MarShon Brooks might make his preseason debut tonight.
The second-year shooting guard hasn’t played in the Nets’ first three preseason games as he dealt with some tendinitis in his right foot. But Brooks will be a game-time decision when the Nets meet the Celtics in their nationally-televised preseason matchup at the Barclays Center.
“We are going to put him through the full shootaround today,” Avery Johnson said before the Nets’ morning shoot. “If there’s no effects from shootaround, and he’s feeling good tonight and there are no setbacks, then we’ll get him some minutes tonight.”
C.J. Watson and Jerry Stackhouse won’t be getting any minutes tonight, though. Johnson is giving Watson a day of rest since he’s logged a lot of minutes in the Nets’ first three preseason contests.
With Watson not available, rookie Tyshawn Taylor -- who played well in his debut Tuesday after battling a quad injury prior to the start of training camp -- will slide into Watson’s backup point guard spot.
“He felt great after the game, recovered well,” Johnson said. “So, we have to get him the same amount of minutes tonight behind Deron [Williams]. In a perfect world, when Deron is not on the floor, he’ll play those minutes.”
Stackhouse’s issues appear to be more long term. The veteran forward is going to be out for at least the next 7 to 10 days as he battles through right knee tendinitis and hamstring injuries. However, Stackhouse’s role isn’t necessarily to be a part of Johnson’s rotation anyway.
“One of the main reasons we signed Stackhouse was in that Juwan Howard mold,” Johnson said. “We needed a veteran guy in the locker room, maybe could play some emergency minutes. So he’s right on schedule. I’m not frustrated. I’ve coached him before. I know his body.
“I was pretty much telling the training staff about his body even before we signed him and I’m not a doctor. So I kind of know what to expect from Stack.”
Tonight’s matchup with the Celtics is another chance for the Nets to work on their cohesiveness while also showcasing themselves to a national audience. Johnson, as you might expect, is more concerned with the former.
“Whether it’s national TV, playing the Celtics or anybody, we’ve got to play our game,” he said. “Our highest defensive rating this year is not going to be good enough to win in the regular season consistently. We’ve got to work on our defense. Our spacing has been hot and cold offensively. We have somewhat of an idea at this point of a rotation that’s not perfect, but that we could live with. So that’s good news.
“Right now, we just have to pick it up defensively, defend the paint better, get some more easy baskets offensively. So whether it’s a nationally-televised game, which we are fully aware of or playing Boston, we’ve got to work more on our game. This week obviously was more about games because we are going to have an enormous amount of practice time before we open up in our first regular-season game.
“It’s good to get these under our belts. I’d like to see our starters play in both of these back-to-back games and play some pretty good minutes. So we’ll see how it goes.”