EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Upset that Memphis kept its starters on the floor late in a 101-77 blowout victory over Brooklyn on Jan. 25, Nets power forward Reggie Evans said he was looking forward to playing the Grizzlies again.
That may have been the case then. But with the two teams slated to face one another on Sunday night at Barclays Center, Evans wasn't anywhere near as fired up as he once was.
"To be honest with you, I haven't really been thinking about that junk because we got beat by Houston the following day," Evans said.
Even though the Grizzlies were ahead by 22 with 3:21 left, their coach, Lionel Hollins, elected to re-insert center Marc Gasol into the game, which baffled Evans.
"That was the point where it was like, wow. I was shocked. I was real shocked to see him come back in," Evans said then. "We won't be forgetting, though. ... We're definitely going to look forward to when that day comes where we play (Memphis again)."
Point guard Deron Williams said the Nets noticed what the Grizzlies were doing and "didn't understand it," but they've moved on.
"Every coach has a reason for what they do," Williams said. "I don't really get into it. I haven't really thought about it since, so it's not like it's been bugging me. It's no big deal."
Said interim coach P.J. Carlesimo: "I've never been one to react on what happens at the end of a game. To me, when you're down that much, you've got enough problems worrying about what your own team's doing than worrying about what the other team is doing."