Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Williams will come off bench vs. Magic
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will come off the bench for the second straight game Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.
Nets coach Jason Kidd said there's no timetable for Williams to return to the starting lineup.
"We'll just take it one game at a time," Kidd said.
Williams had 13 points in 27 minutes Monday afternoon in his return to the lineup after missing the previous five games due to ankle injuries.
The Nets are 5-0 when starting Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Williams said it was his idea to come off the bench because he didn't want to break up their chemistry.
"That's just his character, that's his makeup," Kidd said of Williams. "He's a guy that's unselfish and didn't want to mess with the starting group, the rhythm that they had. He wanted to get in the game and try to get his legs back under him and get going. I thought he was very positive with the idea he came up with and also the way he played, I thought he played great."
• The Nets (17-22), 7-1 since 2014, have not won both legs of a back-to-back all season.
"For us to win back-to-back would be the first time all year, and those guys know that," Kidd said.
• Kidd didn't want to harken back to his team's 21-point loss to the Magic on Nov. 3 in his regular-season coaching debut.
"It was a long time ago. We can't go back that far," Kidd joked. "That was 2013."
• Kidd was asked about the team's acquisition of Marquis Teague, a raw point guard who is still only 20-years-old. GM Billy King had said earlier that he's happy that Teague gets to work with Kidd, one of the best floor generals in NBA history.
"He comes from a talented family background. His brother [Jeff] has had some success [with Atlanta], and so being 20 hopefully [me] being a point guard will help him, and then he has some other guys with Shaun and D-Will," Kidd said. "So I'm looking forward to working with him and helping him grow."