Posted by: TACOREV on March 8th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Yet another game we should have won slips away in the final minute.
Marco Belinelli scored 22 to lead Chicago (35-27, 18-14 home), including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. Carlos Boozer recorded 22 & 10, Nate Robinson posted 14/7/6, Luol Deng put in 12 & 6, and Joakim Noah added 9 & 13.
Jefferson returned for the Jazz and scored 23 points, while Marvin had one of his best games with 14 & 10. Favors was flat out dominant on defense, putting together an 11/10/6 outing — that’s six blocks. Kanter and Millsap each contributed 10 points apiece.
First off, gotta give credit where it’s due. Jefferson played as aggressive as we’ve ever seen him, driving to the hole and throwing down multiple dunks early on. It was one of his more efficient games, and his defense wasn’t flat out embarrassing like it usually is.
Watson got a DNP! However, Mo’s performance in his second game back (2 points on 1-of-7) almost had me yearning for Watson again… almost.
Another donut for Foye. Carroll started but played just 10 minutes. He was in foul trouble, and Marvin had one of his best games, so that’s understandable.
What’s not understandable is Tinsley playing more minutes than Burks (17 to 14).
Now, onto that final play. I’m not surprised one bit. Every time we’ve been in that situation, behind at the end of a game in need of a score, Corbin draws up (if that’s what you want to call it) a play which basically consists of the following:
- Pass the ball in.
- Whoever gets it, dribble around for a while.
- Right before the clock runs out, throw up a terrible shot.
It wasn’t even a play. Just a throw-in to Hayward — who wasn’t having a good game, and hasn’t done well in crunch time lately as our friend JRN5150 so kindly reminds us — he dribbled around for a bit, almost losing control, then pulled up for a shot. It was a decent look, but come on. Run a play to try and get an easy bucket.
We’re practically giving the Hated Lakers a playoff birth, now just a half game ahead of them after losing six of our last seven since the trade deadline.
Now on to Manhattan to face the Knicks (37-22) at the Garden tomorrow night.
Jazz player of the game: Derrick Favors
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