WHO PLAYS? Deron Williams told ESPNNewYork.com he will not play because of a sprained left ankle, which has caused him to miss three of the last four games (he reinjured it in the one game he did play). It is unknown if Brook Lopez (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) or Jason Terry (knee) will play. Kirilenko is probably out, given that he said he doesn't think he'll be cleared for contact until next week. So you can figure the Nets will be short-handed again.
IF THAT'S THE CASE: Yeah, beating the Pistons (4-8) will be a challenge. The Nets (3-9) have lost seven of eight, and nothing seems to be going right. As of Saturday, they ranked 24th in offensive efficiency and tied for 28th in defensive efficiency. Not good. Not good at all. During their last eight games, they've been outscored by about an average of 10 points and averaged 15.1 turnovers. Again, not good. Not good at all. Paul Pierce is just 7-for-34 from the field in his last three games. You know the drill.
EIGHT-MILE MESS: Detroit has lost three of its last four games. The Pistons were supposed to be a better team after adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings in the offseason. You'd at least have thought that, right? Then again, so were the Nets. Anyway, Jennings (37.4 percent) and Smith (40.1) have struggled from the field. On paper, the Pistons have a nice starting five. But, like the Nets, it hasn't worked out so far.