The Nets are seeing their playoff chances slip away.
Brooklyn, which has lost five straight, is three games out of postseason position and 11th in the Eastern Conference.
This isn’t exactly a knockout punch, but it’s another blow.
Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Sergey Karasev has been diagnosed with a dislocated patella and a torn MCL of the right knee, along with multiple loose bodies in the knee joint, General Manager Billy King announced. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s game versus New Orleans. Karasev will undergo surgery tomorrow, March 12th, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and will be out for the remainder of the season.
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Karasev started 16 games earlier this season, but he’d mostly fallen from Lionel Hollins’ rotation lately. With Alan Anderson banged up, maybe Karasev would have gotten more minutes.
Karasev, who was the No. 19 pick in the 2013 draft and acquired in an offseason trade with the Cavaliers, progressed nicely across the board from his rookie year. At this point, it’s about getting the 21-year-old healthy and back on that path forward.