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Kevin Ollie: Cam Thomas should be in the Most Improved Player conversation

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Cam Thomas can still qualify for the NBA’s annual awards. And if he does, Nets interim coach Kevin Ollie said the rising young guard warrants being in the Most Improved Player conversation. “He should be in there, definitely, just with his body of work,” Ollie said before Thomas poured in a team-high 28 points in Friday’s 125-108 win over Chicago. “I know he has a lot of guys he’s competing with as well. But with his body of work, his consistency and him being able to score the ball in the capacity that he’s scoring is always great.”
Source: New York Post

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Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Ollie on #Nets record 3-point barrage: “It’s just like an out-of-body experience…I don’t know if 25 3s is sustainable, but I’m gonna pray. I’m going to go to church before the game on Sunday and I’ll pray about that.” nypost.com/2024/03/29/spo… via @nypostsports – 2:52 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets‘ Cam Thomas should be considered for Most Improved Player award: Kevin Ollie nypost.com/2024/03/30/spo… via @nypostsports – 2:49 AM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Nets tie NBA record with 18 three-pointers in second half in blowout win over Bulls… Just how Kevin Ollie drew it up.
“We were due for one of these games.”
nydailynews.com/2024/03/29/net… pic.twitter.com/T6SMI3hQR110:39 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Nets tie NBA record with 18 three-pointers in second half in blowout win over Bulls… Just how Kevin Ollie predicted it.
“We were due for a game like this.”
nydailynews.com/2024/03/29/net… pic.twitter.com/f1LLwJT3yg10:27 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Cam Thomas tonight:
28 PTS
8 REB
5-9 3P
Averaging 27 PPG over the last 10 games. statmuse.com/nba/player/cam…9:54 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Dennis Schroder (7/11), Mikal Bridges (7/11) and Cam Thomas (5/8) are the second trio of Nets to make five or more threes in the same game in franchise history.
Jeff Green, Tyler Johnson, and Landry Shamet did it on 4/1/21 vs. Charlotte. – 9:52 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Brooklyn is 16-for-21 from 3-point range in 2ndH. #Bulls about to lose and see their lead over Atlanta drop to a half-game for ninth place. Kevin Ollie revenge game for Nets tonight. – 9:50 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Cam Thomas knocks down the tween tween corner trey, then Trendon Watford’s wizardry finds Nic Claxton on a lob. Nice offensive sequence for the Nets. Up 24-12 with 2:37 left in the first quarter. – 8:02 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
3 NCAA titles prowling the sidelines in Billy Donovan and former Bull Kevin Ollie – 7:51 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Nets starters vs. Chicago
Dennis Schroder
Cam Thomas
Mikal Bridges
Dorian Finney-Smith
Nic Claxton – 7:08 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Ollie said Cam Johnson will meet with team doctors tonight to have his toe reassessed. An update is expected after.
Johnson will miss his third straight game tonight. – 6:19 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Ollie on Lonnie Walker’s decrease in minutes of late (DNP-CD at Washington):
“I keep telling him it’s not all just about scoring, it’s about doing all the other little things: playing defense, rebounding, making the right plays… Doing the other things to make an impact.” pic.twitter.com/3sWIi33yMR6:18 PM

