Wally Szczerbiak's left knee strain that will keep him out for much of the rest of the regular season will require Mike Brown to shift his rotation once again. In Szczerbiak the team lost some flexibility.
Brown said after Thursday's morning shootaround that Sasha Pavlovic, because of his size, will see his minutes increase. Some may view that as a good thing, others a bad. What is known about Pavlovic is that when he gets extended minutes, he usually produces.
It also represents another oppportunity for Daniel Gibson to try to get untracked. Gibson, who has received DNP-CDs (did not play - coach's decision) the past two games, has been inconsistent all season. In fairness, part of that has been due to a toe injury, but he said recently that it's 100 percent. In short: there should be no excuses for a lack of production now.
Rookie forward Darnell Jackson will rejoin the team tonight after his oh-so-brief appearance with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League. Jackson scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 114-106 win over the Austin Toros.