The Brooklyn Nets will be without Deron Williams (ankle), Paul Pierce (hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back), and Jason Terry (knee) once again for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced today.
Pierce and Williams were expected out — Pierce will miss the next 1-3 weeks as he rehabilitates a broken bone in his hand, and Nets GM Billy King said Williams was hoping to be back Tuesday for the team’s home game against the Boston Celtics. Williams hasn’t played a full game with the Nets in nearly a month. Terry’s earliest return date was tonight, but he’ll be re-evaluated Monday. Kirilenko, fighting the worst back spasms of his career, currently has no timetable.
The Nets are reeling right now, which in some twisted way, may signify how important Williams is to the team’s success.