Down double digits to the Cavs and in requirement of a scoring punch, Nets head coach Steve Nash subbed in novice guard Cam Thomas who showed up huge Monday and contributed 8 indicate the Nets’ return quote.
With a little over 5 minutes to enter the 3rd quarter, the Nets discovered themselves in a 12-point hole. After monitoring in, the 20-year-old right away made huge plays scoring 8 points in the 3rd frame, consisting of a 15-foot jumper to offer the Nets a two-point lead entering into the last frame.
“I got in and knew the game-plan and knew what we had to do. I got in. I got great looks and got open looks, so I feel like those are really good for me coming in right away, getting open looks, and I made most of them,” Thomas states, per the Nets Daily. “When James [Harden] or KD kicks it to me, you got to knock it down when you’re broad open. An excellent foundation to me.
Thomas provided for Brooklyn when it counted the most, completing with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the arc in 15 minutes. With significant pieces like Joe Harris and others out, the Nets were open to turning gamers on the wood to assist clench Brooklyn’s 117-112 win over the Cavs.
“Without Joe, we were down a shooter, a spacer,” Nash states, per the Nets Daily. “We have to go with some different lineups and different guys. Cam was great. He stepped up with confidence to take shots. I think he is a kid who we all love and think has a bright future, but sometimes these early stages of the season, you’re in tight games. It’s difficult, just some of the mistakes that are inevitable with these young guys. But tonight, he really hung in there. Made some big shots for us and I thought was really aware defensively. I was proud of him tonight.”
Thomas’s confidence-boosting video game comes 2 days after a 46-point efficiency with Brooklyn’s G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
“I always had that confidence. Whenever coach puts me in, I just try to be ready at all times. The 46 didn’t really do anything tonight. It was just my role on that team and tonight, I just had the opportunity to have a chance, coach put me in and I made the most of it.”
The Nets (13-5) don’t play up until Wednesday when they play a rising 10-8 Boston Celtics team on ESPN.