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Yi out, because the Nets need more problems

Mar 8, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

Swear to god this is true — the Nets have won three in a row on the road. Look it up.

That has been interspersed with a plethora of home losses, but the last three road games (Knicks, Celtics and Bobcats) have been wins. So there are high hopes as the team heads out of a four-game road trip starting tonight in Memphis and…

Not so fast.

Yi Jianlian did not join the Nets on their flight to Tennessee Sunday and he will miss games against the Grizzlies, Mavericks, Thunder and Rockets this week because of the left ankle he sprained during Saturday night’s win over the Knicks.

Yi had three points on 1-for-4 shooting before the injury occurred, and he has already missed 24 games this season due to injury. Kris Humphries, who scored 10 points in Saturday’s win, will likely take Yi’s place in the lineup.

The Nets need just three more wins this season to move from all-time ignominy to just plain-old bad. It’s a worthy goal, one they seem more able to deal with on the road. I’m not sure anyone but the masochists — and there seem to be a disproportionate number of those in New Jersey — are rooting for them to fail. The nation wants them to get to 10 wins.

But apparently the Fates have other plans.

  1. Adam Nets Fan - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    I know it must suck to watch Net games so it’s understandable to think that Yi is important to this team winning, but just so you know, the Nets are MUCH better without Yi in the lineup. Look it up. They went on their run to beat the Knicks when Yi got hurt. Yi is absolutely horrible and has no basketball IQ. Even watch his 20-19 game, it was pathetic. The guy can not play defense.
    Hope he is OK but if he is out for the season it pretty much cements that the Nets won’t break the record for worst team ever…now watch us lose a couple in a row because of this horrible schedule

  2. YoFoe - Mar 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    i disagree with you adam. Trash talk. Son, they are struggling w/o Yi.

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