In what's been this preseason's running theme injury-wise, starting guard Deron Williams will sit out tonight's preseason game against the Miami Heat as he continues to rest his sore ankle. He's joined on the inactive list by Jason Terry (knee), Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms), Tyshawn Taylor (ankle) and Tornike Shengelia (knee).

Williams said last week that he'd sit out three preseason games, with tonight's game against the Heat his target for return. He has not returned to practice, but has done light shootaround drills and has taken shots before most preseason games without limping or showing any ill effects.

Terry underwent surgery in the offseason to "clean up" the knee and has yet to play in preseason. Kirilenko sat out of Sunday's practice for the first time with the spasms and has yet to return to the floor, either in practice or in games. He'll miss his second straight game.

Taylor sprained his ankle during Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons, leaving the arena in a walking boot. He has not returned to practice. Shengelia underwent surgery in the offseason and has yet to practice with the team.

 

Gerald Wallace

Gerald Wallace (AP/Kathy Willens)


According to the Brooklyn Nets, shooting guard MarShon Brooks and small forward/power forward/point forward/everything forward Gerald Wallace are listed as out for Tuesday night's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, after both running through a practice Monday afternoon and a shootaround Tuesday morning with the Nets at Barclays Center.

Coach Avery Johnson has previously said he wanted to evaluate Wallace after a full practice as well as a recovery before feeling comfortable playing him in a game, and said today that Wallace did "as much as he could tolerate" and that "we'll see how he recovers."

Wallace, who is one of three Nets nursing an injured left ankle, hasn't played since opening night against the Toronto Raptors. The team has started Keith Bogans in his place, which is kind of like replacing a spark plug with a packet of Ramen noodle seasoning. But with a matchup with the Boston Celtics looming on Thursday, it'd be silly to rush Wallace back for just the sixth game of the season.

Though he wanted to play, Brooks went through a non-contact practice and was ruled out.

Read More: New York Daily News -- Gerald Wallace back practicing with Brooklyn Nets after spraining ankle in season-opener vs. Raptors

 

via Nets PR:

An optimistic timetable for Crash's return is Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but a more likely return would come against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, according to a source close to Marc Spears..

 

Avery Johnson confirmed at practice today that small forward Josh Childress's sore left ankle will keep him out of Saturday's opening night game against the Toronto Raptors. "Towards the end of practice (yesterday), he felt something," Johnson said to reporters. "Tim (Walsh, team trainer) examined him after practice. He came out and did some non-contact stuff today, but he's not ready to play in the game."

Childress is 50-50 for Monday.

 

UPDATE: Deron Williams says he "might" need surgery on his inflamed left ankle following the 2012-13 season.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will sit at least two practice days after receiving an injection to temper inflammation in his left ankle.

From the New York Daily News:

The team announced he had been diagnosed with synovitis, an inflammation of the tissue lining in a joint — in this case his ankle. While this flared up after the Nets’ preseason loss to the Knicks Wednesday night, Johnson said Williams has been having minor nagging issues with both ankles since the offseason.

“(It has been) bothering him off and on, but he didn’t think much of it,” the coach said. “It was more in the offseason and, every now and then, it would act up on him, but we didn’t limit him in practice or anything.
“He’s just been icing it, and we had to send him to the doctor and check them out. He saw a little mild tendinitis in there, and hopefully this treatment program that he’s on will help him, and he’ll be ready to go in the next 24-48 hours.”

Read More: New York Daily News -- Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson says Deron Williams has ankle tendinitis, will miss two practice days

The injury didn't keep Williams from smiling on Jimmy Fallon.