For Raptors coach Dwane Casey, the advice to his players is simple.
Anderson has been working out with the team and is expected to participate in a full practice Thursday with an anticipated return to the active roster for Friday’s game versus Dallas. Anderson sustained a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot in a Nov. 10 game versus Philadelphia.
Fields underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery Nov. 14 to address compression/entrapment in his right elbow and will have a second follow-up visit Thursday with surgeon Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York.
Amir Johnson, meanwhile, was suspended for the Brooklyn game after throwing his mouthpiece at an official during Monday’s loss.
Casey expected to have just eight healthy players available for the Nets. The number went up, however, with the arrival of rookie forward Quincy Acy from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
Casey, who believes his team is probably three to five wins better than the standings show, says coaches and players alike have to endure the attention and speculation that accompany such a slide down the league table.
“We live in a glass bowl. I live in a glass bowl. That’s part of the territory when we sign up,” he said. “So we’re all men. “And I’ve explained that to players. You’ve got to perform — trade rumours, firing, whatever it is — we all have to perform. We have a job to do. And we can’t go in a shell and say ‘Please go away, please go away.’”