PHILADELPHIA — The injury bug is giving the Nets the finger.
Center DeAndre Jordan was forced out of Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the Sixers with a dislocated right middle finger.
“He’ll get it looked at [Thursday], have an update after that,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.
Caris LeVert missed 24 straight games with ligament damage in his thumb. Last season Spencer Dinwiddie suffered the same injury.
Taurean Prince appeared to injure his hand late, though both he and Atkinson insisted it was minor.
“My hands have been [messed] up since college. It’s nothing,” Prince told The Post. “No dislocations, no nothing.”
With Nic Claxton off on G-League assignment in Long Island, the Nets had to hand 6-foot-8 Wilson Chandler his first-ever minutes at center. But if Jordan misses any time, Atkinson wouldn’t hesitate to call on the Nets’ second-round pick.
“I have no qualms about playing Nic Claxton. I think he’ll be an excellent player,” Atkinson said. “If … it’s a big if — if DeAndre misses any time I have no hesitation playing him.”
In a wide-ranging interview that aired during Wednesday’s game on YES Network, Joe Tsai touched on wearing a number of hats other than Nets owner: Fan, custodian and peacemaker.
Tsai accelerated his purchase of the Nets this offseason, and stepped right into a firestorm when China’s communist government took umbrage with a tweet by Houston GM Daryl Morey just as the Nets and Lakers were arriving in China to play a pair of preseason games.
Morey’s simple retweet of a meme backing the Hong Kong protestors so infuriated the Chinese government that all public appearances and media availabilities for the Nets and Lakers were canceled, and the NBA games got pulled off state-run CCTV.
Tsai — who was born in Taiwan, lives in Hong Kong and co-founded Chinese giant Alibaba — has been thrust into the role of peacemaker.
“Well, the NBA is global; it’s a global sport. Basketball is played everywhere in the world, and in China there’s over 300 million people that play basketball, that watch NBA games. Also let’s put this thing in a historical perspective; the NBA has been in China for 40 years,” said Tsai, recalling the Bullets playing in China in 1979.
“So when you look at these 40 years — all the history of the NBA in China, all the goodwill the NBA has built up — you have to take a long-term perspective. Now, we sort of have a short-term setback. Both sides are working our relationship back on track. The key thing is we need be broadcast on TV back in China. There’s talk NBA ratings are kind of down for various reasons. But we don’t want to see ratings go down globally. We need the NBA games to be back on TV in China.”
While former owner Mikhail Prokhorov was a rarity at games and never sat courtside, Tsai frequently makes the trip from China — he also maintains a home in California — and often sits courtside.
“I want to be among the fans because I’m one of them,” said Tsai. “I feel like not very much of an owner. I’m a custodian of a very important New York institution for the fans.”
The Nets signed guard/forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to a 10-day contract. He’s been on a two-way deal.
In 18 games for the Nets, the 24-year-old has averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per contest.
“I told him he’s doing everything we ask. And I know he was here in Philly and I liked him when he was in Philly. I just think he’s really busting it for us, especially defensively where there were questions, questions whether he could defend in this league,” Atkinson said.
“It’s not a huge sample size, but we’ve been really pleased. Even [Tuesday] night, he did an excellent job defensively. He’s carrying our system out to a T, so that bodes well for his future.”
In a corresponding move, the Nets released guard/forward Justin Anderson, who appeared in three games after signing a 10-day contract Jan. 6.
The Nets signed guard Jeremiah Martin to the two-way spot vacated by Luwawu-Cabarrot.
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