Posted by: TACOREV on January 11th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
After holding a 15-point lead late in the third quarter, the Jazz blow it in Atlanta.
Devin Harris hit 7-of-8 including 4-of-5 from downtown to scorch his former team with 24 & 5. Josh Smith finished with 15/10/6, while Lou Williams added 14.
Foye led all scorers with 25, hitting 6-of-7 from 3. Jefferson had 23 & 10, Millsap added 20/13/5, and Hayward scored 12 off the bench.
My drive home was much longer than usual because of this cursed never-ending blizzard, so I listened to a good portion of the game in the car on the radio. The unbearable David Locke referred to the second unit as “Watson and the Kids.” That unit struggled, and Locke seemed so confused by its recent difficulties.
Duh. With Watson on the floor, the Jazz play 4-on-5. The other team leaves Watson alone and double teams the others, it’s been happening for a while now and will continue to happen as long as Corbin keeps playing him. Hard for that unit to get anything going when playing 4-on-5.
Worst part is that the FO and coaching staff probably interpret this as “Oh you see? The young guys aren’t ready yet!” and will further decrease their playing time and thus their development. It seemed that way tonight, as Favors, Kanter and Burks combined for only 29 minutes, going 0-for-7 collectively. Watson? Yeah, he got 21 minutes.
The Jazz are back at .500, 8-15 on the road. Tomorrow night they close out the three-game road trip at Detriot (13-23).
Jazz player of the game: Randy Foye
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