P.J.: We’ve got three All-Stars

Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

The NBA All-Star reserves, voted by the Eastern Conference coaches, will be announced on Thursday, and Nets interim-esque coach P.J. Carlesimo thinks the Nets deserve three spots off the bench.

“They’re all worthy of being All-Stars,” Carlesimo said of Nets stars Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams after last night’s game. “It’s in the coaches’ hands now, so I feel good about that. There’s 15 teams in our conference. So we’ll see what happens. The only good news is if they don’t make it, they’ll get some rest.”

Carlesimo, who cannot vote for his own players via NBA rules, had especially high praise for Lopez. “He’s playing as well as any center in the league. I don’t know another center that’s playing better than him.”