FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES: This season, D-Will is shooting a career-low 38.8 percent from the field, 29.9 percent from 3-point range. Injuries have been discussed as the reason why. Recently, Williams brought up a lack of confidence. On Monday, he admitted that coach Avery Johnson’s system isn't the best fit for his game.
Johnson said there's no issue between the two and, in an attempt to get him going, the Nets will run more plays from the flex offense (more motion, more cutting, more pick-and-rolls) that D-Will thrived in with the Jazz under coach Jerry Sloan. Bottom line: If Williams (0-2 vs. Jazz) is making shots, everything is going to be just peachy-keen.
STAYING ON THE FLOOR: Johnson said Brook Lopez will see more than 24 minutes and possibly hit the 30-minute mark over the next two games. The Nets are hopeful Lopez will return to normal by Sunday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The 24-year-old center, who had missed seven games with a right foot sprain, is coming off an 18-point, 10-rebound outing over 25 minutes in Chicago on Saturday night.
BACK TO NORMAL: Kris Humphries is back in the starting lineup at power forward in place of Reggie Evans. Humphries had struggled in his five-game stint coming off the bench. In 18 games as a starter, the 27-year-old is averaging 8.1 points and 8.1 rebounds on 47.9 percent shooting.
BALANCED ATTACK: The Jazz (13-12) have seven players who average 9.0 points or more per game. Their frontcourt of Al Jefferson (17.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and Paul Millsap (15.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) is really good. They are an opponent the Nets (13-10) can't afford to take lightly.