DeSagana Diop's become a fixture on the bench in recent weeks, but tonight he has big chance to show Avery Johnson that he means business when it comes to defending the paint and being a force on the boards.
With Erick Dampier (swollen left knee) out, Diop will get the start.
"I've been staying in shape for something like this so I can be ready," Diop said. "You want to go out there and step up just to make a statement, but I don't worry about that. I jus have to go out and play my game."
-- Jeff Caplan