Gerald Wallace Injury: Updates on Nets Star's Ankle

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IINovember 4, 2012

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace sprained his ankle in the team’s Saturday night game against the Toronto Raptors.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Nets fans—Gerald Wallace is back!

From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

Gerald Wallace playing today for the first time since spraining his left ankle in the season opener two weeks ago.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 11:02 a.m. ET

Gerald Wallace (ankle) won't play tonight when the Nets take on the Celtics, the team announced this morning on Twitter. 

Wallace out tonight.... MarShon will be a game time decision.

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) November 15, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 2:16 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Nets head coach Avery Johnson has labeled Gerald Wallace's status as "50-50" for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics according to Newsday's Rod Boone via Twitter:

Avery said Gerald's status is "50-50" for tomorrow's game vs. #Celtics.

— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 14, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Few surprises here—Wallace isn't quite ready to return to game action, according to Rod Boone of Newsday:

#Nets announce Gerald and MarShon are out for tonight's game vs. #Cavaliers, as expected. @meanbarb has today's coverage for us.

— Rod Boone (@rodboone) November 13, 2012

I would expect Wallace to return to action shortly, however, as he has returned to practice.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Slowly but surely, Wallace is moving towards getting back on the court for the Nets. According to Barbara Barker of New York Newsday, Wallace will be practicing with the team today in preparation for Tuesday's game. 

Gerald Wallace will return to practice Monday after missing his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle. If all goes well, he could be back on the court Tuesday when the Nets host Cleveland.

The Nets are coming off a good weekend that saw them sweep a home-and-home series with Orlando, though the Magic look like one of the worst teams in the NBA



UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 10:17 a.m. ET

Brooklyn will continue to be without Gerald Wallace (ankle), who is expected to miss another game, according to the Nets on Twitter.

Gerald Wallace will miss his 4th straight game today with a spained left ankle. MarShon Brooks is a game time decision (sprained left ankle)

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) November 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 8 at 3:49 p.m. ET

Rough news for Nets fans as the team will once again be without their star forward Gerald Wallace (ankle) for at least one more game, according to New York Times' Howard Beck

Gerald Wallace (ankle) out for Friday's game at Orlando. Josh Childress (ankle) practiced today, listed as questionable.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) November 8, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 7 at 11:28 a.m. ET

Awful news for the Brooklyn Nets as they'll have to go against LeBron James and the Miami Heat without one of their best defenders as Gerald Wallace (ankle) will miss tonight's contest, according to ESPN's Mike Mazzeo.

Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace will miss his second straight game on Wednesday night against the Miami Heat due to a sprained left ankle, the team announced.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 5 at 11:11 a.m. ET

The Nets announced on Twitter that Gerald Wallace (ankle) will not play tonight against the Timberwolves and that Keith Bogans will start in his place.

Gerald Wallace out tonight vs Minnesota. Sprained left ankle, will continue treatment and be reevaluated later in week. Childress also Out.

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) November 5, 2012

Keith Bogans will start in place of Wallace tonight.

— Nets PR Dept. (@Nets_PR) November 5, 2012

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He is not expected to miss significant time, and ESPN New York’s Mike Mazzeo reports that he is “listed as day-to-day” and that “X-rays on Wallace's ankle were negative.” 

Late in the game against the Raptors, Wallace suffered the injury in an all-too-common way. He leaped in the air and landed on Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry’s foot, twisting his ankle when hitting the floor.

This was the season opener for the Nets, and the 30-year-old swingman filled up the stat sheet, as he is expected to do this season. He shot 50 percent from the field and put up 10 points while also contributing six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Nets traded for Wallace last season and made him an important part of their revamped roster by signing him to a four-year, $40 million deal in the offseason. 

He averaged 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 16 games for the Nets last season, but will have a reduced role in the offense after the arrival of Joe Johnson. Wallace can still thrive in this situation, as he is an excellent defender and rebounder.

He provides size, athleticism and leadership for Brooklyn as the team tries to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season. He will be a key part to the team's success. The Nets will certainly hope that the injury does not cause any lingering problems and that Wallace will be back on the court shortly.

Check back to this page for updates on Wallace's injury going forward.