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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nets' Shaun Livingston ruled out tonight with tailbone injury

By on 2/23/2014 08:33:00 PM

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston will not play tonight against the Lakers after bruising his tail bone last night in Oakland, according to Rod Boone on Twitter. 

Livingston started last night against the Warriors, but only played 12 minutes. He was fouled hard by Harrison Barnes when going for a layup, resulting in him landing on the hardwood injuring his tailbone. He exited the game after the first half to have x-rays performed, lucky for him the results coming back negative.

Erik Cleves Kristensen via Wikimedia Commons
Along with Livingston out, newly acquired guard Marcus Thornton will not participate in tonight's contest due to an illness. In his absence expect starters Joe Johnson and Deron Williams to play extra minutes. Leaving a possibility for point guard Marquis Teague to pick up some playing time off the bench.

This will be the first time all season that Livingston will not suit up for the Nets. He has played in all 53 games this season, with 31 starts. He is averaging 7.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.8 minutes per game.

The Nets front office has had a lot of activity of late with the signing of Jason Collins and their trade with the Kings sending Jason Terry and Reggie Evans for Thornton. They will be looking to stir things up as the season reaches the final stretch.

Brooklyn is currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-28


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