Joe Harris was unable to hit the falling water from a boat in Game 3 Thursday night.
The Brooklyn Nets sniper was not very sharp. He made just 1 of his 11 shots, and was 1 of 7 from deep for 3 points in the Nets’ 86-83 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He fouled in 36 minutes.
It was unusual for Harris, his teammates, and Nets fans to see the team’s best long-distance shooter considering he shot 50 percent from the field during the regular season and 48 percent from deep while averaging. 14.1 points playing alongside the “big 3” of the Nets. by Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
“Definitely in the immediate aftermath, you’re frustrated, especially with the outcome of the game,” Harris said Saturday before Game 4 Sunday in Milwaukee. “But at the same time, you let the dust settle a little bit, there are many areas to motivate. A lot of the looks I got were some of the best in the entire series, where in terms of being indisputable clean looks where I can get space, it was definitely a frustrating and difficult night, but it was something like that on both sides.
“I wish I had played better, but this is where we are and I think there is room to cheer us up.”
As the Nets head to Game 4 on Sunday (3 p.m., ABC), it’s hard to imagine Harris having another game just as bad, and that bodes well for Brooklyn, as they look to take a 3-1 lead in the series heading into Game 5 back at Barclays Center.
The former Virginia guard scored 13 points on 5 of 12 shots in the Nets ‘victory in Game 1, and had 19 on 7 of 11 shots in the Nets’ beating in Game 2.
“I know I was frustrated [in Game 3] but every time Joe shoots, we think he’s coming in, ”Nets forward Blake Griffin said. “He’s been doing it all season, there will surely be some games where he will miss a few shots. But he’s going to have more games where he’s shooting.
“Plus, Joe’s value goes beyond shooting. He is a physical defender, he plays hard, he is capable of getting into defense and making plays as well, so I have a lot of confidence in him ”.
Nets coach Steve Nash feels the same way.
“Joe is a smart guy and an elite shooter, so it happens,” Nash said. “Everyone has nights off from filming. It’s a shame we lost the game … I’m not worried about Joe Harris at all, he’s smart, he’s tough, he’s an incredible shooter, and if he gets the same look, my money is on him. “
Harris said: “The main goal for me as a shooter is to find space and rhythm shots.”
JAMES HARDEN STAYS OUT, JEFF GREEN Questionable
James Harden will miss a third straight game with hamstring strain after re-injuring 43 seconds in Game 1 and leaving the court, while Jeff Green is questionable with a strained plantar fascia.
“Both [are] progressing very well, ”Nash said.
If the 6-foot-8 Green can play, it would give the Nets another top defender over Giannis Antetokounmpo, who lit up Brooklyn for 33 points on 14 of 31 shooting with 14 rebounds in Game 3.
“Things have been going very well, progressing well,” Green said Wednesday. “I feel good, it has been a slow process but I am improving day by day and hopefully maybe Game 4, I don’t know. We have to see how I feel the next few days to get back on the pitch. “