In the 2017 season, the Nets traded away Brook Lopez and the 27th round pick in the draft and the Lakers went on to acquire Kyle Kuzma. Based on your preference of team, you can choose who won the trade. Personally, I think that although Kuzma is a great addition to the Lakers and has proven he belongs, but when you get the greatest player on the planet and still can’t make the playoffs, then you might be in for some trouble. Based on what I have seen, as in right this second, I believe the Nets won the trade. The Lakers have obviously been plagued by injury, but the Nets are in the hunt and the Lakers are already looking into the summer.
Anyways, back to the story of the night, D’Angelo Russell. Russell exploded for 27 4th quarter points, shooting 10-15 from the field . That’s right, 27. The Nets were losing by 28 points in the second half and beat the Sacramento Kings after Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining to win the game, 123-121. Brooklyn had been sluggish all the way until the fourth, but Russell put on one of the best performances you will see this year to bring the Nets back from down 28.
Hollis-Jefferson was the unsung hero of the game he had 14 points off the bench, and none more important than his game-winning layup after Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III stepped out of bounds with 5.5 seconds left. This was an absolutely huge win for the Nets who claim the 7th spot in the East as we wrap up this 2018-2019 season. These next couple of weeks are going to be intense in The Association.