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Obi Toppin, Knicks look to play spoiler against Kevin Durant, Nets


Obi Toppin wants to be able to keep players like Kevin Durant. Fortunately for him, he could have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday.

“We’ll see,” Toppin said. “He’s a great player. I’ll never back down from any game – if that opportunity comes, I’ll hold on.

Aside from that minor subplot of Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets game, the most important aspect of the game will be the Knicks’ motivation to take down their rivals in a game Brooklyn must win.

It’s not because the Knicks want to play spoiler. It’s just, well, because.

“We have to win tomorrow,” Toppin said. “We lost so many close games against them. We just have to win. We have to go out with a lot of energy. We are in our house in the garden, so we have to win this victory.

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RJ Barrett added: “It’s a big game. I’m excited. I know the team is overexcited.

Obi Toppin, Knicks look to play spoiler against Kevin Durant, Nets
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The Knicks are yet to beat the Nets in three tries this season, losing games by a combined 10 points. Only one game was decided by more than one possession, and the last clash ended in a bad inbounds pass with a second left when the Knicks had a chance to tie the game.

“I think it’s ridiculous that we’ve lost by two or three points every time,” Barrett said. “It’s crazy. I’ll try to break this cycle [Wednesday].”

The Nets are locked in play-in play, but tied with Charlotte on record. Currently they are the 10 seed but could progress, maybe even in the 7-8 game if things go well.

Toppin’s ability to guard Durant could, of course, be a key factor in how Wednesday plays out. With just three games left in his second NBA season, the 24-year-old wants to see his game develop on the defensive side of the court as well next year.

“I feel like that’s the most important thing, being able to keep 1-5,” Toppin said Tuesday at a news conference that amounted to an assessment of his season with just three games to go. player. “Be able to switch on Kyrie [Irving] Where [Seth] Curry. Being able to protect these elite athletes and being able to move on to Kevin Durant or something like that. I want to be a really good defender because I feel like it’s going to take my game to another level.


Julius Randle and Derrick Rose are unlikely to play the rest of the regular season, Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau said he will see how Quentin Grimes (knee) and Miles McBride (knee) are feeling Wednesday morning before deciding if they will play.

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