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Nets’ sharpshooter Joe Harris out 4-8 weeks following ankle surgery

Nets guard Joe Harris

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 17: Joe Harris #12 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after hitting a three point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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It turns out to be more than just an ankle sprain that has sidelined Joe Harris the past six games.

Harris is going to undergo surgery for a loose body in his ankle, Nets coach Steve Nash announced a day before his team takes on the Knicks. While Nash would not put a timetable on his return, his agent Mark Bartelstein told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN 4-8 weeks.

Harris is hitting 46.6% of the 6.5 3-pointers he is taking a game, numbers that are in line with what he did last season. However, his overall scoring is down (11.1 a game, down from 14.1 last season) because he has been shooting less inside the arc this season.

Harris has been out since spraining his ankle Nov. 14 against the Thunder. It’s rare because he has been one of the few constants for the Nets the past few years (he’s missed 16 games total in the past four seasons).

Patty Mills has stepped into Harris’ role in the short term, but with Harris out at least a month the Nets will need to find more shooting somewhere.