Childress to miss opener

Brooklyn Nets reserve small forward Josh Childress will miss Saturday night’s regular-season opener against the Toronto Raptors due to soreness in his sprained left ankle.

Nets coach Avery Johnson said Friday Childress is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Saturday, but is unlikely to play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as well.

“Of course it’s tough,” Childress said. “This has been a really long preseason for us. We haven’t played a game in about two weeks now. It’s unfortunate that I have to miss the first game, but you just have to deal with it.”

Childress, who suffered a setback in the team's final preseason game against the New York Knicks, says he doesn’t have a return date in mind, and is just “going to play it by ear.”

Reserve shooting guard Keith Bogans (knee/tailbone injuries) will only be able to play limited minutes, Johnson said. That should mean more time for second-year pro MarShon Brooks, though it’s likely the Nets could also play a small lineup with C.J. Watson, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and either Brook Lopez or Andray Blatche against Toronto.

Childress, 29, made the Nets’ opening night roster after signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract in the offseason.