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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Brooks gets injection, game-time decision

By Mike Mazzeo

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks (left Achilles) received an injection on Saturday, and will be a game-time decision for Sunday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, head coach Avery Johnson said.

The 23-year-old, who also said he had an ultrasound as well, has missed the last three games as a result of the injury.

“We’ll test his foot against out on the court and see where he is before the game [Sunday night],” Johnson said.

Brooks ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game in 16 games (nine starts).

Center Mehmet Okur underwent an MRI, which turned out to be negative, but the 32-year-oldveteran will see a back specialist in New York City on Monday, and will miss “a couple games,” according to Johnson. Okur, who has been dealing with recurring back spasms, missed Friday night’s game in Cleveland. He also missed two games earlier this month. Johnson still characterized Okur as day to day.

Okur is averaging 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Nets (7-13), who will look to increase their season-high two-game winning streak to three against the Raptors.

The team also announced that rookie power forward Jordan Williams was recalled from its NBDL affiliate in Springfield, and will be available Saturday night.

In five games, the 21-year-old Williams averaged 12.6 points and nine rebounds.