Valuable reserve Jarvis Hayes wanted to play all 82, but that's not going to happen unless there is some type of divine intervention.
Hayes hurt his left hamstring in practice yesterday and is out for tonight's game against the Raptors. Early indications are he will be out tomorrow against the Bulls as well.
What does that mean for the rotation? Good question, coach Lawrence Frank said to me, which I something I don't often get. So I feel special today.
Frank said he's looking at Trenton Hassell, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Maurice Ager.
"We just got word this morning he wasn't going so we'll have to think about it," Frank said.
Since the Nets will need size tonight, Josh Boone will be activated. Also as insurance in case Stromile Swift can't play. Swift said he was going to try and play after spraining his ankle Wednesday against the Knicks.
Eduardo Najera is available, but he's still working his way back into game shape.
So if I had to guess, and I know everyone loves when I do, Hayes will be inactive tonight, along with Ager and Najera, unless Swift can't go.
My two cents on the crowd: Yes, there is a lack of buzz and energy in the building. But there has been, even when the Nets were good. Jason Kidd's first year here, when the Nets set a franchise record with 33 home wins, they averaged 13,761 fans - their lowest since 91-92.
Everyone has their reasons for not coming. The economy being paramount. Some of you stopped when Bruce Ratner traded Kenyon Martin, or when the Nets announced they were leaving for Brooklyn. And that's your choice. No one can blame you.
But it's up to the Nets to muster the energy to win in their building. They can and they have. I consider the Minnesota game the worst of the season in terms of crowd noise and just fans in general. Yet the Nets hada solid third quarter. So I agree with what Frank said yesterday.
"I just think it's just us," he said. "It's no one other than us."
But for a goof, another reporter said maybe they should do pre-game introductions again after halftime. Frank liked that idea.
"Maybe we’ll do that in the locker room," Frank said. "Instead of talking about pick-and-rolls and post-ups and all the other BS we talk about we’ll say, 'At guard, from North Car olina.'"