Player News - Nets

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Andrei Kirilenko didn't play for the Nets in Saturday's Game 1 win, but isn't injured.

He's just out of the rotation, according to coach Jason Kidd. If you grabbed AK-47 in a playoff league and have waiver moves available, dropping him for an Atlanta Hawk makes sense.
Apr 19 - 10:02 PM

Shaun Livingston (toe) played 29 minutes in his return to action on Saturday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds and three assists in the road victory.

Livingston was typically effective, making 4-of-6 FGs and both of his FT attempts, and his return took some pressure off fellow starters Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. He averaged 26.0 minutes per game this season and the Nets don't play again until Tuesday, so Livingston should be raring to go for Game 2.
Apr 19 - 7:02 PM

Andrei Kirilenko never left the Nets' bench during Saturday's Game 1 victory.

Jason Kidd used a true 10-man rotation with Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche as his second unit. That makes Kirilenko's absence even more conspicuous, and he'd averaged 26 minutes over the final five games of the regular season with Brooklyn resting regular starters for the playoffs. The Nets won on the road on Saturday so there's a good chance AK will be rooted to the bench again on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 5:04 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 24 points in Saturday's road win vs. the Raptors, with Johnson connecting on 8-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

D-Will carried the Nets in the first half and they wisely fed Johnson while he was hot in the third quarter, but it was their locked-in team defense that earned them a tough victory. They'll try to take a stranglehold on the series with another win in Toronto on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4.
Apr 19 - 3:51 PM
Paul Pierce - G/F - Nets

Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes.
Apr 19 - 3:47 PM

Shaun Livingston (toe) is practicing Friday.

Livingston sat out the final five games of the regular season to rest his sore big toe. He's fully expected to play and start in Game 1 against the Raptors Saturday. Livingston was an underrated glue guy during the regular season, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in his 54 starts.
Apr 18 - 12:23 PM

Mirza Teletovic has missed a couple games after his wife gave birth to twins, but we're guessing he's ready to go for the playoffs.

He might have missed at least one of those games in order to rest, but his family should be situated by the time they face the Raptors in Round 1.
Apr 17 - 12:18 AM

Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic, along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all appear to be healthy and ready for the playoffs.

They all got some rest in preparation for the postseason and should all be good to go after Wednesday. Teletovic has missed a pair of games after his wife gave birth, but we expect him to be available for Game 1 against the Raptors, as well.
Apr 17 - 12:17 AM

Andray Blatche had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a rare start for the Nets on Wednesday, who appeared to be trying to lose recent games in order to draw the Raptors in Round 1 of the playoffs, instead of the Bulls.

Mission accomplished. Whatever the case, the starters were all rested and Blatche was finally allowed to have one of his better games in recent memory. Marcus Thornton also started and scored 20, while little-known guard Jorge Gutierrez started, and was the only other Net in double figures tonight with 13. The Nets haven't exactly looked great over the last few weeks, but then again, maybe they just weren't trying. The Raptors have surely taken notice at how things have gone down, and their first-round match up should be fun to watch.
Apr 16 - 11:41 PM

Alan Anderson is expected to play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

He had an ab injury over the weekend, but coach Jason Kidd said Anderson will play "very little." With Paul Pierce out, expect Marcus Thornton to get a lot of shots.
Apr 16 - 6:46 PM

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are out for the Nets on Wednesday, while they'll use a makeshift starting lineup of Marquis Teague, Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton, Jason Collins and Andray Blatche.

Mysteriously absent from that list is Mason Plumlee, who has been playing well, although he could still come off the bench. Deron Williams is also out, while Alan Anderson could play a few minutes. And if you're still trying to figure out who Gutierrez is, you're not alone.
Apr 16 - 6:46 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson's sore calf will reportedly sideline him on Wednesday.

He played through the injury in Tuesday's loss and it doesn't sound very serious, but the Nets will err on the side of caution with the playoffs right around the corner. It sounds as though the Nets will have Alan Anderson (abdomen) back in action to fill the gaps at SG, along with Marcus Thornton and Marquis Teague.
Apr 16 - 12:38 PM

Shaun Livingston (toe) will sit out Wednesday's road game in Cleveland.

This marks Livingston's fifth straight DNP and the Nets can only hope that he's ready for the first round of the playoffs, as he's been an invaluable part of their backcourt rotation all season long. Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson will take on more minutes and responsibilities in his continued absence.
Apr 16 - 12:36 PM

Deron Williams (knee) reportedly will not play on Wednesday.

D-Will played through a sore knee on Tuesday and it must be a real concern if he's sitting out Wednesday's game, as the Nets aren't locked into the fifth seed -- the Wizards can still catch them with a victory and a loss by Brooklyn. With Shaun Livingston (toe) also expected to sit out, Jorge Gutierrez and Marquis Teague will have to take on bigger roles at PG.
Apr 16 - 12:33 PM

Mirza Teletovic will not play on Wednesday to be with his wife and newborn twins.

While Teletovic and his wife celebrate, the Nets gear up for a game vs. the Cavaliers that could decide their playoff seeding. If the Nets lose and the Wizards win on Wednesday, Washington will take over the No. 5 seed by virtue of a tie-breaker.
Source: AP
Apr 16 - 9:41 AM


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