Avery still searching for an offensive identity

Tomorrow when the Nets face the Rockets, Avery Johnson will have a new face at power forward in the starting lineup: Joe Smith. With Troy Murphy out, Kris Humphries not quite the answer and Derrick Favors under-performing, Johnson is now looking at Plan D (The Star-Ledger). "You know, we looked at Favors, we looked at Humphries, we're looking for somebody that can maybe make a shot for us in that situation," Johnson said. "So again, because this is an experimental preseason that's part of the way we're experimenting because we're not going to have Murphy."

While Johnson is cycling starters at the four position, Favors is far from being in the doghouse. "I am not concerned about Derrick Favors at all," Johnson said. Rather, he's more focused on establishing an offensive repertoire to carry the team throughout the season. "My major concern right now is offensively," Johnson said. "We don’t have an identity outside of Brook’s post-up and Devin’s penetration. We don’t have much else." There has been Terrence Williams picking up where he left off from last season, but Travis Outlaw and Anthony Morrow will have to get accustomed to starting on an everyday basis and performing at a high level. Outlaw is averaging 9.6 ppg and Morrow is at 8.8 ppg in the preseason.

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