Evan Barnes @evan_b
With Trendon Watford getting more mins, Kevin Ollie credited him doing the work to stay ready and staying involved in games on the bench
As for Lonnie Walker losing minutes: “I keep telling him it’s not all just about scoring, it’s about doing all the other little things” – Ollie – 6:01 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Kevin Ollie out of context: “I got these big ears for a reason. I always listen.” – 5:51 PM
Evan Barnes @evan_b
Cam Thomas is averaging 4.1 assists this month. His growth as a playmaker since the All-Star break could make things intriguing this summer as he’s eligible for an extension. #Nets
newsday.com/sports/basketb…10:33 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Terrence Shannon was a wild child at Texas Tech. There’s still of lot wildness in his game at Illinois, but man he can score. He may be the lefthanded version of Cam Thomas at LSU now with the Nets – 12:31 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets‘ Cam Thomas has transformed into a playmaker with consistent ‘reps’ nypost.com/2024/03/28/spo… via @nypostsports – 7:52 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets: Cam Thomas gets real on controversial first two seasons in Brooklyn when discussing playmaking growth
clutchpoints.com/nets-cam-thoma…10:24 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players with 35+ points tonight:
Jordan Poole
Cam Thomas
Jalen Green
Bucket getters. pic.twitter.com/SBMYlSjyaX12:25 AM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Some Cam Thomas dimes for you. pic.twitter.com/yj8sppDrCF11:33 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Cam Thomas attributes his growth as a passer to “just playing more”:
“If anybody isn’t playing much, then they get in for a few spurts, I mean, let’s be real, nobody’s looking to pass when they first get in, they’re looking to get some buckets. So really just me playing more and… – 10:36 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Cam Thomas vs. Jordan Poole was the scoring duel you never knew you needed.
nydailynews.com/2024/03/27/cam… pic.twitter.com/Mu940TUgx510:06 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Kevin Ollie on Cam Thomas: “I love him at the point.” – 9:49 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nic Claxton on Cam Thomas’ playmaking (13 assists over last two games):
“It’s been beautiful watching him grow and everybody is reaping the benefits of it. He’s finding us… He’s gotta keep going and we’re gonna follow him.” – 9:45 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Corey Kispert misses a game-tying free-throw after Cam Thomas sent him to the line following a miss on the other end.
Nets in control up one with nine seconds remaining. – 9:30 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Cam Thomas has more 30-point games this season than
Poole
Zion
Paolo
Kyrie
Siakam
Ingram
DeMar
Sengun
PG13
Jimmy
Haliburton
KAT
Beal
Lauri
Only 22 years old. pic.twitter.com/SqVYLIdi6j8:35 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Since stats by half were first tracked (1996-97) two #Nets have 24+ points and six or more assists in a first half: Deron Williams (25 & eight back at Indiana in 2012) and Cam Thomas tonight with 24 points, six assists despite a bad back. – 8:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Two Nets have posted 24-plus points and six-plus assists in a first half during the tracking era (since 1996-97):
Deron Williams and now Cam Thomas. – 8:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Two Nets have posted 24-plus points and six-plus assists in a first half in the tracking era (since 1996-97):
Cam Thomas and Deron Williams – 8:11 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Another pretty lob from Cam Thomas to Nic Claxton. That connection has grown during the second half of the season.
Thomas has six assists in the first half. pic.twitter.com/RP5hjydi3j8:08 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Cam Thomas at half:
24 PTS
6 AST
The first Net to reach those numbers in a half since Kyrie. statmuse.com/nba/player/cam…8:08 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Another pretty lob from Cam Thomas to Nic Claxton. That connection has grown during the second half of the season.
Thomas has five assists in the first half. pic.twitter.com/OPK7UEHZgT8:06 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Cam Thomas scored 17 of the Nets’ 31 points in the first quarter. Brooklyn enters the second quarter down two points, shooting 50 percent from the field. The Wizards are shooting 70 percent, though. – 7:36 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
This is so tuff by Cam Thomas. pic.twitter.com/xu96msenjC7:33 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Cam Thomas’ quick trigger on catch-and-shoot threes has been a great development for his offensive game this season.
He’s shooting 42.6% on 2.5 attempts per game. pic.twitter.com/l5arE3KRzr7:25 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Cam Thomas vs. Jordan Poole duel will feed families. – 7:15 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Nets starters vs. Washington
Dennis Schroder
Cam Thomas
Mikal Bridges
Dorian Finney-Smith
Nic Claxton – 6:35 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Cam Thomas is available tonight vs Wizards and he is not on a minutes restriction, per Kevin Ollie. – 5:35 PM
Evan Barnes @evan_b
No minutes restriction for Cam Thomas, per Kevin Ollie. Got through shootaround well and he’ll be good to roll as usual. #Nets5:35 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Cam Thomas will play tonight, per Nets. – 5:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Cam Thomas (low back tightness) is available for Nets tonight at Washington. – 5:11 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Cam Thomas is available after missing the last game and being on the injury report with low back tightness. #Nets5:09 PM

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After trailing by five at the break, the Nets shot 18-of-24 from three in the second half to power themselves to a 125-108 victory. Their 18 second-half triples tie the NBA record for threes in a half. The mark had been reached four times before Friday, most recently by the Milwaukee Bucks during a win over the Phoenix Suns on March 17th. “We were due for one of these games. We were due for one of them,” interim head coach Kevin Ollie said. “We got some good shooters out there. We haven’t been shooting up to our capabilities. But they just stick with it. They just stayed with it. We had a great shootaround this morning, so I just love how they’re showing connectivity no matter what’s going on. They’re staying in the present moment, which is great to see.” -via Clutch Points / March 30, 2024
Erik Slater: Asked Kevin Ollie what gives the Nets confidence that Noah Clowney can play both PF and C moving forward: “Just his defense… I mean, one play the other night he got over a pick-and-roll for Jordan Poole, met him at the rim, and blocked his shot. That’s elite, that’s guard stuff. We’ve been trying to get our guards to do that. For him to do that at a young age… He’s just a quick processor… You don’t have to tell him to do things over and over again. He processes real quick, and he puts it into practice in real-time. Offensively, he can be a hub for us, I think he’s a great passer and great decision-maker. And he’s crashing the boards, he’s getting to the rim. He’s an elite athlete, and we need more of those on our team. So, he gives us the ability to play above the rim, which we don’t have a lot of.” -via Twitter @erikslater_ / March 29, 2024
Michael Scotto: Dennis Schroder on Cam Thomas: “That’s a max player right there.” Thomas, a Most Improved Player of the Year candidate and the leading scorer for the Brooklyn Nets, will be eligible for a rookie-scale contract extension this offseason. pic.twitter.com/0aLfQ4OtmS -via Twitter @MikeAScotto / March 28, 2024
Erik Slater: Kevin Ollie on Cam Thomas: “I love him at the point. He gets everybody involved. He’s doing a great job to give us another added dimension… He’s controlling matchups… And his teammates know it. His teammates are saying, ‘CT bring it up and control the game for us.’” -via Twitter @erikslater_ / March 27, 2024
Evan Barnes: Nets win 122-119 in OT over the Wizards. Cam Thomas and Jordan Poole match 38-point specials. But the Nets defense pulls it off with that Dorian Finney-Smith steal to seal things after missing a pair of FTs. First Nets win streak in a month. First OT win this season -via Twitter @evan_b / March 27, 2024

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