NEW YORK -- The next time D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie combine on a big performance the Brooklyn Nets hope the result is different. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz hope a slow start does not begin catching up with them.
The Nets get a chance at halting a four-game home losing streak Wednesday night when they host the slumping Jazz.
Russell scored a season-high 38 points in the team's last game on Friday, two off his career high. Dinwiddie matched a career-best by getting 31 points in the contest, a 112-102 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the loss, the backcourt duo became the first pair of Nets teammates to get 30 points in the same game since Deron Williams and Brook Lopez did so back in April 2015.
The loss kicked off a stretch that includes 13 of the next 17 games at home for the Nets, where the team has a 3-6 record so far this season. Despite Russell and Dinwiddie creating effective cohesion in the backcourt, the Nets are 2-5 since losing Caris LeVert to a dislocated left foot on Nov. 12.
The recent success at the guard position leads some to wonder if Dinwiddie and Russell will start alongside each other, but as of now coach Kenny Atkinson is planning on maintaining the same alignment.
"I see great symmetry there, they're talking and they're figuring out what we want to run and it's really good," Atkinson told reporters at practice Monday. "How much we use them together is just going to be a game-to-game thing." >> Read More
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