Allen Crabbe’s knee injury is worse than expected


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Allen Crabbe missed his 10th straight game with right knee soreness, and is going to miss more.

After initially expecting Crabbe’s injury to be short-term, the Nets said Wednesday a bruised fat pad has been the cause of his soreness. Crabbe, who hasn’t played since Dec. 12, will be evaluated in one to two weeks, after which the Nets will determine the next phase of his return-to-play protocol.

Surgery isn’t expected — at least not yet.

“No, we haven’t gotten to that point yet,” coach Kenny Atkinson said before the Nets’ 126-121 win over the Pelicans. “I haven’t gotten to that point. It will be a re-evaluation in a week to 10 days and then go from there.”

After Rondae Hollis-Jefferson suffered another adductor injury Saturday, Jared Dudley moved back into the starting lineup against New Orleans. But DeMarre Carroll and little-used Kenneth Faried are options at power forward, as is Treveon Graham, who played a G-League game Wednesday. It was his first action since injuring his hamstring in October.

“Sure, you have to look at [starting Carroll],” Atkinson said. “TG comes back, too. We look at him at the 4, he can play the 4 and the 3. Obviously we’ve got Kenneth, too,” Atkinson said. “That’s the reason I think we’re deeper this year: We can cover that with multiple guys.”


When is getting let go from your job a good thing? When you’ve got a gig lined up paying more. A lot more.

That was the case when the Nets waived two-way player Alan Williams on Wednesday. The burly center known as “Big Sauce” hadn’t played this season, but is expected to head to China for a huge raise.

“It was the right thing to do,” general manager Sean Marks told The Post.

“Yes, we were understanding of granting him that opportunity,” Atkinson said. “[He] had an excellent opportunity. He played great in the G-League, great. Obviously has an opportunity to go somewhere else and help himself out financially.”

Two-way players earn just $77,250, prorated for days spent on the G-League roster and the NBA rookie minimum prorated for the days with the big club. Williams would have been unable to make more than $385,000, but could easily make $2 million or more in China.


The Nets’ bench outscored New Orleans’ reserves 55-5, led by Carroll (19), Spencer Dinwiddie (18) and Shabazz Napier (12).

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