Starting Five: Getting healthy?

NEW YORK -- While Jason Kidd and Kevin Garnett have talked about simplifying things as the reason for the Brooklyn Nets' turnaround this season, Deron Williams has a different explanation: health.

"We're just healthy now, a little bit more healthy, so you can see what we can do on the court," Williams said Tuesday.

Since returning from ankle injuries Dec. 10, Williams is averaging 18.8 points and 8.3 assists on 56.5 percent shooting -- 47.1 percent from 3-point range -- in 33.8 minutes. The Nets are 3-1 over that span. In his first nine games, Williams was averaging 9.3 points and 6.0 assists on 40.5 percent shooting -- 37.5 percent from 3-point range -- in 24.1 minutes.

The Nets don't know if Brook Lopez (ankle) will be back Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. He has missed the last two games, though again said he expects to play. Lopez had been averaging 24 points on 69 percent shooting in his previous three games before getting hurt.

Andrei Kirilenko (back) hopes to return before Dec. 28. Jason Terry (knee) will hopefully be back at some point in the near future, too.

The Nets got off to a terrible start, but obviously knew they had to be patient given all the injuries that decimated the team. Joe Johnson is the only starter who has appeared in every game this season.

If Williams and Lopez can stay healthy, there's no reason why the Nets can’t be one of the best teams in the extremely weak Eastern Conference.

Question: Do you agree with Williams that health has been the biggest reason for the turnaround?

In case you missed it: Lopez is questionable, Kidd talked about simplifying the defense and Paul Pierce's relationship with his protective glove appears to be over.

Homecourt advantage: The Nets have won their last three straight games at Barclays Center, outscoring their opponents by nearly 18 points per game (112.0 to 94.3).

Up next: Nets vs. Wizards Wednesday night at home. No shootaround. Stay tuned for updates on Lopez, though they likely won't come until right before game-time.