Nets’ Hollis-Jefferson injures ankle in preseason game

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The injuries keep piling up for the Nets. They’re already without Thomas Robinson, Andrea Bargnani, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown and Willie Reed, and on Saturday, they added first-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to that list. Hollis-Jefferson suffered a right ankle sprain against the Sixers during a preseason game.

Via the New York Post‘s Tim Bontemps:

The Nets suffered yet another injury on Saturday against the 76ers, when rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson exited in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle.

Hollis-Jefferson was chasing down an overthrown pass by backup center Chris Daniels when his ankle appeared to give out on him, and he immediately went down in a heap and grabbed at it.

The entire team came over to check on Hollis-Jefferson, who eventually got up and walked off under his own power. He was accompanied on his walk off the court by athletic trainer Tim Walsh, who helped him back to the team’s locker room.

The injury could mean the end of Hollis-Jefferson’s preseason, as the Nets have three games over the next 10 days before having over a week to prepare for their season opener at home on Oct. 28 against the Bulls.

Hollis-Jefferson is one of the few young prospects on the Nets who could be a part of their core long-term, so it’s too bad that he’s being limited this preseason by an ankle injury. All of these small injuries are adding up for the Nets,