The Brooklyn Nets are the No. 4 seed in the East. So, with two meaningless regular-season games remaining -- in terms of standings, anyway -- health remains their biggest concern.
On Monday night, the Nets will host the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Here's what we’ll be watching for:
IN OR OUT? Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and others might not play again until the playoffs. Williams told reporters he got kneed in two different spots during Sunday's loss to Toronto. Johnson (heel) and Wallace (leg) are banged up. There's no reason to play these guys. Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he'd consult with the players and trainer Tim Walsh before deciding how to proceed.
MORE MINUTES, PLEASE: Jerry Stackhouse, Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks certainly would be the leading candidates to see more minutes if Carlesimo decides to hold many of his key players out. It appears as though Brooks might not play significant minutes in the playoffs -- at least if his DNP-coach's decision Friday night in Indiana was any indication.
MEMORY LANE: The last time the two teams met -- on March 8 in Brooklyn -- Williams hit a franchise-record 11 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 42 points.