Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — One week ago tonight, Superstorm Sandy rolled through the tri-state area and left a real mess in its wake. Now, electrical power across New York City is coming back, the mass transit system is taking baby steps towards normalcy and the area as a whole is beginning to once again resemble the greatest city in the world.
In the middle of it all, the NBA began in Brooklyn on Friday night with a 107-100 Nets win over the Toronto Raptors. With NYC coming back and the pressure of Brooklyn’s much-anticipated return to the world of professional sports now over, maybe everyone is feeling a little less tension as a new week begins. With the Minnesota Timberwolves in town tonight, the grind of the 82-game NBA schedule continues.
Below is your Pregame Primer.
Wallace ruled out, Bogans to start
Gerald Wallace has been ruled out tonight with a sprained right ankle, which he suffered with 27.6 seconds to play on Saturday against the Raptors. In his typically physical style of play, Wallace was injured when he jumped in an attempt to block a Kyle Lowry layup.
Citing his desire to not disrupt his regular rotation, namely keeping MarShon Brooks and C.J. Watson as key pieces off the bench, Nets head coach Avery Johnson will start Keith Bogans tonight in place of Wallace. Bogans, who was limited by a sore right knee and made just a cameo appearance late in Saturday’s game, has started 310 games over the course of his 10-year NBA career.
The former University of Kentucky star guard started one game last season for the then-New Jersey Nets.
Wallace’s status is listed as day-to-day as the Nets head out on a two-game Florida road trip beginning Wednesday when they play the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the American Airlines Arena. If Wallace is healthy by then, he will probably be asked to guard LeBron James.
“We’ll continue to treat him and see how he feels,” Nets head coach Avery Johnson said. “We’ll probably just keep him in the back tonight during the game, ice him, treat him and see where he is once we get on this road trip. But he’s definitely not good enough to play tonight.”
Childress still out
Reserve swingman Josh Childress will miss a second straight game with a sore left ankle, an injury he has had trouble with since early in preseason. When Johnson ruled Childress out on Saturday, he said at the time that Childress playing Monday was unlikely.
His status for Wednesday at Miami is up in the air.
After leaving Sunday’s 105-86 road loss to the Raptors with concussion-like symptoms, point guard J.J. Barea will play tonight after going through a pregame workout and being cleared by by doctors.
The incident happened with 7:26 to go in the first half as he made a shot inside, then collided with the leg of teammate Dante Cunningham as he fell to the ground. Barea walked off under his own power.
The Timberwolves don’t need anymore injuries at point guard as they are without Ricky Rubio until December thanks to torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.
No Love in Brooklyn
In addition to Rubio, the other half of Minnesota’s promising young core, 6-foot-10 All-Star power forward Kevin Love, remains out with a fractured right hand.
Love, who finished in the top four in both points (26.0, fourth) and rebounds (13.3, second) per game last season, suffered the injury on Oct. 17 in a pre-practice workout with his personal trainer.
The timetable on Love is about another 3-5 weeks. Love said he is preparing himself for the back end of five weeks, which would theoretically put him back in action in the middle of December.
Russian ties that bind
Mikhail Prokhorov may still be relatively new to the NBA as the owner of the Nets, but tonight represents a reunion of sorts between two Timberwolves and the Russian billionaire.
Before gaining a controlling interest in the Nets in 2010, Prokhorov financially supported perennial Euroleague power CSKA Moscow. In his decade-long involvement with the Russian club, current Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko and guard Alexey Shved were both employed by CSKA.
While Shved is just a rookie, Kirilenko has flourished in 10-plus NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz and now the Timberwoles. He spent three seasons CSKA before that from 1998-2001 before joining the Jazz and also spent 2011-12 with CSKA during the NBA lockout.
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