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X-rays of Gerald Wallace's ankle are negative

Former Brooklyn Dodger Joe Pignatano exchanges jerseys with

Former Brooklyn Dodger Joe Pignatano exchanges jerseys with Deron Williams before a game against the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center. (Nov. 3, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Not everything went the Nets' way in Saturday night's season-opening win over the Raptors at the Barclays Center.

Swingman Gerald Wallace injured his left ankle in the closing minute, rolling it on Kyle Lowry's foot as he attempt to block his shot on a fast-break attempt. Wallace went to the locker room and later had X-rays, which Avery Johnson said were negative.

Wallace is considered day-to-day, which the coach considers good news. So does Joe Johnson.

"That's big, man," he said. "Gerald is a blue-collar worker, a hard-working guy that we love and need on this team, and we need him to play. So hopefully he'll rest it up and feel a lot better on Monday."

Wallace's status for Monday's game against Minnesota is up in the air, and if the starting small forward is lost for an extended period of time, it will hurt a squad with many new faces that is trying to jell.

"He's a big part of our team," Deron Williams said, "so we just pray that he's OK and gets better fast."

Childress hurting

Josh Childress sat out the game as he continues to nurse a sore left ankle, an injury suffered in practice during the week. Avery Johnson doesn't seem overly concerned about his health, though he likely will be sidelined until at least sometime during the Nets' two-game trek to Florida this week.

Stern welcomes Nets

Commissioner David Stern also addressed the crowd before the game, welcoming Brooklyn into the NBA family. He was booed when introduced by public address announcer David Diamante.

Deron thanks fans

Williams grabbed the microphone at midcourt before the Nets tipped off their season and offered his heartfelt appreciation, making sure the fans knew how happy he was that they made it to the Barclays Center for Saturday night's opener.

With the city's mass transit system still slowly returning to normal in Sandy's aftermath, Williams & Co. were unsure how things were going to play out, given the Barclays Center sits atop a major transit hub. But at least 80 percent of the Barclays Center was filled at tip-off, and Williams noticed.

"On behalf of the rest of the Brooklyn Nets' organization," Williams told the crowd, "we just really want to thank you for your support tonight with this game, with everything that's going on in the area, in the New York, New Jersey area. It really means a lot to us that you came. With everything that's going on, you still supported us. We really look forward to this season. We hope to represent Brooklyn right."


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