Andray Blatche has played well in a reserve role for the Nets this season, but the team had to do without him for its last four contests while he was away for “personal reasons.”
Blatche returned on Saturday, and will play for the Nets at home against the Cavaliers.
“Now would it be personal if I tell you?” Blatche said before Saturday’s morning shootaround. “It’s personal reasons. It’s over with. The most important thing is I’m back out here playing with my team. That’s what’s most important right now. And that’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I’ve been gone.”
Nets coach Jason Kidd said Blatche would not be subject to any playing-time restriction.
“We’ll use him as if he’s been with us,” Kidd said.
Blatche has averaged 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season. As noted by Devin Kharpertian at The Brooklyn Game, Blatche’s absence snapped a streak of 117 consecutive games he’s appeared in since joining the Nets prior to last season.
Brooklyn will try to build momentum coming off of its biggest win of the season over the Thunder, and will have a good chance to do that considering the Cavaliers will be without Kyrie Irving for the second straight game due to a knee bruise he suffered earlier this week.