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Acy out, Harris starts, Mozgov (maybe) in, says Atkinson

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Quincy Acy is out for Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets.

According to Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, Acy is out with a sprained right middle finger and will be … wait for it … day-to-day!

So with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson already out, and Tyler Zeller dealt and gone to Milwaukee, the Nets may look deep (deep … deep) into their bag of tricks tonight and play Timofey Mozgov, the former starting center who hasn’t played since January 10, and whose seen action in 25 games this season.

Regarding Acy’s injury, Atkinson initially declined to say who would start, then later the Nets announced Joe Harris will be in the lineup.

“We’ll have to change the starting line-up. I’m not going to tell you who we put in, but it’ll be changed,” he said pre-game. A basketball mystery!

And on the prospect of playing Mozgov, he say; ‘it’s very possible.’

“You kind of look at all our bigs, there’ll probably be some minutes for Timmy, I think it’s possible,” said Atkinson. “I think we’re down a little, we’re a little limited with our bigs’ situation tonight. We’ve got to look at all our options. We’ve got to pull out all the stops – very possible you see him.”

Atkinson also had parting words for Zeller, who the Nets dealt Monday night in exchange for a second round pick and 2015 first round pick Rashad Vaughn, who once had 22 points and 6 three’s against Brooklyn in a regular season game, and 31 points and 2 blocks against the Nets in a summer league game.

“Tyler was great, great professional, great for our culture,” said Atkinson. “I thought he played his role, did an excellent job with the role that we asked. Loved being around him, so, glad he’s going to a situation with a good team, good opportunity there with a playoff team, so he’ll help them.”

Regarding Vaughn, Atkinson didn’t offer much, but says that the organization will work to acclimate the 21-year-old quickly, meaning don’t look for him tonight.

“He’s had a couple of good games against us I know that,” he said. “I think it’ll take some time to get with our coaches and figure out where he is. We have to look at him medically and all that. To be determined.”