Game 11 - Nets @ Nuggets - Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 p.m.

Avery Johnson spoke to reporters in Denver Tuesday about Deron Williams' comments on leadership and frustration. Williams had told reporters following Monday's game, "I gotta do a better job of leading these guys. They can't see me visibly frustrated, because that's not good for anybody's confidence."

For Johnson, the comments were welcome and he said he and D-Will had spoken before the Hawks game about the issue, specifically his point guard's body language. "Anybody that’s in a leadership role, a lot of times it’s not always what you say, but it’s what people see." Johnson told reporters that after the discussion, he felt Williams had shown a better attitude and it helped the team's performance. Johnson ripped into all his players at a practice in Denver late Tuesday, calling them out on their defensive performance.

Their next test will be Wednesday night when the Nets open a four-game western swing vs. the Nuggets.who are 6-4 but have lost two straight. The Nets will get a good look at Nene, their top free agent target who decided to stay in Denver for $69 million over five. His numbers are a little below those of Kris Humphries, who signed a one year deal at $8 million. Nene has been slowed by a sore heel. For the Nets, DeShawn Stevenson (knee) and Damion James (foot) are out. Mehmet Okur (back) is a game-time decision, but he's more likely to play than not.

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