Posted by: TACOREV on February 9th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz drop a close one at ESA after Chicago (30-20, 15-9 away) knocks down clutch free throws to seal its victory.
Carlos Boozer scored 19 and Nate Robinson had 18 & 9 to lead the Bulls. Luol Deng’s 15 & 10, Taj Gibson’s 14 & 8, and Joakim Noah’s 12 & 11 also were key in Chicago’s win.
Jefferson led the Jazz with 32 & 13, logging 41 minutes, while Millsap scored 21 and Foye pitched in with 14 & 6.
Another one the Jazz let get away from them late, after coming from behind and taking the lead in the fourth quarter.
Wasn’t the argument for keeping and playing Jefferson his effectiveness in scoring down the stretch? Don’t get me wrong, he played a solid game, even scoring the first eight Jazz points to start the fourth quarter to get us ahead by four.
But after that point, the 9:10 mark, he didn’t score again. Not once. Yes, his 32 points were big, but he failed to make something happen late when we needed him most, when he was supposedly the guy to bring us through in close games.
This was also another example of us getting too dependent on Jefferson. He’s a guy that generally demands the ball to be effective, and while he was effective for much of the game, the effectiveness of his teammates was diminished. Take Jefferson out of the equation and the ball moves more fluidly; we don’t play “entry pass to Al, now stand and watch” ball.
Point guard play was pretty lousy tonight, with Tinsley logging a donut for points scored in 32 minutes of play — not to mention getting destroyed by the journeyman Nate Robinson on the defensive end — and Burks not playing quite as well as he had in the previous couple of games.
We’re now 12 games into the Jazz’s 20-game stretch in which they play 15 home games. They’re at 8-4 so far, now falling to 28-23 on the season and 19-6 on their home floor.
Tomorrow night they face the Kings in what could be their final trip to Sacramento.
Jazz player of the game: Al Jefferson
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