Nic Claxton crashed arduous to the ground and limped to the bench after fouling All-Star heart Joel Embiid within the third quarter of the Nets’ 114-105 home victory Thursday evening over the Sixers.
Claxton didn’t seem more likely to return on the time of the autumn, however he got here again within the fourth quarter to complete with a season-best 17 factors on 8-for-9 capturing in 22 minutes.
“[Embiid] went up and I attempted to contest it. I jumped method too early. I took a troublesome fall, however I’m good,” Claxton mentioned. ‘It’s loopy as a result of I fell in my rookie yr and damage my shoulder, however this one just isn’t as unhealthy. I’ll be all proper.”
Claxton, who missed greater than a month with a non-COVID sickness earlier this season, has totaled 33 factors within the shorthanded Nets’ previous two video games.
Former Knicks guard Langston Galloway formally was signed to a 10-day hardship exemption with seven Nets at present sidelined as a result of NBA’s well being and security protocols. He nailed a 3-pointer amongst three shot makes an attempt, ending with three factors in 9 minutes.
The eight-year NBA veteran combo guard has averaged 8.2 factors over 445 NBA video games with 5 groups, together with a career-best 11.8 ppg as a rookie with the Knicks in 2014-15.
The Nets are also anticipated to make use of a hardship waiver on veteran swingman James Ennis, in keeping with the Athletic. The 31-year-old Ennis has averaged 6.7 factors per recreation over seven NBA seasons with seven groups, most just lately with Orlando in 2020-21.
With James Harden and 6 others sidelined as a consequence of COVID protocols, coach Steve Nash mentioned he’s uncertain when gamers in quarantine will be capable of resume exercises on the crew’s observe facility.
“I don’t even know that we’re there but,” Nash mentioned. “I don’t consider they will go into any facility in New York, however they will work out at residence in the event that they don’t have signs. … As this era drags on, we’ll need to perhaps begin to get them again to transferring and getting themselves ready to return to play.”
The Nets are near signing free-agent guard Shaquille Harrison to a 10-day contract, in keeping with Yahoo Sports activities. Harrison, 28, is a Tulsa product who additionally has frolicked with the Suns, Bulls, Jazz and Nuggets.