A lot has been made of the New York Knicks' woes, and rightfully so. But what of the New Jersey Nets? Monday's 102-75 loss to the Jazz was the Nets' sixth straight. I'm only glad that Tony Soprano didn't live to see this.
Deron Williams had 20 points and Ronnie Brewer had 14 points and five steals for Utah. "It feels good to get home and get the crowd behind us. We came out from the start and we're able to do what we wanted to. We were able to get out in transition and run and establish ourselves," Williams said. Carlos Boozer scored 17 points to help the Jazz improve to 5-1 at home. The Great Mehmet Okur had 14 points for Utah. Richard Jeferson had 22 points to lead the Nets. Has there been a sadder time in basketball in this portion of the East Coast?
• Bold Speculation, Or BS For Short. OK, try this one on for size, everyone. Stephon Marbury to the Celtics. Walk around in it a bit and see how it fits. Stop laughing; it just might happen.
• Do You Believe In Magic? Dwight Howard's 24 points and 15 rebounds led Orlando to its fifth straight win, 95-88 over New Orleans, one day after the Magic handed the Celtics their first loss. In tying a franchise best start at 10-2, the Magic snapped the Hornets' five-game winning streak.
• What About Bob? Steve Blake sank a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer ... yeah baby! But it only counts forthree points sadly, as the Trail Blazers still lost 101-92 to the Charlotte Bobcats. Gerald Wallace led the Bobs with 27 points.
• Worst Flop Ever? This is a couple of weeks old, but it's important because it just may be the greatest flop in NBA history. Baron Davis, we salute you.