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Shaun Livingston played with undiagnosed broken toe in playoffs last season

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with Nets beat writers Thursday, Shaun Livingston revealed how he played with a broken toe during last season's playoffs. Although he says he doesn't want called the injury misdiagnosed, he contends the Nets medical staff "couldn’t really figure out the issue."  Livingston underwent surgery on the toe after signing with the Warriors in the off-season.

Stefan Bondy reports...

[Livingston] revealed for the first time Thursday how his broken toe was never diagnosed, and how he played in the postseason on the strength of a cortisone injection.

"I don’t want to say I was misdiagnosed, but they couldn’t really figure out the issue. They did all these MRIs and X-rays and it was still hurt," said Livingston, who broke his toe in the 77th game of last season and subsequently played 326 playoff minutes.

Livingston’s broken toe healed after it was placed in a cast, but he still required surgery after signing with Golden State.

"They found out there was a lot of scar tissue because once I broke it, I continued to play on it in the playoffs," Livingston said. "Basically, I just shot it up with cortisone and went out there and played on it."

Livingston didn't play the last five games of the regular season after hurting his toe. He started off slowly in the playoffs, sitting at the start of Games 5 and 6 in the Toronto series, replaced by Alan Anderson, but ultimately played in all 12 games.  Livingston told Tim Bontemps that the Raptors series was particularly tough for him.

"It’s just like anything, stuff happens, and you have to sort of grind your way through it. The Miami series, I felt a lot better. You always want to do more, especially when you come up short. But it just didn’t happen that way."

In the end, the Nets used their mini-MLE on Bojan Bogdanovic and traded Marcus Thornton for Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev.  In the end, everyone seems satisfied.  Livingston is seeing limited minutes behind the Splash Brothers in Golden State and is averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 assists in just 13.5 minutes per game.