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Nets have lengthy injury report ahead of Sunday’s game vs. Kings



The Nets, who were eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday, have a lengthy injury report entering Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center.

It appears that Dennis Smith Jr. (right hip synovitis) is finally set to return from a three-game absence — the guard had missed six of Brooklyn’s last seven overall. But Nic Claxton (left ankle sprain) and Dennis Schröder (right Achilles tendinitis) are listed as questionable while Cam Johnson (left big toe sprain) and Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee effusion) have been ruled out.

Johnson did not play in Saturday’s defeat of the Detroit Pistons and has missed five of the Nets’ last seven games. Finney-Smith, who was at the center of Saturday’s festivities, has not missed a game since March 21. Claxton has not missed a start since Dec. 27.

Schröder has appeared in every game since being acquired by the Nets at the trade deadline, not including Brooklyn’s game on Feb. 8 against the Cleveland Cavaliers where he still needed to pass his physicals.

These injuries will likely mean more opportunities for the Nets’ youngsters, who have been on heaters in recent games. Noah Clowney will almost certainly receive his first career start if Claxton cannot go. The 19-year-old rookie center has averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds over his last two appearances while shooting 81.3% from the field and 71.4% from deep.

Clowney, fellow rookie Jalen Wilson and Trendon Watford combined for 34 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Saturday’s come-from-behind win against Detroit.

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