Nets Injury Tracker: Jacque Vaughn doesn't expect Ben Simmons to rejoin team this year
Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Nets players...
March 25, 6:55 p.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said that he does not expect Ben Simmons to rejoin the team this year.
The team announced Friday that Simmons had been diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back. When asked about Simmons' injury ahead of the Nets' game in Miami against the Heat, Vaughn said, “the realism is he's probably not going to join us for the rest of the year.”
After missing all of last season, Simmons played 42 games for Brooklyn (33 starts) and averaged 6.9 points with 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 26.3 minutes per game.
Brooklyn said they will shut down until they can determine a long-term course of treatment.
March 24, 6:15 p.m.
The Nets announced Ben Simmons has been diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back after the forward underwent a reevaluation earlier on Friday.
Simmons has missed the last 15 games, playing last in a win over the Miami Heat on Feb. 15. He will remain out of action while Brooklyn determines the best long-term course of treatment.
March 24, 5:25 p.m.
Guard Seth Curry will miss the Nets' game Saturday night in Miami due to personal reasons, the team announced Friday.
Brooklyn, losers of five straight entering the game against the Heat, will also be without Ben Simmons due to back and knee soreness.
In this week's two defeats to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Curry played six minutes and 10 minutes and was held scoreless missing his only three attempts. He has averaged 7.8 points in 16.3 minutes in 12 games during the month of March.
March 23, 7:08 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee/back soreness) is only practicing in an individual setting as his status for the rest of the Nets' season remains a question mark.
"It is not with teammates, and so I'll say that piece of it," Jacque Vaughn told reporters, via the New York Daily News, before Thursday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "He hasn't scripted with our group -- first group, second group or anything of that nature."
Entering the 7:30 p.m. tip-off with the Cavs (46-28), Simmons missed Brooklyn's past 14 games.
He last played Feb. 15 -- before the All-Star break -- in a 116-105 win over the Miami Heat.
During the break, Simmons got a platelet-rich plasma injection and had fluid drained from his knee.
Including the Cavs, Brooklyn (39-33) has 10 games left on the regular season.
"I'm concerned about today's game and if those questions present themselves, I'll be more than willing to see how he fits with the group and answer it at that time, but I don't even wanna look that far ahead," Vaughn said, via the Daily News, when asked about how Simmons fits into the Nets' last stretch and beyond.
Starting 33 of 42 games, Simmons averages 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 26.3 minutes per game.
March 8, 6:42 p.m.
The Nets announced that four players have been ruled out for their game on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nic Claxton (right thumb), Cam Johnson (knee) and Royce O'Neale (knee) will not play when Brooklyn plays in Milwaukee. All three players will join Ben Simmons on the inactive list who continues to deal with back/knee issues.
Spencer Dinwiddie will also miss Thursday's game for rest.
In 10 games with the Nets, Johnson is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Claxton is averaging 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds while O'Neale is posting 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
March 5, 12:15 a.m.
The Nets released their status report for Sunday's 6 p.m. game against the Charlotte Hornets with updates on a trio of players, including Yuta Watanabe.
The sharpshooting wing, who is averaging a 48.2 percent clip from 3-point range over 17.8 minutes in 44 games this season, is questionable due to back soreness.
Watanabe was inactive for Friday's 115-105 win at the Boston Celtics and has not played since Feb. 24, logging nine minutes during a 131-87 loss to the Bulls in Chicago.
Fellow wing Ben Simmons (left knee and back soreness) and guard Edmond Sumner (personal reasons) remain out. Simmons -- who is averaging 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 26.3 minutes over 42 games -- has not played since Feb. 15, a 116-105 win over the Miami Heat before the All-Star break.
Brooklyn (35-28) hosts the Hornets (20-45) on the heels of a 28-point comeback win over the Celtics in Boston. The Nets enter Sunday as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference standings, two games ahead of the Heat (34-31) and two games behind the 38-27 Knicks.
Feb. 27, 4:55 p.m.
The Nets have ruled Ben Simmons out for Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks due to left knee soreness, and the guard could miss more games this week.
Simmons said last Friday that he was going to go for a reevaluation "in about a week" and there are "some targets I need to hit and get to." That rough timeline could indicate the 26-year-old will sit out Wednesday's game against the Knicks and Friday's game at the Boston Celtics.
Simmons has missed Brooklyn's last two games, a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls last Friday and a loss at the buzzer to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, with the same ailment.
