Brooklyn Nets starting small forward Gerald Wallace will miss tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a sore ankle. Wallace injured the ankle in the closing moments of Saturday night’s home opener when he landed on Kyle Lowry’s foot and twisted his ankle. The X-rays on the ankle were negative, and Crash is listed as day-to-day. The Nets don’t yet know if Wallace will be able to play against Miami on Wednesday or Orlando on Friday. He will be re-evaluated later in the week.
Avery Johnson has talked in the past about how important Wallace is to this team. The Nets will definitely miss him tonight. Starting in place of Wallace will be veteran Keith Bogans, who only played in Saturday’s game to throw an inbounds pass in the last minute. Bogans also suffered various injuries in the preseason and training camp and probably won’t play much more than 20 minutes tonight.
Avery decided to start Bogans over C.J. Watson or Marshon Brooks because he did not want to disturb the rotation of bench players.
Josh Childress will also miss tonight’s game with an ankle injury.