The Nets will be without Shawne Williams tonight, who’s sidelined with a mild sprain in his left shoulder. Extra E skipped shootaround this morning to have the shoulder looked at by a doctor, and there’s currently no timetable for his return.
Shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson, who’s missed the last eight games with knee issues, upgraded from “questionable” to “starting” after news of Williams’ injury.
The Nets play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, who boast the 18.7 points-per-game Rudy Gay at small forward, the position the Nets now have zero active players at.
To distract you from the fact that the Nets quite literally have zero active small forwards, here’s a quote from Deron Williams on Linsanity:
“Why would we get excited about the Knicks?” Nets point guard Deron Williams replied when asked about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin on Wednesday morning. “We’re 8-21. I’m worried about us, not what the Knicks are doing.” So, does all the attention the Knicks are getting bother him? “They’re the Knicks,” Williams replied. And the fact that Lin’s rise to prominence began against the Nets? “Ya’ll got anything about [our game]?” Williams asked. “Anything that’s relevant with us?”
Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York — D-Will not caught up in the ‘Linsanity’
If that doesn’t help, just remember the relative importance when considering the scale of the Universe.