Going through Joel Embiid doesn’t sound like a lot enjoyable. Neither does guarding chiseled Suns rookie DeAndre Ayton, making an attempt to stick with Nuggets multi-dimensional huge man Nikola Jokic or matching up with Timberwolves stud Karl-Anthony Cities.
However that’s how Jarrett Allen described dealing with these forms of gamers. After holding his personal in opposition to Embiid in Sunday’s rout of the 76ers, the younger Nets heart is keen for extra challenges, and he’ll get them on the upcoming four-game highway journey that features video games in opposition to the Suns, Warriors, Nuggets and Timberwolves.
“That’s what the NBA’s all about, enjoying in opposition to the perfect individuals day in and day trip,” the second-year huge man mentioned Monday following follow earlier than the Nets flew out West. “Simply attempt to measure as much as a number of the greatest guys within the NBA at my place.”
In 27 minutes in opposition to Embiid, the 6-foot-11 Allen produced his third double-double of the younger season, notching 15 factors and 10 rebounds together with two blocked pictures, whereas serving to restrict the 76ers star to 16 factors. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned he was happy with the efficiency. Now he needs to see extra consistency from the 20-year-old, particularly on the glass, the place his numbers are up up to now — 7.7 per sport after averaging 5.four rebounds a yr in the past.
“I did suppose [Sunday] night time he was assertive and aggressive Jarrett on each boards. We simply want that extra constantly,” Atkinson mentioned. “It’s a giant a part of it. We collectively helped on Embiid, however he did a greater job. It’s big for us. It’s big for our inside protection.”
Allen mentioned the important thing for him is to carry the identical power each night time and never modify his fashion of play to the opponent, however make them modify to him. He did that in opposition to the 76ers.
“I simply have to stay to my sport, stick with my mentality, and that’s what I felt I did [against Embiid],” Allen mentioned.
Now the problem is to duplicate that efficiency so it’s frequent. It gained’t be simple on this journey. First up is Ayton, the bodily No. 1-overall decide within the draft who’s averaging 16 factors and 10.7 rebounds. Jokic and Cities are additionally mendacity in wait.
“I really feel for him typically, the problem he will get each night time,” Atkinson mentioned. “It’s a heck of a process. It’s night time after night time. I do suppose he likes a problem.”
DeMarre Carroll is making progress, although a return Tuesday night time in opposition to the Suns appears unlikely. The veteran ahead, who has but to play up to now this season after present process proper ankle surgical procedure, was upgraded to uncertain Monday after working towards.
“He went fairly laborious immediately,” Atkinson mentioned. “I’m not going to offer you what meaning for the Phoenix sport. However I feel we have been all fairly happy with what he did immediately. It was one other degree of ramp up. So he’s getting shut. He’s getting actual shut.”
Atkinson mentioned rookie Rodions Kurucs will journey on the journey whereas Dzanan Musa will stay with the crew’s G-League affiliate, the Lengthy Island Nets.