LAS VEGAS — That is what Cam Thomas does.
He will get buckets. He hits winners. And Thursday he hit a 3-pointer to power a second time beyond regulation, then topped that with the sudden-death profitable trey within the Nets’ thrilling 84-81 summer time league victory over the Wizards at Cox Pavilion.
After hitting the winner, Thomas roared in celebration, he was chest-bumped by fellow Nets first-rounder Day’Ron Sharpe and he was fanned by Chris Silva.
“I mentioned ‘I do that.’ As a result of folks at all times need to doubt me, and doubt my skill to attain the ball. It was an ideal second as a result of we got here again on the final minute,” Thomas mentioned. “We had been down 5 or one thing, and we got here again and received it in double-overtime. I felt like that was a very nice second.”
The Nets had fallen behind by 5 in time beyond regulation, however Thomas drilled a 27-foot step-back 3-pointer with simply 6.9 seconds left to knot the rating at 81-all.
Then, dealing with sudden-death within the second OT (the primary crew to attain would win), Thomas dealt with that too, ending with a game-high 31 factors.
The Nets obtained the swap they wished, with 6-foot-7 Corey Kispert on Thomas. He briefly misplaced the ball, however had the presence of thoughts to lookup — on the shot clock on the far finish of the court docket — and sink a floating 3 off of 1 foot.
“It was simply iso, like Dyckman. Simply 1-on-1, beat your man,” Thomas mentioned. “I misplaced the ball. I noticed the clock, noticed it was at :02, so I used to be like ‘I’ve obtained to rush up and get a shot off.’ I went to shot that I at all times make and I at all times work on, the one-legged 3. As quickly because it left my fingers I knew it was good.
“I’ve performed it rather a lot. I’ve performed it in highschool. I labored on it in faculty. I’ve labored on it on a regular basis, I simply by no means had an opportunity to deliver it out. Now was the time.”
It was the right time, stealing a recreation through which the Nets shuffled their lineup, laid bricks for a lot of the evening, however nonetheless stole victory.
Summer season league coach Jordan Ott rested veteran Brandon Knight and roster gamers Reggie Perry and Alize Johnson, handing Thomas and Sharpe their first professional begins.
“Final gamer, younger man, finds a means,” Ott mentioned. “For a younger man, it’s fairly unimaginable. … Plenty of the day, it was not lovely. He discovered a solution to carry us.”
Kessler Edwards had a pleasant two-way recreation with 14 factors and 9 rebounds, whereas Kaiser Gates added 9 factors and 10 boards. The Nets shot simply .321 general and went 7-for-29 from 3-point vary. Washington was simply as dangerous, at .364 general and 7-for-34 from 3. However the Nets battered the Wizards 58-39 on the boards — they usually had Thomas when it mattered.
“There’s solely sure varieties of dudes simply have that mentality the place they flip it on in clutch time, when it’s time to win. He’s undoubtedly a kind of dudes. So he undoubtedly carried us excessive on the finish,” mentioned Edwards, not shocked after seeing Thomas rating 19, 22 and now 31.
“We knew he was a scorer ever since faculty. So we knew earlier than the primary recreation what he was, and he confirmed that each single recreation. So everyone knows what it’s now. So it’s no shock anymore.”
The legend of the copy machine has come full circle.
Kyle Korver, whose draft rights the Nets offered for money, a part of which went to purchasing a brand new copier, has lastly joined the crew — as a marketing consultant.
The transfer was reported by The Athletic and confirmed by The Put up. Korver will work with the gamers, whereas marketing consultant Steve Clifford will work with head coach Steve Nash.