Markel Brown checked out of the game with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter Sunday night. He never took off his warm-ups again.
The rookie starting shooting guard was replaced in the lineup at the start of the second half by Bojan Bogdanovic as Nets coach Lionel Hollins looked for an offensive infusion after a lethargic opening 24 minutes. Brown logged only 5:35 and scored four points -- two on a highlight-reel putback dunk -- and Hollins suggested that he could make a more permanent move leading into Game 2 of the Nets' Eastern Conference first-round series with the Hawks.
Particularly with Alan Anderson back from injury.
"Bogey is really the starter," Hollins said. "And Markel, I play him to get some experience and some minutes. And usually, if he's playing better, he gets to play in the second half. If he's not, then I stick with the guy who's the starter. It's not rocket science. Markel may not get to start again if we go into the meeting Monday and decide we want to go in a different direction from the start because Alan is back now."
Anderson, who missed the final seven games of the regular season with a sprained left ankle, saw his first action in nearly three weeks. He scored five points in 15:33 and said he still is a bit sore. He's thankful there are nearly three full days between games.
"They are going to help me out a lot," Anderson said. "I'm going to be better Wednesday, just my timing and everything, and being more aggressive on defense and offense."
The Nets outrebounded the Hawks 47-39 and had 12 offensive boards . . . Hawks center Al Horford dislocated his right pinkie in the fourth quarter but returned to play.