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Nets center Nic Claxton, who has not played since Oct. 25 due to a non-COVID illness, was not on Friday’s injury report ahead of Brooklyn’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center.

The third-year pro started three of Brooklyn’s first four games. He averaged a line of 6.5 points on 55% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, and one block in 18.9 minutes per contest.

“Definitely excited,” Claxton said Friday. “I’m not sure how many minutes I’ll get, but I’ll be ready for whatever, ready to suit up with the guys again.”

Only sharpshooter Joe Harris remains on the injury report. He is expected to miss significant time after undergoing surgery for an injury to his left ankle.

Originally expected to miss a week with the illness, Claxton has been sidelined for more than a month.

“It’s just a little more severe illness than we thought initially and I think he’ll miss a little more time,” said Nets head coach Steve Nash Oct. 31.

After Brooklyn (15-6) hosts Minnesota (11-11), a back-to-back game awaits with the 15-8 Chicago Bulls on Saturday at 8 p.m.

“I mean, my story’s already written,” Claxton said. “I’ve done a lot of reflecting, a lot of thinking. I can’t sit around and complain about it. I’ve just got to make the best out of it and always come back from my injuries stronger. So I’m ready.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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