has the opportunity.
So from that standpoint, you can look at this and say, It's big on a couple of levels.
It's a nice redemption there, winning a tight game in the fourth because you don't want that to become a theme or narrative around your basketball team.
You also get Joe Harris, who gets the big lay up the Big three pointer.
He comes alive in the fourth quarter, knocks down a handful of threes.
So he gets a nice sense of redemption out of that last game.
And also, how you gonna have that put back lay of opportunity and this one that he couldn't connect on.
And then you get Spencer Dinwiddie knocking down this big shot.
So, you know, we talked about it again as well dug in myself.
He mentioned that it feels like you.
You lose that close game where you fought back against Toronto.
Get this one here, you get the wind, and it almost feels like house money.
Whatever happens against Toronto tomorrow night is okay.
Because you get this big winner and feels good.
You know that the Pacers were struggling coming into this since they've gotten back Victor Oladipo, who's still trying to get his rhythm and get his legs underneath him.
But, man, you know you play Toronto close, you get this win against the Pacers.
The Toronto game is going to be at home now.
Larry will be back on the floor for them.
I don't know about Gasol of double check on him, but they'll be there 1% strength.
Don't expect Kyrie Irving to be out on the floor there for the Nets.
So will be a different challenge.
The boy when we talked about this four game stretch where you had Toronto next, excuse me, you're going to get it as the back to back there down in Philadelphia against the 70 Sixers.
All the sudden, you can come out of this thing and maybe go to into over these four games games that you thought maybe, you know, one and three would be fantastic.
And it still will be even if you lose to Toronto tomorrow night and lose to Philly down in Philly, where they are very strong, obviously, on their home court.
But if you could somehow get this win tomorrow night and then really be playing with house money when it comes to taking on Philadelphia, you can head into the All Star break on a real buzz for yourself because you're you're moving that needle getting closer to 500 then we've highlighted how the game's in behind them.
Obviously, we're going to be some softer landing spot.
Specifically, get Charlotte.
Ah, you know, you get the Spurs mixed in there as well.
Take a look at the schedule before we get out of here.
But that was just a really, really big came and open to exciting, like, just fun.
Hopefully you were able to find us here I was I was screaming Ho hi opening.
But, you know, given you want a bit of a near shock there.
But at the end of that game is the fantastic sequence of plays that has the Nets come up with just a huge victory on the road.
So they get the win 106105 We go into just a couple of the quotes here.
First off, we'll start with Spencer Dinwiddie following the game.
He talks about it and just what it means to get the wind.
Obviously, we know they're going through their own struggles.
That's the Indiana Pacers, obviously.
But us on the road versus high quality competition has been a struggle to so talking about that right? The Nets have had fourth quarter leads that they've I'm gonna be able to get back all the way home across the finish line at the end of the games.
They have been close and ones where they're trying to come back and then I'll be unable to complete the comebacks as well.
So ah, you noted that this was the team's first win against a team with a winning record on the road.
So how about that for a footnote of this one? The Nets haven't had success against winning teams on their home court.
So when you think ahead about taking on the Philadelphia 76 years in a couple of nights, that's why this one, that one, that one game looms so large.
And why this one was such a big win for them.
Us being us of being this team, being ah, between the two to break out of their struggles a little bit was huge.
And the guys in the locker room want to keep the momentum going and get a win before the All Star break and ride a little nice wave into the break as well.
So this and more just notes about what it is to get some of these winds before you hit the All Star break.
And again, if you could squeak out another win here between Toronto and Philadelphia, you'd really be riding a bit of a high.
There is, you know, coming out of the All Star break.
All things being equal, you're going to get Kyrie back on the floor as well.
Even you know the videos showing Katie full basketball moves out there on the court practicing, you know, whatever that means for him at the back end of this year is irrelevant.
But it just feels that there's a lot of buzz and positive energy right now around the team.
So you'd love to continue to ride this as you head towards the All Star break.
Kenny Atkinson talked about it as well.
It just boost your confidence and a booster chemistry when you get a win.
The guys were making big plays and they trusted more, so it's a good start, Kenny Atkinson said.
We obviously have a lot more difficult games to go on the road against good teams, so hopefully this is the beginning of getting some more.
So again, you know, this is that idea of that.
