MIAMI – Following the recent eruption by Caris LeVert, the dynamic has changed in the back of the Nets in terms of more responsibility that has fallen on the shoulders of an Angelo protection point. Russell. He struggled to lose last Wednesday in Brooklyn, the first game without LeVert, but Coach Kenny Atkinson likes the adjustment that Russell has made since.
"Clearly, he's discussing the ball a lot more," said Atkinson before re-transporting with the Heat Tuesday at American Airlines Arena. "When Caris was out, they shared the duties for debating a ball. He falls on it. He plays with Joe [Harris] and Allen [Crabbe], and they are not pick-and-roll players. They are more caught-and-shot men. So, its use has gone up, we are right with us.
"Listen, he's played a great basketball, and there's no doubt about it. It's a good way at the moment. I believe that his defense is improving, and he's a young player improve. "
When LeVert spoke to the media on Monday, he revealed that he sent a text message to Russell telling him not to feel like he had to carry the Nets. "I think everyone has to move on," said LeVert. "I explained Dave Angelo after he had happened and just told him, we have everything we need with me down. We have all the pieces we need. I feel, if Everyone contributes, if everyone gives one another more, we will be in good condition. "
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Rookie's power onwards, Rodions Kurucs played well in a win in Washington on Friday when Hollis-Jefferson came out, but DNP received when Hollis-Jefferson returned to the Clippers crash. Still, Kurucs seems to weigh for playtime.
"It makes me difficult," said Atkinson. "We've seen in the Washington game every time it's going out, it's active. It's rebuilt, it's a great slasher. It has a lot of potential." . Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (hamstring) were out for the Heat.