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For the first time since late October, Nic Claxton is not found on the Nets’ injury report. The big man will be available for Friday’s game at Barclays Center against the Timberwolves after he missed 17 consecutive contests with a non-COVID illness. The Nets had expected the athletic forward/center to work out with G-League Long Island on Thursday, and Claxton must have come through OK. The Nets recalled him after the practice.
Legendary Croatian-born NBA player Drazen Petrovic will be portrayed in Danilo Serbedzija’s upcoming biopic film “Higher Force – The Drazen Petrovic Story” (working title). The film was penned by Ivan Turkovic Krnjak (“Lovebox”) and is being produced by Ljubo Zdjelarevic and Ivor Siber at Zagreb-based Kinoteka. The film will shoot next year in Croatia, Germany, and in the U.S. across Portland and New Jersey. It will be released in 2023 on the 30th anniversary of Petrovic’s death. One of Croatia’s best known filmmakers, Serbedzija previously directed “Tereza37” which was Croatia’s official Oscar entry this year. His other directorial credits include “72 Days” which was Croatia’s Oscar entry in 2011, and “The Liberation of Skopje” which he co-directed with his father, the actor-director Rade Serbedzija.
Harden is taking only 14.4 shots per game, over two fewer than a year ago and a whopping 10 below his career high. (Tallying fewer than 20 points in a game isn’t the sole mark of irreversible decline, but it’s a neat round number Harden once crossed in his sleep. This season he’s failed to reach it 11 times in 21 tries. Last year it was 13. The season before? Seven. The two seasons combined prior to that? Six.) Thanks to the three-point line and some stellar work in isolation—albeit at half the volume of what it was just two seasons ago—Harden’s true shooting percentage is more or less very good (62.3% over the last 10 games). And after a slow start, he’s beginning to draw fouls and get to the line like he used to. His free-throw rate is one of this season’s 15 best, and the percentage of his points earned at the line jumped from 22.5 in Brooklyn’s first 10 games to 36.5 in 11 through 20—a mark that’s high even for him.

Nets still taking (and not making) calls about Kyrie Irving

To that end, it’s worth noting that, as of late last month, Brooklyn remained open to talking trades involving Irving, per SNY sources. ESPN reported in late October that the Nets were taking calls on potential Irving trades, but not making them. In the weeks following that report, several teams said Brooklyn has continued to take that approach with the All-Star guard.
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