PHOENIX – Thunder center Nenad Krstic will make his second start of the season tonight against the Phoenix Suns.
Krstic will replace Nick Collison in the starting lineup, as Thunder coach Scott Brooks attempts to adjust his lineup to better match up with Suns center Shaquille O’Neal.
The move, however, is expected to be for more than just a single game.
“We’re just going to change it up and give him an opportunity to start,” Brooks said. “It’s nothing against Nick. Nick’s been playing very well for us. It just gives us a different look. They both are going to play good minutes. We want them to both play well. We don’t know if it’s permanent. We don’t know how long it’s going to be.”
Since signing a free agent contract with the Thunder on Dec. 30, Krstic has averaged 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 23.3 minutes in 18 games. Krstic made his only other start of the season against Detroit on Jan. 16.