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Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans (bruised lower back) is probable for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. But he gave the thumbs up sign to reporters during shootaround and it appears he’ll be in there, giving the Nets 10 healthy players. An impressive feat, given all their injuries.
Rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks (broken right pinky toe) has increased his court activity without contact, according to the team. He will be out until at least Sunday. The team will offer an update on his status then.
Center Mehmet Okur has already had the procedure on his back, coach Avery Johnson said. Okur also had a procedure -- it’s the same one he had this week -- and the Nets will update his status on Sunday.
“Hopefully it’ll help because he’s been really struggling with his back and hopefully that procedure will take hold, I’m not sure the ins and outs of it, but hopefully it’ll work and he can get him back,” Johnson said.
Small forward DeShawn Stevenson (sore right knee) was back on the court Wednesday morning. Stevenson is out until at least Feb. 14. The Nets will have another update on his status then.
“He’s gonna get out and shoot a few free throws. He’s still not there yet,” Johnson said. “He’s been through a tough stretch early in the season.”
Shooting guard Anthony Morrow returned to the team after missing the Bulls’ loss due to his grandmother’s funeral.
Morrow said he was glad to see his family back at home, even under the sad circumstances. Morrow said it felt more like a celebration for his grandmother, who lived to be 82. Morrow has had to deal with three family deaths for three straight years.
• The Nets had an extensive film session Tuesday to go over all the mistakes they made in their 108-87 blowout defeat at the hands of Chicago.
Johnson called the session “productive” and said it was really about getting feedback from the players.
• As for all this injury nonsense?
“It’s a situation I’ve never seen before,” Johnson said. “You gotta expect the unexpected until you can get whole and healthy.”
• The Nets beat the Pistons last Wednesday, 99-96, with just eight healthy players last time the two teams met, but Detroit (6-20) was playing its third game in three nights. The Pistons have won two in a row, while the Nets (8-18) have lost three in a row. The Pistons are 1-12 on the road. They have had two practices in the last three days, a miracle in this lockout-shortened season. According to the Associated Press, the home team has won the last seven meetings between these two teams. They’ll play again on Friday in Detroit.
Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans (bruised lower back) is probable for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. But he gave the thumbs up sign to reporters during shootaround and it appears he’ll be in there, giving the Nets 10 healthy players.