SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After being decimated Sunday in a loss to the Lakers, the Nets shortly acquired rather a lot more healthy Tuesday after they confronted the Kings, although it didn’t assist in a 153-121 defeat.
Nic Claxton (left eye contusion), Seth Curry (left ankle), Ben Simmons (left knee soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (lower-back contusion) had been all accessible. Kyrie Irving (staff suspension), T.J. Warren (left foot) and two-way Donovan Williams (G-League) had been all out.
Claxton and Curry had initially been listed as possible. Claxton was knocked out of the sport Sunday after taking a third-quarter elbow to the face and Curry was held out towards the Lakers on the second night time of a back-to-back.
Simmons and Watanabe had each been questionable. Simmons missed Sunday’s recreation with the identical harm that price him 4 consecutive video games Oct. 31-Nov. 5.
Irving missed a seventh straight recreation resulting from his suspension after selling an anti-Semitic film on social media and initially refusing to apologize. He has been given a listing of remedial duties to satisfy with a view to probably be reinstated.
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He has issued an apology on social media and met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Nets proprietor Joe Tsai, each of whom stated they didn’t assume the star was anti-Semitic. However on Saturday, when Tsai was requested by The Put up about Irving returning, he stated the guard “nonetheless has extra work to do.”
Celtics star Jaylen Brown, who, like Irving, is an NBPA vice chairman, stated Monday that Tsai’s feedback don’t sit properly with him.
“His response was alarming to me, I tweeted that out [Sunday]. He didn’t say that the group was working collectively to get Kyrie again on the ground. He stated that he had extra work to do,” Brown stated. “And our society has extra work to do, together with Joe Tsai. It’s 2022. It takes 10 minutes of time to see who these enterprise house owners, companies, etcetera, who they’re related to and who they’re doing enterprise with, who they’re affiliated with.”
Which will have been a thinly veiled reference to Tsai being the co-founder of Alibaba, which companions with some firms blacklisted by the U.S. authorities for actions in China. Alibaba invested in two facial recognition start-ups (Megvii and SenseTime) accused by Washington of serving to China observe its residents. At the very least six U.S. universities and 19 pension funds additionally invested in a single or the opposite.
“I’m vice chairman of the union, and it’s a part of my job to guard our gamers legally,” Brown stated. “And to see Phil Knight first come out and condemn Kyrie, and in addition see Joe Tsai say he has extra work to do — I feel it’s time for a bigger dialog. And Adam got here out and stated in a press release that he doesn’t imagine Kyrie Irving is anti-Semitic, and but he’s nonetheless suspended indefinitely.”
Coach Jacque Vaughn had no replace on Irving’s standing for the Nets’ recreation Thursday at Portland or past that.
“I feel general [he] is in fixed communication with the league and Joe Tsai, and can fill me in on a necessity foundation,” Vaughn stated. “I checked in with him [Tuesday], advised him shootaround was nice. Prepared to educate this group, and that’s the place we depart it. He tells me when he has an replace he’ll let me know.”
The Anti-Defamation League despatched a letter to Amazon turning up the warmth to take away the movie Irving shared, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” from its platform. The e-commerce big had promised motion greater than per week in the past.
Kevin Durant with 27 factors Tuesday, has now scored not less than 25 factors in every of the Nets’ first 15 video games of the season. In NBA historical past, solely Wilt Chamberlain in 1961-62 and 1962-63, Elgin Baylor in 1961-62, Rick Barry in 1966-67 and Michael Jordan in 1988-89 opened a season with not less than 14 consecutive video games of 25 or extra factors.