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Wallace has been out since initially suffering the injury late in Brooklyn's season-opening victory over the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 3. Despite not having the versatile 30-year-old defender in their lineup, the Nets (4-2), who have won three straight, entered Thursday ranked sixth in the NBA in fewest points allowed per game (92.2). But they've struggled to defend stretch forwards in the past, meaning Brandon Bass and Jeff Green could thrive with Wallace out. "I think we'll play good," Wallace said. "Our bench has started to come into its own. Our team is starting to get better. Our defense has really picked up. We've just got to be a lot more consistent." Reserve shooting guard MarShon Brooks will play Thursday after missing the past three games because of a sprained left ankle.