EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets will try to halt a five-game losing streak without Deron Williams and Brook Lopez on Tuesday night in Toronto.
The Nets' starting point guard and center are out again with injuries and will not make the trip to face the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (6-7).
Williams will miss his third straight game after spraining his left ankle again. He will sit out his fifth contest in six games. Lopez's sprained ankle will sideline him for a sixth straight game.
The Nets (3-10), who have lost eight of their last nine games, may also be without Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry. Kirilenko (back), Terry (knee), Lopez, Williams and Shaun Livingston (head contusion) all did not practice Monday. Livingston, though, is considered probable to play against Toronto.
Unless the Nets have totally capitulated and are wallowing in self pity, the Nets are likely going to come out gunning for the division leading Raptors - one would think.
A win ends a 5 game slide and moves them to just 2 games out of the Atlantic lead.
A loss extends the slide to 6 and moves them 4 games out of the Atlantic lead and possibly in to last place in the entire East.
This is a game with pressure and likely the last easy game they have until the Knicks in Christmas week (unless they have turned their ship around by then). The last time the Raptors faced a game with pressure was when they played themselves in to the playoff discussion last season after the Gay trade. Of course they then went 4-14 before ending the season 7-2 in April.
Pressure is on Raptors. What cha gonna do brothers?