"It's frustrating," Simmons said last week. "But it's something that's an injury I've never dealt with before. So it's something I'm learning about, that we're learning about."
"I've been battling it all year. I haven't been 100 percent all year ... I just want to be on the court, regardless of what it is and whatever position I have. I'm just trying to give the team what I can."
Feb. 24, 6:42 p.m.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn announced that guard Ben Simmons will not play Friday against the Chicago Bulls as he nurses a sore left knee.
Vaughn said that Simmons is in the "strengthening phase" and will miss at least two games. When asked if the Nets are considering shutting him down for the season, the organization said they have not.
Simmons, who had his knee drained and a PRP injection, says he hasn't been 100 percent all year and expects to be re-evaluated in a week.
Feb. 23, 5:56 p.m.
Nets listed guard Ben Simmons as questionable for Friday's tip against the Chicago Bulls, the team's first game out of the All-Star break, with left knee soreness.
Simmons has yet to start a game for Brooklyn since the Feb. 9 trade deadline, and in that span (four games) has scored just 16 points.
In 42 games this season, the 26-year-old is averaging 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.
Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Nets shooting guard Seth Curry has officially been cleared to return for Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat.
Curry missed five games after suffering a left abductor strain on Feb. 4 against the Wizards. He'll finally be able to get back out there with the new-look Nets tomorrow night.
Prior to suffering the injury, Curry was averaging 10.6 points, two rebounds, and two assists per game.
Feb. 12, 4:10 p.m.
The Nets have ruled shooting guard Seth Curry out for Monday night's game against the Knicks.
Curry will miss his fifth straight contest due to a left abductor strain he suffered on Feb. 4 against the Washington Wizards.
Prior to suffering the injury, he was averaging 10.6 points, two rebounds, and two assists per game, while shooting 42.5 percent from behind the arc.
Feb. 11, 1:50 p.m.
The newly acquired duo of Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson are expected to make their Nets debut Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, the team announced.
There were questions about their availability following the deal with Phoenix that sent Kevin Durant to the Suns ahead of the NBA trade deadline, but they are expected to see time at Barclays Center.
Bridges, who has started all 56 games for the Suns this campaign after starting all 82 last season, is averaging 17.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36.4 minutes per game.
Johnson has made just 17 appearances (16 starts) on the season and contributed 13.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.2 minutes per game.
Feb. 10, 5:07 p.m.
Nic Claxton is probable for Saturday's 6 p.m. game between the Nets (33-22) and Philadelphia 76ers while Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson are questionable following Thursday's Kevin Durant trade with the Phoenix Suns.
Claxton (right hamstring tightness) missed Thursday's 116-105 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Through 51 games (all starts) as a fourth-year pro on the 2022-23 season, the 23-year-old Claxton is averaging 13.2 points on 73.2 percent shooting while adding 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 29.7 minutes.
Feb. 9, 6:35 p.m.
The Nets ruled big man Nic Claxton out for Thursday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls due to right hamstring tightness.
Claxton has played and started in 51 out of the team's 54 games this season, and is having his best season in the NBA. The 23-year-old is averaging career-highs in every statistical category, including 13.2 points on 73.2 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.6 blocks per game, and has become a prime candidate for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Additionally, Seth Curry will miss his second third straight game due to a left adductor strain. While Day'Ron Sharpe (right foot soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (back tightness) are both available for Thursday's game.
Feb. 7, 6:35 p.m.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn gave a small update on Kevin Durant's injury status prior to Tuesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns and said that the star forward received a "really good report" from the doctor.
Vaughn also revealed that despite the news, Durant has not been cleared for contact and his return date is unclear.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that with just eight days until the All-Star break, Durant isn't expected to return to the Nets lineup until afterwards.
The Nets' first game after the break is Friday, Feb. 24 at the Chicago Bulls.
Feb. 6, 11:45 p.m.
Following the Nets' 124-116 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, Ben Simmons told reporters that he will play on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.
On Monday, Simmons missed his fifth straight game due to left knee soreness, but head coach Jacque Vaughn said before Monday's game that the former No. 1 pick was expected to play on Tuesday.
Vaughn added after the loss that he had not been given an update on Kevin Durant's medical status and that is expected to come Tuesday. '
Durant did not comment on his situation when asked by reporters on his way out of the arena.
Feb. 6, 6:25 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) will miss his fifth straight game on Monday night when the Nets take on the Los Angeles Clippers, head coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Vaughn added that Simmons could play on Monday, but the team is holding him out for the second game of a back-to-back on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.
