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Day’Ron Sharpe diagnosed with hyper-extended left knee, out at least two weeks

File this one under “it could have been a lot worse”

Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Day’Ron Sharpe, who’s been turning some heads lately with his strong play, is the latest Brooklyn Net to miss significant time this season. Sharpe, who went down in the Nets ignominious loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, has been diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee which will require him to miss at least two weeks. He will rehab during that time then the team medical and performance staff will give their assessments of his progress.

The diagnosis had to be a bit of a relief for the Nets organization. The suddenness of the fall and the pain that the 22-year-old exhibited when he fell suggested a number of possibilities, a hyer-extended seemed like the least worst option.

Sharpe now joins Ben Simmons on the bench. Simmons (back and nerve impingement) has missed 30 games so far. Lonnie Walker IV is now healthy but missed 17 games with ankle woes and Dennis Smith Jr. in a similar situation, healthy after having missed 15 games also with back issues. Cam Thomas, more recently, and Cam Johnson and Nic Claxton, both at the beginning of the season, have all missed more than a week of work.

In the month of January, coming off the bench in each of four games, Sharpe averaged 10.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.8 minutes a game, recording a double double in the loss to the Houston Rockets last week. Lately, he has been leading the NBA in rebounding percentage at over 20%.

Sharpe’s minutes at the 5 are likely to be divided between third string center Giles and Dorian Finney-Smith who has played some small ball 5 this season.