Game 12: Jazz 98 – Nets 88:

November 18th, 2010 | by Spencer Hall

A long NBA season is punctuated by important nights that fans recall for years and show the identity of the team. And in between those important nights, the teams play the Nets.

A Wednesday is the most appropriately mundane day of the week, and seemed appropriate for a 98-88 win by the Utah Jazz at home against New Jersey. Paul Millsap picked up his fifth double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. All five Jazz starters scored in double digits. And both teams missed a million shots near the basket.

The game will be remembered mostly for Gordon Hayward’s first real dunk, a thundering left handed finish that brought the crowd to its feet.

Brook Lopez played well in the first half and scored 17 points but was held scoreless the rest of the game. Anthony Morrow took over in the second half when he scored 16 of his game-high 24. Even with the slow second half, Utah coach Jerry Sloan had high praise for Lopez.

One the Jazz side, the aforementioned starters played well but the bench was nearly non-existant. Earl Watson was honored on the JumboTron as the sub of the game after posting an epic line of 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 points. The entire bench combined for an evenly-distributed, but abysmal, 10 points. No bench player scored more than 2 points.

CJ Miles left the game in the second quarter with a strained back and didn’t return. He’s listed as day-to-day, but really, aren’t we all day-to-day?. The disappearance of Kyrylo Fesenko continued as he picked up the DNP-CD after apparently suffering a concussion on Monday against the OKC Thunder. After the game Fesenko changed quickly into street clothes and hurried out but claimed to be fine when asked about his health.

Not to get cute, but it was odd to see so many Nets players who still have strong identities on former teams now playing in new jerseys. Jordan Farmar will seem like a Laker for a long time. Devin Harris still looks like he should be representing Dallas. Anthony Morrow is so Golden State. Travis Outlaw was eponymous for the end of the Jail Blazer era in Portland. And Kris Humphries is still in the league?*

*Kris Humphries is not only still in the league, he is starting. No small feat for a man who was once traded by the Jazz to Toronto for Rafael Araujo.

Sidebar: Doesn’t that 2005 Jazz team with Humphries and Deron Williams seem like it happened 50 years ago? Also, it’s incredible that that team managed to win 41 games.

Up next for the Jazz is a Friday visit by their old nemesis, the  San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are dealing with the fallout from the announcement that Tony Parker and Eva Longoria are getting a divorce. It will be interesting to see how the media circus that is sure to follow will affect the play of the frenchman. Parker could have avoided this mess entirely had the Jazz taken him in the 2001 draft instead of going with the injury-plagued Raul Lopez.

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  1. Kevin Malphurs says:

    Good recap of the game. These are the type of games that the Jazz just need to win and move on. The Spurs game will be a better early season test for the team.

  2. Jefferson says:

    I have to admit, I think good things are in store for the Nets with Avery Johnson at the helm. I remember a post-game interview from back in his playing days – he said, “Tough times don’t last – Tough People Do.” I’m sure he stole that from somewhere, but I think that it epitomizes the way he played (and coaches) the game. With Prokorov’s wallet to back that up, they’ll leave the basement – but I wouldn’t evict the penthouse suites from the Lakers/Celtics/Etc. just yet.

    I also got a kick out of the reactions by Lopez after every foul. I’ve seen people think they never commit fouls (Kobe), but Lopez looked downright SHOCKED. Promising young big, though – excited to watch him continue to improve in the league.

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