Additionally, T.J. Warren will return on Monday after a four-game absence, but Seth Curry will not play due to an adductor strain.
Vaughn also noted that Kevin Durant (sprained right MCL) is being examined by Nets staff on Monday and there could be an update on his recovery status after the game, but that will more likely be on Tuesday.
Feb. 4, 1:35 p.m.
A day after requesting a trade out of Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving was ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Washington Wizards due to right calf soreness, the Nets announced.
Prior to tip-off, Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn spoke about Irving's injury and said that "he reported to us some calf soreness, so he'll be out tonight."
Additionally, Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) will both miss their fourth straight game. The two players have been out since Jan. 26.
Feb. 4, 12:27 p.m.
Prior to tip-off against the Washington Wizards on Saturday, the Nets listed Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) as questionable.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Friday that the two players are progressing towards a return from injury, but aren't expected to suit up on Saturday night.
Simmons and Warren have both missed the team's last three games, as they last played on Jan. 26 against the Detroit Pistons.
Feb. 3, 10:58 a.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters on Friday that Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) are progressing and have been able to get on the court in practice, but are not expected to play Saturday against the Washington Wizards.
Vaughn previously expressed some optimism on Wednesday that the two could return against the Wizards.
Both players have missed the last three games, as the Nets have gone 2-1 without them. They last played on Jan. 26 against the Detroit Pistons.
Feb. 1, 9:30 p.m.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said he was "hopeful" that Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren would return Saturday against the Washington Wizards.
The team announced earlier in the week that both players would miss Wednesday's tip against the Celtics, but after missing the last three games, Simmons (knee) and Warren (leg) could be returning to the team's lineup.
The Nets are 2-1 in this stretch without Simmons and Warren.
Jan. 31, 5:00 p.m.
Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren will remain out of the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics.
Pregame on Monday, Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said he was "hopeful" both players could return for the matchup. However, they have now been ruled out for the third straight game after leaving early last Thursday against the Pistons.
Simmons left with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter and was later ruled out due to left knee soreness. In 20 minutes he went 0-for-3 from the field, turned the ball over three times, and had seven assists.
Warren played 18 minutes and contributed just two points, two rebounds, and an assist before leaving with a knee contusion.
Meanwhile, the team has listed Yuta Watanabe (back tightness) as probable.
Jan. 30, 5:35 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) missed Monday night's contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Both players missed Saturday's win over the Knicks, as they last played on Jan. 26 against the Detroit Pistons.
Simmons is averaging 7.4 points on 56.6 percent shooting plus 6.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 27.3 minutes per night over 37 games this season. Warren has come off the bench in all 24 games he's played in this season, and is averaging 9.3 points on 50.0 percent shooting in 19.0 minutes of action per game.
Jan. 29, 5:20 p.m.
Ben Simmons is questionable while T.J. Warren is doubtful for Monday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Simmons (left knee soreness) and Warren (left shin contusion) missed Saturday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Both last played in Thursday's 130-122 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Through 37 games (32 starts), Simmons averages 7.4 points on 56.6 percent shooting while adding 6.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 27.3 minutes.
Warren, meanwhile, averages 9.3 points on 50 percent shooting with 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19 minutes over 24 games -- all off the bench.
The Nets (30-19) welcome the Lakers (23-27) after Los Angeles suffered a 125-121 overtime loss at the Boston Celtics Saturday.
Jan. 28, 2:00 p.m.
The Nets have officially ruled Ben Simmons out for Saturday evening's game against the New York Knicks.
Simmons left Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter and was later ruled out due to left knee soreness.
In 20 minutes, Simmons went 0-for-3 from the floor and turned the ball over three times. He did contribute seven assists, one rebound and one steal.
T.J. Warren, who also left Thursday's game, has been ruled out for Saturday's contest due to a left shin contusion.
Jan. 26, 9:20 p.m.
The Nets declared Ben Simmons out for the remainder of Thursday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.
Simmons exited the game with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter and the Nets down 79-71 before he was ruled out due to left knee soreness.
In 20 minutes against the Pistons, Simmons failed to register a point, going 0-for-3 from the floor. He contributed seven assists, one rebound and one steal but committed three turnovers and left with a plus-minus of -12.
The Nets would go on to lose to the Pistons 130-122 and after the game head coach Jacque Vaughn added that forward T.J. Warren left the game due to a knee contusion.
Vaughn did not say whether either player was headed for further evaluations or an MRI.
Jan. 24, 12:34 p.m.
