Napier contributed 13 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals across 25 minutes during Wednesday's defeat to the Heat.
The veteran guard played a season-high 25 minutes while tallying his third-best point total of the season. With Caris LeVert out indefinitely, Napier may be called on for more playmaking responsibilities. That said, Wednesday's performance was more likely due to the Heat blowing out the Nets early, and until Napier is able to provide more consistent value, he isn't a viable option in standard formats.
Napier played 20 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Napier was a DNP-CD in the Nets' previous game Friday, and it sounds as though he'll be on the fringes of the rotation going forward now that DeMarre Carroll is back healthy. "I think it's tough to play more than 10," coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I don't say it's out of the realm of possibility. These are the tough decisions because Shabazz played well for us. It's just that we want to integrate DeMarre and figure out where he is and how he can help us. ... Is he going to play more at the wing? Is he going to play more at the four? It's to be determined."
Napier produced 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, an assist and a steal across 15 minutes in Friday's 117-115 loss to the Pelicans.
Napier hurled up a flurry of shots in his limited time on the floor and provided a nice spark for the team. This was the second appearance for the ex-Trailblazer, as he began the season still dealing with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old has never managed to secure a starting role with any of the four teams he's played for in his short career and Brooklyn's crowded backcourt depth chart will likely keep that trend going. His fantasy value is capped as a result.
So just under a week after head coach Kenny Atkinson said Napier still had "a ways to go" in his recovery from a hamstring injury, he now says that he'll be back in action this week. However, with starting point guard D'Angelo Russell and backup Spencer Dinwiddie excelling in their roles, Napier is unlikely to see much work early on as the No. 3 point guard in the rotation.
Head coach Kenny Atkinson said Thursday that Napier (hamstring) still "has a ways to go" in his recovery, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
This essentially means that there is no timetable on Napier's recovery, so it's totally unclear exactly when the point guard will be able to play again. D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie will continue operating as the team's top two options at point guard.
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