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Notebook: Back to old playbook

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the offseason, the Brooklyn Nets overhauled their roster.

This week, they overhauled their playbook.

"We just threw out about 40 percent of what we were doing offensively, and went to something else," Nets coach Avery Johnson said Monday.

Aside from implementing some older sets that they used to run for the last couple years, Johnson also made a change in the starting lineup, pulling Kris Humphries in favor of Keith Bogans.

As a result, Gerald Wallace moved to power forward, giving the Nets more scoring and passing ability at the position. Thus, their floor spacing was better and there was more cutting and movement on offense.

Point guard Deron Williams raved about Wallace’s versatility, quickness and transition game.

While the Nets struggled early against the Philadelphia 76ers, they ended up scoring 95 points on a respectable 44.6 percent shooting.

• Given that Humphries and MarShon Brooks are not in the rotation and seem to have fallen out of favor with Johnson, it’s no surprise that trade speculation has been rampid on Twitter.

"We’re still young, we’re still trying to figure things out. We’ve gone through a lot of different changes, a lot of different lineups We haven’t really found something that’s been steady for us," D-Will said. "I don’t see any reason that we need to panic and think about trades and stuff.

"I haven’t really talked to (GM) Billy (King) about anything like that (trades wise) this whole year. I think everybody’s happy with the teammates. We all get along. We feel as a team that we can be a good team. We just have to put it together."

• It sounds like we could be seeing more of the Brook Lopez-Andray Blatche frontcourt combo, according to Johnson. ... The Nets coach said Tornike Shengelia should see more playing time. “We wanna see what we’ve got there,” Johnson said. ... Gerald Wallace had a funny quote when asked about going up against Kevin Garnett. "I have to hope my quickness outdoes his age," Wallace said. ... As far as his health is concerned, D-Will said he’s "a little banged up, but I’m fine."

• Over the last seven games, Joe Johnson is averaging a team-leading 20.7 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point territory.

• From the Elias Sports Bureau courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information: The Nets are averaging 50.3 points per game in the first half, but just 43.8 in the second half, a decline of 6.5 points.

Since the NBA instituted the shot clock in 1954–55, only one team has had a decrease of even six points from the first half to the second half over a full season. The 2009–10 Cavaliers had a split of 53.8/47.7 first/second-half points in LeBron James’ last season in Cleveland.

D-Will’s 68 assists over his last 10 games are his second-lowest total over any 10-game span since the end of his rookie season.

Jerry Stackhouse’s 948 games without playing on Christmas Day are the most by any active player who hasn’t played on Dec. 25.