Kevin Durant hasn’t played for the Nets since spraining his right MCL on Jan. 8 against the Miami Heat, and while the superstar is heading in the right direction, he won’t be on the court for at least another couple weeks.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Durant is “making progress in his recovery” and will be re-evaluated again in two weeks.
Charania also added that there is optimism Durant returns before the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19 and ends up playing in the game.
The Nets are 2-4 since Durant went down with the injury, but have won their last two games.
Jan. 19, 2:56 p.m.
Kyrie Irving has been upgraded from probable to available for the Nets' game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
Irving, who is dealing with a sore calf, missed Tuesday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He was questionable earlier in the day but was downgraded to out prior to the game.
After Thursday's game, the Nets will take on the Utah Jazz on the second of a back-to-back on Friday before heading to California to face the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. They then head to Philadelphia on Wednesday to face the 76ers before finally returning home on Jan. 26 against the Detroit Pistons.
In 32 games this season, Irving is averaging 25.6 points per game.
Jan. 17, 6:12 p.m.
Kyrie Irving has been downgraded to out prior to the Nets' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday due to right calf soreness.
Irving began the day listed as questionable.
Prior to Tuesday's game, coach Jacque Vaughn said Irving is considered day-to-day and that he hopes the injury is "hopefully short term."
In 32 games this season, Irving is averaging 25.6 points per game for Brooklyn.
Jan. 17, 3:39 p.m.
Kyrie Irving is questionable for the Nets' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday due to right calf soreness.
Irving played 38 minutes on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 15 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.
Brooklyn is already without Kevin Durant, who will miss the next several weeks due to a knee injury, and was without Ben Simmons (back soreness) on Sunday.
Jan. 15, 5:45 p.m.
With the Nets looking to replace the production of Kevin Durant, Brooklyn has ruled Ben Simmons out for Sunday night's game against KD's former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The team announced Simmons is dealing with back soreness, an injury designation that held him out for a few games earlier this season. He was originally downgraded to questionable, but then ruled out prior to tip-off. With Simmons out, the Nets' starting five consisted of Kyrie Irving, Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Royce O'Neale and Nic Claxton.
Simmons was held scoreless on three shots from the field in the Nets' first game without Durant, a 109-98 loss to the Boston Celtics. However, Simmons contributed in other ways with 13 assists, nine rebounds, two steals, and a block in 26 minutes.
Jan. 9, 11:44 a.m.
Kevin Durant, who left the Nets' game on Jan. 8 due to a right knee injury, has been diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain, the team announced.
Durant will be reevaluated in two weeks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, "there's optimism" Durant will miss less time than he did due to last season's knee injury, when he was out for roughly six weeks.
Jan. 8, 2023, 9:09 p.m.
Kevin Durant will undergo imaging on his right knee after he exited Sunday's 102-101 win at the Miami Heat with an apparent injury, Jacque Vaughn told reporters.
"He didn't finish the game and just right knee, he'll get evaluated tomorrow and then hopefully I'll have some more info for you," Vaughn said.
"Most likely, it will include imaging, just to make sure we're good -- yeah," Vaughn added.
Durant went to the locker room after a Nets timeout with 36 seconds left in the third quarter and did not return, following a play where Jimmy Butler fell into his knee. He scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes.
"He dapped up everybody coming to the locker room," Vaughn said. "I just said, 'I wish we would've got the rebound on that play.' And it's a heck of a win with the group. And that was about it."
"I did not inquire about the knee or anything," Vaughn added. "Don't want to speculate. I'm going to knock on some wood and see what happens tomorrow."
Jan. 8, 2023, 7:57 p.m.
The Nets ruled Kevin Durant out for the rest of Sunday's game at the Miami Heat after exiting with a right knee injury.
Durant left the floor following a full timeout with 36 seconds left in the third quarter and headed to the locker room.
Jimmy Butler fell into Durant's leg on a layup blocked by Ben Simmons at the period's 1:05 mark.
In 30 minutes, Durant scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting while adding four rebounds and two assists. Brooklyn led 79-77 before Durant's injury.
Jan. 3, 2023, 4:45 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Markieff Morris and Royce O’Neale are being listed as probable for Wednesday night’s matchup with the Chicago Bulls.
Both forwards missed Monday night’s win over the San Antonio Spurs with non-Covid illnesses.
Morris has been out since he played 12 minutes in the win over the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 21. Across 19 games this season, the veteran is averaging 11.4 minutes and is producing 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and an assist per game.
