For the primary time in three weeks, Nets guard Cam Thomas has a probability of playing, nevertheless small.
Thomas is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s NBA In-Season Tournament tilt against Toronto with a left ankle sprain.
Brooklyn’s leading scorer hasn’t played since Nov. 8, missing the last eight games.
Last week the Nets and coach Jacque Vaughn expressed hope that Thomas could return to team activities this week.
With no official practices on the schedule, finding opportunities can be difficult.
Still, the injury list update bodes well for Brooklyn.
Thomas’ team-leading 26.9 points can be ninth within the league if he qualified, and his offensive punch can be a welcomed addition every time he does return.
Starting power forward Cam Johnson was forced out of Sunday’s win over Chicago with right leg cramping, the second game he’s left early this season on account of such.
He’s listed as probable.
Nic Claxton is questionable with a left ankle sprain that sidelined him against the Bulls.
The starting center could return after missing only a single game.
That’s a welcome development after Claxton missed eight straight games this season with a sprain in the identical ankle suffered on opening night.
“He type of tweaked that ankle again,” Vaughn said. “It’s the identical one.”
This reoccurrence happened with 1:09 left in the primary quarter Saturday against Miami.
He eventually returned within the second quarter and finished the sport with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
“Yeah, I mean JV’s been preaching depth for the reason that starting. We now have a bunch of fellows. You recognize, we still got CT [Thomas] out. Cam [Johnson] left the sport type of early,” Spencer Dinwiddie said. “But just across the board … we’ve got a bunch of fellows that may really play well and be impactful. And we’re looking forward to being in full health.”
The Nets are slowly getting closer.
Backup point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has been upgraded to questionable with a lower-back sprain after sitting out the past 4 games.
Ben Simmons remains to be out with a nerve impingement in his left lower back.
Nets come into Tuesday’s game 8-8 having played certainly one of the toughest schedules within the league, and 34 missed games combined from Claxton, Johnson, Simmons and Thomas.
Gradey Dick (G-League), Javon Freeman-Liberty (G-League), Ron Harper Jr. (G-League), Christian Koloko (injury/illness — respiratory issue) and Markquis Nowell (G-League) have all been ruled out for Toronto.