WHAT: The Jazz are struggling, and the Nets have a chance to pick on up.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, ATTN-SM; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
I’m going to go ahead and declare Sunday night’s loss to the Sixers the most excruciating of the season so far. Jimmy Butler, man. Dude can close. Frustrating. Anyway, if there’s a bright side, (you knew I’d find one) I remember all too well when this Nets team was bad bad. Like, 20 wins a season bad. It wasn’t too long ago, and I’m sure plenty of us spent way too much time watching Shane Larkin and thinking Well, maybe if Jarrett Jack comes back we can make a little run? Which, in hindsight, is one of saddest things a basketball fan can think. We’re not there anymore. Be glad.
The Jazz, who took an absolute beating at the hands of the Pacers on Monday, are coming to Brooklyn Wednesday to try and bounce back. They’re 9-12, one game better than the Nets, but sit 14th(!) in their conference. One reason is the West is both absolutely loaded as well as balanced out across the board. The other is that they can’t seem to get it together like they did last year.
One good week and the Jazz could find themselves with the fourth seed, and a bad one could drop their playoff odds to a dangerously low number. Let’s get into it.
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