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Thursday, March 7, 2013
P.J. puts time frame on 10-man rotation

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo wants to try out his tightened 10-man rotation for "at least the next four or five games, then go from there," according to the New York Post.

That, of course, means more playing time for Mirza Teletovic and none for Kris Humphries, who was told prior to Wednesday night's 99-78 victory in Charlotte that he's out of the rotation.

Humphries declined a request to be interviewed Wednesday night, the Post reported.

• While he did make the Teletovic-Humphries switch, Carlesimo did not play Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together, as the coach suggested he might. Perhaps we'll see this combination Friday night against the Washington Wizards. We also did not see Brooklyn's end-of-game lineup, as the Nets routed the Bobcats and the outcome was never in doubt in the fourth quarter.

• Carlesimo elected to give his players Thursday off from practice. Many of them hit the weight room, though, trainer Jeremy Bettle tweeted. The Nets will play four games in five days, beginning Friday. After hosting the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday, they won't play again until Sunday night against Atlanta. Following the Hawks game, the Nets will begin their daunting eight-game, 17-day roadtrip.

• Turnovers aside, Deron Williams has been looking very much like a player deserving of a max contract. In eight games since the All-Star break, he has averaging 21.5 points and 7.3 assists, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 48 percent from 3-point range.

In 50 games prior to the All-Star break, Williams was averaging 16.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting, including 34.7 percent from 3.

• In their last nine games, the Nets have averaged 10.1 3-point makes per game on 43.8 percent shooting from deep. On the season, they are averaging 7.8 3s per game on 35.8 percent shooting.

• The Nets are 19-3 when holding their opponents under 90 points this season. They are 26-12 against the Eastern Conference.

• The Nets are 15-9 when starting Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans and Lopez.