Injuries have been plaguing the Brooklyn Nets this season. Joe Harris’ left ankle sprain, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s knee and Shabazz Napier’s hamstring injury are just a few of the most recent to emerge. Others are less concerning. Read on to learn more about all of the injuries the Nets have been dealing with. Here are the most noteworthy ones.
Joe Harris’ left ankle sprain
Injuries are not uncommon for the Brooklyn Nets, but none are as glaring as Joe Harris’ left ankle sprain. Harris hasn’t played since November 14 and will be out four to six months. The NBA’s leading scorer and shooting guard is expected to return in time for the start of the 2019 season. However, his absence could prove to be detrimental.
The Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick has been out for nearly four months due to a sprained left ankle. Although doctors initially thought he would return after the All-Star break, Harris’ rehabilitation has been a long one, with several setbacks. According to Steve Nash, Harris has been out since Nov. 16 with a left ankle sprain. The team is hopeful that he will return to the lineup in February, after the All-Star break.
Allen Crabbe’s hamstring injury
The news about Allen Crabbe’s hamstring issue is a big blow for the Portland Trail Blazers. The rookie was acquired from Atlanta in the Jan. 16 trade and has appeared in nine games this season. He averaged 3.2 points and 14.6 minutes per game. It’s hard to say what his future will hold, but it’s unclear. The future is murky for anyone involved in the trade.
The Blazers are still monitoring Allen Crabbe’s hamstring issue, which is the source of his recent out-of-season absence. The team released a statement Thursday, saying that Crabbe will undergo an MRI tomorrow. It was unclear if Crabbe will miss the Knicks’ game against the Wolves. The injured player is eligible to return to the court on Saturday, but isn’t a good option right now.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s hamstring injury
The Brooklyn Nets have confirmed that rookie Rondae Hollis-Jeffrey will undergo ankle surgery this week. The forward suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right ankle during practice last week. The team is yet to release a timetable for Hollis-Jefferson’s return to the court. He is currently averaging 5.2 points and 6.1 rebounds with 1.4 steals per game. But the injury has the potential to be a setback for his NBA career, especially with the potential for upside.
The injury won’t keep Hollis-Jefferson from playing during preseason, which starts Oct. 3. However, the small forward could miss the opening game of the season due to the length of time it will take to heal. It is also likely that Hollis-Jefferson will have to start rehab immediately after the game. A full recovery will take between two and eight weeks.
Shabazz Napier’s hamstring injury
The Blazers will be without Shabazz Napier on Wednesday against the Suns. The veteran guard missed all of preseason with a hamstring injury and was not cleared to play. Napier could play, but not enough to cement a spot in Terry Stotts’ player rotation. Napier entered training camp competing with Pat Connaughton for backup point guard minutes. The latter had a strong preseason and will likely start at point guard, leaving Napier as the backup.
Napier’s hamstring injury is a tough one to diagnose. The NBA is not saying whether or not Napier will be able to return, but it does appear that he will be out for a few weeks. Napier will be a game-time decision, but if he misses another game, it could mean the difference between winning the lottery and missing the playoffs.
Caris LeVert’s hamstring injury
Caris LeVert suffered a serious lower leg injury during an NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. LeVert was battling against Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie during a drive to the basket. The injury required medical attention and the defender was carted off the court in apparent pain. The Brooklyn Nets were off to a rough start in the Eastern Conference and LeVert’s absence has sparked some concern.
The Brooklyn Nets guard was stretchered off the court in the second quarter with a strained hamstring and ankle. Caris LeVert suffered a subtalar dislocation in his right foot and had to be taken to the hospital. Thankfully, LeVert suffered no fractures or severe ligament damage and is expected to play the rest of the season. Several NBA stars have offered their support.
Jeremy Lin’s hamstring injury
Jeremy Lin’s hamstring injury has taken a toll on his season. The team has not yet released a timeline for Lin’s return. Lin has missed 36 games last season because of his hamstring injury. Lin was first injured in November 2011 while playing pickup basketball. He had to undergo surgery on his left knee. He had other minor injuries after the surgery, including a torn patella and a sprained left ankle.
Despite being sidelined for the remainder of the season, Lin has still been playing sparingly. In the first half of the playoffs, Lin rested with the team’s key players. After that, he played in six games against the Portland Trail Blazers. His absence was limited to two games because of a respiratory infection. Despite missing two games, Lin still managed to score 14 points and dish out six assists per game.