The odds were against the shorthanded Nets.
Without James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, the Nets suffered a resounding loss to the Jazz, 118-88 in Salt Lake City. With the loss, Brooklyn drops to 30-15 on the season and is 2.0 games behind the first seeded Sixers. The loss also ends the Nets’ nine-game, nine-game winning streak on the west coast road.
“It’s a great team. The team with the best record in the league. We went there severely under-equipped and more importantly they stayed together and played hard, ”Nash said after the game.
“Defensively, we’re pretty good. Maybe gave up too many threes but otherwise did a lot of good things defensively. I just told them I’m proud of them. It was great to see some of these guys get a few minutes, chances, buckets, rebounds, saves and develop. There is a lot to be thankful for and we are moving to Detroit. ”
The Nets became the last NBA team to lose a game by 20 points or more.
Despite a loss of 30 and a delay of 20+ for the majority of the contest, the game turned into a great opportunity for the actors… and no one seized the moment more than Alize Johnson who joined the team. Wednesday morning.
Johnson signed a 10-day deal with Brooklyn on Monday after an impressive G League bubble campaign. He was by far the brightest point of defeat. The 6’8 ”forward finished with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds to accompany three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of play.
“He was awesome,” Nash said after the game. “I crammed the stats sheet, played good defense and gave us tons of energy. I don’t think he’s really played since the G League bubble, so an effort on his part. (I’m) proud of the way he played.
The 24-year-old entered the game with 31 games of NBA experience spread across two seasons with the Pacers. He became the first Net since 1979 with over 20 points and over 15 rebounds on his team debut. Calvin Natt (20 points and 19 rebounds) had his big game on October 12, 1979.
“Just prove to everyone that I belong here in the NBA,” Johnson said of the statement about his post-game game. “I have done a lot of work and I will continue to work and try to be the best player I can be.”
With the trade deadline approaching Thursday afternoon, the Nets can release Johnson to fill a spot on the roster if needed. But on the other end of the spectrum, Brooklyn can offer Johnson a second 10 days after the first expires, provided it comes on the deadline … and the signing of the redeemed players.
“I just take it day to day and try not to think about it. Whenever I’m on the pitch and have a chance I try to play like it’s my last game, ”Johnson said of the uncertainty about his future. “That’s how I approach this thing and everything else will take care of itself.”
Chris Chiozza, who hasn’t played in the last seven games until Wednesday, performed well in the loss as the playmaker clocked in 28 minutes and finished with 10 points and 11 assists in the win. The Nets in both directions didn’t shoot the ball well, however, winning 4 of 16 overall and 2 of 9 deep.
Reggie Perry, himself just back from the “bubble”, had 12 points and eight rebounds and shot 4 of 9 overall, including 2 of 4 deep.
Starting Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with 14 points, five rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes as he works to get back into the rotation. Joe Harris got just five minutes of action in the first quarter before being rested for the rest of the game while DeAndre Jordan scored four points in 12 minutes off the bench.
For Utah, Donovan Mitchell was the top scorer as he finished with 27 points in 27 minutes followed by Mike Conley, who contributed 18 points in 25 minutes as the Jazz improved to 32-11 over the season. , 17 in a row at home as the team holds the No. 1 seed in the West.
It was certainly a strange first quarter for the stoned Nets. The Jazz rolled early as Utah forced themselves to a 16-4 lead on an impressive 11-0 run as Steve Nash canceled an early time-out with 7:38 left in the first. While Utah certainly didn’t let go of the gas as the Jazz built up their lead against the shorthanded Nets, finishing first with a 38-17 lead. The Lousy Nets initially allowed the team to shoot 25.0% overall and 18.2% deep while posting three turnovers.
Nash and the Nets surely had their fun experimenting with the rosters as the 10 active players saw the minutes of the first quarter. To close the period, Reggie Perry, who finished with 12 points in 28 minutes, DeAndre Jordan, and Nicolas Claxton, who finished with four points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, were on the ground together.
Brooklyn regained her balance in the second as Utah reduced their effort and cooled off, making their first basket with 6:28 left. As the Nets held the Jazz scoreless for nearly six minutes, Brooklyn compiled an 11-3 run as they cut the long deficit throughout the second, but Utah woke up to finish the mid- time with a 63-38 at the break, shooting 30.2 percent from field and 15.8 percent from depth – a low season.
The Nets’ 38 points in the first half scored the fewest points scored by the team all season and not a single Net entered the double-digit break. Chiozza delivered a good punch to Brooklyn as his agitation and speed translated into seven points in 12 minutes while Luwawu-Cabarrot collected seven points in 16 minutes.
Utah came out of the locker room looking to bolster their lead as the Jazz forged a 15-6 run in the opening seven minutes of the third as the game seemed to come to an end at this point. The Nets trailed 29 before the last 12 minutes, Utah held onto their lead, dropped their bench midway through the fourth and won the game. And that was it.
Protect Harden from himself
Wednesday’s loss was only the second time James Harden has sat since being traded to the Nets in the first week of January. Although he played in Portland on Sunday, he was still suffering from the shot he took in the neck in the game before against the Wizards.
