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D’Angelo Russell stays staying healthy is key for Nets to have a successful playoff run

Nets, D'Angelo Russell

Should the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs, guard D’Angelo Russell believes one of the keys to a successful run is staying healthy.

Russell made his sentiments known to UPROXX’s Robby Kalland.

Shoot, we gotta stay healthy first. I think staying healthy is the main bug in this league that can contribute to a lot of things, but I think as far as making that playoff run and push or whatnot, I think it’s going to come down to us doing what we do.

I know this is a crucial part of the season, but we’ve still got to just do what we do and make teams focus on what we do and stray from our process.

Russell also said that he and his Nets teammates are enjoying the current playoff race.

That’s it, right there. Trying to put yourself in the best position to produce wins. It’s easy to go score 30, 20-plus points, or 10 assists or whatever it may be, but if you’re losing, people aren’t really going to acknowledge that.

But when everybody’s eating and thriving, and there’s wins in the win column, I think it makes your job that much more fun.

I think we’re all enjoying this whole process of the playoff race and every game being that much more intense and stuff like that, because like you said, a lot of us haven’t really been in this situation.

The Nets currently have a 39-38 (.506) win-loss record and occupy the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The last time Brooklyn made the postseason was during the 2014-15 NBA season. That year, the Nets had a 38-44 (.463) win-loss record. They lost in six games to the Atlanta Haws in the first round.

Russell, a first-time NBA All-Star, has been averaging 20.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game.