ATLANTA - Before Mirza Teletovic checked into the game with 6:14 left in the first quarter Wednesday night, signaling his first action in three long months, he made it clear he hasn't lost one shred of his ever-present confidence.
He wasn't about to start second-guessing his shot selection. "No," Teletovic said. "Not really."
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Same old Mirza. Less than a week after getting cleared for contact, Teletovic was the first reserve Nets coach Lionel Hollins called for off the bench in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Hawks, completing an amazing comeback.
Teletovic, who was diagnosed with multiple blood clots in January, is getting worked back into the mix slowly. He logged just 3:50 and missed both shots he took, collecting two rebounds. "It was good just to see him back out there," Deron Williams said. "He's missed a lot of time, so he's rusty and that's to be expected."
Hollins starts Bogdanovic
Hollins went with Bojan Bogdanovic at starting shooting guard over struggling rookie Markel Brown, figuring it might be a way to get off to a better start than they did in the series opener. Bogdanovic hadn't started since Feb. 20 against the Lakers in Los Angeles, when he scored 18 points. He sprained his ankle in practice in Denver two days later and Brown replaced him in the lineup, starting 29 games. Hollins didn't give all that much consideration to going with Alan Anderson over Bogdanovic at the game's outset because Anderson is still working himself back after missing the final seven regular-season games nursing a sprained left ankle.
"I thought Bogey did a nice job last time," Hollins said. "Bogey's been playing, Alan's just coming back from injury. It just got in a situation last game where I played him probably more than I had anticipated playing him." Net-cetera
Williams' left wrist got banged up near the end of the second quarter when Korver's pass intended for Jeff Teague hit it . . . Game 4 in Brooklyn is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff Monday if Game 5 of the Bucks-Bulls series isn't necessary. Otherwise, tipoff will be at 8 p.m.