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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell returns to Brooklyn to face Nets on Feb. 5

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Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell returns to Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets on February 5.

Russell played two seasons for the Nets and made his first All-Star team last season. The lefty guided Brooklyn to the playoffs, but after the team signed star point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency this summer, D’Lo’s days in Brooklyn were numbered.

The Nets traded Russell to the Warriors in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade deal. Russell signed a four-year, $117 million deal with the Dubs.

D’Angelo Russell averaged 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists last season for the Nets while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line. He will start alongside Warriors star guard Stephen Curry in the backcourt while All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson recovers from his ACL tear.

Russell will likely get a nice applause from Nets fans when he’s introduced at the Barclays Center. He’s not going to get booed, that’s for sure.

The Warriors are excited to see what Curry and Russell can do together on the backcourt next season. Both All-Stars can shoot and score the ball at a high-level. Defense may be an issue, though, as neither guy is a good defender.