According to the incomparable Al Iannazzone and the Bergen Record, Courtney Lee is expected to sit out tonight and tomorrow’s games in Florida with a strained groin, while Chris Douglas-Roberts should be in uniform tonight, though it’s uncertain how much he will play given his recovery from the H1N1 virus.
Iannazzone on Lee:
Lee is disappointed he can’t play against his old team. He was a fan favorite for all his community work and looking forward to hearing the ovation and helping the Nets try to win a game. But the bigger picture is he needs to get healthy. There’s no need to push it and risk further injury.
Lee said he’s not concerned that his injury is as bad as Harris’ and will keep him out several weeks. He’s pushing for Tuesday now.
And here’s Lawrence Frank talking about his plans for CDR tonight:
“I don’t think you want to put him in a position to fail,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “You never know. You may have foul trouble. But I think right now you have to have very modest expectations because he lost a lot of strength, endurance, conditioning, he hasn’t played in a week. Anything he gives you is a plus.”
I know it’s tough for an 0-8 team to concede anything right now, but if the Nets are really looking to break their losing streak, I’d rather see them closer to full strength on Tuesday when Indiana comes to town. I honestly couldn’t see the Nets pulling out either of these games this weekend before the injury bug hit.