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Andray Blatche gives Nets a big boost

Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets dunks the

Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks. (Jan. 18, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

MILWAUKEE -- The Nets stretch drive will be a whole lot smoother and more encouraging for management and fans if Andray Blatche the way he did Tuesday. Blatche was so good in the fourth quarter that P.J. Carlesimo kept All-Star Brook Lopez on the bench.

Blatche had not been outstanding since mid-January, rarely scoring in double figures and shooting .411 from the field since Jan. 18. "I think Andray is not lacking for confidence, I think he has played well for us all year," the interim coach said. "When we give him minutes, he takes advantage of it. I thought it was a very good game for him, it's the kind of performance we need from him."


Flair for the dramatic

Joe Johnson's two dramatic baskets against the Bucks were no surprise to the Bucks -- or to his former Hawks coach. Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who had Johnson on his roster in Atlanta, said Wednesday, "When we started making our move as a franchise, Joe was really the foundation [on] which we started to build our basketball team."


Net cetera

Entering Wednesday night, Nets interim coach Carlesimo was 18-8, Bucks interim coach Jim Boylan was 10-10 . . . If Josh Smith, focus of the hottest trade rumors, had to choose between the Nets and Bucks, it wouldn't be bad news for Brooklyn. Johnson said before the 2010 playoffs: "Everybody knows there ain't nothing to do in Milwaukee, man . . . [even] the people that live there."

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