NEWARK, N.J. — They look lackadaisical, unenergetic, frustrated and are struggling mightily to score and defend.
In other words, the New Jersey Nets look like they normally do.
Imagine how badly they'd be losing to Utah had the Jazz not played a quadruple-overtime game last night.
Both teams were sluggish in a low-scoring first quarter, but the Jazz picked up the pace in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 49-32 lead at Prudential Center.
Coach Tyrone Corbin has distributed the minutes among 10 players so far, and made his first substitution just four minutes into the game when he brought Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and, surprisingly, Earl Watson into the game.
Watson had been relegated to a third point guard role in recent games due to the standout play of Jamaal Tinsley.
Ten players scored for the Jazz (26-23) in the first half, led by eight points apiece from Al Jefferson and Burks.
Former Jazz star Deron Williams only has three points on 1-for-9 shooting to go with four assists for the Nets (16-34).
Burks leads the Jazz in minutes played with 15:38.
None of the Jazz starters has more than 14:18 (Millsap and Harris), while C.J. Miles only has logged six minutes. The Jazz's first five each played at least 491/2 minutes in Sunday's marathon 139-133 loss to the Hawks.
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