The Brooklyn Nets have had one of the most bizarre regular seasons for a title contender in NBA history, but nevertheless has earned the eight-seed and a trip to the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference. Like all of the other teams in the postseason field, injuries are a major factor to take into the consideration for this group.
Update, April 14- It appears that Ben Simmons could finally make his Brooklyn debut midway through the first round.
Update, April 11 — Dragic has cleared protocols and is now available to play Tuesday vs. the Cavs. So the Nets will have Dragic and Curry in the lineup for the one-game playoff to decide who goes on to face the Boston Celtics in the first round.
Curry says he’s going to play through the injury and be ready for the play-in tournament game on Tuesday night. Head coach Steve Nash also told reporters on Monday that there’s a chance Goran Dragic can clear health and safety protocols in time to play against the Cavaliers.
On the injury front, the question for the Nets is if forward Ben Simmons will be able to suit up for the postseason. The much-maligned All-Star missed the entirety of the 2021-22 regular season, first severing ties with the 76ers by sitting out the first half of the campaign and then rehabbing a back injury upon his arrival to Brooklyn. Nets head coach Steve Nash has already ruled out the possibility of him returning in time for this week’s play-in tournament and there’s a question of if he’ll be cleared at all in the playoffs should the Nets advance.
The other injury concern for Brooklyn is guard Seth Curry, who is dealing with an ankle injury. The sharpshooter ended up missing three of the last five regular season games for the franchise.