Royce O’Neale doesn’t hit a shot or score in Nets’ return

Royce O’Neale doesn’t hit a shot or score in Nets’ return

CHICAGO — Royce O’Neale got here again from a non-COVID sickness Wednesday evening, however his capturing contact was nonetheless a bit of sickly.

The veteran got here in capturing .413 from 3-point vary, however went a scoreless 0-for-9 from the ground and 0-for-8 from behind the arc within the Nets’ 121-112 loss to the Bulls.

“After all if you really feel sick and also you’re out and don’t play [it has an impact],” O’Neale informed The Put up. “However these guys don’t trust in me to maintain capturing, and that’s what I’m going to do. I imply, by no means have I ever had a recreation like this. However I discovered from it. Each recreation is a studying expertise. And you already know, that is nice for myself and going ahead.”

Jacque Vaughn, who at one level earlier within the season was handing O’Neale the second-most minutes within the league, professed comparable sentiments.

“I hope that he realized that I’ve excessive quantity of confidence in him to play him 35 minutes,” Vaughn mentioned. “He missed his first shot, missed his second shot and we’re going to proceed to trust in him and I really like teaching Royce and he’ll proceed to be on the market. And he’ll get these pictures and he’ll make them.”

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In his first feedback after being named Jap Convention Coach of the Month on Tuesday — the primary such honor of his profession — Vaughn deflected it as a group honor. And he did it in typical Vaughn style, half humble and half humorous.

“I acquired an important textual content from a buddy of mine that I received’t say who it’s, however he mentioned ‘What’s so particular a couple of turtle sitting on high of a fence publish? He didn’t get there on his personal.’ ” Vaughn mentioned earlier than Wednesday’s recreation.

“So I’m very sensible to know that that award is the efficiency group, it’s the teaching employees, it’s on the finish of the day, it’s the gamers. So we had an important month as a group, due to these guys got here out they usually balled out they usually hooped. So I’m only a turtle; that’s it.”

TJ Warren was pressured out of the sport within the fourth quarter.

“Yeah, you bought a rib contusion so that they’ll check out him. I acquired no replace greater than that. However that unlawful display sort of produced that,” mentioned Vaughn, who was uncertain if the veteran would want any imaging.

“I don’t know. They simply informed me earlier than I walked out and when he had checked out the sport, so I’ll meet with these guys. Undecided about scans, although.”

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