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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Spasms stop Blatche at morning practice

By Mike Mazzeo

UPDATE: The Nets said Blatche did return for the afternoon practice session.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Backup center Andray Blatche sat out the second half of Wednesday morning's practice due to back spasms, but Nets coach Avery Johnson doesn't think it's going to be anything serious.

"It was more precautionary," Johnson said. "We anticipate having Blatche tomorrow unless (trainer) Tim (Walsh) recommends he sit out another day."

Blatche suffered the injury while guarding Brook Lopez in a drill. Blatche says it is the first time he has ever experienced back spasms.

"Better safe than sorry," said Blatche, who wants to try to practice during the afternoon session Wednesday. The Nets have had two-a-day practices so far in training camp.

Rookie guard Tyshawn Taylor was limited in practice for the second straight day due to a strained right quadriceps.

Johnson said he hopes to get Taylor back in full possibly by Friday. Taylor has been going through shooting drills and the non-contact portion of practice.

• Johnson pushed the pace during Wednesday's practice, having his players go up and down the court. He stressed that the Nets are going to play faster than they have before, but added that they're not going to be running-and-gunning like the Suns used to.