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Here's our weekly Knicks mailbag with SNY's NBA Insider Ian Begley...

@HarunAli_30: Knicks free agency targets?

Before throwing any names out there, here are a few caveats: the salary cap number may change due to a dip in league revenue from the China imbroglio and the coronavirus crisis. It's unlikely to take a major hit, assuming the union and NBA work in accord to prevent that from happening.

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Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball and gives direction against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball and gives direction against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie didn't get an invite from Team USA to compete for their Olympic roster, so he'll bring his talents to a different national team.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Dinwiddie is getting a Nigerian passport to play for their national team. The Olympics have been pushed to 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Dinwiddie saw a more prominent role with the Nets this season, starting 49 of his 64 games instead of serving as the primary sixth man for Brooklyn off the bench like he did last year. And in that span, he set new career-highs with 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. 

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The intra-city rivalry between the Knicks and Nets took off briefly last summer when the Nets usurped the Knicks' throne as the most attractive team to play for in New York. 

Brooklyn managed to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and earn respect for the progress the organization has made, from an afterthought to a potential superstar destination. 

The rivalry, though, has been non-existent with Durant out for the season, Irving playing just 20 games, and the Knicks being, well, the Knicks. 

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts after making a three point shot against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts after making a three point shot against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Like just about every professional athlete these days, NBA players have a lot of time on their hands ever since the league suspended its season last Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak, and they're figuring out what to do with their time.

Some players have taken to playing video games, with many streaming online, and others have continued to work out and keep their bodies in shape in hopes of the season resuming as soon as possible.

But for Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, it seems like he's going to be doing a lot of film studying...of his own highlights.

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Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts after making a three point shot against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 24, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) reacts after making a three point shot against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Brooklyn GM Sean Marks has no problem with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and other Nets sharing their thoughts on potential roster moves. 

"These guys know the players better than anyone else. (When we say to them), 'This is what we're looking at. Well what do you think?' They'll be brutally honest because they've got to go play with those guys," Marks said in an interview on WFAN's Benigno and Roberts Show earlier this week. "So I think it's important to weigh their opinions from time to time, and we certainly do that."

Many NBA stars are consulted on personnel matters. So it isn't all that surprising that Nets management would talk to its players about potential moves. 

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Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points and the Nets led by as many as 20 points, but Brooklyn ultimately fell to the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime 112-104 on Thursday night. 

With Kyrie Irving now officially done for the season due to shoulder surgery, and Kevin Durant still recovering from Achilles surgery, much of the scoring onus for the Nets will now fall on their two young staring guards, Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.

Dinwiddie had a very strong overall game, scoring 22 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds, while LeVert scored a team-high 25 points in the OT loss.

The Sixers jumped out to a commanding 22-4 lead on Thursday night, but the Nets answered back thanks in part to strong play from their second unit. Brooklyn outscored the Sixers 32-16 in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime.

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Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) shoots a layup with Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose (25) in pursuit during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) shoots a layup with Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose (25) in pursuit during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly inquired about Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Lowe joined ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod for an NBA trade deadline episode, and spoke about what types of moves the Lakers could make before 3 PM on Feb. 6.

"However the Lakers do have Kyle Kuzma," Lowe said. "We've heard him floated for lots of different guys, including not Marcus Morris, not Andre Iguodala, but point guard types.

"Not just Iguodala and Marcus Morris, but Spencer Dinwiddie, Dennis Schroder, I think that they've made some calls on."

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Dec 17, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) celebrates with guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during overtime as New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (3) looks on at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 17, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) celebrates with guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during overtime as New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart (3) looks on at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Although the Nets will be without an All-Star this season, they will still be well represented at NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago, as Spencer Dinwiddie prepares to participate in the Skills Competition, and Joe Harris gets set to defend his 3-point contest championship.

Harris, a career 42.3 percent shooter from 3-point range, is having a slight down year from beyond the arc, shooting just 40.5 percent -- he shot at a 47.4 percent clip from three last season.

Despite that slight dip, Harris is still ready to defend the title he won during last season's 3-point competition, when he narrowly defeated Stephen Curry 26-24 in the final round to claim the trophy.

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Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball and gives direction against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jan 29, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball and gives direction against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After Kyrie Irving led the Nets to a 133-118 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night with a 54-point performance, teammate Spencer Dinwiddie expressed his feelings on not being invited to the Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend.

