Not sure what to make of this team. What’s clear is the Nets have been thoroughly bipolar since the All-Star Break. Snapshot of the last eight days: solid win at Dallas, shocking triumph over Golden State, calamity at home vs. Charlotte, tragicomedy down the stretch vs. Phoenix, and carelessness tonight vs. Utah.
Ostensibly the Nets are in a playoff race. On nights like tonight, they don’t deserve to make it. And that’s a shame, because it looked a week ago like they were turning a corner.
The stats: 19 PTS, 10 REB, 8-17 FG
Bright spot of the game. Established position on the low block rather than camping out on the perimeter. Used aggressive drop-steps to find jump-hook opportunities going towards the basket. Cut into the paint for short floaters. Did an uncharacteristically strong job on the offensive glass. Contained Gobert in the post. Lopez is at his best when he (a) stays near the rim and (b) when he gets there, try to finish strong. Tonight he did both.