ORLANDO, Fla. - Bojan Bogdanovic hasn't started since Dec. 10, when Lionel Hollins pulled the rookie out of the lineup and replaced him with Sergey Karasev.
Bogdanovic had his first DNP Friday night against the Magic and was an afterthought in Tuesday's win over the Bulls, entering with 2:49 left and the Nets leading by 20. In 16 games last month, Bogdanovic averaged 5.4 points in 17.4 minutes and shot only 38.8 percent. In 14 games in November, he averaged 10.1 points in 30.8 minutes and hit 42.3 percent of his attempts.
"It's not what Bogey's done, it's what he's not done," Hollins said. "You've got to play and compete, and go out and play well, and Karasev has shown me a lot in practice. We were struggling, I gave him a shot and he played well. . . It's also a product of Bogey just hitting a wall and just not being aggressive."
The past three months have been an education for Bogdanovic. "I didn't know that I was going to play this kind of minutes, that I was going to be a starter," he said recently about starting 19 games. "So I was surprised about that. But I am confident, and minutes and things depends on me."
KG: Plumlee's ears opened
After starting the season sluggishly, Mason Plumlee averaged 16.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his last 11 games entering Friday night. Kevin Garnett said Plumlee's turnaround stems from one word.
"Listen," Garnett said. "Mason's playing well because he's listening. And he's trusting and we're trusting him. And I think he's playing beautifully and I just want him to continue what he's been doing. He's great right now."