"Look at it like this: I won the Skills Challenge and didn't get invited back," Dinwiddie said. "What does that f---in' say? Have you ever met a winner of an award not get invited back? Now that s--t is pretty crazy. Folks don't care about me. I'm Spencer. Quit playin'."

Dinwiddie won the 2018 Skills Challenge in Los Angeles, CA., beating Chicago Bulls' Lauri Markkanen in the finals. Though, he was not able to participate in the 2019 Skills Challenge due to an injury.

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Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie, who idolized the late Kobe Bryant, is changing from No. 8 to No. 26 to honor him, Dinwiddie announced via social media on Tuesday.

Bryant wore No. 8 and No. 24 during his 20-year career with the Lakers.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Dinwiddie is among a host of players who have unofficially begun retiring Bryant's numbers. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Sunday that Dallas would be retiring No. 24 to honor Bryant.

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When the Nets won the opening tip in Sunday's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Jarrett Allen's jump-ball tap went into the hands of Spencer Dinwiddie, who crossed the half-court line and took the 24-second shot-clock violation on the opening possession.

The move, which the Knicks did as well on the ensuing possession with Elfrid Payton, was planned as a tribute to Kobe Bryant. The NBA legend, who spent all 20 seasons with the Lakers, died earlier in California on Sunday when a Calabasas helicopter crash killed the 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna among nine people reportedly on the way to his Mamba Sports Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks.

"That's all about him," Dinwiddie said of the Knicks' and Nets' honoring Bryant, whose first name was chanted by the crowd on hand at MSG after the plays and throughout the evening. "That shows what he meant to people. He didn't play for the Knicks and Madison Square Garden was on their feet. The loudest they were all night was for him."

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Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks against Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks avoided a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 110-97 win over the Nets at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) There was a somber mood before the contest even tipped off. The NBA world mourned the sudden loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died earlier Sunday in a Calabasas, California, helicopter crash that killed nine people. The 41-year-old Bryant was on board a short flight to his nearby Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. TMZ first reported the incident and local authorities confirmed the details.

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Sunday evening's game between the Knicks and the Nets at Madison Square Garden started in unique fashion, with both teams honoring the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

After an initial TMZ report and later confirmation from authorities earlier in the afternoon that the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash that killed him and his daughter Gianna among nine casualties in Calabasas, California, New York's two teams started the game with a touching tribute.

Jarrett Allen won the opening tip against Taj Gibson and Spencer Dinwiddie brought the ball across the half-court line as the Nets held for all 24 seconds and took a shot-clock violation. As chants of "Kobe" broke out from the crowd on hand at MSG, the Knicks did the same on the ensuing possession, with Elfrid Payton walking the ball up past the logo and holding for 24 seconds.

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Sunday evening's game between the Knicks and the Nets at Madison Square Garden started in unique fashion, with both teams honoring the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

After an initial TMZ report and later confirmation from authorities earlier in the afternoon that the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash that killed him and his daughter Gianna among nine casualties in Calabasas, California, New York's two teams started the game with a touching tribute.

Jarrett Allen won the opening tip against Taj Gibson and Spencer Dinwiddie brought the ball across the half-court line as the Nets held for all 24 seconds and took a shot-clock violation. As chants of "Kobe" broke out from the crowd on hand at MSG, the Knicks did the same on the ensuing possession, with Elfrid Payton walking the ball up past the logo and holding for 24 seconds.

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The Nets are scuffling of late, having dropped 11 of their last 13 games.

The road doesn't get any easier for Brooklyn, as the Los Angeles Lakers -- owners of the NBA's best record in the West at 35-9 -- come to Barclays Center for a matchup on Thursday.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson and point guard Spencer Dinwiddie know the challenge of trying to slow down LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the high-powered Lakers.

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LOS ANGELES - Jared Dudley's with the Lakers now, but he's more than qualified to analyze what's happened with the Brooklyn Nets this season. 

Dudley was an important on and off-court contributor for Brooklyn last season. He averaged five points in 20 minutes off the bench for the Nets and provided veteran leadership for young players like Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell

So his thoughts on the Nets carry more weight than others. 

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Dec 28, 2019; Houston, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Dec 28, 2019; Houston, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

As Kyrie Irving continues to remain out of the Nets lineup, Spencer Dinwiddie has continued to see more and more usage on offense. 

With that comes different looks on defense, and following Saturday's 108-98 loss to the Rockets, Dinwiddie took the blame for not being able to adjust to what Houston was throwing at him.

