Nets vs. Jazz: Kevin Durant has Made Presence Felt in Brooklyn

Nets will face one of NBA's toughest defenses in Utah

Kevin Durant is not with the Brooklyn Nets on their current five-game road trip, but the forward has maintained an active presence around the team throughout the season.

“Awesome. I just like hanging out with him and watching that ball go in every time,” said Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson after a practice last week. “Even form shooting. It’s amazing. It’s like he’s just such a, it’s a thing of beauty watching him shoot. It’s great having him out there, he’s out here the whole practice and obviously got some form shooting in.”

As he rehabs the injured Achilles’ that he suffered during last season’s NBA Finals, Durant has not been distant. He said during media day sessions that he didn’t foresee anything different about his role around the team being any different than any other season, aside from the fact he wouldn’t be able to suit up and take the court on game nights.

“I will say every time he’s around, it’s definitely great for us,” said Spencer Dinwiddie. “We get to soak up knowledge and learn from him. Obviously, him and Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) are the two best scorers of all-time, so to be able to have a guy like him on the roster who’s still your age or close to it, it’s just cool to be around.”

“I can't imagine how hard it is to be practicing with us every day, doing extra work and not being able to play,” said Jarrett Allen. “Every day he's out here giving 100 percent he's trying to make the team better.”

Durant has maintained a vocal presence, bringing 12 years of experience and a resume that includes an MVP award and three trips to the NBA Finals to bear.

“He gets in our coaches’ huddles,” said Atkinson. “Especially when it gets tough. So I think he picks his spots when to say something. I think he’s pretty quiet and when he has to say something, he’ll step up in the film room or in a timeout. He just has a really good feel for that. I could see someone coming in and being loud and boisterous, and he could be that guy. He has every right to be that guy with his knowledge. But I guess he's just stepped toward the right balance and interjected himself like that.”

In the way he has handled a unique situation — a perennial All-Star joining a new team without being able to play right away — Durant’s actions have given Atkinson some insight into one of his new stars, and found something that mirrors Brooklyn’s other newly arrived All-Star.

“The great thing about Kyrie and Kevin Durant, they’re all about basketball,” said Atkinson. “From my perspective, and maybe I’m not attuned to the outside world as much, and the drama, and I don’t read enough, but in this environment they are two guys that are obsessed with the game. I think that’s their comfort level, it seems like when they’re happiest when they’re in this environment and talking ball and talking about the league and shot selection and they’re in the film room, what we’re gonna do against blitz. It’s basketball, that’s their comfort zone, that’s where their heart lies. That’s an easy one for me and for them.”

LEVERT OUT VS. UTAH

Guard Caris LeVert has been listed as out for Tuesday night's game against the Jazz, per Nets PR, due to a sprained right thumb. LeVert is Brooklyn's second-leading scorer with 16.8 points per game, and also averages 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

ABOUT THE JAZZ

The Nets are going to find a stingy defense waiting for them in Salt Lake City, anchored by two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert at center. The Jazz lead the NBA in defensive rating as they take a 6-3 record into Monday night’s game against Golden State. They’re also first in defensive effective field goal percentage, limiting opponents to 46.1 percent efficiency. Gobert is fifth in the NBA in rebounding (13.0) and the Jazz are fifth in defensive rebounding (37.1) but 23rd in total rebounding (44.0). They don’t hit the offensive boards very hard.

Third-year guard Donovan Mitchell leads Utah with 24.8 points per game while shooting 48.8 percent overall and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Former Net Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 21.8 points while shooting 45.5 percent on 6.9 3-point attempts per game and the Jazz are fifth overall in 3-point percentage (37.6). Bogdanovic was part of an offseason hunt for veteran reinforcements that included point guard Mike Conley and another former Net, center Ed Davis, who is currently sidelined with a fractured tibia.

The Jazz are 27th in the league in pace (97.8), a counter to Brooklyn’s No. 5 ranking (106.58). They’re also running pick-and-rolls on 29.4 percent of their possessions, the highest rate in the league, to free up Mitchell and Conley. Mitchell is sixth with 12.2 pick-and-roll ball-handler possessions per game, and Conley is 12th (10.0). Only the Clippers, with Lou Williams and Kawhi Leonard both in the top five, have two players in the top 15. Utah is second in drives per game with 55.0 (the Nets are first with 56.2), a category they led the league in last season (55.1). Sidebar to that, the Jazz are 29th in the league with 19.3 assists per game.

