With Caris LeVert out an extended period of time due to a dislocated foot, the Nets hope shooting guard Allen Crabbe can step up.
"I take Allen Crabbe's body of work -- his whole body of work -- and think he'll get out of this little rut, and it'll [get to] where it belongs," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told the New York Post's Zach Braziller.
The 26-year-old Crabbe, who started 68 of 75 games he appeared in last year, made his first start of the season Wednesday, scoring six points in 26 minutes in a 120-107 loss to the Heat.
While he averaged 13.2 points per game last season, he has scored just 6.5 points per game this season and has been held to single digits in nine straight games.
"It's almost like a guy that's hit .340 his whole career and all of a sudden he's mired in a .220 slump," Atkinson said. "I think it happens to every good player. I don't know about the greats, but every really good player, they go through it."
Added Crabbe: "It's just really something I'm going through right now and I've got to figure it out."
LeVert suffered a gruesome injury Monday night when he landed awkwardly trying to break up a play. Though it was feared he could have missed the rest of the season, LeVert doesn't need surgery and he is expected to return at some point this season.
But his 18.4 points-per-game average is a void the Nets need to fill, and Crabbe is one of those players whom the Nets need to step up.
"I'm just waiting for that breakthrough," he said.