"We boxed-and-1 [James] Harden and Harden had 40. He still found a way to manufacture points for his team," Dinwiddie said. "There are no excuses. … If I do my job, we win this game. That's kind of what it is at the end of the day."

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With Thursday night's 94-82 win over the Nets, the Knicks are now 8-24 on the season, and though their record isn't much to write home about, the team has shown improvement of late, winning four of their last eight games. 

One of the main reasons for the Knicks' recent stretch of more consistent play has been the performance of Elfrid Payton, who has helped solidify the team's point guard situation.

In the Knicks' previous seven games heading into Thursday, Payton averaged 8.6 points, 7.9 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He replaced Frank Ntilikina in the Knicks' starting lineup on Saturday against Milwaukee.

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The Knicks took advantage of an awful shooting night by the Nets, topping Brooklyn 94-82 at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Neither team shot the ball particularly well on Thursday night. In the first half, the Nets shot just 26.7 percent from the floor, and while the Knicks were only slightly better at 34 percent, New York was able to take advantage of a red-hot half from Julius Randle to jump out to a 46-41 lead at the half. 

In the third quarter, the Knicks began to pull away. Randle stayed hot, while Elfrid Payton and Marcus Morris also had some key plays, and the Knicks jumped out to an 18-point lead after three, outscoring the Nets 33-20 in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Nets' shooting woes continued, and the Knicks were able to maintain a double-digit lead, hanging on for the win.

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The Knicks took advantage of an awful shooting night by the Nets, topping Brooklyn 94-82 at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) Neither team shot the ball particularly well on Thursday night. In the first half, the Nets shot just 26.7 percent from the floor, and while the Knicks were only slightly better at 34 percent, New York was able to take advantage of a red-hot half from Julius Randle to jump out to a 46-41 lead at the half. 

In the third quarter, the Knicks began to pull away. Randle stayed hot, while Elfrid Payton and Marcus Morris also had some key plays, and the Knicks jumped out to an 18-point lead after three, outscoring the Nets 33-20 in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Nets' shooting woes continued, and the Knicks were able to maintain a double-digit lead, hanging on for the win.

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Oct 27, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates making a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Oct 27, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates making a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

On Tuesday, reports came out that Nets guard Kyrie Irving could be out another two to three weeks due to his shoulder injury, but head coach Kenny Atkinson said on Thursday that's not the case.

The original report stated that the Nets are now referring to the injury internally as a "thoracic bursitis," though a "shoulder impingement" was the initial diagnosis given by the team. 

"I don't want to comment on a report because what you're telling me - whatever that report said is not true. We're still in the same place the last time I talked," Atkinson said before Thursday's game against the Knicks. "Like I said, the thing is we haven't gotten to the contact with him. We're on-court workout situation but the contact just hasn't been cleared yet. I think that's the next hurdle. I wish I could tell you when that is. Hopefully sooner rather than later."

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Kyrie Irving's road to recovery appears to still be a bumpy one.

Sidelined with what had initially been termed a "right shoulder impingement," Irving could remain out of the lineup for another two to three weeks, according to a report cited in the New York Daily News. The original reporting comes from Heavy.com.

The report also indicates that the organization is now privately referring to Irving's injury as "thoracic bursitis."

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Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Net head coach Kenny Atkinson and guard Kyrie Irving (11) talk in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Net head coach Kenny Atkinson and guard Kyrie Irving (11) talk in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks will be the 18th straight game that Kyrie Irving has missed, and it doesn't sound like he's getting any closer to a return.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters at Barclays Center that Irving has still not been cleared for contact due to his shoulder impingement. Originally, Atkinson said that the Irving would be cleared for contact within a week or two, but that clearly has not been the case.

Irving originally suffered his injury against the Utah Jazz on November 12, but he attempted to play through the pain. He played 35 minutes against Denver two nights later, but was sidelined after that.

In his first season with the Nets, Irving has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. The All-Star guard scored 50 points in his Nets' debut, though the team dropped the game to Minnesota.

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Nov 18, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches game against the Indiana Pacers from the bench during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 18, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches game against the Indiana Pacers from the bench during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Out for 12 games since he last played in Nov. 14's 101-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Kyrie Irving has missed almost the past month of the Brooklyn Nets' early 2019-20 season.

But as his right shoulder impingement recovery progresses, the star point guard is trending in the right direction.

