Johnson, who is dealing with a left calf strain in addition to a contusion, will be re-evaluated in 10 days, the team said Monday. Claxton, meanwhile, will remain out through at least Wednesday’s game in Miami with a left ankle sprain.
Johnson’s strain was a new addition on an injury report ruling the forward out for Monday night’s game in Charlotte. He missed Friday’s loss in Dallas with what was only listed as a calf contusion.
Johnson was injured during Wednesday night’s season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center and has since undergone an MRI. He also missed the entire preseason with a left hamstring strain, which head coach Jacque Vaughn said was unrelated to the calf issue.
“Acute injury that happened at the end of the game that [we] really didn’t know about, presented the next day,” Vaughn said Friday in Dallas. “He tried to go through a little warm-up at shootaround and felt it a little bit.”
Claxton, who was also injured in the season-opener, missed Friday’s game in Dallas as well. Vaughn described a walking boot the center wore to Friday’s shootaround as a “precaution” and said he was day-to-day.
Brooklyn acquired Johnson in the February trade that sent Kevin Durant to Phoenix. Johnson averaged a career-best 16.6 points over 25 games with the Nets last season, then signed a four-year, $108 million extension over the summer.
He recorded 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Nets’ first game this season. Johnson is a career 39.2% three-point shooter.
Claxton, an impending free agent, scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting against Cleveland. He averaged 12.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season and led the NBA by making 70.5% of his shots.