O’Neale has been solid for the Nets in his first season in Brooklyn. He’s started all 34 games he’s appeared in and is averaging 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. If he is able to return Wednesday night, he’ll have just missed Monday’s game.
Brooklyn will look to extend their winning streak to an incredible 13 games.
Jan. 2, 2023, 5:55 p.m.
Joe Harris will make his return to the court on Monday night when the Nets host the San Antonio Spurs, the team announced.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Harris will be used off the bench in his first action after missing four games due to right knee soreness.
The team also listed Royce O’Neale as questionable with a non-COVID illness.
Brooklyn will be without Markieff Morris due to a non-COVID illness as they look to make it 12 wins in a row.
Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Ben Simmons has been listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to a non-Covid illness.
Simmons was originally listed as probable this morning, but the team downgraded him two hours later. Head coach Jacque Vaughn announced on Friday that Simmons had missed practice, but the team was hopeful he would be able to play.
During December, he is averaging 8.3 points on 58.9 percent shooting with seven rebounds and 6.4 assists in 26 minutes across eight games.
Meanwhile, guard Edmond Sumner (right thumb contusion) has been listed as probable.
Joe Harris will miss his fourth straight game due to right knee soreness. The guard did not make the road trip with the team, and he will be reevaluated in a few days.
Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.
Ben Simmons, whose return to solid form has helped power the Nets' 10-game winning streak, is being listed as probable for Brooklyn's game Saturday night against the Hornets in Charlotte.
Jacque Vaughn announced that Simmons did not practice Friday due to a non-COVID illness, but the head coach was hopeful that the guard would be able to play.
Simmons is averaging 8.3 points on 58.9 percent shooting with seven rebounds and 6.4 assists in 25.9 minutes in the eight games -- all Nets' wins -- played during December.
Guard Edmond Sumner (right thumb contusion) has also been listed as probable.
The Nets will be without Joe Harris for the New Year's Eve matchup as the guard will miss his fourth game due to right knee soreness. Harris, who did not make the trip to Charlotte, will be reevaluated in a few days.
Dec. 28, 11:45 a.m.
Seth Curry (non-COVID illness) is available to play Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks on the road, the Nets announced.
Curry did not play on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and scored just five points on a tough 2-for-9 shooting night against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23.
The veteran is averaging 8.5 points per game this season, but is shooting a career-low 39.3 percent from three-point range over 22 games. Curry is a career 43.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc over his 11 years in the NBA.
Dec. 27, 3:45 p.m.
The Nets have upgraded guard Seth Curry to probable for Wednesday night's game in Atlanta as they look to extend their nine-game winning streak.
Curry missed Brooklyn's 125-117 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night due to a non-COVID illness, but there is optimism he will be able to return to the lineup vs. the Hawks.
Joe Harris will miss his third-straight game due to soreness in his left knee, the team announced.
Dec. 26, 4:35 p.m.
The Nets downgraded Seth Curry from questionable to out for Monday's 7 p.m. game at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Curry has a non-COVID illness, Brooklyn announced. Joe Harris remains sidelined with left knee soreness, as the team announced this weekend.
In 22 games off the bench this season, Curry is averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 21.7 minutes per contest. Curry is shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent on three-pointers.
Dec. 25, 4:55 p.m.
The Nets will be without forward Joe Harris for a second-consecutive game when they return to action after Christmas to play the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brooklyn listed Harris as out due to the same left knee soreness that kept him out of the Nets' impressive 118-100 win over Milwaukee, the team's eighth win on the bounce.
Harris has appeared in 29 of the Nets' 33 games on the 2022-23 season with 18 starts. He's averagin 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 55.4 in 25.7 minutes per game.
Dec. 23, 5:45 p.m.
The Nets have announced that Joe Harris has officially been ruled out of Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harris was originally listed as questionable this afternoon, but he has now been downgraded and will miss the contest. The sharpshooter has been picking things up of late, shooting 57 percent from behind the arc over his past nine games.
Yuta Watanabe, on the other hand, will be available off the bench for Brooklyn tonight. He was originally listed as questionable due to right hamstring tightness.
Dec. 19, 8:05 p.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters after Sunday's 124-121 win over the Pistons in Detroit that veteran guard Patty Mills would be back for Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center.
"Yes, yes," Vaughn said, when asked if Mills would return when Brooklyn returns home. "So, update on Patty -- man, non-COVID illness which hit him pretty hard. I guess that's going around a little bit, but the report back (was) that he was feeling a lot better from the previous two days, for sure, yeah."
