Nets will be without LaMarcus Aldridge vs. Hornets; Cam Thomas is questionable

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LaMarcus Aldridge shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center.
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Just when the injury bug seems to have passed by the Nets, another one rears its ugly head.

Brooklyn will be without LaMarcus Aldridge and possibly Cam Thomas when they travel to Charlotte on Tuesday to face the Hornets. Aldridge will sit with what the team has characterized as a right hip impingement.

It’s unclear what set off the latest ailment on the Nets’ big man. Aldridge missed seven games earlier this season when he was dealing with an issue with his left ankle.

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Thomas is a little less of a mystery when it happened after coming out of Sunday’s loss to the Boston Celtics in the second quarter. He’s dealing with a back contusion, but Nets head coach Steve Nash did not have an update on Thomas after the game on Sunday.

Losing both players would be a blow to the Nets, who are desperately trying to climb out of a play-in-round spot just to make the postseason. The Nets dropped back to ninth in the Eastern Conference and currently are in a tie with Charlotte and the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets are 3.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors in seventh and 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Cavaliers for sixth in the East.

Thomas and Aldridge have both contributed in big ways for Brooklyn this season. Thomas has been averaging 9.7 points per game in 54 appearances and Aldridge has averaged 13.5 points in 45 games for the Nets