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In Sunday’s win against the Charlotte Hornets, Mikal Bridges played 40 minutes and 58 seconds, which was still less than what he logged against the Boston Celtics (42:45) two nights prior.

“In the past … we’ve played our guys not as many minutes, and then as the playoffs start to come around, we wanted to ramp those guys up so they can play, quote-unquote, playoff minutes,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. “I’m trying to hedge that a little bit with the short time between regular season and this group being together and playoffs.”