Player News - Nets

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Joe Harris (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.

Harris played just 13 minutes despite starting at shooting guard on Friday night. Harris' absence will open up more minutes for rising rookie Caris LeVert, who is coming off a terrific game. LeVert made all six shots from the field and both free throws for 17 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds and six assists. Sean Kilpatrick (rest) is expected to return to the Nets lineup on Saturday, but LaVert should still be looking at least 25 minutes.
Jan 21 - 12:27 PM

Brook Lopez scored 23 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday during a 143-114 win.

The Nets offense was just ridiculous today, scoring more points than any Eastern Conference team in a regulation game this season. It was also the second-most scoring in franchise history for regulation and most since 1982. As for Lopez, his fantasy owners will be on red alert with possible rest coming up on Saturday.
Jan 21 - 12:17 AM

Justin Hamilton played 24 minutes in a start for Trevor Booker (rest) on Friday against the Pelicans, scoring six points with five rebounds and no turnovers.

Somewhat surprisingly, he played 100 percent of his minutes at power forward today. The Nets have played him as a straight center and as a combo big before, so he'll likely get at least some minutes when Brook Lopez gets a night off. Just keep an eye on him for now, especially with the Nets playing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the four more.
Jan 21 - 12:13 AM

Joe Harris played just 13 minutes with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

That's some low playing time with his backup, Sean Kilpatrick (rest), not playing today. Caris LeVert is coming for his minutes, so Harris is trending down for owners who had him in super deep leagues.
Jan 21 - 12:10 AM

Quincy Acy scored a season-high 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He was happy to get a second 10-day deal and he made the Nets feel good about it right off the bat. Acy plays mostly center for the Nets, so keep that in mind if Brook Lopez rests. He'll only be a desperation stream or punt in DFS best case.
Jan 21 - 12:07 AM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

The Nets actually played him at straight four in this game, but some of that was likely because Trevor Booker (rest) didn't play. Coach Kenny Atkinson really likes him as a combo forward and it helps with their tempo. Hollis-Jefferson hasn't really been sniffing value in standard leagues, but he's trending up a bit.
Jan 21 - 12:04 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

After two home games, Bogdanovic had it going on the road after another 23-point game in his previous road game. The Nets haven't rested Bogie yet, so there is a very good chance that happens on Saturday. He's only a borderline player to hold in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 11:56 PM
Luis Scola - F/C - Nets

Luis Scola scored 14 points in eight minutes against the Pelicans on Friday with three rebounds and one 3-pointer.

Uhh, what? He had a 39.0 usage rate in his short playing time. The Nets were just ridiculous with their second unit with five players getting into double figures. Scola could get some run on Saturday with some possible rest for Brook Lopez, but he's not an add.
Jan 20 - 11:52 PM

Randy Foye played 22 minutes with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

He moved back into the rotation and played the two for Sean Kilpatrick (rest). Foye is basically the guard utility guy and plays some point guard when they are shorthanded there on a given night -- that might change if Caris LeVert keeps playing well as a primary ball handler. Leave Foye on the wire.
Jan 20 - 11:41 PM

Caris LeVert made all six shots from the field and both free throws for 17 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

Kaboom. There has been buzz about LeVert for over a month and coach Kenny Atkinson has said that the rookie is forcing his hand to play him more despite how he planned to bring him along slowly. Since 1983-84, LeVert is the only Net to post at least 15 points, five boards and five assists while not missing any shots. He ran the offense a ton in the second half and his efficiency has been fantastic lately as a scorer with some of the flashiest moves in the NBA. With how well he's been playing, how he plays three positions, has his coach talking him up, and with the Nets playing at the fastest pace in the NBA, he has to be added right now.
Jan 20 - 11:35 PM

With Trevor Booker (rest) sitting out, Justin Hamilton will start at power forward on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

Hamilton is averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in his four previous starts this season. Thus, he is a risky DFS play. Luis Scola and Quincy Acy will also likely see additional minutes off the bench with Booker out.
Jan 20 - 6:45 PM

Trevor Booker (rest) will not play Friday night vs. New Orleans.

Friday is the first game of a back-to-back, which likely factored into Brooklyn's decision to sit Booker. Booker has struggled a bit of late. He is averaging just 8.8 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 25 percent from the free-throw line over the Nets last four games. Justin Hamilton will start in his place. Luis Scola and Quincy Acy should also some extra minutes off the bench. Booker should be ready to bounce back Saturday vs. Charlotte.
Jan 20 - 6:43 PM

Sean Kilpatrick and Trevor Booker will rest against the Pelicans on Friday.

It's the front end of a back-to-back set and Kilpatrick will get his first rest day. For tonight, there will be more minutes going to Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rondae-Hollis Jefferson. Kilpatrick has lost a lot of his luster and isn't worth owning in standard leagues. By the way, expect rest coming for other Nets on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 6:41 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said he thinks Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has helped the team and Hollis-Jefferson.

"I think we envision him playing both positions," Atkinson said. "But we have been more skewed towards the four position and he’s adapted really well. A lot of second units now play small ball." With the Nets leading the NBA in pace and Caris LeVert pushing for minutes at the three, this move makes a lot of sense for Hollis-Jefferson. He still hasn't hit his peak yet, so he's more of a stash right now.
Jan 20 - 3:43 PM

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pelicans.

We don't even know when Lin is going to practice yet, so he's out indefinitely. Lin has hinted that him missing games is more than just about him being healthy, so the team may want to look at their younger players. Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie have split the minutes for the most part, but neither are worth owning in standard leagues.
Source: Nets PR
Jan 19 - 6:23 PM

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