Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson sprains ankle during loss to 76ers

Hollis-Jefferson could be a jolt of energy for an aging roster.

The Nets have had their fair share of injuries so far this preseason. Chris McCullough, Willie Reed, Markel Brown and Andrea Bargnani have all missed time due to health issues. Now, it appears Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could be joining them on the pine.

Here's more from Rod Boone of Newsday:

The good news is the injury doesn't appear to be too serious for now. 

Here's more from Boone:

Hollis-Jefferson may not make much of an impact on the Nets' halfcourt offense this year, but he can be a threat in transition and, most importantly, already seems like he's going to be a helpful wing defender on a team that's added some athleticism, but that is still lacking in that facet of the roster.

Rondae Hollis-[Jefferson] was in the midst of another educational experience, trying to navigate the treacherous rookie waters when an injury abruptly ended his afternoon.

Hollis-Jefferson sprained his right ankle with 11:01 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Nets' 97-95 preseason loss to the 76ers at Times Union Center on Saturday and never returned, adding yet another name to Brooklyn's laundry list of injured players. He was chasing down a loose ball and as he attempted to corral it and put on the brakes a step prior to reaching the baseline, he landed awkwardly.

The 20-year-old sounded confident he won't be out for long, even suggesting he'll be healthy enough to play in one of the Nets' final three preseason contests.

Still, he admitted he was nervous initially because the pain wasn't like anything he's experienced.

“I've hurt my ankle before, but it wasn't serious,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “It hurts every time as soon as it happens. It's throbbing or whatever. But it felt a little different, so it was hard to get up. But I'm good.”

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