As Deron Williams goes, so goes the Nets’ five-threat offense. There is no great mystery there, no debate. Kevin Garnett is not paid to dribble downcourt, penetrate and distribute. And while Brook Lopez proved Tuesday night to be an impossible matchup for the Jazz, somebody still had to get him the ball in the right place, strolling through the paint.
The numbers were clear throughout the night, as the Nets blew away Utah, 104-88, as Jason Kidd presided over a coaching victory for the first time and Williams finally beat his old team. With Williams in the game, propelling the A-team, Brooklyn was plus-21 in 24 minutes. Without him on the floor, the Nets were minus-four.
Williams dashed, he darted, he spun.
“Sharing the ball, getting everyone involved, this is an equal opportunity team,” he said. “It does feel good to finally beat ’em.”
This was all a very good, important sight. In the Nets’ first three games, Williams had not been himself — not even the Deron Williams of last se...