Nash explained ahead of the game that Harden wanted to play, but it was not his decision, that the team decided that an extra 40 minutes could hurt him more than a loss.
“I hope it’s short term,” Nash said. “To be honest I’m sure James would have liked to play [in Utah]. But it is not. I don’t think it’s safe for him to play, and I think sometimes you have to protect him from himself. He is such a warrior and competitor and loves to play.
“But it was questionable for [Tuesday], played a ton of minutes. You could see it was difficult for him to shoot the ball, but he was still obviously dominating in other ways. But I think [Wednesday] it was the smartest and safest decision to protect him from himself and get him out of the lineup because he was struggling. It’s quite painful. I hope he will be back in the next game, but we will have to see day after day here.
So no word yet if the neck pain and if he would be back on Friday.
The cinema room
There weren’t many highlights in this one (duh) other than ESPN literally using Q3 as a podcasting opportunity to get Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss some deadline rumors. They just… didn’t comment on the game for 8 minutes of play. I don’t know if I’ve laughed this hard in a long time.
Alize Johnson was good too, right? Promising energy, good rebound instincts. He will have a chance somewhere.
It’s a boost! He entered!
It is all I have. I am sorry. It was hard.
Hilarious Reggie Perry Commentary On Weird Programming
There was a stretch during the first half where Nash, a mad scientist on Wednesday night, threw a roster that included THREE crosses with Nicolas Claxton, Reggie Perry and DeAndre Jordan (yes, that game did this weird). It was a night of experimentation.
Reggie Perry provided his (hilarious) thoughts.
“When we first saw it,” Perry explained. “We all looked at each other like… okay?” … Are we all here on the same footing? … ”
The full video does it justice.
“At first when we saw it happen, we were like … okay …”
Reggie Perry has spoken about playing in a center lineup tonight with DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton pic.twitter.com/7b88Zskafy
– Net Videos (@SNYNets) 25 mars 2021
As Sponge Bob might say …
Par Will Hanley.
The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday. Pundits continue to suggest Brooklyn offers injured Spencer Dinwiddie in potential deals for a veteran wing defender. The Nets will end their three-game road trip when the team travels north to face the Detroit Pistons on Friday. The game is expected to tip at 7:00 p.m. ET.
For a different (and more positive) perspective, check out SLC Dunk – our sister site covering Utah Jazz.
- Box Score: Utah Jazz 118, Brooklyn Nets 88 – NBA.com
- Game highlights: Utah Jazz 118, Brooklyn Nets 88 (video) – NBA.com
Highlights: Alize Johnson 23 points, 15 rebounds (video) – NBA.com
Highlights: Chris Chiozza 10 points, 11 assists (video) – NBA.com
Nets Post Game Plus: Nets fall to Jazz (Vidéo) – Nancy Newman & Frank Isola – YES Network
NBA Trade Deadline Preview (Video) – Nancy Newman & Frank Isola – YES Network
Sarah Kustok, Richard Jefferson on losing the Nets (Video) – YES Network
Steve Nash on the Nets’ loss to Jazz (video) – YES Network
Alize Johnson talks about making the most of her opportunities (Video) – YES Network
Wear Brooklyn to? (Video) – Network YES
NBA Jazz leader Donovan Mitchell beat shorthanded Nets – AP
Without Big Three, Nets suffered 30-point loss by Jazz – Larry Fleisher – Reuters
Big 3-less Nets hammered by the best jazz in the NBA – Brian Lewis – New York Post
Nets sit down James Harden to “protect him from himself” – Brian Lewis – New York Post
Young Nets Nic Claxton Provides Big Defensive Boost – Brian Lewis – New York Post
Listen to episode 14 of “Fullcourt on Flatbush”: do nets need to trade? feat. Rod Thorn (Podcast) – Jake Brown – New York Post
Shorthanded nets prove no game for NBA’s best jazz – Greg Logan – Newsday
James Harden was a player for Nets, but was ruled out against Jazz – Greg Logan – Newsday
Nets get blown up by Jazz after James Harden is forced to sit with a neck injury – Kristian Winfield – New York Daily News
Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden (neck) ‘no guarantee’ for Friday against Pistons – Malika Andrews – ESPN
Alize Johnson, who signed 10-day deal with Nets, shines with 23 points, 15 rebounds against Utah – Alex Smith – SNY
Sources: JaVale McGee on the Nets’ radar – Ian Begley – SNY
NIVEAUX DE JEU: Bench Nets Blown Out by Jazz comme Alize Johnson Shines in Debut – Elizabeth Swinton – The Brooklyn Game
JAZZ 118, NETS 88: BROOKLYN SHORTHANDED TOMBE DANS UTAH – Tom Dowd – Brooklyn Nets
NETS VS. JAZZ: ALIZE JOHNSON, REGGIE PERRY ET STEVE NASH TOP CITATIONS – Tom Dowd – Brooklyn Nets
GALLERY: NETS VS. JAZZ – Brooklyn Fillets
Instant analysis: Jazz takes end-to-end victory over shorthanded Nets – Sarah Todd – Deseret News