Game 4: Brooklyn Nets vs the Utah Jazz

Brook Lopez; Paul Millsap
Brooklyn Nets (1-2)

Deron Williams, G
Joe Johnson, G
Paul Pierce, F
Kevin Garnett, F
Brook Lopez, C

Utah Jazz (0-3)
Jamaal Tinsley, G
Gordon Hayward, G
Richard Jefferson, F
Derrick Favors, F
Enes Kanter, C

Time/TV/Radio: 7:30 p.m., YES Network, WFAN 660/101.9 FM

OFFICIALS: The officials for this game are Derrick Stafford, Mark Lindsay and Scott Wall.

JAZZ FITS: The Nets have struggled against the Jazz in recent years and have lost their last four against them. Their last win against the Jazz came on Jan. 19, 2011 in Utah. Deron Williams joked that it would be nice to finally beat his old team, a feat he has yet to accomplish.

NETS ALL-TIME GREAT: Richard Jefferson may not be going to the Hall of Fame, but he’s did well for himself when he was with the Nets. He ranks third on their all-time points list (8,507), seventh on their rebound list (2,627), fifth in assists (1,486) and third in minutes played (17,499). Jefferson, along with Kenyon Martin and Vince Carter, are the only three players that played with Jason Kidd on the Nets and are still active.

SPREAD LOVE ITS THE BROOKLYN WAY: The Nets have eight players averaging at least 20 minutes per game and are just one of three teams to do so with the others being the Lakers and Spurs. Shaun Livingston is close to being included in that group as he has averaged 19.0 minutes per game. Only Paul Pierce has averaged more than 30 minutes per game. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each logged 30 minutes at least once. Nobody else has cracked that threshold.

BLOCK PARTY: Brook Lopez is one of just three players with at least two games with at least four blocks or more this season as he had four against Cleveland and five against Orlando. He blocked as many as five shots just three times last year. His career high was eight against Toronto on March 5, 2011. The Nets have out-blocked their opponents 21-9 so far this year.

HOPING FOR BETTER OUT WEST: This is the first of 30 games the Nets will play against Western Conference teams this year. They were 13-17 against them last year and will hope to get off to a better start this year.

SOLID BACKUP: So far Shuan Livingston has done a solid job as the Nets backup point guard as he has 11 assists and just one turnover so far this season.

UPDATE: The Nets got off to a nice 12-2 start and then the two teams played back-and-forth basketball until the end of the quarter. The Nets lead 28-18 after one.

Update (8:53): The Nets extended their lead to 54-38 behind a monster game from Brook Lopez, who has 19 points and four rebounds. They are shooting 58.8 overall as a team and are taking much better shots than they did against the Magic. Mason Plumlee got some first half minutes, but took a bad foul for which Kevin Garnett was seen yelling at him over.

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