Continuing a puzzling tradition that players openly do not enjoy, the Brooklyn Nets once again hosted a game the day after Thanksgiving with a Noon start time. Forgetting that professional athletes are creatures of habit on a level not known to most people, there aren't many people who want to be up at 8 A.M. to do anything active the morning after their Thanksgiving meal, unless you consider bargain shopping active. But, one team showed up slightly less groggy, and so the Brooklyn Nets were able to hold off the Boston Celtics and win a close one, 112-107.
Spencer Dinwiddie continues to excel in the absence of backcourt mates Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. He dropped 30 points and 10 assists today in getting the Nets to 10-9 and the team has to be feeling good about locking him up for the next 3 years with a contract extension last year. Taurean Prince has served as a nice upgrade for DeMarre Carroll, Garrett Temple's 3 point shooting has bailed out many stalled possessions, and Jarrett Allen has improved his ability to battle with bulkier big men.
Concerning, although understandable, is the Nets' second line. Consisting of Theo Pinson, Iman Shumpert, Dzanan Musa, and DeAndre Jordan, the lack of fire power is palpable, and points are hard to come by. Today, coach Kenny Atkinson was better at mixing in Joe Harris or Dinwiddie with this group to provide them with some offensive relief, but until the Nets are at full health, this will likely continue to be an issue. One intriguing factor to watch upon Kyrie's return will be how coach Atkinson uses him and Dinwiddie. They are both ball dominant guards who like to drain the clock, so it makes sense to have Dinwiddie anchor the second unit, but at the end of games they will likely want to have both of them out there. Developing some chemistry will be paramount if they hope to advance in the playoffs this year.