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Monday, December 17, 2012
Avery: Lopez to 'play more than 24 minutes'

By Mike Mazzeo

It sounds as though Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez is going to play more than half the game on Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz.

"I think we’re gonna make that decision tomorrow at shootaround, but I see him playing more than 24 minutes," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "Probably not 48, but I see him playing 24, so whether he gets to 28 or 30, we’ll talk about it tomorrow and see how he recovers from today."

Lopez, 24, had been on a minutes restriction of about 22-to-26 in his first two games back after missing seven due to a sprained right foot. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes on Saturday night in Chicago.

• Johnson said veteran reserve guard/forward Jerry Stackhouse will "probably" be inactive on Tuesday night.

Stackhouse has missed the last three games due to a sore right knee.

• Johnson said the starting power forward position is "still under review."

Johnson has liked what Reggie Evans has brought to the starting five the last five games, but doesn’t like how it changes Brooklyn’s second unit.

Evans had been a key cog off the bench along with Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson and Stackhouse.