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Day’Ron Sharpe ready for welcome Nets return after knee injury

Day’Ron Sharpe is the latest injured Net to return.

Sharpe is expected to play Tuesday against the Celtics after being out since Jan. 7 with left knee hypertension.

And from what he’s seen, he’s looking forward to playing with newcomer Dennis Schröder, who can also split point guard time with Dennis Smith Jr.

“You know they’re going to pass the ball to the big guys,” Sharpe said of the duo. “I’m just ready to play with the other Dennis (Schröder) to get a feel for him too.”

Sharpe is confident that Schröder’s experience, combined with that of Smith Jr., will be valuable.

“I just feel like he gives me the same vibe as Dennis Smith,” Sharpe said. “Play hard, make the right play, try to win.”

Day’Ron Sharpe
Day’Ron Sharpe has been out since Jan. 7 with a hyperextended left knee. Getty Images

Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Sharpe will be on a minutes restriction, but expects chemistry to develop between Sharpe and Schröder.

“It’s interesting, just because you’ve seen what Dennis can do from the point guard position and if he was, the connection he had with Nic, who will have to develop him as well,” Vaughn said. “But Day’Ron also gives us the opportunity to be present in different covers.

“So we’ll see how that fits together.” We have a bit of makeup to determine both ends of the field.

Before his injury, Sharpe averaged 7.5 points and seven rebounds.

Both numbers are career highs for the third-year center.

Cam Johnson (left adductor strain) remains out for Tuesday’s game, but was able to work during practice.

Vaughn said Johnson was taking “positive steps.”

As Vaughn gets used to his new team, he said he will continue to rotate through different rotations.

“I think when we started the game we definitely wrote ‘What are the best combinations?’ “, Vaughn said. “I think it’s always vital to take the pulse of the game… (and deal with) the things that happen during the game that you have to adapt to.”

New York Post

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