East Notes: Nets, TJ Warren, Raptors, Cavs

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Nets

Guard/forward T.J. Warren is targeting Dec. 2 to make his season debut, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Warren progressed to participating in 3-on-3 drills at practice last week, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post. He last played in a NBA game in December 2020 while still with the Pacers and has been battling a foot issue ever since.

Warren, 27, is 6-foot-8 and signed a veteran’s minimum deal with Brooklyn this past offseason. He carries NBA career averages of 15.5 points and 51 percent shooting.

Raptors

Power forward Pascal Siakam has been upgraded to questionable for the Raptors’ home game vs. the Cavaliers, as relayed by RealGM.

Siakam is averaging a career-high 24.8 points, but has missed all but nine games with an adductor strain.

“We certainly needed to survive here and Pascal was out there today in practice,” coach Nick Nurse said last week, via Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. “Well, not a whole lot of people in contact (practices) these days when the numbers are what they are, so he was out there moving around. So we shouldn’t be awfully far away from him being back.”

Cavaliers

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff thinks the Cavs can learn from games against championship contenders, with Friday’s loss to the Bucks serving as one example.

“This is a great lesson for us. We played against an established team who knows where they need to go when it’s time to take it to another level,” Bickerstaff told reporters. “They are a championship-caliber team and we are learning how to get there.”

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