Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris has been big for the Nets when he has been called upon and Tuesday was another reminder of what Harris can do when he finds a rhythm. Harris is one of the veterans for Brooklyn that is still in the rotation and that’s because of his three-point shooting.
In Tuesday’s 118-96 win over the Houston Rockets, Harris scored 12 points on 4-of-7 from three-point land. Harris was lights out as part of a Brooklyn bench that out-scored Houston’s bench 37-24. Harris has been a steady presence for the Nets as they try to develop chemistry with four new players in the rotation.
Not only did Harris do his part by making threes, he also contributed on the defensive end in Tuesday’s win. Harris, a +18 for Brooklyn, also picked up two steals as he did a good job of keeping active hands to allow himself to get deflections. Despite being down as many as 11 points to the Rockets in the first half, Brooklyn stuck with its gameplan of making Houston play outside the paint. Harris spoke about this strategy after the game:
“Well, I think it’s exactly that. I mean, basketball, especially the NBA, is all just a game of momentum. You know, as soon as you start to get that little bit of energy on your side, you know, that translates you know, both sides so you know, if you’re able to get stops in particular, definitely translates to the offensive end … Just over emphasis in packing the paint, limiting their drives. You know, they’re a really good transition team, heavy drive team, really good offensive rebounding team. So you know, the whole game plan was trying to make them beat us over the top, you know, really just tried to pack the paint and, and limit driving opportunities for them.”
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