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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Shows offensive spark in first half

Claxton finished Saturday's 109-103 loss to the Celtics with 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 21 minutes. Claxton and Bruce Brown kept the Nets in this game thanks to an excellent first half. Claxton proved to be more effective than Andre Drummond, and he made some key plays in the interior, including a commanding tip-in dunk. Claxton will continue to benefit from less attention as the Celtics defense continues to key on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Another strong performance

Claxton notched 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-5 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one steal in 31 minutes during Sunday's 115-114 loss to Boston. Claxton came off the bench but played 14 more minutes and outproduced Andre Drummond, who drew the start. Over his last three games, the lefty big man has averaged 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Strong performance in win

Claxton notched 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-6 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and five blocks over 29 minutes during Tuesday's 115-108 victory over the Cavaliers. Claxton saw 29 minutes to Andre Drummond's 19, as the former was doing a better job countering the athleticism of Evan Mobley while contesting shots around the basket in general. It remains to be seen which center will have the better playoff campaign, and their workloads may change on a game-to-game basis.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Flirts with double-double

Claxton posted nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and one steal over 27 minutes during Tuesday's 118-105 victory over the Rockets. Claxton has seen his role diminish greatly since the acquisition of Andre Drummond, but the lefty big man still garners a sizable role off the bench and is capable of producing solid numbers. Over his last 12 appearances, the third-year center has averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game. During that stretch, Claxton is shooting a ridiculous 75.0 percent from the field, but he's attempting just 5.7 shots per game.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Shifts to bench

Claxton will come off the bench for Wednesday's matchup with the Grizzlies. With Andre Drummond returning to the starting lineup after a one-game absence due to a non-COVID illness, Claxton will move back to a reserve role. The 22-year-old is averaging 8.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 20.7 minutes per game this season.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Strong performance in start

Claxton closed with 15 points (7-8 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 114-106 win over the Jazz. With Andre Drummond (illness) sidelined, Claxton made his first start since Feb. 4 and didn't disappoint in a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert. As a starter this season, the lefty big man has averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. However, regardless of whether he's starting or not, Claxton has carved out a sizable role for the Nets in March, playing 20-plus minutes in eight of 10 appearances, including seven in a row.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Running with first unit

Claxton is starting Monday's game against Utah, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports. Claxton replaces Andre Drummond (illness) in the starting lineup, marking his first start since Feb. 4, also against Utah. He ended up logging only three boards in five minutes during the contest before exiting with a hamstring injury but has since returned to health after missing eight of 10 games to end the month of February.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Double-doubles off bench

Claxton had 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes during Tuesday's 150-108 win over Orlando. Claxton has played 20-plus minutes in four straight games and has scored in double figures in back-to-back contests. The third-year big man also grabbed his most rebounds since Feb. 2 en route to notching his fourth double-double of the campaign. He appears to have solidified a backup role to Andre Drummond after being sidelined for the majority of February due to a hamstring injury.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Back in rotation Monday

Claxton accumulated two points (1-2 FG, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one block over 12 minutes during Monday's 133-97 loss to the Raptors. Claxton was back in the rotation Monday but saw action only during the fourth quarter with the Nets already waiving the white flag. Despite a couple of bright moments this season, Claxton has been a disappointment when it comes to fantasy value. The recent arrival of Andre Drummond only complicated things further and so for now, Claxton can be ignored in all standard leagues.
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Raptors almost made crazy Nicolas Claxton trade with Nets

The Toronto Raptors may have ended making only one move at the NBA trade deadline, but Thad Young was by no means the only player that Masai Ujiri was linked to. With the Brooklyn Nets feeling out how to offload James Harden, Nicolas Claxton was almost sent away to Toronto.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Can't crack rotation in return

Claxton (hamstring) didn't see the court Monday in the Nets' 109-85 win over the Kings. Though Claxton was upgraded to available Monday following a five-game absence, head coach Steve Nash still elected to stay away from him in the blowout win. Claxton has occasionally posted impressive stat lines while starting in 15 of his last 19 appearances, but the trade-deadline addition of Andre Drummond plus LaMarcus Aldridge's return Monday from an ankle injury complicates Claxton's path to consistent minutes. The 22-year-old is still likely to factor into the rotation once the hamstring issue is further in the rear-view mirror, but the playing time of each of the Nets' top three centers could vary game by game based on matchup.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Clear of injury report

Claxton (hamstring) isn't listed on the injury report for Monday's game against Sacramento. Claxton has been sidelined the last four games with hamstring soreness but is set to return to the court Monday. The Nets should have plenty of options at center since LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) is also set to make his return from a lengthy absence, while Andre Drummond could make his team debut after being acquired from the 76ers in the James Harden trade.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Out Saturday

Claxton (hamstring) is out Saturday against the Heat, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports. Claxton is out for a fourth straight game, and LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) will also be out. Blake Griffin will be in contention for another start, though it will be intriguing to see how Andre Drummond (trade pending) factors into the mix if he plays. He's questionable.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Questionable at Washington

Claxton (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Wizards, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports. Claxton has missed the past two games with left hamstring soreness. He'll presumably start if available Thursday.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Out vs. Celtics

Claxton (hamstring) will not play Tuesday against Boston, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports. The hamstring has bothered Claxton since mid-January, and he'll miss yet another contest as the Nets look to avoid a ninth consecutive loss. With LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) still sidelined, Blake Griffin will likely be in line for another start at center.
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Nets' Nicolas Claxton: Questionable against Boston

Claxton (hamstring) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. Claxton was unavailable Sunday against Denver after he left Friday's loss to the Jazz with a hamstring injury. If he's held out once again Tuesday, Day'Ron Sharpe and Blake Griffin should see additional playing time.
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