While this is a big win, it still is just the start of it.
You go back to the game where they lost against Toronto.
Spencer and enmity in the postgame.
After that said they said, Hey, you were able to fight back, you come up short, but you know, had a big fourth quarter and gave yourself a chance to win.
Spencer Dinwiddie shot that down immediately, said.
There's no moral victories for this team.
We are a playoff team.
We need to be doing better and winning these games more often than not so again.
To follow that up with a win against the Pacers was also big in its own right.
This is a game where again, I think it's 4th 5th triple double off his career for Sabonis.
So he definitely had his way with the Nets a little bit.
On top of that, though, you did see it wasn't, ah, big game from all the Depot.
He's still trying to figure himself out and get his rhythm going.
I thought that it was interesting because the mid range game was really affected for Indiana in this one.
And when you go to the final stat lines, Nets only end up shooting under just around 32 a half percent from beyond the arc.
But on the flip side of things, the Pacers shot just over 20% of from the perimeter so even though they were at 48% for the game and the Nets only shot 40 from the floor Overall, you see how those things and a balancing it out.
The other big difference in this one was obviously the fuel goal ratios.
As we get into that a little bit here, taking a look, I'll just pull.
I want to make sure I get thes stat lines.
The Nets got into this Ah, into this scenario where you thought with Turner with Sabonis, right? Lack of a lot of bigs for Oscar's in terms of big really draw a lot of fouls.
Going the basket with DeAndre.
Jordan's not a big foul.
That's the right way to put it when I'm on the offensive end.
Jared Allen can certainly do it, and he flashed some points throughout this game as well.
But you have to think about Spencer Dim.
Would he get into the line? We don't have Kyrie and then with Caris Levert a little bit off night, you could call it a little bit surprising that you're able to see the Nets do such an effective job of getting to the line in this one.
Now, at the end of the day, it was 13 or 14 as I mentioned for the, uh, after mentioned Spencer Dinwiddie.
And then you go inside these numbers a bit more, though, so the team overall ends up finishing this game.
And so I just want to make sure that I had the number accurate here.
The team overall ends up going 12 37 from beyond the Yorks or 32 a half percent spot on their 40% from the field.
Yes, were accurate, There is well, and it was 48 nearly 49% for the Pacers from the field with ah on Lee, 23% from the perimeter.
Now the other other big stat, though, was 24 of 32 for Brooklyn at the line.
You know, Spencer Dinwiddie represents over over 1/3 of those attempts, but they knocked down 75% of their free throws.
That looms large when you go on the other side of things and you see just eight of 11 for the Pacer, so they only get to the line 11 times over the course of the game.
you see how that discrepancy of eight points of verses? 24.
So you know this is a game one of 6105 When we talked about this and sometimes going on the other side of things when the Nets don't get to the lineup were don't knock down enough of those free throw attempts.
You find themselves struggling to keep themselves in games again, that you need a last second shot to win.
And you know that's what being a one point victory, and you had 16 year plus 16 at the line against your opposition.
That obviously was very big.
They were also plus 13 53 to 40 overall in rebounding in this game as well.
So in spite of a player like Sabonis, we go inside that triple double.
He went 11 of 15 and 38 minutes, gave 23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists.
So big numbers there for him.
You go through the rest of this roster, though.
Justin Holiday does pick up seven for years, and they really did Sprinkle it in Turner with by four for Brockton and older Depot again.
Old Depot, just five of 14 two of six from beyond the arc.
12 points, Brock and finishes and 32 minutes is three of 11 and six points.
So you know Warren picked up the slack for them.
Certainly eight of 13 from the field.
There were some performances from their side, including McDermott, who came in off the bench.
Give you 18 minutes.
Six of eight and two of four from beyond the arc, 13 points overall.
So you know, these things were certainly mixed in there, but again, at the end of the day, the bonus was there was a real problem from an offensive perspective, with a little bit of warrant sprinkled in there.
And there just wasn't enough with all the Depot's still trying to sort himself out.
Excuse me not to really worry about the offense that output from this team remember, we had also mentioned it to coming into this one over that owned five now owns six, Such for the Pacers.
They had been a team that was scoring 112 points per game over the previous 10 18 to mark there, This one, they score 105 points, their own six.
