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MarShon Brooks sprains ankle, out vs. Magic
Orlando, Fla. -- MarShon Brooks is the latest member of the Nets to be bitten by that dreaded injury bug.
The second-year shooting guard sprained his left ankle in a freak play during Friday morning's shootaround, forcing him to miss the Nets' matchup with the Magic. Brooks thinks he'll only be out for a coule of games at most, but he was limping badly inside the locker room before the game.
"I was just walking through some plays," Brooks said. "Keith Bogans was coming off a ball screen, and I just stepped on [Andray] Blatche’s foot and just turned it pretty bad. I tried to walk it off and it really wasn’t feeling the way I wanted. So, I’m just going to sit out."
Avery Johnson said it's a tough blow for his team, which is already missing Gerald Wallace with an ankle injury. At least Josh Childress' ankle has healed up enough for him to make his debut Friday night, but still.
"It’s difficult," Johnson said. "It was a freak accident this morning. We were just halfway going through some pick-and-roll coverages and twisted his ankle. It’s unfortunate. We treated him. He can’t go and we’ll evalue him [Saturday]."
As one might expect, Brooks isn't pleased.
"It is kind of frustrating," he said. "I’m finally starting to play well, get some shots to fall and this happens. But it’s a part of the game. There’s a lot of luck in this league. Hurt my ankle. I’ll be all right, though."