Why power forward has become a sore spot for Nets


TORONTO — Once again, the Nets have a power-forward problem.

With both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (adductor) and Jared Dudley (hamstring) sidelined, they have lost their only two viable options.

“That definitely, obviously, is the elephant in the room, the injuries we’ve had to deal with,” Spencer Dinwiddie admitted.

Despite being back for just five games after a 2 ¹/₂-month hamstring injury, 6-foot-5 Treveon Graham got the call Friday from coach Kenny Atkinson to face the Raptors. It didn’t go well.

Graham finished with five points, two boards and no assists, going 2-of-7 from the floor and 1-for-6 from 3-point range in a 122-105 loss.

“I know he’s been a little rusty, which is to be expected,” said Atkinson. “When you’re out that long, it takes time. I don’t take this small sample size. I look at training camp and how well he played, and I have complete confidence in him starting.”

With Graham shooting just 20 percent overall, and 13.6 percent from deep, Atkinson may have to go with DeMarre Carroll.

“Fair point. Something we’ll discuss,” Atkinson said. “TG’s getting looks, we know he can shoot it. He’s out of rhythm right now. But that’s a possibility. We’re just not making enough shots with that first unit.”


Joe Harris has become one of the NBA’s top shooters, and his red-hot form merits inclusion in the All-Star Three-Point Contest.

“I wouldn’t put a whole lot into it,” Harris said. “If it did happen, it’d be great. It would be an honor. But it’d be more for the fun, just to take part in the weekend festivities.”

Even if Harris won’t stump for himself, Atkinson and the Nets will.

“Oh, yeah. What do I have to do? Do I have to carry a sign around Manhattan and Brooklyn? Wherever I need to go,” Atkinson said. “I just think it’d be wonderful. It’d be a great opportunity. I’m on the bandwagon.”

Harris came into Friday second in the league in 3-point percentage (48.5), and hit 1-of-3 versus the Raptors.

He also has showcased his shooting talent, first in a video he shot with Rob Perez, drilling a corner 3 blindfolded “Bird Box”-style. Then came a video released by the Nets’ PR department in which Harris bought street meat and shot change into a tip jar; went grocery shopping and shot oranges into a shopping cart, and even shot eggs into a frying pan for his morning breakfast.

“It was fun. The ‘Bird Box’ thing was with Rob Perez, which was fun. He’s a pretty good guy, a fun interview,” Harris said. “And then the video that came out was with the Nets’ PR department. It was fun. We went out in different parts of Brooklyn and had a lot of fun with it.

“I thought it was hilarious. That was the whole point, to kind of make light of the situation and just have some fun with it.”


Allen Crabbe told The Post he should be ready to be on the court in a return-to-play protocol two weeks from his last medical update after a right-knee injury. That would be next Wednesday, with the Nets slated to practice the next day in Houston.