Now they were averaging.
Now, 105 probably in 1050.
5 points in that six game losing streak.
So they're trying to figure out a lot of people get back in and rhythm get back into their system.
So they're going through a little bit, their own struggles here.
But at the end of the day, this really plays to the plays into the Nets.
They struggle to put up points a little bit.
Recently, the Nets.
No, they're still gonna have their own issues without Kyrie available.
So 106105 low scoring game over under on This was to 19.
So they dio come with the under and then networks plus six and 1/2.
So if he had any money on the betting line here, opportunity to pick up, Ah, couple of bucks there.
If he took the Nets straight up, I think they were plus 2 20 if you took him on the money life.
That being said, we touch it over on the net side of things.
And again, there's an uneven, oven uneven game here across the board.
Tori on Prince knock down some nice three pointers early in this one, but he finishes three of eight from the outside, just five of 15 from the field.
Overall gives you 14 points, though.
Jared Allen six of nine from the floor in just 20 minutes of action, by the way.
So DeAndre Jordan got a heavy dose in this one, especially in the third.
Going to that fourth quarter there he, ah, Jared Allen that is finished with eight rebounds, 13 points.
So decent performance for him.
We mentioned his struggles for 13 1 of four from beyond the arc.
Big Big one in the fourth quarter.
There from Deep had the two rebounds and the three assists.
We expand the stat lines here, though.
Just the highlight, though.
Six turnovers Team had 10 and he had six of them.
So just just some careless balls.
And that was actually the sequence of the fourth quarter, where he came down, got a nice layout back of the defense it and swatted away Broncos attempt to go the go baseline and get a scoop up and under, and then he breaks back out.
And instead of finishing with a big florist, tries to fire across no look feed to Tori on Prince, gets that one picked off So just an uneven game from him, but the value of team concept.
But for me, Temple.
20 minutes for a 10 3 of seven from money Beyond the art.
Kicked in three sisters.
Well, gives you 11. Mention DeAndre Jordan.
You know, we've knocked him a times so you can not like his performance.
Always bought 19 rebounds, 19 rebounds.
So he came up really big.
He had a couple of nice tips out on the offensive end games of second chance opportunities.
I felt really battled at both ends of the floor, and he is, in fact, on that.
What was the three bowl from Joe Harris in the fourth quarter? There It's a missed by the Pacers.
He's the one who gathers that rebound, gets that quick feed out to Spencer Dinwiddie and let's and break out to survey the floor and ultimately get it over the lumber Joe to knock down that big shot.
So he has a great performance in 28 minutes.
You also talk about in that starting rotation to round it out with, said Spencer Dinwiddie, four of 15 07 from beyond.
The art didn't matter.
Six rebounds, 11 assists in this game.
Spent most of the first half being a facilitator, finding his teammates and then, as he said, takes over and gets most of his points.
The line 13 off his 21 coming at the line in this game and then Joe Harris was the last 15 12 and 34 minutes, 47 from beyond the arc.
Gives you eight big rebounds.
He did a really nice job.
Didn't mention this on the podcast, and shame on me for forgetting to bring it up.
But he did a great job crashing in on a couple of possessions on the offensive end and on the defense of glasses.
Well, where you see a three ball going up or a shop in the perimeter and he just all of a sudden, and Joe Harris in a crowd grabbing this bolt flying in, by the way, because he doesn't have the size just to be in that mix there, grabbing it, being able to kick it back out and give a second chance opportunity, you know, just really showed a lot of grit and tenacity.
So another one of those opportunities where you can see Joe Harris is.
Game has expanded into some new facets, and we batted this around the last couple of episodes.
We said it before the trade deadline was coming up.
You know what is gonna happen with Joe Harris? How are they going to manage this roster when you think about going into next year on? Joe Harris will be a free agent and probably looking to make 15 plus 1,000,000 sausage Can the Nets managed to figure that out and make the money? Work will be interesting to see how that plays out, because I was already a fan of Joe Harris, already one of my favorite players on the team, and now he's really continue to do some of the other little things around what you love and his sharp shooting from the outside that is, Ah, at least been endearing them to me, and I noted the fan base over.
Also, he comes over the big one that marks all five players in the starting lineup with 10 plus points, three more with 10 plus points off the bench as well.
