Teletovic cleared to play, could join Nets for playoffs

By on April 18, 2015

Mirza Teletovic averaged 8.5 points in 41 games for the Nets.Ed Szczepanski/USA Today Sports

Mirza Teletovic averaged 8.5 points in 41 games for the Nets.

It’s the X factor the Hawks didn’t see coming.

Previously ruled out for the season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was cleared to resume all basketball activities Friday and could return for the playoffs.

“They’re going to look at it and see,” Teletovic said after his first full practice since January. “And then probably decide if I’ll play or not play, but for now I’m just happy to be back.”

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The surprising development was announced just three months after Teletovic left a game in Los Angeles because he was experiencing shortness of breath. Following a precautionary CT scan that evening, Teletovic was given the scary diagnosis and was administered blood thinners that prevented him from contact sports. The fear, according to Teletovic, was excessive bruising.

Before the treatment, Teletovic couldn’t even fly in planes because it put his life in danger. Now the 29-year-old sharpshooter is off the blood thinners and isn’t ruling out anything, even dressing for Game 1 on Sunday in Atlanta.

“I don’t know,” he said. “They’re going to decide but I don’t know. . . . I have to get back my conditioning, get back to playing basketball. It’s like the preseason. It takes a while to get adjusted so you have to be monitored to see if everything is right, so we’ll see.”

Even before he was cleared for contact, Teletovic had been working out and shooting for months. His three-point range gives the Nets the option of spreading the floor, providing driving lanes for the guards and operating room in the paint for Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.

Apparently Teletovic, a free agent this summer, hasn’t lost his touch.

“I feel good,” he said. “If you have a shot, you have it.”

ANDERSON ON GUARD
Alan Anderson said he will play in Game 1 after missing seven straight contests with a sprained ankle. The guard, who is one of Brooklyn’s best perimeter defenders, will be charged with chasing down Atlanta’s sharpshooters at the three-point line, especially Kyle Korver.

Korver shot 49% on 449 three-point attempts this season.

“You’ve gotta be physical with (Korver), and you gotta be there before he’s starting to come off that screen,” Anderson said. “You gotta already be there, because if he already runs off that screen and you are just now trying to get there, you’re already late. His trigger’s too quick. So you gotta be there right before he catches the ball and be there before he’s about to take off to go get the ball.”

CRAZY EIGHTS
The Nets are trying to become just the sixth team to win a series as the eighth seed. It just so happens that Lionel Hollins coached one of them: the 2011 Grizzlies, who toppled the top-seeded Spurs in the first round.

“We were just happy to be in the playoffs and we were fortunate to get that win in that series and it was a foundation for us being a solid team,” Hollins said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here as far as players and coaches — trying to lay a foundation to be a perennial playoff team.”

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