Following Saturday’s home loss to Detroit, the Brooklyn Nets will hop on a bus down to Philadelphia to face the 76ers in their third preseason game. The story of tonight’s game will really be the players who aren’t playing rather than the ones who are. For the Nets, Deron Williams, Tyshawn Taylor, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jorge Gutierrez all will be out Monday.
D-Will is still considered day-to-day, but there is no timetable for his return and it is possible he could even miss the start of the season. Tyshawn Taylor and Kirilenko were both injured in Saturday’s game and neither of their injuries are considered serious. Jason Terry is very close to returning, but will sit out for at least one more game. Gutierrez, who will not make the team’s final roster, would have been nice to have tonight because of the Nets’ lack of depth at point guard.
With Gutierrez out, the only two point guards the Nets have are Shaun Livingston and Marko Jaric, and Jaric did not play well at all on Saturday. If Taylor and Williams aren’t healthy at the start of the season, it is possible that the Nets may need to add another point guard, either via trade, free agency, or a call up from the D-League. Another option could be playing Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, or Joe Johnson at point guard, but the Nets would prefer not to go that route.
The good news is that the injury bug has bitten the Nets early rather than late, although it is always possible the Nets could have injuries that linger on the whole year like they did in the team’s last season in New Jersey 2 years ago.
The Nets’ opponents tonight, the 76ers, are projected to be the worst team in the NBA this year and possibly one of the worst in NBA history. The team is “lead” by Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, but also has a ton of rookies and former D-Leaguers. Even with all the injuries, if this was a regular season game, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett alone would be enough to blow out this very bad team.