Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Utah Jazz head to Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets are coming off a one-point loss to the Chicago Bulls, while the Jazz have lost two straight.
Brook Lopez To See Extended Minutes
Avery Johnson announced that Brook Lopez’s minutes would increase the next two games after being limited to 24 in the previous two since his return to action.
Lopez played a few extra minutes late in Saturday’s loss to the Pistons. He has said that he’s felt fine the last few days.
Lopez may play upwards of 35 minutes in each of the next two games, and the Nets will need his scoring presence in the paint.
Deron Williams Squares Off against Former Team
Though the players have changed significantly since his days there, Deron Williams will be taking on his former team in the Utah Jazz.
In two career games against the Jazz, D-Will has averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 assists per game. However, he is only shooting 27.8 percent from the field including just 18.2 percent from three-point range.
Williams’ shooting has been streaky early on this season, and in fact, all of his collective numbers have declined since being traded to the Nets from the Jazz.
On Monday, Williams lauded former coach Jerry Sloan’s system in Utah and said that system is much different than Avery Johnson’s, which includes “more one-on-one and isos.”
Kris Humphries Back in the Starting Lineup
Now that Lopez has been back, Kris Humphries will start tonight at power forward.
Avery Johnson likes having Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans on the floor simultaneously, so with Blatche back on the bench, it makes sense for Evans to go back to the role he thrived in.
Humphries’ offensive production has been minimal this season, so hopefully a return to the starting lineup will motivate him to find last year’s form in which he averaged a double-double for the season.
Jerry Stackhouse and Josh Childress Out
Jerry Stackhouse will miss his third straight game with a sore right knee, while Josh Childress will be out for tonight’s game with a sore left foot.
The Nets have sorely missed Stackhouse’s three-point shooting over the past two games. Expect to see MarShon Brooks continue to get extended minutes in Stackhouse’s absence.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.