PJ Carlesimo won't shake up Nets' lineup, but maybe the rotations
PJ Carlesimo said he had "thoughts” about changing the starting lineup for Saturday’s Game 4, but instead indicated he’ll be quicker to sub in offensive-minded players if the shooting woes resurface. Carlesimo’s rotations have fallen under criticism because of his continued use of a Gerald Wallace-Reggie Evans combination. While the forwards bring an added dimension to defense and rebounding, the Bulls are sagging off them on the other end, limiting space for Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The Nets have shot a combined 35 percent in Games 2 and 3. ““Thoughts about it (changing the starting lineup)? Yeah,” Carlesimo said. But we’re not going to change the starting lineup. If we’re struggling offensively then we need to address that. If changing the lineup or changing who we put on the floor helps us to score points then we’re going to have to do that. …It’s a tough balance because some of the problems we have is not because those guys (Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans) are not scoring. If we do some of the things that we normally do – if we make some threes, if we finish in the paint, then we’re okay and we can take advantage of other guys skill sets. “And not just say, ‘to hell with it, let’s just put an offensive team out there.’ Because that’ll get you in trouble where all of a sudden we’re not as good defensively anymore. We’re not as good rebounding anymore. By the fourth quarter last night, we had to score points. Whether we get that dramatically where we have to change the lineup five minutes into the game, I don’t know. But it’s certainly a concern going forward.”
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