The Brooklyn Nets are back in action tonight as they head to Boston for their second-to-last preseason game of the year against the Celtics. However, none of the team’s five starters will be on the court tonight in a game that will be televised on ESPN, per Tim Bontemps of the NY Post.
Deron Williams, who might not be ready to start the season, is obviously on the bench. Paul Pierce made it clear early on this offseason that he won’t make his Boston debut in Brooklyn’s black-and-white during the preseason. This is also part of Jason Kidd‘s regular rest for Kevin Garnett so there are no surprises there.
So technically this is only news that Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are not playing. Both are reportedly healthy so it’s not a big deal. From what it sounds like this is just regular rest for the guys. Johnson isn’t exactly young and with D-Will out the team needs to make sure he stays healthy. As for Lopez, he’s coming off another foot surgery so a rest here is no big deal.
The starting five aren’t the only ones out of action tonight as Tyshawn Taylor (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Tornike Shengelia (knee) are all out as well. Jason Terry (knee surgery) is playing in his first game of the preseason so not everyone is out (I mean, somebody has got to play…right?).
Speaking of Kirilenko, he practiced during Sunday’s open practice at the Barclays Center, but suffered a setback afterward and is out all of this week. At this point it is impossible to imagine him starting the season healthy.