CLEVELAND -- The Brooklyn Nets will have power forward Kevin Garnett and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic in the lineup Friday night when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Guard Sergey Karasev (left oblique strain) is a game-time decision.
Garnett received a rest day and did not play Wednesday night in Toronto. Teletovic re-aggravated his right hip pointer against the Raptors and was limited to 21 minutes. He had missed three straight games due to the injury before returning Tuesday night against Miami.
Center Brook Lopez made the trip, but will miss his seventh straight game due to a lower back strain. There is expected to be an update by the team on Lopez’s status Saturday. The Nets close out the week by taking on the Detroit Pistons Sunday night at Barclays Center.
Life with Lionel: Nets coach Lionel Hollins was on his game Friday morning before shootaround.
Asked where his team’s psyche is, Hollins responded, “S---, I think it’s in the locker room.”
Asked how to keep LeBron James from flipping the switch and taking over the game, Hollins responded, “Hide the switch and turn the lights off so he can’t find the switch. I mean, seriously, what are you gonna do”
Asked what he can take away from the last time the two teams played each other -- the Cavaliers routed the Nets in front of the royal family -- Hollins responded, “The same thing I take from every game that we’ve played: Nothing. It’s a different game tonight. We can’t go back and say well we did this and we did that, and if we do it again we’ll win. Because this game will have its own identity.”
When a Cavaliers reporter tried to get Hollins to compare his former teammate Bill Walton’s ability to make outlet passes with Kevin Love, Hollins responded, “Kevin Love can’t even compare to Bill Walton.”
KG declines to talk: It would’ve been interesting to hear Kevin Garnett’s thoughts on Rajon Rondo being traded by the Boston Celtics. But Garnett elected not to take questions from the media. Perhaps he’ll be available postgame.
It is actually interesting to consider that Deron Williams could’ve been the point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. But he decided to pass on the opportunity in the summer of 2012, signing a max deal to remain in Brooklyn. Here’s something crazy: Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Williams all make more than any of the Mavericks starters.