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Mar 26, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during the first half against the Utah Jazz at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 26, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during the first half against the Utah Jazz at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Going from three down in the fourth to 20 down has become a Nets specialty of late. The Jazz pulled that off Monday night despite having played a four-overtime game Monday, then flying north from Atlanta. Even the Jazz beat writers mocked the Nets for their lackadaisical play.

"We watched it and it was even uglier than what it looked like in the game," Avery Johnson said after a video session Tuesday. "They were all disappointed by our lack of effort, energy, competitive spirit ... "I don’t think you’re going to see it happen again."

Johnson added that he remains optimistic about the Nets ... beyond this season. "I see us eventually being whole, eventually being a playoff team, and I see a different road team that’s gonna be even better on the road, and a team that’s eventually going to be better at home. That’s what drives me."

Later Johnson visited the Barclays Center construction site, where he said he can envision "our fans chanting 'Go Nets, Go!' It's going to be a real homecourt advantage."