Nets ‘hopeful’ Seth Curry will be ready to play against Knicks

Seth Curry skipped Tuesday’s game against Houston, but the Nets have no plans to put the sweet-shooting guard back for the rest of the regular season.

With Curry struggling with a sore left ankle before joining a 76ers trade on Feb. 10, both he and the Nets admit a few days of rest probably won’t be enough to resolve the issue. Brooklyn sees no point in delaying him until play-in and hopes he can face the Knicks on Wednesday.

“No, I think we hope he plays [Wednesday]said Steve Nash. “It’s an extra rest day, it’s a back-to-back game. So if he were to play one of those games, it would probably make more sense to give him an extra day off to recover and play [versus the Knicks]. But we will see. Let’s see how he reacts these days. It’s sensitive, a difficult position because rest will help. There is no guarantee that rest will be the cure in three, four, five, six, seven, eight days. It might be an off-season thing.

Netkeeper Seth Curry reacts after scoring a three-point shot in the first quarter of the game against the Bucks.
Seth Curry
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“So he could be in that state, in that state, for the rest of the season. So trying to give him rest is definitely a priority for us, but we also know that if we give him rest it doesn’t mean he comes back and plays a game and it’s all gone. It could be right where we started. So it’s a bit difficult to just stand him indefinitely to try and believe he’ll be cured. We don’t think so. You know he will be healed. We don’t think so. He’ll struggle a bit the rest of the way.”

The ankle injury reduced Curry’s training time, which in turn hurt his consistency. But even if he hasn’t hit 3s yet, his gravity has been invaluable. His influence on the Brooklyn offense was even greater than that of Philadelphia.

The Nets have seen their effective field goal percentage rise from 53.4 percent without Curry to 56.3 percent with him, their offensive rating vault from 113.4 to 119.8.

Seth Curry #30 of the Brooklyn Nets arrives at the Arena prior to a game against the Houston Rockets April 5, 2022 at Barclays Center.
Seth Curry arrives at the arena before the Nets vs. Rockets game.
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“Yes, I think the time he needs to get better is carried by him. I think he’s fine; he looks good. We need him. I think it’s as simple as that,” said Andre Drummond, who came off the Sixers with Curry in the same trade. “You take out one of our shooters, one of our veterans who obviously knows the game very well. Seth has been very good for us so it’s definitely a huge achievement to lose him.”

Goran Dragic is still on health and safety protocols and is stuck in Atlanta.

Bruce Brown (non-COVID illness) was available Tuesday after he was likely. But James Johnson (non-COVID illness) was downgraded to out just before the tip after being questionable.

Nash said Nic Claxton not only made progress in terms of consistency and conditioning, but also in terms of his hands, catching, finishing and rebounds in traffic.

On Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving play together for the first time as Nets at the Garden. Nets ‘hopeful’ Seth Curry will be ready to play against Knicks


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