As the Nets have played well in recent weeks, one of the bright spots has been the play and development of Rodions Kurucs, the 20-year-old rookie selected in the second round of the 2018 draft. As Greg Joyce writes for The New York Post, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson believes that there is more to come for Kurucs.
Kurucs is coming off a career-high 24 points against the Pacers, a game in which he often spent his time on the floor guarding Victor Oladipo. As Joyce points out, Atkinson thinks that his recent play isn’t a flash in the pan situation, as he has been impressed with the rookie’s awareness on the floor.
Kurucs received his opportunity to start when Allen Crabbe went down with an injury, but with the way Kurucs is playing, it will be tough for the Nets, winners of eight of the past nine games, to take Kurucs out of the starting lineup.
There’s more from the Atlantic division:
- Amid some recent struggles, the Celtics held a closed-door meeting after their latest loss. Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reads between the lines from several quotes stemming from that meeting to figure out what is causing the team’s issues.
- As a result of an injury to Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala being in foul trouble, Jonah Bolden received some heavy minutes in the Sixers‘ win over the Raptors. Brian Seltzer writes for the team’s website that Bolden has been working hard to make sure he’s ready to contribute when called upon.
- As the Knicks continue to navigate the early stages of a rebuild without Kristaps Porzingis, Steve Popper of Newsday writes that the team is focused on improving Frank Ntilikina‘s mindset, especially on the offensive end.