While the Nets are likely to be without him on the court for the next week, head coach Kenny Atkinson provided a positive update on Irving, who could be back at practice within the next week or two.

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Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) warms up before a game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) warms up before a game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Kyrie Irving's injury has kept the star point guard out for the Nets' past 10 games, including Wednesday's 130-118 win over the Hawks at State Farm Arena, and the absence could extend "a few more weeks."

Irving, who has been sidelined with a right shoulder impingement since starting Nov. 14's 101-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets, would be "lucky" if he could return several weeks from now, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

Head coach Kenny Atkinson addressed Irving's injury before the team's leading scorer and facilitator missed his third straight game Nov. 20, when he sat for the Nets' 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

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Kyrie Irving has been out of the lineup since Nov. 14 with a right shoulder impingement. The 27-year-old was averaging 28.5 points over his first 11 games in a Nets uniform, and his absence left a major void in the team's offensive production.

Enter Spencer Dinwiddie. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, the Colorado product has been the Nets' linchpin, averaging 24.5 points and 7.8 assists over the last eight games. The Nets are 6-2 in those games. 

"The role is completely different so obviously, there is a change there," Dinwiddie said after Friday's 112-107 win over the Celtics. "My approach to the game is very similar either way. It's whatever the team needs to win and then the role kind of dictates what that is. Sometimes it will be defense, sometimes it will be offense."

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After the Nets' 112-107 win over the Celtics on Friday afternoon, head coach Kenny Atkinson told the media that Kyrie Irving will not play on Sunday against the Heat in Brooklyn.

"First thing about Kyrie, he started on-court work, which is a real positive sign for us," Atkinson said. "He will be out for Miami. And then we'll see how it progresses. The fact that he started the oncourt work is good news for us. Out for Miami and then we'll see going forward."

It will be the ninth-straight game that Irving has missed, as the point guard is dealing with a right shoulder impingement that has kept him out since Nov. 14.

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The Nets held the lead from start to finish in Friday's 116-97 win over the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center.

After the game, head coach Kenny Atkinson was proud of the active defense played by his team, and also singled out the performance of Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored 23 points and added seven assists, starting in place of the injured Kyrie Irving.

"Defense as outstanding again," said Atkinson. "I thought our activity, we talked about it pregame, just having a more active group. I thought they were active. A lot of deflections. Forced some turnovers, so that's good news.

"Another good team win. Obviously, Spencer is doing it at a high level consistently since Kyrie's been out, but really good team win." 

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Sacramento Kings big man Richaun Holmes is now playing in his fifth NBA season, and after three years in the Eastern Conference with the Sixers, he's gotten to know the New York basketball scene pretty well.

On Thursday, Holmes caught up with SNY Insider Ian Begley to talk New York hoops.

The Kings are in town to take on the Nets on Friday night, and Holmes believes the Nets present a tough challenge.

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Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Nov 14, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

When the Nets return to action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. from Barclays Center in New York, Brooklyn (5-8) hosts the Charlotte Hornets (6-8) without Kyrie Irving for the third straight game.

The team's leading scorer and facilitator at 28.5 points and 7.2 assists per game through the first month of the 2019-20 season, Irving remains sidelined due to his right shoulder impingement, the Nets announced Wednesday afternoon.

The point guard played last Thursday's 101-93 loss to the Nuggets in Denver after he entered the as questionable on last Wednesday's injury report, which included shooting guard Caris LeVert's right thumb sprain.

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Nov 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Nets guard Caris LeVert successfully underwent surgery on Thursday to repair ligaments in his right thumb, the team announced.

LeVert is expected to return in four to six weeks, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The injury was originally diagnosed as a minor sprain, and LeVert was expected to miss his second straight game on Thursday.

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The Nets have had a slow start to their highly anticipated 2019-20 season, going 1-3 so far this year.

Despite their record, the team is still building team chemistry and have started to see improvements.

"It's never easy because we're all competitors and we all want to win," guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. "I wouldn't say it's the end of the world or super hard either. I think we all had that type of mentality coming into it, like we all understood it's going to take time to work a new group in. KD's not coming back, but we're building a foundation for him to come back. We have a lot going on."

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Speaking from his own experience, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that he's never had any concern over star point guard Kyrie Irving's mood. 