Mills, 34 and in his second season with the Nets, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.3 assists over 12 minutes per game. He has started one of 21 appearances this year, shooting 44 percent from the field and 38.1 percent on 3-pointers.
The Nets (19-12) host the Warriors, who enter Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. game at the 17-13 Knicks with a 15-16 record, on a six-game winning streak. Brooklyn has won 10 of its past 11 games.
Dec. 16, 12:25 p.m.
Veteran guard Patty Mills will miss Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors due to a non-COVID illness, the team announced.
The 34-year-old scored 24 points and played 34 minutes last Saturday against the Indiana Pacers as the Nets were limited with eight players out. He then did not play in Monday's win over the Washington Wizards.
Additionally, shooter Seth Curry is listed as questionable due to right hamstring tightness. He logged just 22 minutes against the Wizards and struggled from beyond the arc, going 1-for-6 from three and finishing with only three points.
Dec. 10, 12:40 p.m.
The Nets have ruled the following players out for Saturday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers; Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Nic Claxton, Royce O’Neale, Seth Curry, TJ Warren, and Joe Harris.
Claxton also missed Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks due to his right hamstring tightness. O’Neale is being listed as out due to personal reasons.
However, the rest of the bunch is being listed for injury management on the second night of a back-to-back.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn said following Friday night's win that he’ll be looking to get Durant some rest moving forward as his minutes are ‘adding up.’
“I’m not sure where he sits at. Him and Royce [O’Neal] are probably top five or seven [in the league] in minutes. I’m going to be honest with you. We will always be smart, short-term, long-term. I’ll see how they came from this game, but the minutes are adding up.”
On a positive note, Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) is expected to make his return to the team in Indiana.
Dec. 9, 5:34 p.m.
The Nets ruled Nic Claxton (right hamstring tightness) out for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
In 25 games this season, Claxton is averaging 11.8 points on 73 percent shooting. This is just the second game the 23-year-old has missed this season. Coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed that Claxton won't need an MRI and is not expected to be out long-term.
Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) will not be in the lineup Friday against Atlanta but is set to return this weekend, according to Vaughn.
Dec. 8, 4:40 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) is no longer on the injury report and will return to the court Friday against the Atlanta Hawks after a four-game absence.
Over his last 10 games, Simmons has picked it up on both sides of the ball and has averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game.
The Nets will be without Yuta Watanabe (hamstring) on Friday, but head coach Jacque Vaughn said he is set to return this weekend. Watanabe last played against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 20, and could be back for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers. He is averaging 8.1 points on 57.1 percent shooting from three-point range over 14 games this season.
Dec. 2, 6:15 p.m.
T.J. Warren will make his Nets debut Friday night in Brooklyn against the Toronto Raptors, his
first appearance in an NBA game since Dec. 29, 2020.
"It's a surreal moment,” Warren said before the game. “It's been a long process – a very long run – and to be able to get to today, it means a lot. So I'm just super, super excited to beat all the obstacles all the uncertainty and unknowns.”
In his last full season with the Pacers, Warren averaged 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 67 games of the 2019-20 season. A stress fracture in his left foot kept him off the court.
Warren, 29, signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with Brooklyn this offseason.
Nov. 30, 4:56 p.m.
Ben Simmons had already been ruled out for Wednesday night against Washington, and now the former No. 1 overall pick will miss more time.
The Nets announced that Simmons has been diagnosed with a left lateral upper calf strain, saying he will miss the next three games and will be reassessed at that point.
Simmons played just 11 minutes against the Magic on Monday before getting injured.
Though he’s had a rocky start to his Nets tenure, Simmons had been playing better as of late. In his last six games prior to the injury, Simmons averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
The Nets also announced that Yuta Watanabe had an MRI on his strained right hamstring on Monday. He will continue to receive treatment and be reassessed in a week.
Nov. 29, 5:07 p.m.
Ben Simmons will not play in Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards in Brooklyn, the team announced. The former No. 1 overall pick left Monday night's win over the Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness.
In addition to Simmons, the Nets will also be without TJ Warren (left foot), Yuta Watanabe (hamstring strain) and Alondes Williams (abdominal strain).
The Nets listed guard David Duke Jr. as questionable with a non-covid illness.
Nov. 28, 9:00 p.m.
Ben Simmons was ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness, the Nets announced.
Simmons logged just 11 minutes in the first half before heading to the locker room, as the team ruled him out at halftime. The former No. 1 pick recorded four rebounds and three assists before exiting the game.
