"We're gonna have more serious conversations," Carlesimo told reporters in Toronto. "We don't need to get anybody hurt. We're not playing for anything. Going forward, now we've certainly gotta rest some people.
"We just gotta figure out who. There are some people we do not want to play in a back-to-back. There are some people that we probably don't want playing both games. And we certainly don't want to play them big minutes."
Carlesimo said he'll talk to players like Williams and Johnson, along with trainer Tim Walsh, before figuring out how he wants to proceed.
The Nets face the Washington Wizards on Monday night in the second-half of a back-to-back before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.
The Nets will host Game 1 of the first round over the weekend -- but they don’t know who they're going to face just yet.
The Atlanta Hawks (44-36) are a game up on the Chicago Bulls (43-37) for the No. 5 seed. The Hawks end their season with the Raptors (Tuesday) and the New York Knicks (Wednesday); the Bulls end their season with the Orlando Magic (Monday) and Wizards (Wednesday). Chicago owns the tiebreaker by virtue of winning its season-series with Atlanta, 2-1.
Now, the waiting game begins.
"At least there's some finality for the four spot -- we don't know if we're gonna play Chicago or Atlanta -- but at least there's some finality there," Carlesimo said.