One Russian player is apparently unlikely to play again for Brooklyn, but the other will start Wednesday night.
Sergey Karasev, the 6'7" wingman who the Nets acquired with Jarrett Jack over the summer --and whose father last week said he was almost in tears over limited playing time, will start in place of Bojan Bogdanovic, Bogdanovic has been in a shooting slump. He and Alan Anderson will man the wings. This will be Brooklyn's fifth different starting lineup this season and fourth different starting 5 in the last four games as injuries start to mount. Mirza Teletovic, who traveled to Chicago is out with a hip pointer, joining Brook Lopez (back) and Joe Johnson (stomach virus.)
The 21-year-old Karasev had a career high 11 points in Monday's blowout loss to the Cavaliers, who picked him last year at No. 19. He started one game with the Cavs last season after leading the Russian league in scoring in 2012-13. His mentor, Andrei Kirilenko is expected to be traded in the next couple of days to Philadelphia who in turn is expected to waive him.
Karasev played most of last year in the D-League with the Canton Charge, often pairing in the backcourt with Jorge Gutierrez. He is a big favorite of the team's Russian ownership, particularly Sergey Kushchenko, a member of the Nets board of directors and former Euroleague executive of the year when he ran CSKA Moscow for Mikhail Prokhorov.
- Sergey Karasev to make second career start - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
Sergey Karasev replaces Bojan Bogdanovic in Brooklyn Nets' starting 5 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York