That can't happen. Up by 15 points in the second half with six minutes to go, the Brooklyn Nets coughed it up and ended up losing in overtime to the Phoenix Suns 108-100. The team has lost their last two games and it's done a number to Brooklyn's playoff standings and they're now 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Nets have one more game at home before they head down south to face the Heat on Wednesday.
Coming into town will be the Utah Jazz. It's another transition year for the Jazz as they hope to reenter the playoff chase soon. This is the last night of their four game road trip. They've gone 2-1 on the trip and won on Friday in Philly. They go home to face the Knicks on Tuesday.
Where to follow the game
YES Network on television and WCBS 880 AM on the radio. Tip of is after 6:00.
Nothing here for the Nets
Everybody's ready to go for the Jazz.
What's going on? Let's check it out:
Offensive Rebounding Rate
Free Throw Rate
Effective Field Goal Percentage
Opponent's Effective Field Goal Percentage
The Jazz won the first contest back in February.
Utah's looking a little different these days. Enes Kanter forced his way out of town and was sent to Oklahoma City at the trading deadline. Even with his departure, the Jazz have some hope for the future. Over at SLC Dunk, AllThatAmar notes:
But if this team needs to make the next step, they are going to have to evolve from a Big Three, to a deep team. Getting Alec Burks back next season will be huge. But for such a young team the main ideas seems to be you just need to keep them together, and develop them together. When you are forced to almost fully commit to the draft in order to improve the roster this is what must happen.
We get to see an old pal in action. Derrick Favors is in his fourth (plus the half season in 2011) season with the Jazz and is having his best year.Slowly but surely, he's been expanding his range. When he was on the Nets, practically every shot was near the basket. Now, he can step out and hit some jumpers from the high post. The Nets like using the small lineup these days, but Favors presents a major deterrent to that.
The Nets are going to need a much better performance out of Joe Johnson this evening. He only scored 11 points and found himself on the bench with a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Gordon Hayward on the other hand has been having an excellent season and was a fringe candidate to make the Western Conference All Star team. Hayward's always been a good jump shooter, and this year he's getting to the basket (and subsequently, the free throw line) at a career high rate. He presents a variety of challenges to defenders and it'll be up to Alan Anderson and Johnson to slow him down.
Player to watch: Rudy Gobert
Now that Kanter is out of town, Gobert has entered the starting lineup and he's been playing excellent ball. In eight second half games, the big guy is averaging ten points and almost 14 rebounds a night in only 32.7 minutes a night. He's only attempted three shots outside of the restricted area in those games, but that's not worth tripping considering: how good he is on the offensive glass and his success in cashing in those opportunities. As impressive as he is on that side, he's even more impressive on defense. Opponents are only shooting 38.6 percent at the rim when he is there. It deters opposing players from driving to the basket and makes life hell for big guys posting up. Even though the Jazz lost, watch Gobert on the inbounds play.
He was guarding the ball but one step away from making the game saving block. He's gonna become a star pretty soon.
If Friday's game was any indication, the Nets have another quality big man to add to the rotation. In only 15:53, Cory Jefferson picked up his first career double, scoring 12 points and snatching up 13 rebounds (seven on the offensive glass). There's no guarantee he'll see a lot of action tonight, but he deserves an opportunity to build on his excellent performance. They're also going to need a big game out of Brook Lopez. He's only shot 50 percent from the field twice in eight games this half, and that's double trouble considering that he is getting most of the shots for Brooklyn. He is still coming off the bench, but he's getting most of the minutes so that distinction doesn't matter much. If they can get the ball into Lopez in great position, Brooklyn will make things incredibly difficult for Gobert. If Lopez continues to struggle, the Nets' chances of snapping their two game losing streak will decrease dramatically.
From the Vault
The point guard position in today's NBA is arguably the best it's ever been. With that in mind, let's head on back to the last generation and watch Gary Payton and John Stockton in action.
More reading: SLC Dunk
- Brooklyn Nets Game Notes - Brooklyn Nets
- Utah Jazz Game Notes - Utah Jazz
- Jazz-Nets Preview - AP
- Sunday Shootaround: Rudy Gobert is revolutionizing the Utah Jazz - Paul Flannery - SB Nation
- Joe Johnson No Longer Nets Crunch-Time Leader - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Joe Johnson puzzled about why he was on bench in final moments of Nets' loss on Friday - Newsday - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets: Lionel Hollins defends decision - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Jarrett Jack is Nets' new go-to guy in clutch - Mitch Abramson - New York Daily News
- Why Joe Johnson is no longer the Nets’ last-shot specialist - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets rewind: Who should Hollins have played with 14 seconds left? - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Brooklyn Nets vs. Utah Jazz -- Preview - Sean Flattery - The Brooklyn Game
- Utah Jazz: Rookie Dante Exum answering questions about his defense - Aaron Falk - Salt Lake Tribune
- Defensive improvement now the norm for Jazz - Jody Genessy - Deseret News