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Nets players "craving" Avery's leadership

After the Nets' 110-96 win last night against the Clippers, Avery Johnson said, "Our defense has been pretty consistent. We held one of the best offensive teams in the league, [the Magic], to 41% [shooting] and 91 points with a tough center in Dwight Howard. So the guys are getting a little bit more confident defensively. And tonight, we held this team to 39% from the field, so if we can just rebound the ball ... But the guys got it in them."

The guys are not only buying into Johnson's defensive system, but according to the Wall Street Journal, they're craving it. General Manager Billy King said that being coached is like listening to parents, but the Nets are not putting up a front. "You may not want to hear what they have to say, but you realize it's the right thing," King said. "I think that's what Avery is doing with our guys. They understand that he's looking out for what's best for them." Terrence Williams, who's back to practicing after his lower abdominal strain, said players have to trust him (New York Post). "He's not some guy that never coached in the NBA before and became the coach of the New Jersey Nets. It's a coach that's been around and everything that he says, I'm putting myself 100% into it."

In other team news, the league office has decided not to suspend Devin Harris for his flagrant 2 foul against Clippers power forward Blake Griffin. "It didn't look too good," said Harris, who was ejected after the foul. "I certainly wasn’t trying to hurt him. But I am very relieved."

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