Lawrence Frank returns to Jersey for the first time as Pistons head coach, but it will be with a team that has the second worst record in the NBA and almost as many wounded warriors as the Nets. The Pistons are 4-19, with only the Bobcats sporting a worse record. They also have the league's second longest losing streak at six, being blown out by the Knicks Tuesday night at the Garden.
Ben Gordon (sore left shoulder), Will Bynum (strained right foot) and Charlie Villanueva (sore right ankle) are out and didn't even travel with the team on its east coast trip. The team's biggest bright spots are two young players: sophomore center Greg Monroe, who is averaging 16 and 10, and rookie Brandon Knight, who's moving up in the first year rankings with averages of 13 and 4.
For the Nets, nothing has changed on the injury front, with Mehmet Okur possibly returning on Friday and the team's two 23-year-old stars, Brook Lopez and Marshon Brooks, with uncertain return dates. The Nets will likely suit up 10 players again at the Prudential Center, where they are 2-6
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