"That is completely false. In strictly speaking in my observation and my experience with him so far, it's absolutely not true," Aktinson said when asked about an ESPN report that stated the organization has concerns about Irving's mood swings. "I'm the moody one, I really am. I'm cranky and I have my ups and downs. If there's just natural human behavior where guys are up and down, that's different. From my perspective, I give Kyrie an A-plus in his consistency and his spirit. It's been great." 

In a profile on Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and the Nets, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, reported that the Nets are 'queasy' over Irving's changing mood. It's a part of his personality that has reportedly been brought up multiple times over his career. 

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The Brooklyn Nets fell 127-126 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime of Wednesday's 2019-20 season opener at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Kyrie Irving's homecoming to the Nets, the team he grew up rooting for while the franchise was in New Jersey, was historic. With 50 points on 17-of-33 shooting, Irving set the Nets' -- and the NBA's -- single-game record for scoring in a player's debut. Irving added a 7-of-14 clip from three-point range, plus seven assists and eight rebounds, for the Nets' offense in what was an all-around effort. Perhaps most notable, Irving did not turn the ball over once. Despite a facial fracture that handicapped him throughout the preseason, Irving did not wear a mask as he made his season debut. 

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With the regular season set to start for the Nets on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves, Kyrie Irving is ready to embrace the year with his new teammates and group together there experiences on the court into a shared leadership role.

"I think that we all share a certain responsibility in the leadership here," Irving said. "I think that some of my past experiences, there could be a sense of alienation when you think about someone naming you as just the leader of the team and falling all in your court."

"I want to share those responsibilities with those guys--obviously we have different roles, that every single night there's a consistency that you have to live up to, and your game. But overall, there shouldn't be a different communication that I have with [Duzanan] Musa or Caris [LeVert] just because I am a nine-year vet, or anything like that."

Tags: Allen Crabbe, Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Dzanan Musa, Ed Davis, Jared Dudley, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince
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Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell
Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell

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Even in the wake of Wilson Chandler's suspension, the Nets have plenty of depth. 

First, there's the returning young core of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris and Rodions Kurucs. Then there are the are the Nets' less heralded offseason additions: Taurean Prince, Garrett Temple, and David Nwaba.

Tags: Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ian Begley
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Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert

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Caris LeVert's extension leaves the Nets with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and LeVert all under contract through the 2020-21 season. That's a strong group to build around -- and one that doesn't even include Jarrett Allen, who can sign an extension with Brooklyn next summer.

But the Nets' core group is also an expensive one. And the LeVert extension -- which was necessary for Brooklyn -- leaves the club with a little less flexibility in future offseasons.

Tags: Caris LeVert, Dzanan Musa, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ian Begley
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Jan 9, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins (20) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 9, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins (20) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Spencer Dinwiddie isn't going to sneak up on anyone this season. He's doubled his scoring over the last three seasons and established himself as one of the most important players on the Nets. So, opponents will key on Dinwiddie this season when they go over defensive plans for a game against Brooklyn. To counter that, Dinwiddie's added a few more wrinkles to his offensive repertoire this summer. 

Below, Dinwiddie's trainer, Olin Simplis, takes us through some of Dinwiddie's new finishes, what Caris Levert has worked on during sessions with Dinwiddie and Simplis and how Dinwiddie and LeVert can thrive alongside new Net Kyrie Irving. 

 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sits on the court after an apparent injury during the second quarter in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sits on the court after an apparent injury during the second quarter in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets general manager Sean Marks said in an interview with WFAN on Tuesday that Kevin Durant - and Durant alone - will decide when he returns to the court for Brooklyn. He also said the club will give Kyrie Irving a 'clean slate,' rather than pass judgement on what may or may not have happened with Irving last season in Boston.

Marks touched on those topics - and several others - during his interview with WFAN's Evan Roberts. 

Here are some highlights:

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ian Begley
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The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Knicks stack up:

 

Tags: Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Nets stack up:

 

Tags: Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) watches the Indiana Pacers shoot a free throw during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Nets guard Joe Harris played with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland and he believes the public perception of Irving doesn't align with the person he knows.

"Kyrie, he's got a big personality. I think he's one of these guys that's misunderstood," Harris told reporters in Las Vegas, per The Athletic's Michael Scotto. "I think the way that he's construed in the media is probably going to paint him in a light that is not necessarily true."

