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Nets’ David Nwaba suffers torn Achilles tendon vs. Spurs


The injury bug has claimed yet another victim in the 2019-20 NBA regular season, as Brooklyn Nets guard David Nwaba is likely done for the year after suffering a torn right achilles tendon in their 105-118 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

The grim development was first confirmed by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Twitter.

Nwaba fell hard to the floor and immediately clutched his ankle at the 10:54 minute mark of the fourth quarter inside the AT&T center. The injury looked serious from the get-go, as he was surrounded by the Nets team including head coach Kenny Atkinson as he stayed on the floor for several minutes.


Nwaba played 16 minutes before the time of the injury and had four points, two rebounds, and two assists.

One of the best two-way players off the bench for the Nets this season, Nwaba has been tallying 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while making 53.6 percent of his shots from the field and 46.2 from three in 19 games.

The 26-year-old is the second player to go down with an achilles injury three months into the season, as Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood also blew his achilles earlier this December.

Nwaba joins his teammate and Brooklyn’s prized offseason acquisition Kevin Durant, who currently recovering from the same injury he sustained in last year’s Finals.

Although not a major contributor on offense for coach Atkinson, Nwaba’s absence certainly affects Brooklyn’s depth at wings especially come playoff time. The team, who is still missing the services of Kyrie Irving, is currently ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference with 15-13 slate.