Posted by: TACOREV on February 23rd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz starters get destroyed in the third quarter, giving up a 19-2 run en route to a 13-point loss to the Clippers (40-18, 22-6 home) at the Staples Center.
Caron Butler scored 21 to lead LAC, with Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom each adding 18. Jamal Crawford put in 12 and Chris Paul finished with 11/7/7.
For the Jazz, it was Hayward finishing with 23 & 8, Millsap with 19, and Jefferson scoring 16 (on 19 shots). In 17 minutes, Kanter scored 15 points on seven shots, while Burks had a great game, contributing 12 & 6.
That third quarter was pathetic, but Corbin just let it go — not changing up a lineup that so clearly was not getting it done until almost two thirds of the way through the quarter.
Tinsley and Watson were both almost completely worthless, as usual. Late in the third, Corbin finally took both out of the game and put Burks on Chris Paul, who did a fantastic job guarding the All-Star MVP.
The Jazz starting frontcourt registered exactly six rebounds for the game, and the other three starters didn’t score a single point. Hayward had more rebounds than Jefferson and Millsap had combined.
I like Foye, but he was awful tonight and Corbin should have pulled him from the game much sooner. Hayward and Burks are by far the best backcourt players on the team and should consistently be playing at least 30-35 minutes a night, like they did tonight. Also, just four minutes for Carroll while Tinsley and Watson combine for 38.
Utah shot 6.7% (yes, with the decimal in between) from 3-point range (1-for-15). Hard to beat anybody shooting that poorly.
Now that the Jazz (31-25) have been swept in the season series with the Clippers, they return home for a three game homestand before a daunting March schedule sends them away for eight of the following 11 games.
That homestand starts Monday night against Boston.
Jazz player of the game: Gordon Hayward
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