Years Pro: 1
Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
Prior to NBA: Spirou Charleroi
... MORE →
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.
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams was limited in the team's first official practice today because of his right ankle injury. Williams sustained the injury working out at his home in Utah last month.
Williams aims to come back "definitely" within the next couple of weeks and plans to play in every preseason game, but that the decision's up to the training staff. "They want to take it slow. they don't want any setbacks. They don't want me to go out here and step on somebody's ankle."
"I'm very impatient," Williams added with an anxious smile. "It's very hard."
Williams showed up at his celebrity dodgeball tournament, Dodge Barrage, in a walking boot, but did not have the boot on at camp today.
Nets guard Jason Terry was also limited in practice with a left knee injury. Terry had surgery to clean up the knee at the end of last season and has been rehabilitating ever since. He aims to be back on the court at full speed Thursday. Forward Tornike Shengelia was also held out of practice with a knee injury.
Tornike Shengelia will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee, Billy King announced today through an emailed press release.
That is all we know so far and there will be updates on his situation as we get them.
Get to the end. I promise it's worth it.
|Previous: Tyshawn Taylor||Top: Deron Williams|
By the numbers: 19 G, 0 GS, 4.9 MPG, 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG, .435 FG%, .500 3P%, .563 FT%, .499 TS%, .457 eFG%
Advanced: 8.5 PER, 86 ORtg, 106 DRtg, 20.3 USG%, 11.4 ORB%, 17.9 DRB%, 14.6 TRB%, 5.1 AST%, 1.7 STL%, 0.8 BLK%, 26.8 TOV%, -0.1 estimated wins added
Nets forward Tornike Shengelia played 93 minutes in 19 games this season. To put that in context, Chicago guard Jimmy Butler played 96 minutes in Games 6 and 7 of the Nets/Bulls series. Toko didn't even dress for either of those games, or any playoff games for that matter.... MORE →
Brooklyn Nets rookie Tornike Shengelia hasn't gotten much playing time this season -- prior to Monday night's game, the 54th overall pick from Georgia only played 67 minutes the entire season, doing little of consequence in his time on the floor. But with four starters and two bench players resting, Shengelia got his biggest minutes of his career, and he delivered with his first career double-double: 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5-13 shooting from the field, and a team-high +19 in 25 minutes.
Shengelia also recorded two blocks and forced a five-second violation with his on-inbounds defense.
In game 81, with four of five starters, Role Star Hip Hop Keith Bogans, and immortal skeleton Jerry Stackhouse all sitting out with various "ailments," The Brooklyn Nets still pulled out a 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards, thanks to the greatest, most absurd bench mob performance ever. Between a 20-10 game from Andray Blatche that barely begins to describe his night, a 20-9 game from Kris Humphries, Tornike Shengelia's first career double-double, Tyshawn Taylor's 3-for-3 night from deep, and Mirza Teletovic's two threes, the Nets barely missed their starters.
Watch the bench mob in its most glorious performance of the season:
wheels up ✈✈..
— tyshawn taylor (@tyshawntaylor) March 27, 2013
Once again, the Brooklyn Nets announced today that they have recalled rookies Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia from the Springfield Armor, the Nets D-League affiliate. This will the the fifth and fourth times that the Nets have recalled both players, respectively. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NBA teams are allowed to send and recall players in their first two years to the D-League as many times as they wish.
In 10 games with the Armor this season, the seldom-used forward Shengelia has posted some fantastic numbers; 24.3 PPG, 8.2 REB, 4.0 AST, and 2.3 STLS. His career high came on January 24th vs. the Maine Red Claws when he dropped 39 points to go along with 18 boards.
As for Taylor, his numbers are not too shabby either; 24.6 PPG, 7.5 AST, and 4.1 REB. He has played eight games in the Developmental League this season and his career high came in his D-League debut on December 21st against the Erie Bayhwaks. Taylor scored 32 points in that game.
Both players will re-join the team Thursday in time for Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.
Shengelia finished with 27 points on 11-21 shooting (2-3 from deep), adding six rebounds. Taylor finished with 25 points on 10-16 shooting (also 2-3 from deep), adding seven assists, but also seven turnovers. Former first-round pick Dominique Jones led the Armor with 28 points and nine assists.
The game story, per the Armor:
The Armor (17-26) held a 66-54 halftime lead and led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but the Toros (24-18) made their move in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 17 points (99-82) heading into the fourth, Austin began the quarter on a 19-2 run to erase the entire Armor advantage. Springfield battled back to earn a seven-point lead (121-114) with 40.9 seconds to go, but the Toros ended regulation on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a JaMychal Green layup, to send the game into overtime.
The Toros’ Lester Hudson buried back-to-back threes to start the three-minute overtime period and Austin never looked back. Kris Joseph got the Armor within four points with a driving layup, but another Green layup pushed the Toros’ lead back to six points, 129-123, as Austin held on for the road victory.
D-League player of the week Willie Reed of #CallWillieUp fame did not dress due to bursitis in his right elbow.
Shengelia finished last night's Armor game with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists; Taylor finished with 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. The Armor lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 121-106.