Deron Williams one of four Nets out against the Knicks

Deron Williams will have missed 10 out of 19 games this season after he sits out against the Knicks on Thursday. AP Photo.

Deron Williams will have missed 10 out of 19 games this season after he sits out against the Knicks on Thursday. AP Photo.

During the offseason everyone around Brooklyn and New York City was clamoring for the Brooklyn Nets/New York Knicks rivalry to start as both teams were seen as strong playoff contenders and only those games would give fans a clue of which was the better team.

Now that the NBA is more than a month into its season what was must-watch-TV has now become Stink-fest 2013 which carries the tag-line — well, at least one team has to win.

Part of what has made the Nets so ineffective has been injuries and they will head into Thursday night’s not-so-marquee matchup without point guard Deron Williams, who will miss his 10th game in a so-far 19-game season.┬áThe Nets are 3-6 when D-Will has played and 2-7 without him.

The culprit, as always, has been his ankles. After he dealt with pain in both ankles all season last year, he has suffered through pain in his ankle that has, so far, lingered since before training camp. Since his latest setback, D-Will has missed seven games and there is no real word on when to expect him back as the Nets only occasional updates are that he is day-to-day.

The Nets will also be without Andrei Kirilenko (back), Jason Terry (knee) and Paul Pierce (hand), who are all out as well. How long? The Nets aren’t saying much as Pierce is the only one with a time-frame for return (in 2-4 weeks). Meanwhile, Kirilenko said exactly two weeks ago that he was without pain in his back, but that the team and doctors were just being overcautious.

Look for Tyshawn Taylor to start in place of D-Will and Alan Anderson will start as all three small forwards, Pierce, Kirilenko and Terry, are out.


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