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TJ Warren
TJ Warren
Position: F
Born: 09/05/93
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $2,628,597
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Even with Durant and Kyrie Irving both out Tuesday, Warren was limited to just 24:07 in a loss to the woebegone Spurs. He still put up a team-high 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting but was left with the distinct impression he could have done more. “Yeah, it’s super-frustrating, trust me,” Warren told The Post. “It’s trying to find a balance [between] being out two years but also knowing that I feel like I can carry the load a little bit during those long stretches. “But just got to put my trust and training staff’s hands. … They’ve been doing a great job with me, got me back to this point, and just got to see the bigger picture, end of the season, playoffs, playing at my best, hopefully off the minute restriction.”
The Nets are playing the long game with Warren, continuing to keep his minutes in check to make sure he can make an impact once the postseason rolls around. In the meantime, he is 17 games into his first regular action since the 2019-20 season and delivering a strong impression when called upon. “Every game, I’m feeling more and more like myself,” Warren said Saturday after the Nets practiced in Brooklyn. “Two years is a long time, two calendar years going through multiple foot problems. But I feel great. Mentally, I’m in a good space. I just want to continue to get better and help this team win as much as I can.”
“I’ve told him this message: That’s my No. 1 goal, that he’s healthy and hooping in the playoffs, showing his skills off to the rest of the world,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “That would be the kind of guiding light. “Will I be tempted at times [to push his minutes] if he’s rolling? For sure, every coach would be. But hopefully for his longevity, for the group, we’ll put him in a position to succeed the whole year.”
Warren has averaged 19.9 minutes per game in 16 appearances after missing most of the previous two seasons due to a foot injury suffered with the Pacers in 2020. “Again, I said from the beginning, the thing is keeping T.J. healthy to the end of the year. Do I see him playing 40 minutes? No, not happening,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ll continue to see how we’re going to manage the rotations — who starts, who’s the first sub, what the second group looks like; all of that changes. “So we’ll figure out what is best for the group. … But no, T.J. won’t be playing 40 minutes.”