Nets guard Allen Crabbe is working closer to his return from a sore right knee that has kept him out of Brooklyn's past seven games.
"He worked out. He's pretty much healthy and now we've just got to get him some three-on-three time, scrimmage time," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "Unfortunately we're not practicing a ton, so as soon as he gets his game rhythm back we'll throw him back in there. I'm not going to give exactly when. We've got to see how that progresses. [He's] healthy, but needs be in a return to play protocol. I don't think it'll be very long."
The 26-year-old Crabbe, who last played on Dec. 12, said he completed a full workout despite feeling some pain.
"I had some pain, but it was bearable pain to actually get through the whole actual workout," said Crabbe, who has averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 games this season. "Previous days, it was doing a few things and we were just shutting it down early. I got through the whole thing, did some running after, so we're headed in the right direction."
Crabbe, who said Wednesday "was the most I've done in a while," hopes to work on 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 drills before he can return to game action. He said he wants to return "as soon as possible at this point," admitting he thought he would be day-to-day and not out for more than two weeks. But he added he wants to address this issue so he doesn't miss more time down the road.
"I'd rather take care of it now," he said. "It's still early. We're not even halfway through the season yet. So I'd rather get it taken care of then it come back lingering around like February, March."