After the Nets' win over the Magic, head coach Jacque Vaughn said that Simmons asked to be pulled out of the game and the team will take it "day-by-day" with his injury.
After a slow start to the season, Simmons has played better as of late, averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over his last 10 games. He scored a season-high 22 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 20 and then followed that up with a 20-point performance on Nov. 25 against the Indiana Pacers.
Nov. 26, 10:48 a.m.
T.J. Warren hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 29, 2020, but the former Sun and Pacer is nearing his Nets debut.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Warren is targeting Friday's matchup vs. the Toronto Raptors as his first game with Brooklyn.
Warren, 29, signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Nets this offseason. A stress fracture in his left foot has kept him off the court, but Warren averaged a career-best 19.8 points per game in his last full season in 2019-20.
Nov. 26, 3:10 p.m.
The Nets announced Saturday afternoon that Yuta Watanabe will miss Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Barclays Center with a nagging hamstring injury.
Sunday will be the fifth straight game Watanabe has missed with the ailment. The next game Watanabe can be back is Monday at home against the Orlando Magic.
Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m.
While speaking with reporters prior to Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said Yuta Watanabe’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be too serious.
He added that the team will take a conservative approach with the small forward, but they aren’t worried the injury will linger.
“No setbacks for him. Not really worried that this is something that’s going to last for too long,” Vaughn said.
The sharpshooter has missed the past four games due to the injury. Watanabe has been one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the league this season, shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc.
Nov. 23, 6:15 p.m.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn revealed prior to Wednesday's game against the Raptors that Yuta Watanabe will miss at least the next two games with a hamstring injury.
Vaughn said that Watanabe had an MRI done while the team was in Philadelphia and it revealed the 28-year-old has a hamstring strain. Watanabe will miss the Raptors game and the Pacers game in Indiana on Friday.
The team will reassess when they get back to New York after Friday's game.
Nov. 20, 12:14 p.m.
The Nets cleared Kyrie Irving to play on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies after the point guard completed all of the team-issued prerequisites to return.
Irving was suspended from the team on Nov. 3 and has missed eight games over the last two weeks. He spoke to SNY's Ian Begley in an exclusive interview Saturday, formally apologizing for posting a link to a film containing antisemitic material and shared his message to the Jewish community.
“I just want to apologize deeply for all my actions throughout the time that it’s been since the post was first put up," Irving told SNY. "I’ve had a lot of time to think. But my focus, initially, if I could do it over, would be to heal and repair a lot of my close relationships with my Jewish relatives, brothers and sisters.”
The Nets issued a statement on Irving's return, per The Athletic's Alex Schiffer:
“Kyrie took ownership of his journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community. We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way.”
Additionally, center Nic Claxton missed Sunday's game due to personal reasons, and is expected to return to the team Monday, per Schiffer.
Nov. 14, 9:25 p.m.
The Nets listed Nic Claxton (left eye contusion) and Seth Curry (left ankle injury management) as probable for Tuesday night's game at the Sacramento Kings.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (lower back contusion) are listed as questionable.
T. J. Warren (left foot) remains out, as does Kyrie Irving, who remains suspended.
Nov. 14, 12:34 a.m.
Nic Claxton left Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers with a left eye contusion.
Claxton started and scored eight points on a 4-for-4 mark from the field in 16 minutes.
After the game, a 116-103 Nets loss, Claxton told reporters that he plans to play in Tuesday's 10 p.m. game at the Sacramento Kings.
Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m.
Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Seth Curry (left ankle injury management) are out for the Nets' game at the Los Angeles Lakers, while Yuta Watanabe (left ankle sprain) is back.
The Nets entered Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back after Saturday's 110-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Against the Lakers, Brooklyn went with a starting five of Edmond Sumner, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Royce O'Neale and Nic Claxton.
Nov. 9, 6:07 p.m.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn spoke to media Wednesday prior to the team's matchup with the Knicks, and said that Yuta Watanabe (sprained left ankle) underwent an MRI and will hopefully return to the court soon.
"I'm missing Yuta, that's the first part of that timeline," Vaughn said. "He had an MRI today and good thing it's not severe, so hopefully next couple days get him to progress. We missed him in Dallas, we ended up playing Royce [O'Neale] 40 minutes because of that. So Yuta's really been a utility person for us and able to serve in a lot of roles."
Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes this season over nine games before suffering the injury against the Mavericks on Monday.
Nov. 7, 10:44 p.m.
Nets wing Yuta Watanabe exited Monday's game at the Dallas Mavericks with an injury.
