The Four Nets finish in double digits as Brooklyn defeats Minnesota, 102-83

The Nets are not in the fight for the Summer League championship, but still responded with a big win against the Timberwolves on Thursday night in Las Vegas. Led by a strong start-five performance – Cam Thomas, David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards, Raiquan Gray and Day’Ron Sharpe – Brooklyn defeated Minnesota, 102-83. With the victory at the Cox Pavilion, the Nets stand at 2-2.

Cam Thomas recorded his fourth performance of 20+ points in the Summer League, where he collected 26 points on 7-of-16 shots in total and 4-of-8 shots from behind during 31 minutes of action. The 6’3 “shooting guard made three assists with three turnovers in the victory. He now has an average of 28.0 points in a match and tops the Summer League.

Day’Ron Sharpe paved the way for Brooklyn’s dominance under the boards. He made a double-double on 20 points and 10 rebounds on 27 minutes of play. The young big shot 8-of-10 from the field and went 1-of-2 from 3-point range along with four blocks, three assists and a theft. David Duke Jr. had once again a strong outing for the Nets, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes. The former two-way shot 5-of-10 from the field. Raiquan Gray the 59th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, followed by an almost double-double of nine points and nine boards in 26 minutes.

2022 NBA Summer League - Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

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The only downside for the Nets was a shoulder injury sustained by Noah Kirkwood, the 6’7 “guard from Harvard. He left the game and did not return.

The Nets end their Summer League campaign against the Celtics on Saturday, July 16 at. 20:00 ET. The consolation game will be broadcast on ESPN. The consolation game is based on rivalry and control of broadcasts / planning.

Cam Thomas at KD and Kyrie

Marc J. Spears of Andscape spoke with Cam Thomas about his relationship with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving … and the Nets’ off-season problems have affected him.

Thomas told Spears he knows the NBA is a business, which he said he understood when James Harden was swapped for Ben Simmons. Still, it does not help him deal with the possibility that the superstars may not be back.

“I never expected to get into a situation like Brooklyn where I got Kyrie and KD to take me under their wings,” Thomas told Andscape.

“They have no reason to help me, but for them to take me under their wings and talk to me, take me in, I feel I have to cherish it for the rest of my career because I was just a rookie last year. 19, 20 years, “Thomas added.” So for them to believe in me like that and trust me and look at me as one of the guys is amazing. So I will definitely appreciate that. ”

Thomas told Spears that he and KD still talk regularly.

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