TORONTO – The Nets reportedly refused overtures to the missile trying to get DeAndre Jordan out of the way, and on Saturday the Veterans Center underlined why they were holding him.
Jordan had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks – and his late defense helped the Nets recover from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter that was barely defeated by the Raptors between 119 and 118.
"[Jordan] was our defensive anchor. I felt we didn't get that resistance and it anchored our defenses, ”said coach Kenny Atkinson. “He did a good job [Serge] Ibaka patrolled the color. His defense brought us back into play. "
Just when Managing Director Sean Marks said no to trading with the Jarrett Allen launch center to get Clint Capela, he decided to keep Jordan too, ESPN reported late Friday.
Caris LeVert had a career peak of 37 points in the 12-of-18 shooting. He has exceeded his career high twice this week and averaged 29.7 points in the last three games.
"This is the all-star Caris that we saw at the beginning of last year and in last year's playoffs," said Atkinson.
After Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was a two-way player and went through two 10-day deals – the NBA version of a temporary employment contract – he played his first game online with his new multi-year contract.
"It's just incredible," Luwawu-Cabarrot told The Post before going 1-for-8 (1-for-6 from 3-point range) with four rebounds in just over 15 minutes. "If people trust you and give you that trust, it's amazing. Then you're the best version of yourself and you're confident. It's great to call Brooklyn home for sure." These two things were things that I did really focused and they saw Defensively I took it personally, like a daily challenge, I know the game plan and I don't make any beginner mistakes like I used to. "
"Yes, I took that as a challenge. When I got here, the first thing they told me was that you came into the league to be a good defender, and you never showed it, never played at the level you should be playing at. Shoot the ball as well as you were supposed to shoot the ball.
Kyrie Irving (knee) was not excluded from Wednesday's home game against the Raptors, the last game before the All-Star break.
"There is a possibility that he will play. If he knows him, he wants to play when he is free. We just don't know yet," said Atkinson. "We have to wait until we get back and see how it goes . "