Harris said he had 'a lot of good times' with Irving when they played together in Cleveland for parts of two seasons.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince reacts after making a 3-point basket in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at State Farm Arena. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince reacts after making a 3-point basket in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at State Farm Arena. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

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LAS VEGAS -- With Kyrie Irving and (an injured) Kevin Durant on the roster, the Nets, understandably, have high expectations.

"Now it's championship talk. That's all you've got to think about, It's what we've got to work toward," new Net Taurean Prince said on Sunday at halftime of Brooklyn's Summer League game. "We've got to do exactly what we've got to do to get there. Whether it's with Kevin Durant or without him, and then next year even with him, it's same talk."

Brooklyn added Durant and Irving to a team that won 42 games and made the playoffs last season. Durant, of course, is expected to miss the season while rehabbing from an Achilles injury.

Tags: Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Feb 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) celebrates with forward Joe Harris (12) snf forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the third overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Feb 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) celebrates with forward Joe Harris (12) snf forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the third overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

Coming off of a 28-win campaign last season, the Brooklyn Nets had low expectations. The steady development of young players in Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen seemed more important than wins.

The season seemed to head that way on Dec. 5. After a game-winning three pointer by Oklahoma City's Paul George knocked off Brooklyn, the Nets fell to 8-18. Mired in an eight-game losing streak, Brooklyn found themselves with the fourth worst record in the East - behind the New York Knicks.

But Brooklyn instantly turned their season around, winning nine of their next 10 games. From that point, the Nets were one of the better teams in the East, ending up with a 34-22 record in their final 56 games. Even with LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie out for lengthy periods with injury, the Nets finished sixth in the East with a 42-40 record.

Tags: Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) reacts after making a three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) reacts after making a three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sean Marks spoke to reporters at his summer press conference where he tempered expectations but coined a phrase that would stick throughout the season.

"We have [this] year to prepare for summer of 2019."

The conference was Marks extolling expectations for the season in an optimistic way. Everybody knew the Nets could potentially clear enough cap space for two max players -- depending on the moves they make. But nobody expected the team to make the playoffs this season. 

Something the Knicks can't say.

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Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) loses the ball against Philadelphia 76ers defender during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) loses the ball against Philadelphia 76ers defender during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Joel Embiid's left knee will be a question for the Philadelphia 76ers for the duration of their playoff run, but when he is on the floor, things go extremely well.

Embiid's presence is among the reasons why the 76ers are on the verge of advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. And they have a shot to do just that Tuesday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first-round series.

Philadelphia is attempting to reach the semifinals in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999-2001 during the peak years of coach Larry Brown and Allen Iverson, a stretch that culminated in getting to the NBA Finals in 2001.

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives past Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) drives past Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter in game two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Nets will play their first home playoff game in four years. Not much went right for Brooklyn in Game 2 except Spencer Dinwiddie's 19-point effort.

But the Nets took back homecourt advantage with the split. In the playoffs, that's a huge achievement.

"We go back to Brooklyn," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "The old story, if you would have told us before we're splitting here in Philly, I think we'd be happy. But I'm not pleased with the way we presented ourselves. We were below average, quite honestly."

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The Nets allowed 51 points in the third quarter en route to a 145-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Monday at Wells Fargo Center. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Despite trailing 65-64 at halftime, the 76ers started the third on a 21-2 run capped by a Ben Simmons basket that put Philadelphia up 86-66. Overall, the 76ers outscored Brooklyn 51-23, scoring the most points in a quarter in NBA playoff history.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Kenny Atkinson walked out of a quiet locker room and into a small press conference area with a handful of reporters. Brooklyn's head coach was in near tears having witnessed a gruesome right foot injury to his 24-year-old rising star and development poster boy, Caris LeVert. He did the best he could to answer questions, but they weren't really answers.

No timetables. No clue what was going to happen next for a kid who already endured three surgeries.

But then he finished with a powerful statement, a true testament showing how much he believes in his young prodigy.

"I just know Caris," he said, "like if anybody's coming back from this [it's him]. Knowing the human, the character, the person, the player … he'll come back from this."

Tags: Philadelphia 76ers, Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Spencer Dinwiddie
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The Nets took control late in the first quarter and held the lead the rest of the way, causing the boo-birds to rain down in Philly as Brooklyn upset the 76ers on Saturday, 111-102, to take Game 1. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) Brooklyn used an incredible 20-1 run to take a 39-23 lead in the second quarter. After trailing by three, the Nets closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run over the final 2:30. The Sixers would get to within two in the third quarter, but that's as close as they'd get.

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