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Nets’ Jacque Vaughn gives update on Ben Simmons, Day’Ron Sharpe

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have won just five of their last 21 games as their journey to make the playoffs is becoming less likely by the day. While the team has been mostly healthy recently, the Nets are still missing two players who could make an impact on the team right now.

“Ben (Simmons) is improving,” Brooklyn head coach Jacque Vaughn said prior to Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. Simmons has played in just six games this season mostly due to the nerve impingement in his lower left back that he suffered in the beginning of November.

Vaughn mentioned that Simmons will not play this week and that it looks like the team could be assigning Simmons to its G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, to get in some practice reps.

With regards to backup center Day’Ron Sharpe, who has missed the past five games due to a hyperextended left knee, is “really limited” in what he can do on the court right now, according to Vaughn.

“Shooting free throws, dribbling the basketball, no other players around him. No setback, though, which is good. He (Sharpe) said he had been feeling the best since the injury. So, that was good to hear. So, hopefully, he just continues to improve because we do miss him,” Vaughn explained.

The Nets play their next five games at home, starting with Tuesday’s matchup against the Knicks.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire