Game 21: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics

The Brooklyn Nets host the Celtics on Tuesday as they try for their first winning streak of the season. AP Photo.

The Brooklyn Nets host the Celtics on Tuesday as they try for their first winning streak of the season. AP Photo.

Boston Celtics (10-12)
Jeff Green, F
Brandon Bass, F
Jared Sullinger, C
Avery Bradley, G
Jordan Crawford, G

Brooklyn Nets (6-14)
Alan Anderson, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C
Joe Johnson, G
Deron Williams, G

Time/TV/Radio: 7:30 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM

INJURY REPORT: D-Will is back! However, Paul Pierce (broken hand), Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and Jason Terry (knee surgery) are still out for the Nets. Rajon Rondo (knee) is out and Kelly Olynyk is listed as day-to-day.

INJURIES PILING UP: The Nets have now lost players for a combined total of 49 games which is a crazy amount compared to the 20 games they lost at this point last season. Kirilenko has missed the most time as he’s sat out 16 games, D-Will has missed 11 and Jason Terry has now missed nine.

D-WILL COMIN BACK: D-Will missed a total of nine games with his latest ankle sprain, which occurred against Charlotte on Nov. 20. Shaun Livingston got eight starts this season while he’s been out with Tyshawn Taylor getting the other three. He has averaged 13.9 points and 9.0 assists per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 46.2 this season.

GOING STREAKING: The Nets are still looking for their first winning streak of the season and they’ll have to overcome a six-game losing streak at home to start a streak.

CAN WE GET A RE-DO:┬áIt was a trade with the Celtics that gave the Nets the idea that they were championship contenders. The Nets got KG, Pierce and Terry in exchange for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and three first round draft picks. The trade hasn’t done much, so far, to help the Nets come any closer to a championship though as both KG and Pierce look well past their primes and have done little in leadership roles.

GARNETT FACES HIS OLD SQUAD: The Nets have already visited Boston once this season, but neither KG nor Pierce played due to injuries so this will be The Big Ticket’s first matchup against his old team. It’ll certainly be a big deal, but not bigger than when he actually steps foot on the court at the Boston Garden. The last time KG faced the Celtics was with the Timberwolves way back on March 4, 2007.


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