The New Jersey Nets will attempt to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak Wednesday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to The Prudential Center.
After winning two in a row and four of six, New Jersey has dropped back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Before their game against the Pacers, the Nets got the bad news that impressive rookie guard MarShon Brooks would be sidelined indefinitely with a broken toe.
Despite being without Brooks, Brook Lopez, Mehmet Okur and DeShawn Stevenson, New Jersey nearly completed a furious comeback thanks to 34 points from Deron Williams. The 106-99 loss on the road provided the latest in a series of moral victories.
Detroit comes to The Rock with even bigger issues than anything the Nets are dealing with. While they may barely be healthier, not much else has gone their way this season. They are 4-19 and in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Last time out they were destroyed by the previously listless New York Knicks 113-86. Second-year forward Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons against the Knicks with 15 points in just 15 minutes off the bench.
Will Bynum, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are all out for Detroit Wednesday night.
Joining New Jersey for the game Wednesday night will be newcomer Keith Bogans. The veteran guard from Kentucky averaged just 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls last season but started all 82 games. He will bring a much needed warm body to the back court, helping to fill the void left by Brooks' injury.
Catch the game locally on YES or WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Nets return to action Friday night against Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves.