ATLANTA — The Nets lost a crucial game in Atlanta Saturday night, unable to overcome a decimated backfield that was without two starters and a key contributor.
Shooting guard Seth Curry, who was not listed on the injury report, suffered a late-onset scratch during a pregame warm-up and suffered from left ankle pain. Starting wing Bruce Brown (non-COVID illness) and key reserve Goran Dragic (health and safety protocols) were also down.
“Well, we’ve got a lot of experience at that, so we’re going to take the challenge and find other guys to step up and play and carry some of the load,” coach Steve Nash said ahead of the Nets’ 122-115 loss to the Falcons. “And we’ve been here before, so let’s hope we all get our people back sooner rather than later.”
Curry was initially ruled questionable as he coped with the ankle injury, which he admits will likely be in pain for the remainder of the season and will need about a month’s rest in the summer. He was then removed from the injury report and presumably available for Saturday, only to be left out during warm-up.
Meanwhile, Dragic is the latest net to suffer from COVID-19. And unlike some, he actually feels the effects of it.
“He has symptoms,” Nash said of Dragic. “He’s not feeling well. But that’s all I know.”
The Nets have been hit hard by COVID-19 this season, with 13 different players missing at different times – and 10 simultaneously at one point in December. Nash himself had been in minutes and missed a duel against Toronto.
Brown’s absence had nothing to do with the hard crash he suffered when he suffered a Flagrant 2 by Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton two nights earlier. He’s just sick but not ruled out for Tuesday’s home game against Houston.
“No, he’s got the flu,” Nash said, hoping the defensive spark plug wouldn’t miss too much time. “I hope not. I think some of those things are 24 hours to 72 hours. Hopefully we’re in that time frame and he can play on Tuesday.”
Without Brown, Curry and Dragic it could put rookie Cam Thomas back on the rotation and create extra minutes for Patty Mills. Thomas had been a DNP in Saturday’s last three games.
“Anyone can get a shot,” Nash said. “But more than that, the boys will play more. The guys from the bench need to play more minutes and play bigger roles.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/03/nets-seth-curry-bruce-brown-and-goran-dragic-forced-to-sit-out/ The Nets’ Seth Curry, Bruce Brown and Goran Dragic all sat out