Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Nets to play with eight against Pistons
By Mike Mazzeo
The New Jersey Nets will have just eight healthy players for Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
Small forward DeShawn Stevenson will miss at least two weeks with a right knee injury, center Johan Petro is out with flu-like symptoms, while shooting guard Anthony Morrow was a late scratch with a sore left ankle.
“I’m not going to miss another game, hopefully,” Morrow said. “It happened last year, and I missed like two practices or something like that.”
Stevenson will be reevaluated on Feb. 14, coach Avery Johnson said. Morrow injured his ankle in Tuesday night’s 106-99 loss in Indiana.
The Nets will be forced to go with their 12th different starting lineup in their first 23 games: Jordan Farmar, Deron Williams, Shawne Williams, Kris Humphries and Shelden Williams.
Guard Keith Bogans, who was signed by the team Wednesday, will make his season debut and play a minimum of 12 minutes, despite not being in game shape just yet.
Other than Bogans, Sundiata Gaines and Jordan Williams are the team’s only healthy bench players.
Center Brook Lopez remains out with a broken right foot, small forward Damion James is out for the season after undergoing right foot surgery, rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks is out indefinitely with a broken toe and center Mehmet Okur isn’t expected back until the end of this week or perhaps early next week with a sore lower back.