They have become one of the best backcourts in the leag…

They have become one of the best backcourts in the league this season because the feel is there. Staggering the minutes has been a significant help. It gives them each time on the floor where they are the undisputed captain. It gives them space. But, they have played so much better together this season. “The biggest thing has been we both understand and can read each other,” Mitchell said. “Mike always has a feel for how defenses are guarding me and for what’s needed, and vice versa. Sometimes, I know that I need to defer to Mike, and sometimes I’m like I got it. It’s a trust and a bond that we have always had in each other.”
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April 21, 2021 | 3:08 am EDT Update
Kyrie Irving capped a 32-point performance with a tough turnaround jumper, a driving layup through converging defenders and four free throws in the final minute, and the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 134-129 victory over the reeling New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. “Obviously, when Kyrie does his thing and hits tough shots like that, it truly saves us,” said Nets forward Blake Griffin, who had 16 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role. “But I thought overall we did a better job of just trying to like, do it by committee, moving off the ball and not settling.”
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Williamson, who was debuting his own Jordan brand basketball shoe, scored 33 points, mostly on strong moves in the paint that produced dunks and contested layups. Brandon Ingram added 27 points for the Pelicans, who fell four games behind Golden State and San Antonio for the final play-in spot in the Western Conference with 14 games left in the regular season. “I’m not going to lie,” Williamson said. “It does get kind of annoying to sit up here every other game saying we’re right there and we’re not closing out. So, I think we’ve got to focus on some of those small things. I say it over and over, but until we do it, some of those outcomes aren’t going to change.”
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