Posted by: TACOREV on February 27th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
More of the same from the Jazz.
Another bad start, another terrible third quarter, the bench comes in and gets them back in the game, only to roll over and die in the fourth quarter and lose their third-straight game, falling to Atlanta (33-23, 15-13 away) at the Solution.
Al Horford’s 34 & 15 with five blocks led the Hawks, while Josh Smith put in 24/14/7. Jeff Teague finished with 19 & 7 and Devin Harris scored 12.
Jefferson had 26 & 11, but let’s face it. He was getting absolutely destroyed on the defensive end of the floor all night long. Horford and Smith were getting easy dunks and layups whenever Jefferson was in the game. ‘Flat out embarrassing’ is the main thing that comes to mind when I think of Jefferson pretending to put forth effort on defense — wait, did I say pretending? Whoops, my bad. He doesn’t even pretend. He literally stands there and does NOTHING while his man strolls down the lane for an easy dunk or connects on a wide open jump shot.
Favors went for 17 & 15 with three blocks, playing 38 minutes in Millsap’s absence (who missed the game due to an ankle injury sustained against Boston). Hayward and Foye each scored 11, as Foye tied Mehmet Okur’s record for most made 3-pointers by a Jazz player in a single season.
Earl “Corbin’s Main Man” Watson started again and did his usual absolutely nothing, while Tinsley got another DNP.
Carroll hyperextended his knee in the first half before returning in the fourth quarter, when he ignited a Jazz rally that eventually came up short. Dude plays hard and with effort consistently, which is what you want to see as a fanbase.
During that short rally, it was C4 plus Carroll on the floor and they came within eight after being down by as many as 20. Their defense was superb, not allowing any easy baskets.
Then, when I saw Jefferson jog over to the scorer’s table, I knew it was over. I told the people I was watching the game with to be ready for more of those easy dunks and layups from earlier on in the game, now that Jefferson was back in the game. Sure enough, I was right.
A much needed win turns into a third-straight loss, leaving the Jazz at 31-27, still 7th in the West. With Golden State and Houston both losing, we could have made some headway in the standings tonight, and it’s not getting any easier with the upcoming schedule: eight of the next 12 on the road, including eight of those 12 against playoff teams.
The last-place Bobcats (13-44) come to town Friday night, before the Jazz head out on a four-game road trip next week.
Jazz player of the game: DeMarre Carroll
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