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Nets' Dennis Smith: Delivers double-double in return
Smith (back) posted 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 21 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 129-101 win over the Magic.
Smith had missed the Nets' previous six games with a lower-back sprain, but he returned with a vengeance Saturday, coming through what was perhaps his best fantasy line of the season. The 26-year-old may not have a path to see his playing time increase much further unless Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas or Mikal Bridges miss time moving forward, but Smith should be well-positioned to hold down a rotation spot for the foreseeable future while Ben Simmons (back) is without a clear timeline to return to action. Smith profiles best as a streaming option for steals and assists in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Cam Thomas: Scores 20 points in spot start
Thomas totaled 20 points (7-23 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes during Saturday's 129-101 win over the Magic.
Thomas didn't have his best shooting performance after ending with more field goal attempts than points scored, but the volume of his shooting was enough to give him a solid fantasy stat line. Thomas has been extremely productive when deployed in a starting role and is averaging 24.9 points per game when featuring with the first unit. However, the availability of Dorian Finney-Smith (knee) could be key in determining whether Thomas will start against the Hawks on Wednesday or not.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: Productive against Orlando
Dinwiddie had 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 35 minutes during Saturday's 129-101 win over the Magic.
Dinwiddie was impressive on both ends of the court and played well as the primary playmaker in Brooklyn's dominant win Saturday. The veteran floor general is not monopolizing the orchestrating of the offense, but he has still delivered solid numbers on the offensive end. He has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games while averaging 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in that span.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Mikal Bridges: Explodes for 42 points
Bridges finished Saturday's 129-101 win over the Magic with 42 points (12-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 15-18 FT), five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 35 minutes.
Bridges was outstanding Saturday and carried the Nets to victory with one of the most dominant displays of his career. The star forward is not shying away from operating as the Nets' primary scoring weapon and is stepping up to the role. He has scored at least 22 points in five of his last six outings, surpassing the 40-point mark twice in that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Dorian Finney-Smith: Not playing Saturday
Finney-Smith has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Magic due to right knee soreness, C.J. Holmes of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Finney-Smith was listed as doubtful for Saturday's contest, and ultimately he won't play. He'll have several days to recover before Brooklyn's next game Dec. 6. Cam Thomas will start in his place, while Cameron Johnson will slide to the power forward role.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Cam Thomas: Joins starting lineup
Thomas will start Saturday's game against the Magic.
The Nets will be without Dorian Finney-Smith (foot, knee) on Saturday, so they will roll with the offensive firepower of Thomas. Thomas looked sharp in Thursday's loss to Charlotte, scoring 26 points in just 25 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Ben Simmons: Out at least two more weeks
The Nets announced Saturday that Simmons had an epidural injection to aid his lower back and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Simmons hasn't played since Nov. 6 due to a pinched nerve in his lower back and is set to miss at least another two weeks. While Simmons will gradually increase his basketball activity, Day'Ron Sharpe and Dennis Smith should continue to see increased minutes in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Dennis Smith: Good to go Saturday
Smith (back) is available for Saturday's game versus the Magic.
Smith has been upgraded from probable to available Saturday after missing the previous six games with a lower back sprain. The 26-year-old guard was averaging 17.0 minutes before going down to injury but will likely be eased back into the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Dorian Finney-Smith: Added to injury report
Finney-Smith is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Magic due to foot and knee soreness, Evan Barnes of Newsday reports.
Finney-Smith's status will ultimately depend on how he is feeling after testing things out during pregame warmups. Royce O'Neale and Day'Ron Sharpe could see increased minutes providing depth should he ultimately get ruled out, while Trendon Watford could also enter the rotation. More clarity on Finney-Smith's status should come closer to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Royce O'Neale: Not on injury report
O'Neale (hip) isn't on the injury report for Saturday's game against Orlando, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
O'Neale missed his first game of the season Thursday against Charlotte due to a left hip contusion, but he should be back in action Saturday. Over 14 appearances in November, he averaged 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30.1 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Ben Simmons: Remains out
Simmons (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup against the Magic, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Simmons has missed 11 straight games due to a pinched nerve in his back. He returned to individual work last week and is due for another evaluation soon, but it's unclear when he'll be able to suit up again. His next chance will come Wednesday in Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Lonnie Walker: Won't play Saturday
Walker has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Magic due to a left hamstring strain, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Walker was held to single-digit scoring totals in four of his last five appearances, and he'll be unavailable Saturday for the first time since the Nets' regular-season opener. However, Royce O'Neale (hip) isn't on the injury report, and he could see increased run alongside Cam Thomas and Mikal Bridges.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Noah Clowney: Still out
Clowney (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Magic, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Clowney is slated to miss a third straight game due to right shoulder soreness. It's unclear when he'll be able to suit up again, but his next chance will come Wednesday in Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Dariq Whitehead: Won't play Saturday
Whitehead has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup against the Magic due to right foot injury maintenance, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Whitehead's NBA debut was delayed while rehabbing from offseason foot surgery. He's been cleared to play in games, but the Nets will continue to be cautious with the rookie, meaning periodic maintenance days could be a regular occurrence throughout the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Dennis Smith: Likely to return Saturday
Smith (back) is probable for Saturday's game against the Magic, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Smith has missed the last six games due to a lower back sprain, but he'll likely return to the court Saturday. Assuming he's available, he could face a minutes restriction during his first game back in action.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Cam Thomas: Scores 26 in 25 minutes
Thomas (ankle) racked up 26 points (11-21 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block across 25 minutes during Thursday's 129-128 loss to Charlotte.
Thomas picked up right where he left off after missing Brooklyn's previous nine games with a left ankle sprain. Though the Nets brought him off the bench in his return after Thomas had started in his previous seven appearances, he was still able to produce more than a point per minute while taking on a bloated 37.5 percent usage rate. Thomas' contributions in the non-scoring categories will likely be lean moving forward, but the third-year guard's ability to generate offense is matched by few. He's averaging 26.8 points and 2.1 three-pointers in 31.6 minutes per game over nine outings this season while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Nic Claxton: Pours in 20 points
Claxton finished Thursday's 129-128 loss to the Hornets with 20 points (9-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 29 minutes.
Claxton's 14 rebounds marked a new season high, and it was the ninth time in his career that he collected at least 14 boards. On top of his impressive rebounding and block numbers this season, Claxton has really ramped up his offense lately. Over his last four games, he averaged 17.5 points on 68.9 percent shooting from the field.... See More ... See Less
Nets' Mikal Bridges: Plays well despite loss
Bridges contributed 22 points (9-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes during Thursday's 129-128 loss to the Hornets.
Bridges scored 22 points for the second straight game, putting together another impressive performance. His minutes have been through the roof lately, as the Nets continue to utilize his well-known durability. Over his last five games, Bridges has averaged 25.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 three-pointers in 37.6 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
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