The Brooklyn Nets enter the NBA playoffs as the favorites to lift the NBA title, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The No. 2 seed Nets meet the No. 7 Boston Celtics after Boston’s 118-100 victory over the Washington Wizards. Brooklyn struggled with injuries throughout the season as stars Kevin Durant and James Harden missed extended periods of time. Harden re-aggravated his hamstring injury after returning early, but appears to be healthy heading into the postseason.
Brooklyn Nets injury report
Update, May 27 — Green is expected to miss at least 10 days after being diagnosed with a plantar fascia strain in his foot. After that, the forward will be re-evaluated. This means Green is likely done for the first round and could miss part of the second round.
Nets-Celtics Game 2 update — Jeff Green is questionable to return to Game 2 vs. the Celtics on Tuesday night due to a bruised foot. The Nets are up by a lot in the second quarter, so there really isn’t much of a reason to stretch Green out. If he doesn’t return, we could see more of Nic Claxton and Bruce Brown. Kevin Durant scraped his shoulder shortly after but is still in the game and appears to be fine. Update: Green was unable to return to Game 2 vs. the Celtics.
Jeff Green (bruised left foot) will not return. https://t.co/vF7uyI1kcD— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 26, 2021
Joe Harris, hip — Harris is listed as day-to-day, but will likely suit up for the Nets. He’s a valuable floor spacer for Brooklyn, averaging 14.1 points per game this season on 47.5 percent shooting from deep. His presence will be important for the Nets to lift the title.
Chris Chiozza, hand — Chiozza is out indefinitely after having surgery for a hand injury. He was averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Nets this season.
Spencer Dinwiddie, knee — Dinwiddie suffered a partial ACL tear December 27 vs. the Hornets, ending his season. The guard was expected to be a key member of Brooklyn’s playoff rotation and the Nets will have to account for his absence.