The Brooklyn Nets sat five players Saturday night in their 110-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and it looks like they may have the same lineup tonight.
Point guard Deron Williams (ankle), center Brook Lopez (center), and backup small forward Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) have all officially been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Kevin Garnett (ankle) is probable to play, while Paul Pierce (groin) is a game-time decision. Williams, Lopez, and Garnett all injured their ankles in the team’s Friday night overtime victory against the Phoenix Suns, and the timing of Pierce’s injury is unclear.
This will be the sixth straight missed game for Andrei Kirilenko, who incurred the spasms in preseason and has been in and out of practice ever since.
Lopez sitting out means no on-court reunion with his twin brother Robin, but it also may mean that Garnett sees more time at center than power forward tonight, which could kick-start his performance. Garnett, who played a majority of his minutes at center last year, has struggled to start this season as the team’s starting power forward.