Steve Nash had no plans to change the Nets’ taking part in rotation on Saturday night time, however he went for an infusion of expertise along with his workforce trailing late in the third quarter.
Blake Griffin made his first look of this year’s playoffs — and his first total since April 2 — and scored eight factors in eight minutes of the Nets’ 109-103 Game 3 loss to the Celtics.
“I thought he played his [butt] off,” Nash stated after the recreation. “He actually hustled and labored and made a pair 3s and gave us a lift.
“We needed a lift, some energy and some life and a little bit of belief.”
The six-time All-Star nursed an ankle damage late in the common season, however Griffin didn’t get off the bench in the first two losses of this sequence in Boston regardless of being accessible to play.
Veteran ahead LaMarcus Aldridge nonetheless has not appeared in the sequence. Nash stated earlier than the recreation that midseason pickup and present beginning heart Andre Drummond and athletic massive man Nic Claxton are faster defensively and “fit our group’s needs more at this moment in time.”
The 33-year-old Griffin got here off the bench with 1:27 left in the third quarter, and his consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth drew the Nets inside 4, at 88-84.
“I’ve tried to stay ready at every moment,” Griffin stated. “Most of the time it looks like you’re not going to play, you’re normally right. But they told me, and I was ready. But that’s just part of my job. It’s all of our jobs to stay ready. But it was great to be out there.”
Claxton added 13 factors with seven rebounds, however Drummond had a quiet recreation statistically with simply two factors and three boards in 16 minutes.