Deron Williams isn't playing vs. the Rockets but might against the Knicks. He did go through the shoot around. Sundiata Gaines is at home in Queens on crutches. Damion James' foot will keep him out the rest of the week. Quinton Ross was visiting a surgeon on his herniated disk, probably done for the season.
And it's not just about bodies. Avery Johnson says the four missing Nets are his four best defenders. Not a good thing going up against the Rockets, one of the NBA's top offensive teams of late.
Short-handed Nets ready for Rockets before Knicks - Fred Kerber - New York Post Nets Blog