Wilson Chandler had a bit of a know nothing game there, ho hum, but at the end of the day, just a massive win for the Brooklyn Nets.
So loved everything that we got out of this game from Annette standpoint, last but not least, before we get out the door here and then we'll obviously be back in tomorrow night with a play by play as they take on the Toronto Raptors.
Let's talk about that schedule as we know they're gonna come out of this big win here against the Pacers.
By the way, you want to go back a little bit.
You can now talk about how going Max, that Detroit game back at the end of January and the 25th the Nets found now find themselves six and three over the last nine will have these two big matchups on Wednesday and Thursday night.
May I apologize that this is gonna be a big delay here.
I thought that this was back to back tomorrow night marks the end for them before a long break for the All Star break.
And then they'll come back in on Thursday, the 20.
So this may work out for them, in a sense, because Kyrie Irving, who won't be available for them.
I wouldn't have been available if they played on Thursday.
Now on the 20th following the All Star break, chance to get healthy and back on the floor.
Maybe that moves the needle for that Philadelphia game.
So tomorrow night will be the end of it of the ah first half of the season, quote unquote, because we know that the All Star Game runs a little bit later than the actual midpoint.
But following that out of the break, we'll have that Thursday to 20 game against Philly, the 22nd Saturday at Charlotte, followed by Orlando, followed by a trip to Washington and to Atlanta.
Then you get into that stretch against the Heat.
The Celtics, the Grizzlies.
Ah, and the Spurs spurs a different team than we've experienced in years past.
But you know that four game clump there.
Maybe you figure you go two and two over that run, but the previous run with Charlotte, Orlando, Washington in Atlanta, That's Ah, you know, MBA is the N B A.
You can lose but three and one for no kind of stretch for them.
So when you think about the Nets right now, being 24 28.
If you can sneak this win against Toronto, somehow be 25 28 at the All Star break.
I think that'd be big Mo mentum push for the Nets.
Ah, and then coming out of it again, if you look ahead and go all the way through, Boy in really, I want This is a big stretch to look through.
But if you go all the way down to Thursday, March 12th when they take on the Golden State Warriors so right now I'm taking a look at 2468 10 12 games.
Stretch here after they come out of the 70 Sixers game.
So let's just say that even if they lose both of these and 24 30 after that, all start breaking the game against the Sixers.
Yeah, so after that Sixers game, you're gonna go at it.
You can go for no sweep against Charlotte and ah, the Orlando Magic, the Washington Wizards, the Atlanta Hawks, though their new look.
Then you get Miami in Boston.
You want to call those losses? Find the Memphis game is a toss up San Antonio.
You want a victory there and then you want that victory, obviously, against Chicago.
Tough matchup in L. A. Against L.
But then you get the Golden State Warriors, who we know the shape that they're in right now so I can look down this line and say 1234567 victories over those next over the next 12 game stretch.
And that basically means over seven and five over a 12 game stretch.
If you can get one of these winds snuck in here, be 25 28.
You'll be right there in about 500 before you head down into the back end of this schedule.
The last 15 or so games you look to make that final push and head towards the playoffs, so everything is out in front of the Nets right now.
This is a great momentum building game, a fantastic performance from Spencer Dinwiddie in the fourth quarter.
They get an enormous one of 6105 victory against the patient.
If you want to hear the back end of that.
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Is that the last probably five minute marker? So at the back end of this, that'll pick you up.
Rate in there is Joe Harris gets the bucket, gets the three bowl.
You see the exchanges on the defense and offensive end.
So if you want to hear some excitement from yours truly, you can go ahead and take a listen on that from a Ah, we got next podcasting standpoint.
I don't know if we'll come back in at the end of the week and do one before the All Star break.
I mentioned it on the broadcast last night.
I will be here on the All Star break, talking about Joe Harrison Spencer Dinwiddie defending their titles in the Skill Tom petition and the three point shooting competition, respectively.
So that would be a fun little thing that will do also come in and talk news and notes, obviously Ah, both after the broadcast tomorrow night and then on Thursday and into the weekend, if there's anything that comes out specifically about Kyrie Irving and just knowing that he's getting that clean, clear bill of health and it's more just bonus rest for him as they head into the All Star break.
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