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Rotoworld.com reported prior to the game that Battier would replce Udonis Haslem in the starting lineup. Battier recently recovered from the flu and had eight points, two assists and a rebound in 26 minutes of action. The lineup move made sense to match up with the Nets, who started Paul Pierce at power forward.
It is uncertain whether Battier will start in Game 2 on Thursday. Much depends on what type of lineup the Nets employ, if they go with the small front court, or opt for a power approach.
Battier is a 13-year NBA veteran out of Duke who has played for the Grizzlies, Rockets and Heat. In 73 games this season, he averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Battier has career averages of 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 977 games.
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