When Shaun Livingston left Sunday’s game with a head contusion it looked like the Brooklyn Nets would be out two point guards this week. When he missed practice on Monday it looked even more likely that he would sit out, however Jason Kidd hinted that he could play even without practice.
On Tuesday morning, the Nets announced that Livingston would indeed play against the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams (ankle), Brook Lopez (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) are still expected to miss Tuesday’s game in Canada.
That’s a good thing for the Nets that Livingston could play as they would have been out two point guards and would have been forced to rely on Tyshawn Taylor to start and Alan Anderson off the bench. Taylor has struggled in brief stints this season and Anderson has looked over-matched when forced to play the one.
Meanwhile, there is no word on exactly when D-Will will return to the lineup. He’s not going to be with the team in Toronto and mentioned the possibility of playing on Wednesday against the Lakers, but didn’t sound overly optimistic.
“I want to get back out there tomorrow, but am I going to? No,” D-Will told Fred Kerber of the NY Post. “I’m just going to keep rehabbing. It’s still a little swollen, still a little sore,” Williams said Monday. “So when it’s healthy, I’ll get back out there. I am not going [to Toronto]. Not my choice but not going on this trip. I don’t know if I am playing the Lakers game (Wednesday) or not. Could feel better in two days. Just going to stay here and get treatment, see how it feels.”
“It’s frustrating. The first couple of days I was down just because it seems like I can’t catch a break. It seems like I start feeling good, and I just can’t get into a rhythm because I can’t stay on the floor,” Williams said.
There is no word on how Lopez’s ankle is progressing and we haven’t gotten an update on Kirilenko since before the weekend. Kirilenko said last week that he was feeling no pain, but said that they weren’t rushing the injury because he’s already had so many setbacks.