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January 7, 2015 Updates

After Lionel Hollins was asked multiple times and in multiple ways about the pairing of Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, the blunt and honest head coach gave a blunt and honest assessment of the way they have played as a tandem this season. “Let me put it this way: I hope they play better together,” Hollins said before the Nets lost to the Mavericks 96-88 in overtime Monday night. “The numbers have shown they haven’t played well together. Our plus-minus numbers are down, our defensive numbers are down, everything when they’re on the court together is not very good for that combination, but it’s also not very good for Jarrett [Jack] and Deron [Williams]. “It’s not nothing new. Seeing them on the court now, I’m not looking for what they don’t do, I’m looking for them to play well so we can possibly win the game.” New York Post

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The lineup with Brook Lopez and Deron Williams coming off the bench is the Nets’ starting alignment and Lionel Hollins is sticking to it. “That’s the way we’ve been going and we’re gonna continue to go that way,” Hollins said of his first five expected against the Magic Friday in Orlando. New York Post

Brook Lopez is set on any follow-up Star Wars movies. He really wants to be a Wookiee. And he may have an in. “My friend works on the set,” Lopez said. “I don’t want to jinx it, but pretty good so far.” Wookiees are hairy 7-foot critters that tear enemy arms from their sockets. But do they have love interests? “I hope so,” Lopez said. “Are there blonde Wookiees? I wonder.” New York Post

January 1, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets reserves Brook Lopez and Deron Williams had a really big impact in the team’s most impressive win of the season Tuesday night in Chicago. Lopez scored a season-high 29 points, while the Nets were plus-27 with Williams on the court. But in spite of this, Nets coach Lionel Hollins will continue to bring the $35.7 million tandem of Lopez and Williams off the bench Friday night in Orlando. “I thought Brook played extremely well, and he’s gonna be a big factor in what we do,” Hollins said. “I just like the other lineup.” The other lineup Hollins is referring to contains Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee. That lineup is 4-1 together, and the Nets (15-16) have won five of their past six games overall. ESPN.com

“No,” Lopez responded when asked if his disappointed about staying in a reserve role. “We have lots of starters. We have more than five starters, so it’s no big deal.” ESPN.com

“It’s not a demotion. It really isn’t,” Hollins said during a portion of his answer. “They’re still part of the team. Neither one of them got cut. They both go to the game every day and get paid every two weeks -- and they get paid handsomely. I just think it’s basketball and today’s society gets into, ‘Well, he’s a max player so he’s supposed to get all the minutes and get all the shots. Nobody else can shoot the ball. He shouldn’t even play defense. He shouldn’t even do anything but what he’s good at.’ I think basketball has always been a five-man group balanced, playing together, everybody contributing on offense. ESPN.com

December 31, 2014 Updates

After scoring 29 points to lead the Nets to a 96-82 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 22,032 inside United Center, it might be hard for coach Lionel Hollins to take him back out of it again. “I didn’t know I was going to start tonight,” said Lopez, who finished with those 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting — including going 10-for-14 over the final three quarters. “I was just trying to come out and play aggressive. New York Post

December 30, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins says he has no intention of changing his starting lineup -- even if it means max players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez continue coming off the bench. "This is the Brooklyn Nets," Hollins said defiantly after his team's 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Barclays Center. "Yes, they were starters, but they've been in and out of the lineup. And if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup for now?" ESPN.com

"We're winning, man, so that's all that matters," Williams said. "We have team guys, we're not selfish, we're not bigger than the team. That first group is definitely rocking right now, so let them rock." "It's not that different," Lopez said of playing a reserve role. "I just try to come in and be the same player that I always am." Williams ($19.8 million) and Lopez ($15.7 million) rank in the top 20 among the NBA's highest-paid players. ESPN.com

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Nets officials are confident they can move Williams and Lopez, retool around Johnson and stay in the playoff hunt in a weak Eastern Conference. Come 2016, Johnson would be off the books, too, leaving the Nets with a bundle of cap room to pursue Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond or Al Horford among others in a stacked free-agent class. Bleacher Report

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Without Lopez, second-year big man Mason Plumlee has starred, averaging 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in Lopez’s absence. Despite the Nets current three-game losing streak, the former Duke star has reached double figures in his past five games and scored a career-high 23 points in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday. “It’s not just offense, defensively he’s rebounded better, he’s rotating better. He’s just doing,” Hollins said. “Instead of thinking, ‘I should be playing more, I’m not getting this, I get yelled at all the tine,’ he stood up as a man and said I have to play better. Once he acknowledged that, he started playing better.” New York Post

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