Literally adding injury to insult in Tuesday’s 91-111 home loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sergey Karasev has been diagnosed with a dislocated patella and torn MCL in his right knee, according to NBA.com reports. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter and Karasev has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Heralded for his offensive ability and shooting, Karasev came from Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian Basketball Super League before the 2013 draft. Karasev was selected by the Cavaliers with the 19th pick alongside Anthony Bennett.
Now 21, Karasez was part of a three-team trade this summer where he and Jarrett Jack were sent to the Nets, while Marcus Thornton and the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavic were given to Cleveland.
Karasev was heavily associated with controversy earlier this year for reportedly arriving to his hotel room the morning of a game with three strippers. He continued to score two points in 21 minutes of play against the Miami Heat.
During the season he’s played in 33 games and started just under a half of those games, 16. Averaging 4.6 points and 16.8 minutes a game, the limited production will likely mean a slight increase in workload for Bojan Bogdanovic, Alan Anderson and Joe Johnson.
Considering his minimal impact on wins and losses, Karasev’s injury doesn’t mean a considerable blow to diminishing playoff hopes. As one of the Nets youngest players, Karasev will focus on a speedy recovery, although no official timetable has been set.