Nic Claxton will get more chances to make a difference for the Nets after briefly losing his place in the team’s big man rotation.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for at least another week with the hip injury that has sidelined him since March 6, meaning Claxton will remain minutes behind imported starting center Andre Drummond.
Claxton have logged 52 total minutes in the first 10 games after the Feb. 10 trade that brought in Drummond along with Seth Curry and the still-inactive Ben Simmons from the 76ers for James Harden.
With Aldridge sidelined, Claxton has averaged 10.2 points on 66.7 percent shooting, with 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his last five appearances before Monday’s home game against the Jazz.
“When we traded for Drummond, I thought I was traded. But I ended up staying, so I was happy to go and stay here,” Claxton, 22, said on Sunday. “But I just have to, like I always say, just stay the course, no matter if all three of our guys are healthy or whatever minutes I get. I just have to be the best version of myself for our team.”
Nets coach Steve Nash was a freshman at No. 15 Santa Clara when the Broncos pulled an upset over No. 2 Arizona in the 1993 NCAA tournament. Nash said he didn’t know Saint Peter’s was a local New Jersey team, but he called the Peacocks’ two 15th-place wins over Kentucky and Murray State “an incredible story … and what makes the college game so fun.” “.
Andre Drummond’s (UConn) former school lost to New Mexico State in the first round. He said he “don’t try to see that anymore,” but he also called St. Peter’s story “great.”
When Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 after he was caught in a cellphone video swearing at a heckling fan, Nash said, “I think it’s just the world we live in and guys can either not respond, say nothing and not be fined, or [they can] Respond and be punished.”
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