Nets coach Kenny Atkinson gives update on DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince injuries
According to Atkinson, Jordan will get his finger looked at on Thursday, noting that he’s unsure if the big man will miss some games. Prince’s injury, meanwhile, isn’t that serious.
In the event that Jordan needs to sit out, Atkinson claims that he has no qualms in playing rookie Nic Claxton in place of the veteran center.
Kenny Atkinson said DeAndre Jordan will get his finger looked at tomorrow. Taurean Prince banged his wrist a few games ago and Atkinson thinks it just flared up. Atkinson said he has no problems playing rookie Nic Claxton should Jordan miss time.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) January 16, 2020
Claxton, the 31st pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, has played 10 games for the Nets. He has averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 12.0 minutes. He was recently sent to their G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, after suffering a hamstring injury.
Atkinson unsure if DeAndre Jordan will miss any time, but claims he’s comfortable playing rookie second round pick Nic Claxton if need be. Claxton has been on G League assignment. #Nets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 16, 2020
In the Nets’ 117-106 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday, DeAndre Jordan dislocated his right middle finger and left the game. He did not return.
INJURY UPDATE: DeAndre Jordan will not return due to a dislocated right middle finger.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 16, 2020
Taurean Prince, himself, downplayed concerns involving his hand. He claims that it didn’t suffer any dislocations whatsoever and emphasized an old hand injury just flared up.
The Nets currently sport an 18-22 record for eighth place in the East. This is not exactly the place where they expect to be given their big offseason signings.
However, their mediocre record hasn’t been a cause of concern among analysts. After all, Kevin Durant — a top-two player in the league — is still out nursing an Achilles injury.
A player of Durant’s caliber can change a team’s fate right away. On top of this, Irving has been injured for the most part of the season. He has returned and is fully healthy, but he may need some more time to fully mesh with his teammates.