The Brooklyn Nets were already dealing with injuries coming into their 2019 campaign and that trend has carried over right into the regular season. The latest setback is a torn Achilles for defensive-minded guard David Nwaba. The team announced Nwaba underwent surgery on Friday to repair the torn tendon. Nwaba suffered the injury during Brooklyn’s game against San Antonio on Thursday.
The team also announced that Nwaba is expected to miss the remainder of the season. With Kevin Durant already sidelined for the foreseeable future and Caris LeVert also out after undergoing thumb surgery, the Nets continue to be decimated by injury. Not to mention point guard Kyrie Irving still hasn’t been cleared for contact with a banged-up shoulder.
While David Nwaba may not be the most well-known Brooklyn Net, he was a steady contributor over the past few weeks. Even though his defense is his calling card, he was pitching in on the offensive end as well recently, scoring in double digits in three of their past seven games.
The Nets remain comfortably in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with a 15-13 record but will need to find a way to stay afloat with injuries piling up. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been an offensive revelation this season for Brooklyn and will likely have to keep picking up the slack with so many contributors on the shelf.
With Irving, Durant, LeVert and now Nwaba all sidelined, Brooklyn will need to start getting more production from some of their tertiary pieces such as Taurean Prince, Joe Harris and veteran wing Garrett Temple.