The day before game three of the series, Joe Harris became the ninth Net to be unable to participate in the bubble. However, that is no excuse for a team to play scared and lose focus on the task at hand. The Nets came out today looking defeated right from tipoff, which may have resulted from the lack of motivation from Jacque Vaughn and the rest of the coaching staff.
Positives for the Nets
For Brooklyn, Tyler Johnson had a spectacular game, scoring 23 points on eight for fifteen from the field. His memorable night also included five for nine shooting from 3PT. Caris Levert added fifteen points on six for fourteen shooting, including three of six from 3PT. Chris Chiozza seemed passive and unwilling to finish at the basket, but he still scored fourteen points on five for ten shooting.
Negatives from Game Three
However, Garrett Temple (2-12), Jarrett Allen (0-0), and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (3-18) each underperformed during today’s contest. The Nets only scored 30 field goals throughout the entire game compared to 46 for the Raptors. Brooklyn was outrebounded 56-42, and they recorded eleven fewer assists than Toronto (35 vs. 24). The Raptors scored 46 points in the paint, while the Nets could only convert 22 points from inside.
Improvements for the Nets
The adjective that I would use to describe the Nets’ performance in game three would be frightened. The Raptors had a size advantage, which caused the Nets to shoot 51 threes instead of penetrating the defense. On the perimeter, Nets defenders struggled to keep Toronto players in front of them, allowing many easy layups or passes for threes. Fred VanVleet scored 22 points while shooting six for ten from three, Serge Ibaka had 20 points on eight for twelve shooting, and Pascal Siakam scored 26 points on eleven for twenty-three shooting.
The Nets will need to end the season on a positive note and put this game in their rear-view mirror. Brooklyn needs to come out on Sunday with the same effort against Toronto in Game 2 and try to acquire a victory in this series. Game four will be played on Sunday, August 23, at 6:30 EST on TNT.