Brooklyn Nets: Utah Jazz

Jerry Sloan and D-Will: The last straw

June, 26, 2013
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Jazz CEO Greg Miller harkened back to the night when Jerry Sloan and former Utah point guard Deron Williams clashed, prompting Sloan’s resignation and, eventually, the trade that sent D-Will to the Nets.

Sloan and Williams got into an argument at halftime about the final play of the half on Feb. 9, 2011.

From the AP story:



Sloan walked away from the team toward his office and past Miller, saying: "I'd like to have a word with you after the game."

Williams shot back, "Yeah, I want to be in the meeting, too."

"Do you want me to quit right now?" Sloan replied.
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Rapid Reaction: Jazz 116, Nets 107

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WHAT IT MEANS: Two career trips to Utah for Deron Williams as a Net. Two losses against his former team.

Williams played well on Saturday night, scoring 21 points and dishing out 11 assists, but Brooklyn fell to the Jazz 116-107 at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Nets (42-31) had 17 turnovers, allowed the Jazz to shoot 55.6 percent from the field and fell to 16-27 against .500-or-better teams. They’ll return home briefly before wrapping up their eight-game circus road trip (4-3) four days from now.

D-Will’s former coach, Jerry Sloan, was in attendance. Interesting, since many believe it was Williams who was ultimately responsible for Sloan’s resignation in February 2011. D-Will was dealt to the Nets two weeks later. Williams was booed throughout this one.

Joe Johnson (right quad/left heel) missed his fourth straight game. Brook Lopez had 27 points, seven rebounds and four blocks but also five turnovers.

The Nets are now five games behind the New York Knicks in the loss column with nine games remaining. It doesn’t look like they’re going to be able to win the Atlantic Division title at this juncture.

THIRD ISN'T THE WORD: The Nets held a 54-52 lead at halftime, but lost it, as they’ve done all too often this season, in the third quarter. Randy Foye (26 points, 8-for-9 shooting from 3-point range) went 5-for-6 from 3-point range in the period, and the Jazz surged ahead thanks to a 16-2 run. In all, the Nets were outscored 31-20 in the third and trailed by nine heading into the fourth.

SUPER SUBS: The Nets won the second quarter 26-19 because their reserves carried them in the period. Kris Humphries, Andray Blatche and C.J. Watson (20 points overall) combined for 17 points.

SIZZLING START: The two teams combined to hit 20 of their first 25 shots. The Nets shot 61.1 percent in the first quarter but allowed the Jazz to connect on 68.2 percent of their attempts. Six turnovers also hurt Brooklyn, which trailed Utah 33-28 after one.

ADDED HELP: According to reports, the Nets are going to call up Kris Joseph from their NBDL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., sometime next week.

UP NEXT: Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday night at 7:30.

Nets interested in Millsap?

February, 13, 2013
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The Brooklyn Nets are interested in trading for Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The Nets have also been recently exploring trade opportunities for Josh Smith and Ben Gordon, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

Sources told the Daily News that the Nets offered Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks for Smith, but the Atlanta Hawks want a better package for their 27-year-old power forward.

While Nets GM Billy King told reporters Monday that he "isn't going to make a trade just to make a trade," it is expected he'll certainly make plenty of calls given that he's in the final year of his contract and the team he assembled has lofty expectations.

Millsap, 28, is averaging 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Jazz this season.

Deron Williams was a former teammate of Millsap's in Utah. Millsap would certainly give the Nets an upgrade at the four spot, while providing Williams with a solid pick-and-roll option on offense.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
16.4 0.6 0.5 28.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsB. Lopez 7.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.3
StealsT. Young 1.3
BlocksB. Lopez 1.7