Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
By Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch)
BROOKLYN—In the third quarter of Tuesday’s 108-98 victory at Barclays Center, with both of his centers already double-digit scorers, Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo sent center Andray Blatche to the scorer’s table – without signaling for starter Brook Lopez to exit.
The duo played out the quarter, with Blatche hitting a putback with 0.3 seconds remaining to push the Nets ahead by two entering the fourth. Resting Lopez to start the final period, Carlesimo waited only three minutes before against sending his starter to form a towering frontline alongside Blatche. The two big men played all but the final 38.2 seconds together as the Nets pulled away.
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Brooklyn Nets (38-27)
|G · Deron Williams||G · C.J. Watson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Joe Johnson (sore left heel) is OUT.
New Orleans Hornets (22-43)
|G · Greivis Vasquez||G · Eric Gordon||F · Al-Farouq Aminu||F · Anthony Davis||C · Robin Lopez|
Ryan Anderson (illness) is OUT.
Austin Rivers (fractured right hand) is OUT.
Jason Smith (torn right labrum) is OUT.
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|26 PTS, 5 REB, 3 BLK
10-15 FGs, 6-8 FTs
|18 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
9-15 FGs, BLK
|On Blatche and Lopez:
"The whole team has to pay attention to where they are at all times. We can also throw it down to either one of them on the block and let them go to work. Especially when they’re shooting the ball the way they are. They’re really hard to guard."