When Caris LeVert went down with a dislocated foot 11 days ago, the Brooklyn Nets said it would take a team effort to replace what their leading scorer was providing.
One of those players the Nets are hoping to join the fray of production on offense is Allen Crabbe.
Crabbe is coming off his most productive game of the season and the Nets will be hoping from a similar showing Friday afternoon when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are among three teams without a road win.
The Nets (8-11) are 2-3 since LeVert was injured trying to contest a layup by Minnesota rookie Josh Okogie with 3.7 seconds left in the first half of a 120-113 loss on Nov. 12. Since losing LeVert, Crabbe has started each game alongside D'Angelo Russell.
In Wednesday's 119-113 loss at Dallas, Crabbe scored a season-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers. Crabbe is averaging 8.2 points on 30.8 percent shooting but in his last five games, he is averaging 12.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting and 46.9 percent from 3-point range.
"You could feel it coming these past couple of games," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. "Even though he didn't make every shot tonight, his game was fantastic. I still think he hesitated too much. We need him to shoot five more times a game. Hopefully, he's woken up and in his groove." >> Read more
Copyrighr 2018 by the Associated Press