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Preseason

  • home game
    FridayFri Oct 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 137-89

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    T. Prince
    22PTS
    Taurean Prince
    S. Dinwiddie
    12RBS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    9ASTS
    Caris LeVert
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    ThursdayThu Oct 10 Mercedes-Benz Arena
    W 114-111

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    S. Dinwiddie
    20PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    R. Kurucs
    8RBS
    Rodions Kurucs
    S. Dinwiddie
    7ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    SaturdaySat Oct 12 Shenzhen Universiade Center
    W 91-77

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    C. LeVert
    22PTS
    Caris LeVert
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    11RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    C. LeVert
    5ASTS
    Caris LeVert
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    FridayFri Oct 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 107-123

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    K. Irving
    19PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    9RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    4ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    WednesdayWed Oct 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 126-127OT1

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    K. Irving
    50PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    7ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    FridayFri Oct 25 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 113-109

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    K. Irving
    26PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    K. Irving
    5ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    SundaySun Oct 27 FedExForum, Memphis, TN
    L 133-134OT1

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    37PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    J. Allen
    13RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    WednesdayWed Oct 30 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 108-118

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    K. Irving
    28PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    17RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    7ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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    FridayFri Nov 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 123-116

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Prince
    27PTS
    Taurean Prince
    T. Prince
    12RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    10ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    L 109-113

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    T. Prince
    20PTS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    11RBS
    Kyrie Irving
    K. Irving
    10ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    MondayMon Nov 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 135-125

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    39PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    K. Irving
    9ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    FridayFri Nov 08 Moda Center, Portland, OR
    W 119-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    34PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    9RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    K. Irving
    6ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    L 112-138

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    S. Dinwiddie
    18PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    12RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
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  • away game
    TuesdayTue Nov 12 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
    L 114-119

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    K. Irving
    27PTS
    Kyrie Irving
    D. Jordan
    17RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    5ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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  • away game
    ThursdayThu Nov 14 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
    L 93-101

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Allen
    17PTS
    Jarrett Allen
    D. Jordan
    11RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    K. Irving
    9ASTS
    Kyrie Irving
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    SaturdaySat Nov 16 United Center, Chicago, IL
    W 117-111

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    7RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    J. Harris
    8ASTS
    Joe Harris
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    MondayMon Nov 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 86-115

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    28PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    WednesdayWed Nov 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 101-91

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Allen
    22PTS
    Jarrett Allen
    J. Allen
    17RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 22 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 116-97

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    23PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    10RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    7ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    SundaySun Nov 24 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    W 103-101

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    30PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    T. Prince
    5ASTS
    Taurean Prince
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    MondayMon Nov 25 Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
    W 108-106

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    23PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    21RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    9ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    WednesdayWed Nov 27 TD Garden, Boston, MA
    L 110-121

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    G. Temple
    22PTS
    Garrett Temple
    J. Allen
    14RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    ESPNWFAN
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  • home game
    FridayFri Nov 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 112-107

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    32PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    11RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    11ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 01 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 106-109

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    29PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    J. Allen
    12RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    T. Prince
    5ASTS
    Taurean Prince
    YES NetworkWCBS 880 AM
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  • away game
    WednesdayWed Dec 04 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
    W 130-118

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    G. Temple
    27PTS
    Garrett Temple
    J. Allen
    13RBS
    Jarrett Allen
    S. Dinwiddie
    5ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    FridayFri Dec 06 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    W 111-104

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    J. Harris
    22PTS
    Joe Harris
    D. Jordan
    13RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    12ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 08 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    W 105-102

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    T. Prince
    11RBS
    Taurean Prince
    S. Dinwiddie
    8ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • home game
    WednesdayWed Dec 11 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    L 108-113

    TEAM LEADERS OF THE GAME

    S. Dinwiddie
    24PTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    D. Jordan
    14RBS
    DeAndre Jordan
    S. Dinwiddie
    6ASTS
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    YES NetworkWFAN
    Watch Game
  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 14 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
    7:30pmET
    YES Network, NBA TVWFAN
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  • home game
    SundaySun Dec 15 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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  • away game
    TuesdayTue Dec 17 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
    8:00pmET
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  • away game
    ThursdayThu Dec 19 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    8:30pmET
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • home game
    SaturdaySat Dec 21 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
    YES NetworkWCBS 880 AM
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  • home game
    ThursdayThu Dec 26 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    8:00pmET
    TNTWFAN
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  • away game
    SaturdaySat Dec 28 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
    8:00pmET
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    MondayMon Dec 30 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
    8:00pmET
    YES NetworkWFAN
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  • away game
    ThursdayThu Jan 02 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
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    SaturdaySat Jan 04 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    MondayMon Jan 06 Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    7:00pmET
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    TuesdayTue Jan 07 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    FridayFri Jan 10 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SundaySun Jan 12 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    TuesdayTue Jan 14 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    WednesdayWed Jan 15 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
    7:00pmET
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    SaturdaySat Jan 18 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    6:00pmET
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    MondayMon Jan 20 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    3:00pmET
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    ThursdayThu Jan 23 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Jan 25 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
    7:00pmET
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  • away game
    SundaySun Jan 26 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
    6:00pmET
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    WednesdayWed Jan 29 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    FridayFri Jan 31 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    SaturdaySat Feb 01 Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
    8:00pmET
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    MondayMon Feb 03 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
    7:30pmET
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    WednesdayWed Feb 05 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
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    SaturdaySat Feb 08 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
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    MondayMon Feb 10 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
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    ThursdayThu Feb 20 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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    SaturdaySat Feb 22 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
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