The Brooklyn Nets were able to bring Bruce Brown on board as a backcourt defensive specialist in a multi-team offseason trade. After two years of solid production on the less glamorous end of the floor for the Detroit Pistons, in which he had a negative Offensive Box Plus/Minus but a positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus, Brown would fill a nice role where the Nets would foreseeably need help.
After all, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in town, along with the plan to bring James Harden aboard, who needs scoring from a solid defender like Brown? It turns out that, on Tuesday night, the Nets did. And, boy, did he deliver.
The Kings kept it close all game long, but Brown was the catalyst that allowed Brooklyn to pull away. He hit a three with just under four minutes left to go to extend the Nets' lead to double digits, their largest of the final quarter. He followed that up with a hook shot just 30 seconds later before hitting another three 30 seconds after that.
Brown had not yet crossed the 20-point border with the Nets and had only done so two times in his career prior to Tuesday night. But it didn't seem like even he knew just how much of an offensive contribution he had made, delivering a priceless reaction following the game.
That video is amazing, but it also comes with the down side of knowing he could have gone for 30... had he known he was approaching 30!
We'll see if the Nets give him another opportunity, seeing as their offensive powerhouse may allow them to get up big and give Brown a second chance to reach the (not-that) elusive 30-point effort.