Watanabe suffered a sprained left ankle, according to Brooklyn, early in the second quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the contest.
Royce O'Neale entered for Watanabe at the second quarter's 9:15 mark and the Nets holding a 35-34 lead.
The Nets trailed the Mavs 53-50 at halftime.
In five minutes off the bench, Watanabe scored three points on 1-of-3 shooting from long range.
Through nine games, entering Monday's action, Watanabe averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 17.2 minutes.
Nov. 7, 11:55 a.m.
Ben Simmons (knee) will return to game action on Monday when the Nets play the Dallas Mavericks, he told reporters.
Simmons said he "feels great" and thinks he will be limited to about 20 minutes during his return.
Simmons did not travel with the Nets for their games against the Wizards on Friday in Washington, D.C., and the Hornets in Charlotte on Saturday, and has missed four straight games.
Simmons is averaging 6.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists over 31.8 minutes per game over six contests this season.
Nov. 4, 9:50 p.m.
Nets interim head coach Jacque Vaughn said after Friday's win against the Wizards that Joe Harris (ankle) and Seth Curry (ankle) will be available for Saturday's game against the Hornets in Charlotte.
Harris played Friday, but as he comes back from ankle surgery the team is being cautious with his minutes. Curry has been dealing with an ankle injury and has missed the last three games.
Oct. 31, 5:50 p.m.
The Nets announced that Ben Simmons is out for Monday's game against the Indiana Pacers due to left knee soreness.
The team hopes that Simmons will return to the court Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Oct. 31, 3:00 p.m.
Prior to Monday's game against the Pacers, the Nets downgraded both Ben Simmons and Seth Curry.
Simmons was originally not on the injury report, but has seen been designated as questionable for Monday's game with what the team calls left knee soreness. Simmons did play in all six of Brooklyn's games this season, including 35 minutes in Saturday's loss to Indiana.
Curry, who has been dealing with an ankle injury that cost him the first week of the regular season, was downgraded from questionable to out. He's played in just one game this season, so far.
The team did report that this is a part of their injury management with Curry.
Oct. 29, 6:47 p.m.
With tipoff approaching between the Nets and Pacers at Barclays Center, Brooklyn announced that guard Seth Curry is officially available to play.
Curry, who has been recovering from a left ankle injury, will look to help the Nets break a three-game losing skid, as they've started the season just 1-4.
Oct. 29, 11:10 a.m.
The Nets listed Seth Curry (ankle) as questionable for Saturday's game at home against the Indiana Pacers.
Curry has yet to play in a game this season as he recovers from a left ankle injury.
The 32-year-old did not commit to playing on Saturday, but plans to go through his pregame routine to see how he feels before tip-off, according to The Athletic's Alex Schiffer.
Oct. 24, 7:37 p.m.
Seth Curry (ankle) traveled with the Nets for this week's two-game road trip but will not play in Monday's 8 p.m. matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies or Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. battle versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash explained.
"(Curry) traveled and we're just monitoring him still," Nash told reporters Monday, via Brian Lewis the New York Post. "He's doing well. I'd say he's out for Wednesday, but we'll see whether Thursday, Saturday or the subsequent games. It's coming soon."
The Nets return to Brooklyn for a four-game homestand that starts with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Back-to-back 7:30 p.m. starts with the Indiana Pacers follow Saturday and Monday, before Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. finale versus the Chicago Bulls.
Oct. 21, 7:25 p.m.
Prior to Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors, head coach Steve Nash gave an update on Seth Curry (ankle).
"Probably just needs a couple more practices," Nash said. "He's progressing, feeling good about it."
Nash believes that Curry will be able to travel with the team next week when they face the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks. It's yet unclear if or when he'll play on the upcoming trip.
Joe Harris (foot) is activated for Friday's game, but will come off the bench.
Oct. 20, 5:45 p.m.
Joe Harris (foot) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harris was inactive for Wednesday's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, even though the sharpshooter hoped to make his return for the first game of the season. The 31-year-old played in just 14 games last season before undergoing surgery.
Oct. 12, 9:10 p.m.
Nets coach Steve Nash gave an update on Joe Harris' progress Wednesday prior to the team's preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Nash said that Harris (foot) is feeling better and progressing in the right direction. He also said that he's optimistic he'll be ready for the season opener. Harris also said he's optimistic he can play in the regular season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 19.
Harris underwent ankle surgery in November 2021 and had another procedure done in March 2022, and will look to get back on the court in almost a year