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Coach Avery Johnson would not say who is starting in Wallace's place. Keith Bogans was the starter on Monday.

Wallace's presence will be sorely missed against the Heat, a team that sends out enormotron LeBron James. Though most anyone has trouble stopping James, Wallace held at least a modicum of possibility. Childress's continued injury is also hardly encouraging.

 

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Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson announced to reporters today that starting small forward Gerald Wallace will sit out tonight with an injured left ankle. Wallace injured the ankle blocking a Kyle Lowry layup near the end of Saturday night's game. Shooting guard Keith Bogans will start in his place.

Gerald Wallace's status beyond tonight is unclear. The Nets play the Miami Heat in Miami Wednesday night, and Wallace's defense would be useful against basketball thundergod LeBron James.

Backup small forward Josh Childress will also sit out tonight, also nursing an ankle injury.

 

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.

 

It's the first day of The Brooklyn Game! Here's some of the best Nets shots from around the web.

  • Mike Prada of SBNation has an annual "Watchability Scale," ranking each team from 1 to 30 on a scale of how enjoyable they are to watch. This year, he added a little semi-science, ranking each team in six different categories: "Dominance," "WOW Factor," "Drama," "Aesthetic Beauty," "Intrigue," and the bonus "Hilarity Scale." The Nets, who ranked 19th last season solely on the supposition that they might get Dwight Howard, got a bump eleven spots up to 8th this year, with a score of 35.5: "This may seem a bit high, but I have a feeling that the Nets are going to captivate people this year, even if they aren't a contender."
  • Josh Childress sees this season as his opportunity at redemption. I see it as his opportunity to shoot free throws again.
  • Brooklynite Jon Kelly, in a post simply titled "The Nets and Brooklyn Deserve Each Other": "With less than a month to go before the start of the N.B.A. season, I was at the 11th hour of a major personal decision: was I going to forswear decades of loyalty to the Knicks and become a fan of my home borough’s new team? Was I emotionally capable of breaking up with a franchise that had so often gutted me but also gotten me through countless Christmases, Mondays and Februaries? More practically, did I have the stamina to ignore a pro sports team a mere two subway stops from my apartment?"

Nets waive Scott, Mays

Posted on: October 27th, 2012 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

The Brooklyn Nets have waived forwards Carleton Scott and James Mays, according to the New York Post.

These were both expected; Scott & Mays had little hope of making the team over Josh Childress & Andray Blatche, the other two non-guaranteed contracts on the roster. The Nets now officially have a fifteen-man roster, the one they'll likely take into opening night.