With Game 6 looming in Chicago, some incredibly important injury news has broken for the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose has been officially “ruled out” (obviously). Kirk Hinrich, still ailing from an injury sustained in the Game 4 Triple OT thriller, is out as well.

In addition, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and Nate Robinson are all battling illness, and are all game-time decisions. This news comes after Nets center Andray Blatche said after Wednesday's practice that he’s still hurting and hovering around 90%. Nets guard Johnson also admitted that he wouldn’t be playing if it were the regular season due to a lingering heel injury. Both are expected to play tonight.

If both Hinrich and Robinson are out, Marquis Teague may get significant minutes as the Bulls' fourth-string point guard. Deng and Gibson will likely both take the floor tonight for the Bulls, but the injury report shows that the long, brutal games have taken a toll on everybody.

Game 6 tips off tonight at 8 P.M. EST at United Center in Chicago.

 

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San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan and shapeshifting guard Manu Ginobili are listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets. According to Spurs beat writer for the San Antonio Express-News Jeff McDonald, both could be out until the All-Star break, making tonight's doubtful seem more plausible.

Duncan and Ginobili, along with point guard Tony Parker, are the two best players the Spurs have, and key catalysts for their regular season success both against the Nets (a 104-73 blowout victory saying it all) and everyone else (a league-best 39-12 record saying it all, louder).

The Brooklyn Nets have a tempered injury report; guard Jerry Stackhouse and forward Tornike Shengelia are listed as probable for tonight's contest, while point guard C.J. Watson is a game-time decision.

 

Gerald Wallace Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets small forward/power forward/everything forward Gerald Wallace is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks with bruised ribs, the team announced today. Wallace has missed the last two games with the injury after sustaining it midway through the first quarter Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

The Nets have continued their roll without Wallace, winning 97-86 against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night and 113-106 over the surging Toronto Raptors Tuesday night.

Should Wallace be unavailable, expect Keith Bogans to start again in his place.

 

Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will miss his second straight game after suffering bruised ribs Friday night vs. the Phoenix Suns, the team announced today. Wallace took a hard fall going up for a dunk when he was hit by P.J. Tucker.

Tonight will mark Wallace's tenth game missed this season; Wallace suffered a sprained ankle in the final minute of the team's opening night game against the Toronto Raptors and missed a chunk of the season with the injury.

Additionally, the Nets announced that backup center Andray Blatche is a game-time decision with an illness.

 

Pacers forward Paul George will miss tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats and his status for tomorrow's game in Brooklyn against the Brooklyn Nets is uncertain, the Pacers director of media relations announced today.

George is arguably the Pacers' best player, averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. He is a major part of Indiana's league-best defense, and ranks second on the team in PER & effective field goal percentage. George has shot 64% from the field and 56% from deep in seven games against the Nets, though never against Brooklyn.

This would come as welcome news to the Nets, who will be without starting forward Gerald Wallace with bruised ribs, and may also be down Deron Williams with a quad contusion.

 

Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries is listed as questionable for tonight after spraining his right ankle near the end of Wednesday night's Oklahoma City Thunder game, the team announced today. Daily News beat writer Stefan Bondy reported yesterday that Humphries suffered a Grade 1 sprain, and is day to day.

Humphries played against San Antonio Monday and Oklahoma City Wednesday after sitting out five games, one a coach's decision and four with a mild abdominal strain.

C.J. Watson and Jerry Stackhouse are also both on the injury report; Watson with a bruised right knee and Stackhouse with a sore right hamstring. Both are listed as probable.

 

Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets

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Brook Lopez went through non-contact parts of practice today with the team and is pain-free, but will sit out again Sunday vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. Lopez has been listed as day-to-day since incurring the injury, classified a mild right foot sprain, on November 28th against the Boston Celtics.

The fact that Lopez is pain-free is encouraging, and the Nets would certainly like him fully healthy by Tuesday when they face the Manhattan/New York Knicks again, so resting him tomorrow doesn't come as a surprise.

Andray Blatche will start in his place tomorrow night.

 

Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez,  Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

No fist-pumps tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets announced today that Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans will miss tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lopez was expected to miss tonight's game, as he has not practiced since incurring a mild right foot strain against the Boston Celtics last week. Andray Blatche will start in his place for the third consecutive game. Reggie Evans is battling the flu.

This is a rough game for both players to miss -- the Thunder are 14-4 and arguably the best team in the Western Conference. Evans has been a huge component of the Nets' bench mob -- as has Blatche -- and now there will be added pressure on the rest of the Nets bigs to trap Russell Westbrook and contend with Serge Ibaka & Kendrick Perkins inside on both ends. The Nets play Gerald Wallace as a "small four" often, but may have to limit that tonight, as Wallace will have his hands full with the 6-foot-17 Kevin Durant. Mirza Teletovic will likely see some action tonight as well.

The Nets play the Thunder at Barclays Center tonight at 7:30 P.M.

 

Brook Lopez's right foot injury has no connection to his right foot injury of last year and shouldn't cause long-term problems, according to a statement from team orthopedic surgeon Riley Williams III.

Lopez's injury, described as a ligament sprain of the mid-foot, occurred after twisting it during the Boston Celtics game. "The area of Brook's previous fracture at the 5th metatarsal bone was unremarkable, and unchanged compared to prior films," according to a statement from Riley Williams III.

"He reports tenderness over the top of foot. This area corresponds to ligaments that connect the tarsal or midfoot bones."

Lopez will miss the next two games to rest the foot and will be re-evaluated after the Florida trip. The next game he would potentially be available for is Tuesday, December 4th against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It's certainly a good thing that Lopez's injury had no effect on his previous injury to that right foot, the fracture of his fifth metatarsal -- if it was a recurring issue with that part of his foot, that could prove damaging long-term. But it also causes concern that Lopez has a second injury to worry about on his right foot. It does seem mild, though, and Lopez walked off the court comfortably after Wednesday night's game. We'll know more after the re-evaluation.

 

Brooklyn Nets starting center Brook Lopez will miss the next two games with a mild right foot sprain, the team announced today. That means Lopez will miss the Florida trip, marked by two away games against the Orlando Magic & Miami Heat.

Lopez injured the foot during last night's game against the Boston Celtics. He played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble and did not show any immediate signs of injury, though Rod Boone reported that the Nets requested a walking boot last night.

Andray Blatche will presumably start in his place.

 

Gerald Wallace Brooklyn NetsStarting small forward Gerald Wallace and backup shooting guard/torturer of terror Jerry Stackhouse are inactive for tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets announced tonight. According to Stackhouse, both are getting the night off for rest, and are not facing health issues.

Wallace missed five games this season before returning Sunday night with a left ankle injury, and Coach Avery Johnson has noted that Stackhouse will be dealing with knee issues all this season. Tonight's rest seems more precautionary than anything else.

Keith Bogans, who started in Gerald Wallace's place during Wallace's ankle injury, will start again tonight.

 

...aaaaaaaaaaaaand cue the last two weeks. The Brooklyn Nets announced today that starting small forward Gerald Wallace is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Sacramento Kings. The Nets start their three-game west coast trip tomorrow before playing the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Coach Avery Johnson has said on numerous occasions that the Nets will bring Wallace back when he's ready, regardless of opponent, but Sacramento is not a dominating opponent and I imagine they'll want him healthy for Tuesday against the Lakers. Even if he does play Sunday, I presume it'll be in limited minutes.