The Brooklyn Nets picked up a nice win over the San Antonio Spurs this weekend, their first win in the “bubble” - yes, a scrimmage - coming just days after getting blown out by the Pelicans in their first scrimmage.
Now, they get a chance to run at the Utah Jazz, a team that has some optimism for making a run at it this year, while the Nets are just trying to stay healthy-ish.
The good news is, this is the last scrimmage. After this, they count.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (1-1) vs. Utah Jazz (1-1)
WHEN: 5:30PM EST
WHERE: NBA TV, Fox Sports Live
For more on the Jazz: SLC Dunk
Nets fans will have to wait till Friday to see Jamal Crawford. The 40-year-old who hasn’t played in 15 months is still not ready, said Jacque Vaughn. Instead, the Nets head coach plans on building up his core players in the team’s last scrimmage vs. the Jazz on Monday evening. The game is available live on FOX Sports Live at 5:30 p.m. and on tape delay following the Yankee game on YES.
“Health will be No. 1 priority, but also putting a package of minutes underneath guys belts a little bit more going forward,” he said in the Nets daily Zoom conference call Sunday. “Again, we’re still in the process of putting (Crawford) in the best position by building him up steadily, knowing that we have four or five days between when these games are for real.”
So expect Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, the Nets core going into the “seeding” games, to get the bulk of minutes against a relatively healthy Utah squad. With Harris, Tyler Johnson and Justin Anderson joining the fray for the first time vs. the Spurs, the Nets are close to a full squad. Donta Hall, who began practicing with the team two days ago, also won’t be available Monday.