Check out the advanced box score from last night's 104-88 Brooklyn Nets blowout victory over the Utah Jazz here.
Five final thoughts on the game after the jump.
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Following Brooklyn's 107-86 loss at the hands of the lottery-bound Orlando Magic Sunday night, Kevin Garnett had some choice words for his teammates on the franchise's charter flight back to Brooklyn.
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The last time Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson, and Lawrence Frank were in the same building, it was for the 2007-08 New Jersey Nets. Even though it's 2013, RJ is still giving Nets fans a taste of the good ol' days. Jefferson, now with the Utah Jazz, went vintage against the Brooklyn Nets, throwing down a nasty reverse dunk midway through the 2nd quarter.
To my amazement, Jefferson still has a little bit of gas left in the tank. No matter what team RJ is playing for, I'll always appreciate one of his classic dunks.
The Brooklyn Nets take on the Utah Jazz tonight, at 7:30 P.M. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in a matchup of two teams with wildly contrasting managerial styles. Four of Utah's top five minute-getters in the early season are under 23 years old; not one Nets rotation player is under the age of 25. (23-year-old Mason Plumlee has played a grand total of three minutes.) The Jazz are built for 2018, the Nets now.
The Jazz have been in frantic rebuilding mode since the trade that sent Deron Williams to the Brooklyn Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round draft picks. Harris is since gone. Favors is a full-time starter. One of those two picks is full-time starter Enes Kanter, and the other was packaged in the 2013 draft in a deal that netted the Jazz seventh overall pick Trey Burke. Burke is also a full-time starter, but is out following surgery to repair a broken right index finger.
Williams has never beaten his former team, and the Nets haven't beaten the Jazz since January 19, 2011. But that fortune could change with the team's new additions: Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce haven't lost to the Jazz since March 22, 2010, losing to a point guard who put up 22 points and 11 assists named... Deron Williams.
Watch: YES Network, 7:30 P.M. EST
Listen: CBS WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM
Discussing tonight's X-Factors:
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There's always been major speculation surrounding the tenuous relationship between former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Jazz point guard/current Brooklyn Nets franchise player Deron Williams. The oft-told story is that Sloan's strained relationship with Williams, branded a "coach killer," forced him into retirement.
For the first time, Jazz CEO Greg Miller spoke with reporters about the incident, which he says he wrote down in a journal and kept to himself for the past two years.... MORE →
D-Will's game has that MSG vs. Lin feel tonight #Nets
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) March 31, 2013
Utah is booing Deron Williams. I don't think he cares. #Nets
— FromRussiaWithDunk (@FromRussiaWDunk) March 31, 2013
Deron needs to beat these haters. Let's go #Nets!
— D. Kang T. G. (@dannyk012) March 31, 2013
— Henry Sanchez (@HenrySanchez) March 31, 2013
#Nets getting ready to tip. Giant portrait of Gordon Hayward outside the stadium. Tough times in Utah.
— Brooklyn Fans (@BrooklynFans) March 31, 2013
Tonight: The 42-30 Brooklyn Nets, six games into their eight-game, 17-day road trip thanks to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey taking over Barclays Center, take on the 37-36 Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The Jazz are 26-9 at home and winners of their last three overall following a four game losing streak. The Jazz return home after beating Portland last night, 105-95, to snap a nine game road losing streak. The Nets are 4-2 so far on the road trip, losing convincingly to the Nuggets, 109-87, last night in Denver. The Nets are 11-8 in the second half of back-to-backs, but only 1/3 when both contests are road games. Deron Williams is 0-3 against his former team as a member of the Nets.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ryan Ruocco and Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
Out: For Brooklyn, Joe Johnson is OUT for the fourth straight game as he rests his sore quad. Keith Bogans will again start in his place. The Jazz will be without backup Enes Kanter for the second straight game with a dislocated shoulder.
Utah Jazz: Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez
After a blowout loss in Denver, the Nets don't have any time to dwell, traveling to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz tonight. Along with a shot at redemption, you know what that means: another shot at "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
The game is as simple as it sounds:
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