After missing the last two games, and six of the last eight, point guard Antonio Daniels will return to action tonight, a day after his problematic right knee allowed him to get through a full practice on Wednesday.
But Daniels, who was the team’s opening day starter, and started five of his six games this season, will be coming off the bench, however, after going to coach Ed Tapscott and telling him that rather than mess with the rhythm the team has been building at the start of the last five games, he’ll contribute as a reserve.
Providing a spark off the bench is nothing new for Daniels, who spent the majority of his first 10 seasons in the league as a reserve before starting 71 games in place of Gilbert Arenas last season.
“He graciously came to me and said, ‘Coach, the last five or six games, we’ve been starting Dee and JaVale with the veterans and it’s been working, and they’re getting off to good starts. I’m more than willing to come off the bench and play with the second unit.’” Tapscott recalled. “I told him I was very appreciative for him for putting the team first and letting that flow continue. Now I know I have someone to go to off the bench who will really keep us organized, getting us into things like a 10-year, 12-year vet will do.”
In six games, Daniels is averaging 3.8 points and 3.8 assists.
Brown, who has started the last three games, appears to growing more comfortable each night. After averaging just 0.7 points and 1.5 assists while being used sparingly in his first six games of the season, Brown has notched 1.7 points and 1.7 assists in three games as a starter. Brown’s last game was his best by far when he scored a career high 10 points to go with three assists and two steals Tuesday night against Golden State.
Tonight’s inactive will be Oleksiy Pecherov.