If the New Jersey Nets are going to put a stop to their five game losing streak Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, they are going to have to do it without their best player. Point guard Deron Williams told reporters he is going to sit out the game due a sore side.
Williams was hurt during Monday's loss to the Indiana Pacers when he was involved in a nasty collision on his way to the basket with Tyler Hansbrough. He said after the game he was "fine" but clearly the soreness hasn't gone away enough for him to suit up against the Celtics.
The Nets are already playing without starting center Brook Lopez because of a broken foot and forward Kris Humphries missed the Pacers game with a shoulder injury and will sit out again Wednesday.
Outstanding rookie MarShon Brooks will finally move into the starting lineup in place of Williams, while backup point guard Jordan Farmar will get a chance to play his way out of head coach Avery Johnson's doghouse.