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Lionel Hollins starts Bojan Bogdanovic and it pays off

The Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic shoots over Kyle

The Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic shoots over Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter of Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs at Barclays Center on Monday, April 27, 2015. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Lionel Hollins' subtle starting lineup adjustment paid big dividends for the Nets and hellped them get back in the series. He started Bojan Bogdanovic at shooting guard instead of a struggling Markel Brown in Game 2 and has kept things the same since, refusing to tinker with what's working.

Bogdanovic hit the go-ahead basket in the Nets' 120-115 overtime win over the Hawks on Monday night and is averaging 11.3 points in the last three games of the series. He stretches the Hawks' defense, freeing things up on the interior and giving Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young more room inside.

"The way that they were coming out and overplaying us defensively and not really playing Markel and with his inexperience," Hollins said, "I just wanted to take him out of that position where he had to make decisions and go and make plays that he wasn't comfortable making at this time in his career, and go with another guy who is more comfortable with making these decisions.

"Obviously, it helps us get off to a better start because we are not playing four-on-five, because that's essentially what it turns out to be. So he'll get another shot."

Brown, who hasn't played since Game 1, said it's not easy to see his role diminished.

"It's a crazy feeling, but . . . it is what it is," Brown said. "I can't do anything about it. I hate to be in this position, but hopefully it's for the betterment of the team."


Brook Lopez, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds, has topped the 20-point plateau in nine of his 11 career playoff games, which includes three of four contests in this series . . . Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was at Barclays Center for the second straight game and hosted a reception with about 50 season-ticket holders at halftime. He also spoke with season-ticket holders before Game 3 on Saturday . . . Friday's Game 6 in Brooklyn is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

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