Carter posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and one rebound in nine minutes off the bench Monday in the Nets' 118-104 loss to the Grizzlies. Brooklyn ran a nine-man rotation for most of the night, as Carter didn't check into the contest until the Nets trailed by 26 with 9:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. The fourth-year guard hasn't been able to find consistent playing time since exiting the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols Dec. 23, and with Kyrie Irving expected to debut as a part-time player beginning Wednesday in Indiana, Carter's path to minutes will become even more blocked during road games.
Nets head coach Steve Nash said Thursday that Carter has cleared the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports. In addition to Carter, James Harden and Paul Millsap were cleared to end their quarantines and rejoin Brooklyn, but Nash said that rookies Cam Thomas, Kessler Edwards and David Duke have all entered the protocols. As a result, Brooklyn is still without the league-required eight available players, which prompted the postponement of Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers one day earlier. Assuming Brooklyn is able to clear at least two more players in the next two days, Carter and the Nets will return to action Christmas Day against the Lakers. It's unclear how Carter looks from a conditioning standpoint after missing the team's past three games, but the Nets may not have the luxury of easing him back in with a light minutes load Saturday.
Carter entered health and safety protocols Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The Nets now have five players in COVID-19 protocols. While Carter himself hasn't played a significant role lately, averaging just 4.6 minutes per game over the Nets' last eight contests, the team could certainly use all the depth it can get at this point. For now, the Nets still have enough available players to continue playing their scheduled games, but that could change if the outbreak continues to spread.
Carter is coming off the bench for Monday's game against Washington, Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily.com reports. Carter drew the start Sunday against Charlotte but was held to three points across 26 minutes. He's averaged 22.7 minutes through his first three contests, so he should still see around 20 minutes even off the bench.
Carter is in the Nets' starting lineup Sunday versus Charlotte. The Nets are having Blake Griffin rest and utilizing a guard-heavy starting lineup Sunday. Carter will try to redeem himself after scoring three points across his last two games.
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