The Brooklyn Nets are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in the third game of the #WeTalkinBoutPreseason tour, and seven of the team's players (six guaranteed) will sit out.

Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia, and Jorge Gutierrez will all sit for the Nets tonight. Pierce is on a scheduled rest day, while the rest are dealing with various injuries. Williams, Taylor, and Gutierrez are resting sprained ankles, Shengelia and Terry are both dealing with knee issues from offseason surgery, and Andrei Kirilenko is dealing with back spasms.

None of the injuries are expected to be long-term issues, though Kidd opened a small window of possibility that Williams will miss the beginning of the season. (Barring a setback, he won't.)

Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson will start in place of Williams and Pierce. The rest of the team is active.

 

On a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Jason Kidd gave updates on player injury statuses heading into Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Pistons:
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As you may have read this morning, the Brooklyn Nets recently signed three players to training camp contracts -- Jorge Gutierrez, Chris Johnson, and Brooklyn's own Gary Forbes. These three will participate in all training camp activities with the team at Duke this week, with a chance to make the team out of training camp.

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