Nets stars out against Clippers
Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, center Brook Lopez, small forward Paul Pierce and power forward Kevin Garnett all missed Saturday night's 110-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers due to injury.
Williams, Lopez and Garnett have sprained ankles. Pierce has a sore left groin.
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"No," Nets coach Jason Kidd said when asked if he was concerned about any of his injured players possibly being out long term. "They have some injuries and we'll see how they feel when we get to New York tomorrow."
Williams suffered his injury on a drive to the basket in the first quarter of Friday night's overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns and did not return. X-rays were negative.
Lopez and Garnett got hurt late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game when they collided with one another. They both remained in the game.
Asked about when Pierce was injured, Kidd said, "He's had that a couple games ago. He's fought through it, but today we thought it would be best to give him rest."
Shooting guard Joe Johnson, who played 45 minutes on Friday night, is Brooklyn's only healthy starter. Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche joined Johnson in the Nets' staring lineup.
Given all of the injuries, the Nets recalled forward Tornike Shengelia from the NBA Development League.
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