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Player grades: Cam Johnson scores 17 as Nets lose to Pelicans 112-85

The Brooklyn Nets visited Smoothie King Center on Tuesday to take on the New Orleans Pelicans and lost 112-85.

For the Nets, Cam Johnson had 17 points and four rebounds while Mikal Bridges had 13 points and three rebounds. Day’Ron Sharpe had 12 points off the bench and Dennis Smith Jr. had nine points off the pine.

For the Pelicans, CJ McCollum had 16 points and five assists while Herbert Jones had 14 points and four rebounds. Jose Alvarado had 13 points off the bench and Brandon Ingram had 12 points.

In the first half, the Pelicans came out firing as they made their first six shots, four of which were three-pointers. Without sounding too hyperbolic, nothing good came from the Nets in the half as they shot just 28.3% from the field and 27.3% from three-point land.

In the second half, the Nets actually were competitive in the third quarter as they only lost the period 26-24 in a massive improvement from the first half. However, with Brooklyn down as much as they were, the fourth quarter was a showcase of each team’s bench as New Orleans dismantled the Nets from start to finish.

Here are your Nets player grades following Tuesday’s loss:

Spencer Dinwiddie: F

While this can be said for any player who had on a Nets jersey in this game, Dinwiddie did not have a good game at all. He could not get any shot to fall from anywhere on the court and the only thing he had going for him was picking some assists. That would be noteworthy if not for the fact that the Nets had one of their worst offensive outings of the season so no one was able to do anything substantial for the team. At times, Dinwiddie looked like he was unsure of his next move as did the rest of his teammates.

Mikal Bridges: D

This has been said plenty of times this season, but Bridges struggled on the offensive end in this one. Like many of his teammates, Bridges could not get anything to go from anywhere on the floor to the point that he was missing point-blank layups. This goes for the entire team, but Bridges could not find a rhythm for the entire night and every shot felt rushed. Also, and this has been something to point out for awhile now, but Bridges has not been as good on the defensive end as expected and that has been disappointing to watch.

Cam Johnson: D+

Johnson had a solid offensive outing in this one as he had his shot flowing from three-point range throughout the game. To that point, Johnson had a tough time scoring from inside the three-point arc as the length of the Pelicans bothered him whenever he got close to the basket. Aside from that, Johnson did a good job of rebounding the basketball, but like everyone else, Johnson did not do enough on the defensive end of the floor.

Dorian Finney-Smith: D-

Finney-Smith did not play well in this one as he couldn’t get anything to go from anywhere on the court, similar to what his teammates experienced as well. This has been a recent trend of Finney-Smith not shooting well from the field or from deep and it’s hard to see what the issue is. He did a solid job of rebounding, but other than that, he had no other impact on the game.

Nic Claxton: D

Claxton had one of his least impactful games this season as he had to deal with Brooklyn’s overall terrible night as well as a tough matchup against Jonas Valanciunas. He had a decent offensive game, but it was clear that he wasn’t able to create advantages at any point within the Nets’ offense or in offensive rebounding situations. You would have liked to see Claxton more active on the glass as it just wasn’t jumping for available rebounds like he had been earlier in the season.

Royce O'Neale: D

O’Neale did not have a good shooting game by any means as he, like the rest of his teammates, could not get anything to go from the floor. He wasn’t able to get anything from his three-ball and when he drove to the rim, he wasn’t able to finish or create any space for him to take easier layups than the ones that the Pelicans were giving him. To his credit, O’Neale did a great job of rebounding the basketball and passing to his teammates, but in a game like this one, it didn’t really mean much.

Day'Ron Sharpe: C

Sharpe had a solid night statistically speaking, but like the rest of his teammates, it did not mean much in the grand scheme of things. He was more active than the rest of his teammates, but with as bad as the Nets played in this one, it wasn’t much anybody could do to make this loss less disappointing. Sharpe did do a good job of getting on the boards during his short time on the floor so that was one positive in the way of working hard in this game, but that effort has to come from everybody else as well.

Cam Thomas: F

Thomas had a miserable game as he couldn’t get anything to go from anywhere on the floor all game long. There’s no argument that Thomas is Brooklyn’s best scorer so to see him struggle like he did in this one, it just shows how bad this game was on both ends of the floor. It’s hard to take much from this one as every Net struggled on both ends of the floor.

Dennis Smith Jr.: C

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Smith had a game that looks decent in the box score, but like the rest of his teammates, there just wasn’t enough production to keep Brooklyn competitive in this one. Smith was actually efficient from three-point range in a game where the Nets could not buy a bucket from anywhere on the floor. Smith did a good job passing the ball and he provided some fight and energy during his time on the floor, but he was mostly alone in that regard.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire