Usually when you have two All-Stars on the court with you, you’re supposed to give in to them in late-game situations. But that’s not what Bruce Brown did for the Nets on Thursday night.
In Brooklyn’s Game 3 loss to the Bucks, Brown took two of the last three shots for the Nets. He missed them both and that contributed to Brooklyn’s 86-83 loss.
When Brown fired his first shot, a 15-foot mid-range shot, the nets were up one point with 20.3 seconds left. When he fired his next, a layup attempt, they were down one point with about six seconds left. Durant had a chance to tie the game with a late 3-point shot, but couldn’t hit it.
In fairness to Brown, he had 16 points on 8 of 15 shots before his last two shots. So it’s not like he’s having a bad game. It’s unusual for an RPG player to serve as the main shot-maker for any late-night team, much less one as star-studded as Brooklyn.
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Brown’s decision to take matters into his own hands sparked a lot of jokes on NBA Twitter. And most came at his expense. (Warning: some of these tweets / videos contain NSFW language).
bruce brown looked at a finals MVP twice and also a guy who hit 3 in the last minute of a game 7 to win a championship after a historic comeback and said “not all …”
I have never respected a player more
– Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 11, 2021
These are fun on the whole, and surely Brown understands why NBA fans are making fun of him. Had he made the shot, things would certainly have been different, but for now Brown is the punching bag of the NBA’s Twitter.
It’s safe to say that if Brown finds himself in a late-game situation again, he will likely yield to Durant, Irving and James Harden. Otherwise, you risk drawing attention to yourself for the wrong reasons again.