Pregame Open Thread: New Jersey Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

I won’t say the Nets are limping to the regular season finish line here, because I don’t think it does justice to the word limp. The Nets have been losers of 10 of their last 11 and tonight welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Newark. With six left to play, you’d have to imagine Avery Johnson would have liked to end this season with some momentum to carry into the off-season, although at this point that seems unlikely.

Here are some story lines to follow:

Who will actually be playing for the Nets? At the time of posting, Kris Humphries and Damion James are definitely out. Anthony Morrow and Deron Williams each did mostly watching at today’s shoot around. Morrow is a game time decision, although Williams is expected to play. Brook Lopez, Travis Outlaw and Deron Williams are going to be starting, but the other two spots are still open. All these things are subject to change, however, as the Nets injuries continue to pile up. Kevin Love and Darko Milicic did not make the trip for the Wolves.

Will anybody actually “see” this game? Ahh the joys of our games being broadcast on YES network. With the Yankees playing tonight on YES, the Nets game will not air. Therefore, unless you are at the game, your best way of catching the action live will be to listen on 1130 am. You also have the option of the following the game live on’s TV companion. Our friend, Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch), will be live chatting.

Top of the Lottery: With neither of these team’s going to make the playoffs, the TWolves are in the dubious position of potentially having the league’s worst record, thus getting the past odds to win the NBA’s draft lottery. Right now the TWolves have 17 wins and are two up on the Cavaliers with 15. The Cavs also are in action tonight, hosting the Charlotte Bobcats.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out A Wolf Among Wolves.