The Nets injury report remains lengthy and the team will enter Tuesday’s game against the Raptors in Toronto with 11 healthy bodies.
The latest addition to the status report was Bruce Brown, who will be out with right knee soreness. Brown has been a standout of the Nets' “stay-ready group” and has been a key piece in Brooklyn’s success in the home stretch of the regular season.
The 6’4” guard has averaged 10.5 points on 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from deep to go with 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals in the Nets last 10 games. Outside of Brown, the injury report remains the same.
James Harden will miss his 11th straight game with his lingering right hamstring strain. His 11-game injury absence marks the longest stretch of his career. The Nets superstar was closing in on a return before suffering a setback in a high-intensity workout. The setback derailed his hopes of returning to play and Steve Nash said the setback took Harden “back to square one.”
Nicolas Claxton and Alize Johnson remain on the league’s health and safety protocols. Claxton, who last played in the Nets' loss to the Heat on April 18, will miss his fifth straight game while Johnson will be ruled out for his third consecutive games. The Nets head coach believes the listing stems from the Miami trip — the same trip in which both Reggie Perry, who missed one game, and Claxton were dinged for health and safety initially.
“I believe it’s the same but you need an encyclopedia to figure that out,” Nash said Friday. “I’m not totally positive but, I think it’s all stemming back to the Miami trip.”
Chris Chiozza, who underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured third metacarpal on his right hand back on April 14th, and Spencer Dinwiddie (right hand) are the two other Nets listed on the status report.
Dinwiddie, who has documented his partially torn ACL rehab throughout the season, is on Week 11 of rehab. The Nets guard posted his latest progress Monday.
Spencer Dinwiddie continues to progress in week 11 of his rehab— Matt Brooks (@MattBrooksNBA) April 26, 2021
Credit: @SpencerDinwiddie on IG pic.twitter.com/FfS5fHUjLh
Brooklyn has 11 games —four at home— remaining on their regular season schedule as they nurse a 1.5 game lead over the Sixers for the first seed in the East with the Bucks not far behind, sitting 3.5 games behind for the top seed.