Deron Williams will make his return to the starting lineup tonight against the Indiana Pacers, replacing Alan Anderson. Williams will start alongside Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Deron Williams will return to the starting lineup tonight, replacing Alan Anderson. #Nets
— Reed Wallach (@ReedWallach) February 1, 2014
This will be Williams' first start since January 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We broke down how well the Livingston and Williams backcourt can be when they are on the floor together here.
In other news, Andray Blatche will sit tonight with a bruised left hip that he suffered against the Thunder last night. Blatche had a noticeable limp last night in the locker room following the Nets' loss. It's the first time in a season and a half that Blatche has missed a game due to injury. He took a personal leave of four games this season that was generally believed to be related to a lack of conditioning.
Andray Blatche is out #Nets
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) February 1, 2014
Andrei Kirilenko is also out tonight, his second straight scratch, with a bruised calf. The Nets could have used Kirilenko to defend Paul George.