- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York Writer
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Is it time to make some changes?
The Brooklyn Nets have lost four of their past five games.
Over that span, they’re averaging just 88.8 points per game while giving up 94.6. Their opponents are shooting 49.2 percent and the Nets are averaging an inexplicable 17.4 turnovers.
Worst of all, they've dropped 3½ games behind the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division standings -- including six in the loss column.
But if you were Carlesimo, would you do something more drastic, like change the starting lineup?
Many fans on Twitter have been clamoring for Mirza Teletovic to be inserted into the starting power forward spot. Teletovic scored nine points in 10 minutes on Saturday night -- albeit in garbage time -- and has performed despite his sporadic playing time.
Reggie Evans would then be relegated to a 10- to 15-minute bench role, a role he’s thrived in throughout his career. Evans, who continues to rebound at a solid rate, has not scored in his past three games, despite playing 61 minutes.
If Teletovic is promoted, Kris Humphries -- who was coming off back-to-back seasons in which he averaged a double-double -- would once again find himself out of the rotation. Humphries, signed to a two-year, $24 million contract in the offseason, has scored just four points in his past five games (50 minutes).
Carlesimo could also move Blatche into the starting unit, but he has performed extremely well off the bench -- especially on offense -- and been consistent all season.
The Nets knew their power forward spot was a weakness. That's why they checked in on anyone and everyone who was possibly available.
Unfortunately, they ended up with no one.
Another idea would be bringing Gerald Wallace off the bench and starting Keith Bogans at small forward. Wallace has not scored in double figures since Feb. 11 (eight games) and has struggled with shooting from the perimeter.
Wallace’s heart and energy are an asset to any team. Still, the Nets need more production out of their 30-year-old veteran, who is in the first year of a four-year, $40 million deal.
Of course, how would all of that affect MarShon Brooks, whose playing time has also been sporadic -- albeit increased recently?
The Nets (34-26) are 60 games into the season, but their rotation is still very much in a state of flux. It's up to Carlesimo to get the most out of his roster, regardless of its deficiencies.
Question: If you were Carlesimo, how would you shake things up -- if at all? Weigh in in the comments section below.
Some interesting stats:
• The Nets are 1-10 this season when scoring 85 points or less.
• The Nets have had 20-plus turnovers in six games.
• The Nets are 17-5 when they commit 13 or fewer turnovers, and 17-21 when they commit 14 or more.
• The Nets have been outscored by 10 or more points in 30 different quarters (13 times in the third).
• Ten of the Nets' next 13 games in March are on the road.
Is it time to make some changes? The Brooklyn Nets have lost four of their past five games. Over that span, they’re averaging just 88.8 points per game while giving up 94.