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Thursday, April 18, 2013
P.J. likely to go with nine-man rotation

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said that his playoff rotation “will probably be more nine (guys) than 10.”

“We’ll see,” Carlesimo added after Thursday’s practice.

Just speculating here, but if Carlesimo does opt to go with a nine-man rotation, it would be the starters (Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez) along with Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Kris Humphries and one of either Keith Bogans or Jerry Stackhouse.

One would think MarShon Brooks may also get a shot at some playing time during the team’s first-round series with the Chicago Bulls, which kicks off Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Carlesimo said ultimately it’ll all depend on how certain guys do. Regardless, it’s something to keep an eye on.

• Reggie Evans said he re-injured his shoulder in Wednesday night’s victory over Detroit.

“(My shoulder) was getting better, but I kind of got hit last night,” said Evans, who originally hurt it in Portland. "But I’m gonna always get hit because of the style I play, and Detroit they’re a physical team.”

Just don’t expect Evans to have to sit out as a result.

“You know what, it is what it is. I can’t make no excuses. I gotta hoop. It’s do or die. I’ve got the summer to relax,” Evans said. “I’m not gonna ask for no sub. I’m just gonna find a way to work around it. I can’t let myself down or my teammates down by worrying about something like that.”

Evans had a good quote on All-Star center Brook Lopez: “Brook is a whole different person right now. Can’t nobody stop him. The only person that can stop Brook is Brook.”

• The Nets will be handing out free black t-shirts to their fans at Game 1 as part of their “Blackout in Brooklyn” initiative.

“I don’t know if I’m sold on it yet,” Deron Williams joked. “I don’t know if everybody’s gonna comply with that one. In our stands they want to look cool, so I don’t know if they’re gonna go for the all black.”

The Nets have put in a request with the league to wear black uniforms at home, to go with the whole theme.

“That’s cool with me,” D-Will said.