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Avery Johnson to Derrick Favors: Give us a reason to start you

Dec 27, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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At some point this season, Derrick Favors is going to be starting for the New Jersey Nets.

That point is not now, and Sunday coach Avery Johnson told the Star-Ledger the reason is Favors.

“What we told him today — he’s got to give us a reason to start him,’’ Johnson said on a conference call yesterday after the Nets’ practice in East Rutherford. “We need to see more consistency. He needs to dunk on three people in a night.’’

In his last nine games Favors has averaged 7 points and 5 boards a game in 20 minutes. In that stretch he is actually shooting better from the field (60.5 percent) than from the free throw line (57.9 percent).

The other issue is that Kris Humphries continues to play very well in front of Favors, scoring well and providing more of a presence on the boards. Coaches are not inclined to sit the guy playing better, but in the end if it is about long-term growth they need to play Favors more.

Unless he gets traded for Carmelo Anthony.

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