- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Brooklyn Nets will try to put Sunday’s blowout loss to the Orlando Magic behind them when they host the Utah Jazz Tuesday night at Barclays Center. It’ll be Jason Kidd’s regular-season coaching debut at home. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
BE AGGRESSIVE: Kevin Garnett has said he wants to be more aggressive. Garnett has taken just five shots in the restricted area -- and missed them all. The Nets settled for two many jump shots in their 107-86 loss to the Magic. It’s early, and they are still trying to figure each other out. But the fact that they were flat for much of the Orlando game, as many of the players pointed out, is unacceptable.
“We got to come ready to play, come hit them early and make sure this game has our imprint the entire game,” Brook Lopez said.
INJURY REPORT: Lopez (sprained right ankle) and Andray Blatche (sprained left ankle) are expected to play. Deron Williams, who continues to recover from an offseason sprained right ankle injury, said he doesn’t think he’s off his minutes restriction yet, but wasn’t entirely certain. Kidd said the Nets would see how Williams feels before making that determination. Andrei Kirilenko (back spams) likely will see his minutes increased again as he continues to progress. Williams and Kirilenko have never beaten their former team (0-4).
NOT SO JAZZED UP: The Jazz are 0-3. They are a young team, in rebuilding mode. Kidd’s former teammate, Richard Jefferson, is their veteran leader. Derrick Favors, who the Nets traded to the Jazz in exchange for D-Will, is one of their young building blocks. Favors is averaging a very impressive 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in the early going.