ATLANTA — The Nets misplaced a vital recreation in Atlanta on Saturday evening, failing to beat a decimated backcourt, which was with out two starters and a key contributor.
Starting taking pictures guard Seth Curry — who hadn’t been listed on the harm report — was a late scratch throughout pregame warmups, struggling with left ankle soreness. Starting wing Bruce Brown (non-COVID sickness) and key reserve Goran Dragic (well being and security protocols) additionally have been out.
“Well, it’s something we’ve had a lot of experience doing, so we will accept the challenge and find other guys to step up and play and carry some of the load,” coach Steve Nash mentioned earlier than the Nets’ 122-115 loss to the Hawks. “And we’ve been here before, so we hope we get all our guys back sooner rather than later.”
Curry had initially been listed as questionable whereas managing the ankle harm that he admits will seemingly be in a ache for the remainder of the season and require a couple of month of relaxation over the summer time. Then he was faraway from the harm report and presumed accessible for Saturday, solely to be dominated out throughout warmups.
Meanwhile, Dragic is the most recent Net to endure from COVID-19. And not like some, he’s really feeling the consequences of it.
“He has symptoms,” Nash mentioned of Dragic. “He doesn’t feel well. But that’s all I know.”
The Nets have been hit exhausting by COVID-19 this season, with 13 totally different gamers lacking at varied occasions — and 10 concurrently at one level in December. Nash himself had been in protocols and missed a back-to-back towards Toronto.
Brown’s absence had nothing to do with the exhausting fall he took whereas struggling a Flagrant 2 by the hands of Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton two nights earlier. He’s simply sick however not but dominated out for Tuesday’s dwelling recreation vs. Houston.
“No, he has the flu,” mentioned Nash, hopeful the defensive sparkplug wouldn’t miss an excessive amount of time. “I hope not. I think some of these things are 24 hours to 72 hours. Hopefully, we’re in that time frame and he can play on Tuesday.”
Without Brown, Curry and Dragic, it may thrust rookie Cam Thomas again into the rotation and create additional minutes for Patty Mills. Thomas had been a DNP within the earlier three video games coming into Saturday.
“Everyone can get a shot,” Nash mentioned. “But more so, guys will play more. The bench guys will have to play more minutes and have bigger roles.”