- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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New Jersey Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans fractured his left ankle and completely tore his deltoid ligament Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons and will undergo surgery Monday, the team announced.
Bogans will miss the rest of the season, a league source confirmed.
Bogans suffered the injury in the fourth quarter while trying to deny a dunk by Pistons center Greg Monroe. Bogans came down awkwardly and left the game. An MRI taken Thursday revealed the fracture and the tear.
"It's not looking great," Nets coach Avery Johnson said after the game.
Johnson was upset about the injury.
"My reaction is it's really tough when we're screaming like 50 times, 'We don't want Monroe to go left. He's a left-handed player and he has two left hands.' We're screaming, 'We don't want him to go left,' but we still allow him to go left and dunk on us," Johnson said. "And, as a result, Bogans gets tangled up inside and comes down wrong. It's just unfortunate that we didn't execute and defend somebody's individual strength, and Bogans gets hurt on the same play."
Bogans signed with the Nets as a free agent Feb. 1. He has played in five games this season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.
The nine-year pro started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, and 16 more in the playoffs. But the Bulls wanted an upgrade at the shooting guard position, so they waived the defensive-minded Bogans and signed Richard Hamilton.
Bogans, 31, is the third Nets player to undergo surgery. Center Brook Lopez had to have surgery after fracturing his foot in the preseason against the New York Knicks, and small forward Damion James had season-ending foot surgery Jan. 24.
The Nets are now down to nine healthy players.
The Nets will update the statuses of Brooks and Okur on Sunday. Stevenson is out until at least Feb. 14. The team will have an update on his status then.
The team will update the status of Lopez's injury on Friday. Lopez has yet to play in a game this season. It has been almost seven weeks since Lopez underwent the surgery Dec. 23. He was expected to miss six to eight weeks at the time and hasn't suffered any setbacks since.
Center Shelden Williams is the only Nets player to have appeared in all 27 of their games this season.
Point guard Deron Williams (side), shooting guard Anthony Morrow (ankle), power forward Kris Humphries (shoulder), power forward Jordan Williams (dehydration), small forward Shawne Williams (shin) and center Johan Petro (illness) have all missed games.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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