Nets’ LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) is out for the remainder of the road trip

CHARLOTTE, NC — Nets big man LaMarcus Aldridge missed Tuesday’s game against the Hornets with a hip injury and will not play Thursday in Philadelphia. The only question is how much longer Brooklyn can go without its veterans center.

“Yeah, LaMarcus is going to miss that trip and then we’ll see,” said coach Steve Nash. “But the only thing I know for sure is that he won’t be here [against the Hornets] or in Philly.”

Aldridge suffered an impingement in his right hip Sunday’s defeat in Boston. Instead of traveling with the Nets, he returned to New York for a check-up and an MRI. Based on the results, he ruled out the rest of the trip, although no other timeline was given.

“He went home. MRI, treatment and then we move on. There’s still a part of it that they’re still evaluating, but all I can say is that it won’t be a part of this trip,” Nash said. “He went home and had it. So overall I found it pretty positive in the spectrum of diagnosis. So it’s about them getting to the bottom of his plan to come back, which I don’t know yet.”

Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge (21) drives past Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) for the basket in the first half of the game Sunday, March 6, 2022 in Boston.
LaMarcus Aldridge
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Aldridge missed about two weeks in December with COVID-19 and sat out five straight games over the next month with a foot injury and seven straight games with an ankle sprain he sustained Jan. 29 at the Golden State.

With Aldridge out, starter Andre Drummond could be in line for a few more minutes.

After a double-double (11.2 points, 11.0 rebounds) in 22.8 minutes in his first five appearances after his trade deadline, Drummond has seen his minutes roll back. He’s averaged just 17.4 with a DNP in his last four games but said he’s more than capable of handling extended seasons.

Nets center Andre Drummond (0) gets a rebound from Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) in the first half at Spectrum Center.
Andre Drummond
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“It’s nothing I’m not prepared for,” Drummond said. “[Aldridge] got pretty busted at that game in Boston so it was best for him to rest and take care of himself. We have a long season ahead of us and big things to achieve. So his body is the most important. You know I’m ready to do it. And I accept the challenge.”

Nic Claxton and Blake Griffin appear in line to get more minutes while Aldridge is out. Brooklyn opted not to call up rookie first-round pick Day’Ron Sharpe for Tuesday’s game, though it’s still on the table for the future.

“We talked a little bit about it, but not for [Charlotte]’ said Nash. “We’re still discussing it. We just talked about it in the coaching session. Possible for Philly.”

Sharpe has not played since February 28. He was a DNP in Toronto and against Miami and was inactive in Boston on Sunday to play with the G-League Long Island.

Rookie Cam Thomas was upgraded to available after being questionable with a back contusion sustained in Boston.

“Yes, he’s operational,” Nash had said. “So I don’t know if that’s in full swing but sure to return and available.” Nets’ LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) is out for the remainder of the road trip


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