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Nets' Nic Claxton misses his eighth straight game

Nets forward Nic Claxton Claxton averaged 6.5 points,

Nets forward Nic Claxton Claxton averaged 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks as a starter early in the season. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ORLANDO, Fla. — Although Nic Claxton rejoined the Nets prior to their game against the Magic, he sat out his eighth straight game with what has been listed as a non-COVID illness, and coach Steve Nash said it is unlikely he will play on the remaining games of the trip Friday in New Orleans or Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Claxton’s Nets career has been plagued with injury and health troubles. He appeared in only 15 games during his rookie season and played just 32 games during last season’s 72-game schedule after contracting COVID-19. Claxton started the first three games this season at center and came off the bench in the fourth, and was judged to have issues with his conditioning in terms of tiring early.

Asked if he could shed any more light on Claxton’s disease, "I don’t know if it was a disease or what, but he was just ill," Nash said. "I can’t really say more than that.

"But he started ramping back up again today. So I don’t know how long that process will take. I think they have to assess where he’s at and then see how he goes and then we’ll figure out when he can play again.

"With the number of priorities I have right now on my plate, I haven’t discussed a date for him to come back because I know it’s not tonight. But in the next few days, we can kind of have a ballpark (estimate), but right now I have nothing for you else on Nic’s return."

Prior to rejoining the Nets, Claxton briefly was sent to join the Long Island Nets of the G League, but Nash said no basketball activity was involved. "He did a little bit of treatment, so to speak, but he wasn’t on the court with the team."

Claxton is averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in just 19.0 minutes per game and often has provided strong defense.

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