The Brooklyn Nets continue to stumble along as the postseason draws closer and closer. While Kevin Durant is back in the lineup, Kyrie Irving is still a part-time player and Ben Simmons isn't ready to make his debut yet because of a back issue. Now, a key veteran in LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a hip injury that will keep him out at least the next two games.

Nets head coach Steve Nash revealed Tuesday that Aldridge underwent an MRI on his hip:

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While it doesn't seem as if this is a long-term injury, this is still another tough blow for a Nets team that is sitting at just 32-33 on the season. That's good for only ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks. The No. 11 Washington Wizards are just two games back, so Brooklyn is in danger of falling out of the play-in tournament entirely if things don't turn around soon. Tuesday features a big matchup against the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets, who share a 32-33 record with the slumping Nets.

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The return of Durant should hopefully start getting Brooklyn some more wins, but the team is 0-2 since he came back last Thursday. That's certainly not his fault, given he hit the 30-point mark in both games, but he hasn't gotten enough help.

Aldridge has been terrific when he has been in the lineup, averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 55.4% from the field. The Nets are hoping he's back soon.