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. The 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.