Brooklyn Nets: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson questionable with bruised quad

Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be a game-time call Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls, as he bruised his left quad on Tuesday.

Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who limped off the court briefly during the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 115-110 win at Barclays Center Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers, will be a game-time decision Wednesday when Brooklyn visits the Chicago Bulls.

Hollis-Jefferson took a bump from Lakers forward LeBron James during a scrum for rebounding position and hobbled to the bench during a Brooklyn timeout with 3:05 remaining in Tuesday’s game.

But after the timeout, Hollis-Jefferson returned to the floor and finished the game.

However, he landed on the injury report for Wednesday’s game with the Bulls as questionable with a left quad contusion, according to the Nets’ PR department:

Hollis-Jefferson finished Tuesday night with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in 38 minutes, shooting 5-of-12 overall, missing both of his 3-point attempts and hitting 7-of-9 at the foul line.

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He split four free throws in the final 15.7 seconds to help Brooklyn close out the win.

Hollis-Jefferson has appeared in 28 of Brooklyn’s 32 games this season, missing the season opener while recovering from an offseason hip injury, sitting out the Nets’ Nov. 16 road win over the Washington Wizards with a sprained ankle and missing two games on Oct. 19-20 after the birth of his son.

He had started 13 games, the last 12 at the power forward spot after replacing Jared Dudley on the first unit.

For the season, he is averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game, shooting 41.7 percent overall, 25.9 percent from 3-point range and 65.4 percent at the line.

Since returning to the starting lineup on Nov. 25, RHJ has averaged 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 29.2 minutes a night while shooting 43.7 percent overall, 6-for-13 from deep and 68.8 percent at the stripe.

If Hollis-Jefferson can’t go, it would likely leave Dudley and DeMarre Carroll to fill the void. Dudley started the first 20 games of the season, while Carroll has yet to make a start this season after missing the first 11 games of the year recovering from a procedure on his right ankle.

Dudley has been thriving of late as a reserve, scoring 29 points in Brooklyn’s last two games, including hanging up 10 of his 13 points Tuesday night as the Nets put the game away in the fourth quarter.

On the season, Dudley has played in every game for the Nets and averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.2 minutes a game, shooting 41.8 percent overall, 31.0 percent from long range and 72.0 percent at the line.

Carroll has made 21 appearances and is averaging 9.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in 22.8 minutes while shooting 35.2 percent overall, 31.1 percent from deep and 72.0 percent at the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Allen Crabbe — who replaced injured Caris LeVert in the starting lineup in mid-November — has been ruled out for Wednesday night as he will miss his fourth straight game with a sore right knee.

Crabbe banged the knee hard on the floor at Wells Fargo Center in Brooklyn’s 127-124 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 12.

He missed the season opener with a sprained left ankle and in 28 games, 15 if them starts, Crabbe is averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 26.1 minutes a contest, shooting 34.3 percent overall, 38.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.9 percent at the line.

Before his knee injury, he had been rounding into form after a slump-ridden first six weeks of the season.

In six games this month, Crabbe has put up 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 31.7 minutes a night while shooting 45 percent overall, a red-hot 52.3 percent from deep and going 12-for-16 at the stripe.

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The Nets are still without timetables for returns for Treveon Graham, out since Oct. 19 with a left hamstring strain; LeVert, out since Nov. 12 with a dislocation of his right foot; and rookie Dzanan Musa, who partially dislocated his left shoulder on Sunday while playing with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League.