Wallace, Brooks to miss game vs. Cavs

Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will miss Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a sprained left ankle, the team announced. It will be the fifth straight game Wallace has missed.

Also, reserve shooting guard MarShon Brooks will miss his third straight game because of a sprained left ankle.

Nets coach Avery Johnson doesn't expect either player back until the weekend, but would not rule out Thursday night's game against Boston.

"Even though I said it's looking more and more like the weekend, Thursday's not out of the question," Johnson said.

Wallace has been out since suffering the injury late in the team's season-opening victory over Toronto on Nov. 3.

A strong defender, the 30-year-old Wallace returned to practice Monday and "practiced to tolerance," according to the team, but was listed as doubtful for Tuesday and then downgraded to out. Johnson said Wallace wanted to continue practicing Monday, but the coach held him out during some end-to-end drills.

Brooks, 23, has been out since spraining his left ankle during the morning shootaround prior to Friday night's victory in Orlando.

Veteran Keith Bogans has been starting in place of Wallace.

Despite not having the versatile Wallace in their lineup, the Nets come into Tuesday night's game having held their opponents to the fourth-fewest points per game in the NBA.