The Brooklyn Nets have not been underneath the .500 mark this season since they fell to 2-3 on Oct. 27 following a loss to the Miami Warmth. They’re nonetheless barely over the benchmark of mediocrity at 32-30 getting into Tuesday night time’s street sport — and second sport of a back-to-back — in opposition to the Toronto Raptors, however they’re fading quick within the Eastern Conference standings.
The crew remains to be awaiting the return of Kevin Durant from his knee damage and Joe Harris from his ankle damage, whereas Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons additionally aren’t scheduled to be on the courtroom vs. Toronto for myriad causes. Now, a pair of different key contributors have been added to the Nets’ damage report.
Drummond was acquired together with Simmons and Seth Curry (and two first-round picks) from the Philadelphia 76ers in change for James Harden and Paul Millsap on the February commerce deadline. The previous Detroit Pistons star is in his 10th season within the league and has averaged 6.5 factors, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 18.8 minutes per sport, whereas taking the courtroom for 55 contests together with 18 begins.
In six video games since becoming a member of Brooklyn — all of them begins — Drummond has posted 9.8 factors, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 21.7 minutes per contest.
Thomas was the crew’s first-round decide at twenty seventh general in 2021 and has averaged 9.9 factors, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 19.8 minutes per sport throughout 51 tilts (two begins), and has registered a .438/.272/.824 taking pictures line. The LSU product was particularly hot in February, as he scored in double-figures in 10 of the ultimate 11 video games of the month, together with a career-high 30 factors on Feb. 4.