- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nets rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks missed Monday night's 105-90 loss to the Bulls with tendinitis in his left Achilles.
Coach Avery Johnson didn’t know how serious the injury was after the game, but said Brooks is going to get it checked out on Tuesday, and he hopes Brooks is day to day. His status for Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia is unknown.
“He tried to go out and warm up and it kept tightening up on him,” Johnson told reporters in Chicago. “He had it one time in college [at Providence].”
“As for me, I seriously doubt I miss the game Wednesday vs 76ers!!” Brooks tweeted.
Sharpshooter Anthony Morrow started in Brooks’ place.
The 22-year-old Brooks had been averaging 15.4 points in 16 games for the Nets (5-13) this season.
Brooks missed the Nets' 97-85 road victory over the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 6 because of a sprained left ankle.
Johnson said Brooks had been feeling fine on Wednesday morning, but he was scratched 20 minutes before tipoff.
Brooks’ absence snapped a season-high string of four straight games in which the Nets started the same five players: Deron Willliams, Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson, Kris Humphries and Mehmet Okur.