Nets & # 39; Joe Harris defends All-Star 3-point crown after tough decision


Joe Harris decided to defend his 3-point title at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, then went out and had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists in a Nets win.

In his last two games, he averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 8-of-16 from the 3-point range.

"I look forward to going back there," said Harris. "It's always fun to think about and think of Charlotte. I'm looking forward to being back and participating in Chicago."

Harris shoots 40.5 percent from deep and averages 13.7 points per game. This corresponds to his career high after the Nets won against Phoenix in the Barclays Center between 119 and 97 on Monday. But he also obviously went through fatigue, a reason why he had to seriously reconsider this decision.

"He definitely didn't ask me," joked Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, adding, "I didn't expect any [different], Joe is a competitor, man. Joe would go to the Y if you told him there was a pickup game or a 3-point shooting competition.

"I don't think any of us would dare to hold him back. And it was a great pleasure, also for our organization a great positive result. I really hope that he will win it again. I know that he is more than capable . "

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Harris had a busy summer, traveling to Africa for a charity and two more to China around the world, the first with USA basketball for FIBA ​​and the second with the pre-season Nets.

After seeing that his attempts had dropped dramatically lately – he only shot three shots against Chicago on January 31 and hadn't even tried a free throw in Monday's last five games – Harris posted at least 6 -11 from deep Saturday against the wizards.

"It comes in the river and the boys are looking for it," said Atkinson. There are teams who claim that he is the key to this team. Stop Joe and you will really slow down the networks. We understand that and our players understand how important it is.

"Kyrie [Irving] and Spencer [Dinwiddie] and Caris [LeVert]You understand the importance of including him. We want him to play 15 3s per game, and if some of them are contested, that's the way it should be.

"But I think Joe is starting to get his rhythm back. I think he has had a bit of a struggle, but I've been seeing him a lot more dynamically lately. Good performance in the last game, hopefully it can continue . "

The Nets won the Hawks on January 12 with 22 points.

With Irving suffering from a knee injury on Saturday that is expected to last at least a week, Dinwiddie and LeVert started the season together for the first time in the back seat. LeVert reached a career high of 29 points, which was equated with Houston from November 2, 2018.