Brooklyn Nets Notebook: Insights ahead of game vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Fresh off of a big win vs. Bulls, can the Nets shock the Cavaliers in Cleveland?

CLEVELAND – Less than 24 hours after ending an eight-game losing streak, the Nets (20-41) hope to build momentum when they face the Cavaliers (35-24) at Quicken Loans Arena.

Here’s What to Watch For:

Can the Nets Take Advantage of Cavs’ New-Look Roster?

Cleveland stunned the NBA by deciding to almost completely gut its roster on trade deadline – a move that is usually reserved for rebuilding teams, not contenders. Still, the team’s trades were important for a side that had issues with defense and athleticism.

At times, the new additions have paid off brilliantly as seen with the Cavaliers’ 121-99 win over the Celtics. But there have been times where it appears that the team isn’t completely in-sync and the Wizards and Spurs exploited that in their wins over Cleveland. Since the All-Star break, the Cavaliers have lost two of three games.

In order for Brooklyn to get a win, they’ll need to excel in two areas: Frustrating the home side early and beating their bench’s scoring production. The first factor is important because if the Nets can slow down the Cavs in the first half, it doesn’t allow their fans to get into the game early. The latter factor could also be significant as it’s been a while since Brooklyn’s bench, one of the team’s strong suits, has been at its best. Some of it is down to injuries and Joe Harris remains solid, but the Nets will need a good performance from its second unit to steal a win in Cleveland – a place they haven’t won in their last nine tries.

Will Brooklyn’s Backcourt Continue to Build Chemistry?

Despite failing to score many points, the Nets backcourt of Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell were the offensive catalysts of the team’s win on Monday night.

The pair combined for 17 assists on just three turnovers, which created opportunities for Brooklyn’s frontcourt of Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Jarrett Allen. All three players had strong performances against the Bulls. Against the Cavs, the Nets will need Russell and Dinwiddie to get back to their best in scoring the ball.

The two guards combined for 15 points on just 4-for-15 shooting on Monday. While they were able to remain effective due to showing some great court vision, Brooklyn will need both to be at their best in Cleveland.

Jarrett Allen’s Growth as a Starter

Allen hasn’t looked back since being named as a starter on Jan. 30 against the Knicks. In 11 starts, the rookie is averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on an impressive 66.7 percent shooting.

There have been times where the still-lean Allen has been outmuscled in the post, but the 19-year-old hasn’t shied from challenges. His confidence continues to grow as the season progresses as seen with his eye-popping dunk over Lauri Markkanen. He almost appears to be motivated and inspired by pre-draft critics, who questioned his fire and passion.

It’s clear he has plenty of both – to Brooklyn’s benefit.

Brooklyn Nets Stat Leaders

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2018-19 Season

Summer League

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    FridayFri Jul 06 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 80-86

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dawson
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    Shawn Dawson
    S. Christon
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    Semaj Christon
    J. Webb III
    8RBS
    James Webb III
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    L 76-90

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    T. Pinson
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    Jordan McLaughlin
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    7RBS
    Trevor Thompson
    NBA TV
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    MondayMon Jul 09 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 69-78

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    Y. Watanabe
    14PTS
    Yuta Watanabe
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPNU
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    WednesdayWed Jul 11 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 102-109

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    M. Doyle
    21PTS
    Milton Doyle
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    6ASTS
    Milton Doyle
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    ESPN 2
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    FridayFri Jul 13 Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
    L 79-116

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    T. Davis
    19PTS
    Tyler Davis
    J. McLaughlin
    5ASTS
    Jordan McLaughlin
    T. Thompson
    9RBS
    Trevor Thompson
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    WednesdayWed Dec 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Dec 07 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Dec 08 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
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    WednesdayWed Dec 12 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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    FridayFri Dec 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SundaySun Dec 16 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    TuesdayTue Dec 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Dec 19 United Center, Chicago, IL
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    FridayFri Dec 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SundaySun Dec 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    WednesdayWed Dec 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Dec 28 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
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    SaturdaySat Dec 29 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
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    WednesdayWed Jan 02 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SundaySun Jan 06 United Center, Chicago, IL
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    WednesdayWed Jan 09 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    MondayMon Jan 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Jan 16 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
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    FridayFri Jan 18 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
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    WednesdayWed Jan 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Jan 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Feb 02 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
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    MondayMon Feb 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    NBA TV
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    WednesdayWed Feb 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Feb 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    MondayMon Feb 11 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
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    WednesdayWed Feb 13 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
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    ESPN
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    ThursdayThu Feb 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Feb 23 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
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    MondayMon Feb 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Feb 27 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    FridayFri Mar 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Mar 02 AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
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    MondayMon Mar 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    NBA TV
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    WednesdayWed Mar 06 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Mar 09 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
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    SundaySun Mar 17 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
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    TuesdayTue Mar 19 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
    10:00pmET
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    FridayFri Mar 22 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
    10:30pmET
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    MondayMon Mar 25 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    10:00pmET
    NBA TV
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    ThursdayThu Mar 28 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
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    SaturdaySat Mar 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    MondayMon Apr 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    WednesdayWed Apr 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    SaturdaySat Apr 06 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
    5:00pmET
    NBA TV
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    SundaySun Apr 07 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    5:00pmET
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    WednesdayWed Apr 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    8:00pmET

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