Game 4 on Monday could be the last of the season for the Nets.
It could also be Ben Simmons’ first.
Nets coach Steve Nash wasn’t sure if Simmons could face the Celtics on Monday, but the young All-Star completed a third high-intensity contact training session on Saturday and appears headed to Game 4. This game will be over-or-die after the Nets lost to the Celtics 109-103 in Barclays Center Game 3.
“I think it’s possible [for Simmons to play]. But I’m not sure,” Nash said. “It’s not a normal comeback to play, being out for nine months and being injured for as long as he has. At the end of this, about two months or more have passed.
“He’s not just done three workouts and he’s ready to play. There’s a bigger picture, a bigger context for how he’s feeling and how he might adapt to the environment. There are a few factors at play here to judge when he’s ready to play.”
Blake Griffin made his first appearance since April 2nd. He had eight points, one rebound and hit 2-on-3 from deep.
“We all just have to look in the mirror and watch the video and be honest with ourselves and ask ourselves what we can do to get better because it’s top-down,” Griffin said.
The Nets’ Patty Mills won the Joe Dumars Trophy, the NBA’s sportsmanship award. He’s the first player in team history to win it, finishing ahead of ex-Net Jeff Green.
“It’s a credit to my family and parents, my upbringing, my culture in particular, and all the values I was taught growing up and now able to inspire others to love the game, the game.” respect, and treat it with respect,” Mills said. “So yeah, it’s cool.”
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