The Nets have seen enough of Allen Crabbe. But they’re hoping to see more of “AC.” A lot more. The Nets brought Crabbe in to be an elite shooter, but he has struggled much of the first half of the season. That’s the timid and tentative player Spencer Dinwiddie calls “Allen.” But the ruthless scorer who poured in 62 points over the past two games? That’s the guy the Nets need. That’s AC. “We finally saw AC [Wednesday in Detroit], and then we saw AC again [Saturday]. And we’re hoping that we continue to see AC and we don’t see Allen again,” Dinwiddie said. Crabbe appreciates the motivation Dinwiddie is providing. “He always jokes with me. When I don’t have the good games, he says I play like Allen, and when I’m aggressive and doing what I need to be doing he says I’m playing like AC. That’s just our little trash-talk to each other,” Crabbe said. “He’ll tell me [in the] back of the plane, ‘You just played like Allen.’ It’s good, though. I want people to tell me that I can give more and I can do more. That’s how it is.” The Nets, who host the Clippers on Monday, have needed Crabbe to give more. They need a little less Jekyll and a lot more Hyde, a little less David Banner and a whole heap more Hulk. But the task of prying that out of the 25-year-old Crabbe is what they took on when they dealt for him and the three years and $56.3 million left on his contract.
Allen Crabbe has alter ego Nets desperately need to see more of
New York Post | Feb 12