Nick Claxton returned to the court on a tough, annual road, one with disappointments and failures. But now that that young big man is back, he is already overtaking what the Nets can expect.
“I think it’s fair. He just had a rough go about it with injuries from shoulder to knee and everything. Steve Nash said after the 129-92 Magic Route on Thursday, “You never want to have too many expectations.” “But it is a testament to the coaching staff who work with him every day and his hard work with his work. He worked with his butt to get himself into this position and was very productive.
“Nick’s energy was outstanding. Haven’t played for almost a year, so to play these last two matches and as disruptive as that was for him – I think he had four steals and two blocks, [he] Aids, he rebels. He is someone we believe in and think that he has risen very high, continues to grow and is just growing step by step. But I was impressed and really happy that he had success there. “
Tuesday marked the first game of Claxon since February 28, 2020. He had to battle back in December 2019 after hamstring strain, shoulder surgery in June 2020 and finally right knee tendinopathy. But he made his season debut against the Kings with 10 points, a career-high four steals, three rebounds and a block in 15 high-energy minutes.
Claxton said that playing with James Harden and Kyrie Irving has made life easier.
“You have to respect them there, so it opens the floor.” I have not shown half of what I showed in my bag. “But it just makes it easier for someone like me. It makes a lot of space and it’s one-on-one, and it’s going to be fun. “
Claxton picked up a technical foul to hang on the rim after a sting, but said that Irving and Harden had already promised to take the tab. Irving gave Klaxon to read “The Alchemist”, and apparently it is now a nickname for Klaxon.
Landry Schmutt had 19 points in another resurgence game.
After shooting just 25 percent from 3-point range in December, he hit 32.7 percent last month and has risen to 41.7 percent so far this month.
“You’re saying he’ll be over 50 percent in March? I like where you’re going with this,” Nash said. “Landry is a very good shooter. We all know that. It’s just a new The situation, the new environment, the new role that is trying to turn that corner and I think it started with the confidence that we are doing and it is great. ”
Tyler Cook made his Nets debut.
The net has great flexibility. Nash said they could bring back the recently forgiven Andre Roberson or Eman Schumper on 10-day deals and would also see the purchase market.
“It is possible that they may return; This is a front office question, ”Nash said. “On the buyout market, this is one of the reasons we want to be flexible in our eyes to see how we can improve our team. I don’t think it’s any different. … Especially for us the way the roster changes after big business, we need to be flexible to keep our options open. “