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Atkinson: Once Russell’s healthy, look for more of him and Dinwiddie

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In the nine games since D’Angelo Russell stepped back on the court, he and Spencer Dinwiddie have played together exactly 13 minutes in four games. (They have a plus/minus of plus-4)

Now, Brian Lewis reports, Kenny Atkinson said he’s going to try to get the two guards more time together, but wants to see Russell’s minutes increase. Since his return, DLo has averaged 17.9 minutes and 9.0 points.

“It’s a combination of both. I’d love to see them together more and see what that looks like. And then D’Angelo obviously his minutes have to go up for that to work,” said Atkinson. “But it’s something we’ll consider, something we’ll look at. It hasn’t really entered into my mind now with D’Angelo where he is coming off the bench, I think we’re in a good place. But that could easily change.”

Just prior to DLo’s return, on January 9, Atkinson said of starting the two together, “I’m comfortable with that… We’ll make the decision when it presents itself, but I’m comfortable with it.”

Russell’s minutes are still being governed by the Nets performance team assessment of his rehab, now a week short of three months.

On Sunday, the two played only a minute and half together. Atkinson had said just before Russell’s return that he expected to play the two of them together.

Lewis notes that prior to Russell’s injury on November 11, the two had logged only 46 minutes together in eight games, so it wasn’t a priority back then either. In those minutes, Lewis notes, the two were a minus-11.

The two did have one big game since Russell’s return, the Nets’ win over Philadelphia last Wednesday when they combined for 49 points.