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Nets’ DeAndre Jordan exits game vs. Sixers with dislocated right middle finger

DeAndre Jordan, Nets

Just days after getting Kyrie Irving back in the rotation, the Brooklyn Nets suffered yet another crucial loss during Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

DeAndre Jordan was taken to the locker room after dislocating his middle finger. He was eventually ruled out of the game.

Jordan had tallied four points, three rebounds and three assists in 10 minutes prior to the injury.

The veteran big man has played a vital role in keeping the Nets together amid the injury to Irving as well as the prolonged absence of Kevin Durant. He has also served as a mentor to third-year center Jarrett Allen (via Malika Andrews of ESPN):

The usually reserved, soft-spoken Allen launches into a story: It was January, before a game against the Orlando Magic. Allen says he was going through his pregame warm-ups when Jordan appeared with some advice about guarding Nikola Vucevic.

With Jordan simulating Allen and Allen mimicking Vucevic, Jordan guided him through a few maneuvers, arms extended and fingers spread wide.

“I did exactly what he said in the game and got the steal off of it,” Allen says. “The first thing I did was point to him on the bench, because he did help me out.”

Jordan has been just as steady on the floor as he has been in the Nets locker room and on the bench. The 31-year-old was averaging 8.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game entering Wednesday’s contest, and he also ranked eighth in defensive box plus-minus, according to Basketball Reference.

Brooklyn will most certainly hope Jordan can somehow avoid a lengthy absence, though he could face a similar timeline to that of injured Sixers center Joel Embiid.