Key to Nets' season: role adjusting

A minor car accident couldn't stop Brook Lopez from not only showing up to last night's game (New York Daily News), but also delivering a standout performance, scoring 23 points in 24 points. One of the main reasons for that is Lopez is the team's proven center, who's entering his third season at that position. The only other player in the starting five with consistent experience at his starting position is Devin Harris at the one. Shooting guard Anthony Morrow, small forward Travis Outlaw and power forward Kris Humphries, who's replaced Troy Murphy who's now out indefinitely with a lower back injury (USA Today), have all started at one point previously in their careers, but never to begin a season. And, except for Humphries, they are scheduled to remain in those spots in the long term.

During the Nets' preseason game last night against the Celtics, which they lost 96-92, you can see they have adjustments to make. Morrow, who is a starter because of his shooting, looked hesitant to launch it up, and when he did he was off, finishing 3 for 10 from beyond the arc. Outlaw, who is a starter because of his slashing abilities, lost his dribble a couple of times and once got stuck in a jumpball. And Humphries, who is a starter because of his aggressiveness, didn't even attempt a shot. One player who's been stepping up his game and could challenge Morrow for the starting two spot is Terrence Williams. Against the Celtics, he showed he can score off the dribble, off the pull-up jumper and off the fastbreak. In addition to his scoring output (17 points), he can pass (five assists) and board (four rebounds). He just has to limit his turnovers -- he had five last night.

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