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As Nets return to practice, Willie Reed will miss 6 to 8 weeks

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets on Friday released a medical update on Willie Reed following surgery on his thumb.  Reed, 25, hurt his thumb in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

Brooklyn Nets center Willie Reed underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. The surgery was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson, along with Nets’ Medical Director Dr. Riley Williams III, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Reed is expected to be out for approximately six to eight weeks.

Reed would miss approximately 25 games, almost a third of the season, if out eight weeks.

"It’s definitely a tough break for him, and it’s a tough break for us," Lionel Hollins said. "We’ll just move forward, he’ll move forward. … He had good news about the surgery. It’s part of the game. It’s part of life."

Meanwhile at the Nets training facility in New Jersey, there was better news. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) practiced fully. Andrea Bargnani, who has been in and out of practice, participated in part of the session, as did Donald Sloan. Both have been troubled by hamstring issues. Bargnani has yet to play in preseason.  Sloan played last weekend, but missed the Celtic game Wednesday.

No word on who will be available for Sunday afternoon's game vs. Philly.