With the Brooklyn Nets set at fourth seed, the team coincidentally listed six players as out tonight:

  • Deron Williams (Left knee contusion)
  • Joe Johnson (Sore left heel)
  • Keith Bogans (Tight lower back)
  • Reggie Evans (Sore left shoulder)
  • Brook Lopez (Mid back contusion)
  • Jerry Stackhouse (Stiff neck)

For those of you keeping track, that's the entire starting lineup from yesterday afternoon's game against the Toronto Raptors, plus Jerry Stackhouse. All of these injuries can roughly translate too "The Nets have locked up the fourth seed and have nothing to play for."

C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Andray Blatche will start tonight.

 

Gerald Wallace

#CRASHBACK (AP)

Gerald Wallace will return to the starting lineup after missing Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Brooklyn Nets announced today. Wallace had been nursing a bruised right knee, and before the San Antonio game had told reporters, in apropos Crash fashion (Crashion?) he was "definitely" going to play.

The Nets may continue to roll out their small-ball lineup, pairing Wallace with Brook Lopez in the frontcourt and flanking the three with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Keith Bogans. Though overall the lineup has proven successful, it has come with mixed results on a game-by-game basis, and with the Nets facing the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight (with Kevin Durant at small forward, Serge Ibaka at power forward, and Kendrick Perkins at center), it may behoove the Nets to return to a more traditional look.

Additionally, Nets backup point guard C.J. Watson is a game-time decision, also nursing a bruised right knee. backup shooting guard, inventor of palindromes, and infomercial addict Jerry Stackhouse will sit out to rest a sore right hamstring.

 

Marshon Brooks Brooklyn Nets

A much healthier Marshon Brooks

It appears the "curse of leg-and-below injuries" that plagued the Nets in their last season in New Jersey has decided to linger. MarShon Brooks sprained his left ankle during the team's morning shootaround in Orlando and is a game-time decision for tonight's Orlando Magic game, according to the team.

Brooks is the third Nets player and third wing player to suffer a sprained ankle, after Gerald Wallace and Josh Childress. This is his second ankle-and-below injury of the year; Brooks suffered right foot tendinitis earlier in the preseason, necessitating a walking boot.