Brooklyn Nets’ Top Trade Chip Holding Up His End of Bargain

January 5th, 2017 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

BROOKLYN, New York — It's the morning of the Brooklyn Nets' home-court date with the Golden State Warriors. Brook Lopez is practicing three-pointers—looks he seldom attempted during games before this season. 

He becomes visibly and vocally frustrated that more of his shots aren't finding the net.

That night, facing a Golden State squad that entered with the NBA's second-best defense, Lopez detonates for 23 points in the first half. He buries three of his seven long-range missiles and helps Brooklyn build a 16-point lead that would evaporate by the end of the third quarter.

Jump ahead to the Nets' Dec. 26 meeting with the Charlotte Hornets. Lopez catches the ball a few feet outside the paint, inside two minutes to play, with the game tied. He burns a couple of ticks backing down Cody Zeller.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist cheats about three steps off Sean Kilpatrick and toward the post. That's all Lopez needs; he wafts a one-handed pass to Kilpatrick, who has just enough daylight to drill a go-ahead three.

These are little things—understated anecdotes and contribution ...

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