Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson and forward Gerald Wallace are both game-time decisions tonight against the Chicago Bulls, according to the Nets.

Johnson has missed the last five games since suffering a quad contusion against the Los Angeles Clippers, using the time off to also rest his sore heel. Wallace, who arrived at Barclays Center around 3:30, has a sore left foot that kept him out Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls have even bigger injury issues: along with playing without star point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose all season, they'll also be without center Joakim Noah, forward Taj Gibson, guard Rip Hamilton, and swingman Marco Belinelli.

The Nets are back home in Brooklyn tonight for the first time since March 17th, going 5-3 on their eight-game, 17-day road trip.

 

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GERALD WALLACE

The Brooklyn Nets announced that Gerald Wallace, who's missed the past six games with a sprained left ankle, will return to the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Wallace injured the ankle in standard Crash Gerald Wallace fashion, on a big chasedown block on Kyle Lowry against the Toronto Raptors, in a game that the Nets were just putting out of reach. The Kings don't really have a true small forward -- they have Travis Outlaw, who any New Jersey Nets fan will tell you is not a true small forward, or professional basketball player -- so this is a good game for Wallace to come back and test his ankle and abilities. I imagine he won't be at full strength and won't play a full game, but we haven't heard anything certain about his minutes limit (if any) from Avery Johnson or the Nets.

CRASH BACK!