Before we address the Brooklyn Nets ending their losing streak and possibly starting a new one, the upcoming West Coast road trip, and their struggles in general, let’s note that rookie center Jarrett Allen’s sky dunk over the Chicago Bulls 7-foot, 230-pound center Lauri Markkenen, also a rookie, was the play of Monday night’s game, a highlight of every sports television program and those who follow Brooklyn.
The kid was off the ground, high, Julius Erving-like, right arm straight up, extended off a flawless bounce pass down the right side from guard D’Angelo Russell.
“Yo, Jarrett, that dunk was so dope, so incredible!” someone said. “How come you didn’t enter the dunk contest at All-Star weekend?”
He replied graciously through his wide, cheek-to-cheek smile, “Thank you, but that’s not my thing.”
Allen was just one rebound away from a double-double, 18 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes of play against the Bulls. Allen Crabbe’s 21, DeMarre Carroll’s 18 and Joe Harris’ 15 helped Brooklyn end their eight-game losing streak.
“We got stops and it led to us getting out in transition,” said Crabbe. “It opened up things for us offensively. We made shots tonight.”
With one win out of 10 games during the month of February, Brooklyn finishes the month with a 20 and 41 record and 21 games to go before the end of the regular season. Currently a 13th seed, the one positive is that Brooklyn has won as many games this season as they won in all of 2016-17. Although it’s subjective at this point, one win or more could be considered an improvement.
Brooklyn escapes from this city’s confusing weather this week beginning a four game road trip tonight (Thursday) in Sacramento against the Kings, and then two more in California: the L.A. Clippers Sunday, and the Golden State Warriors, the defending champions, Tuesday. They wrap up the tour in Charlotte against the Hornets next Thursday before returning home to Flatbush and Atlantic.