Cameron Thomas seizes his chance |  NBASlowly but surely; Cameron Thomas is carving out for himself in the Nets’ high-level workforce. The rookie had made a strong impression on the Summer League last August with a co-MVP title and had enjoyed quite a stir ever since. That was reinforced this weekend when the rookie posted 46 points in the G-League; a way to show that he was ready to take the next step.

After enjoying his longest playing time against Golden State last week; to no avail (2/9 shooting; including 0/5 on 3 points); the defense was in his favor last night at Cleveland. Author of 11 points on 4/7 shooting (2/3 behind the arc); 3 rebounds and 1 against; he was productive in an important moment of the game; at the end of the third quarter; when Brooklyn sealed his return to Cleveland. ; to win 117-112 in the end.

-It just gives you more confidence when the coach believes in you in games like this; and you’re in a great series for the team. I defended really well; I created a little series by opening my shots when KD and Patty (Mills) kicked the ball at me. All of this forms a good foundation for me. I must continue like this “; he declared over 20-6 that allowed the Nets to change course. -It is very important that the two best players show their confidence so that I can make my wide shots. Especially for a rookie; it’s super important. “

Congratulations from the veterans and the coach.

Cam Thomas also received praise from veterans; including Kevin Durant; with whom he never misses an opportunity to discuss the scoring skills of others. Thus; the Nets leader was eager to highlight his rookie contribution as he slipped him a small inning with a smile.

“He gave us the boost we needed with his ability to score; no dribbling; catching and shooting …”; he is stressed. -Against a young team like this; we know that they will send all their resources to James (Harden) and me; defending in a very physical way; staying very close to me and multiplying the grabs to two. The other players are open and Cam is left unmarked. I imagine it wasn’t even in his scouting report. But they left it open and he put in his shots. Also in transition; he managed to equalize with this -and-one– that was important to us; to put us in front again –.

LaMarcus Aldridge also congratulated him; praising his teammate’s ability to get into the rhythm of a game very quickly and orient himself on the attack.

But the opinion that will matter the most will undoubtedly be that of his coach; Steve Nash; who for his part recalled the absence of Joe Harris but also expressed his pride in seeing a young player take off.

“In the absence of Joe Harris; we were missing a shooter; someone capable of stretching the game. We have to make changes of five; with different players; and Cam was very good.” Steve Nash slipped. -He was confident going in and took his shots. He is a boy we all adore and who has a bright future. But sometimes at the beginning of a season; in close matches; it is difficult to put it on because of the mistakes these youngsters inevitably make. But tonight he held out; he made some important shots for us and I found him very attentive on defense. I’m proud of him tonight. “

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