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Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Brook Lopez will all miss Saturday’s game at Clippers due to injury

Nov 16, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett Getty Images

The Nets got their first road win of the season in spectacular fashion on Friday, getting a game-winner from Joe Johnson at the overtime buzzer to beat the Suns in Phoenix.

The victory was a costly one, however, as Brooklyn will be extremely shorthanded when the team faces the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Nets announced that Deron Williams (sprained left ankle), Brook Lopez (sprained left ankle) and Paul Pierce (sore groin) are all out against the Clippers. Kevin Garnett is being called a game-time decision.

Williams left early in the first quarter after rolling his ankle and did not return. Lopez and Garnett collided late in overtime, and were slow to get up afterward. Lopez actually had to be helped off the floor, but returned for the game’s final 30-plus seconds.

It was unclear when exactly Pierce sustained his injury, but after logging almost 41 minutes on Friday, there’s no reason to rush him back out there at this point in the season if he’s feeling anything less than 100 percent.

It will be a reunion of sorts in L.A., as Pierce and Garnett will get to see their former Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers. But it will be far less exciting with those key players (and a couple more) all out due to injury.

  1. Wammy Giveaway - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    And with that, the Nets have automatically won this game.

    The Clippers have a major problem going up against teams who are projected to appear in the lottery, or are missing key All Stars or starters due to injury or other reasons. They easily underestimate their opponents, thinking they could beat them with a depleted roster, but the opposite is truer than the former. They’ve already lost to the Magic who are a lottery team. They’ve lost to the Lakers who were without Kobe Bryant and were playing their second unit. Last season, the Clippers lost to the Warriors three times because they based their status on their regular season performance in the lockout season, and neglected to honor them as a worthy opponent. Their carelessness against the Dubs single handedly turned Golden State into a playoff contender, who now possesses the ability to sweep the Clippers in a playoff series should they ever meet.

    In other words, tonight’s game is a trap game. If Brooklyn wins this, they’re back to being title contenders and a threat to the Heat. The Clippers have to find a way to honor their opponent without disrespecting them for having a depleted roster. Otherwise, the Clippers could be out of the playoffs.

    • mackcarrington - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Wow. You have the Clips being out of the playoffs in November if they lose this game?

    • legend30 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      So you’re basically saying Clippers are garbage, yet if the Nets beat them, then the Nets are title contenders because they beat a garbage team. Ahhhh ok I guess…

  2. saint1997 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I can’t believe the Nets were projected to be a top 3 team this year. It seems the average fan can’t look past big names to see the big flaws in a team

  3. losanginsight - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    That’s fine. It’s the clippers.

  4. jerdogthompson - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    At the game and yes, Clipps gotta give a little more come 2nd half.

    Blanche looks like a freaking All-Star at this point. Doc is going Defcon 5 lockdown D in the 2nd half.

  5. ufools - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Wammy, stay away from the bath salts.

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