Shaun Livingston played with broken toe in last season’s playoffs for Nets


Shaun Livingston was a key contributor for a Nets team that made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, and played well enough to secure a nice free agent deal to join the Warriors last summer.

But after signing the new contract, it was discovered that Livingston would require toe surgery — which may not have been necessary had doctors been able to correctly treat the injury.

Livingston was diagnosed with a sprain at the time, and since nothing beyond that could be confirmed, he played meaningful minutes in all 12 of the Nets’ postseason contests, which only caused more damage.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

He revealed for the first time Thursday how his broken toe was never diagnosed, and how he played in the postseason on the strength of a cortisone injection.

“I don’t want to say I was misdiagnosed, but they couldn’t really figure out the issue. They did all these MRIs and X-rays and it was still hurt,” said Livingston, who broke his toe in the 77th game of last season and subsequently played 326 playoff minutes.

Livingston’s broken toe healed after it was placed in a cast, but he still required surgery after signing with Golden State.

“They found out there was a lot of scar tissue because once I broke it, I continued to play on it in the playoffs,” Livingston said. “Basically, I just shot it up with cortisone and went out there and played on it.”

Livingston has appeared in all eight of the Warriors’ games thus far, but has been used relatively sparingly, and is off to a slow start with averages of just 2.5 points and 2.0 assists in just 13.5 minutes per contest.