Posted by: TACOREV on March 20th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz come up short in Houston (37-31, 23-10 home), and have now lost 10 of their last 13 games.
James Harden and Jeremy Lin torched the Jazz for 29 and 24 points, respectively. Chandler Parsons added 10 & 8 for the Rockets, who hold down the 7th seed in the West just a game and half behind the Warriors.
Hayward led the Jazz with 27 & 8, with Jefferson putting in 18 & 11, Millsap scoring 16 and Burks contributed 11 off the bench.
The Jazz played three quarters of awful, lazy, uninspired basketball. Hayward and Burks played great in the fourth quarter, sparking a rally to get the Jazz back in the game, before coming up short.
They just may have been able to steal this one (having trailed big the whole game) if Lin wasn’t able to get to the basket with ease on multiple pick & roll plays late in the game. Which defender’s job is it to pick up the roller? That would be Jefferson. And as we all could have predicted before the game, Jefferson CANNOT guard the pick & roll. But of course, Corbin can’t roll without at least one of his vet buddies at the end of the game.
In fact, Al played 43 minutes, including 24 straight in the second half — which means just five minutes for Kanter. Oh by the way, Jefferson’s 18 points were on 19 shots (as usual).
And another DNP for Carroll…
Trying to be positive here: Watson got a DNP. Tinsley played, but only for one six-minute stint in the first half where he went 1-for-2 with one steal and three turnovers — meaning Burks ran the point for much of the second half, including to close out the game.
In fact, Corbin left in the group that got the team back in the game for once. Hayward, Marvin, and Favors remained on the court with Burks and Jefferson.
Burks, Hayward and Favors were the only Jazz players to post a positive +/-.
Despite this colossal collapse at this point in the season, the Jazz (34-34) are just a game and a half out of the playoff race (even if it seems like we’re 10 games out of it).
Game two of the three-game Texas road swing is Friday night at first-place San Antonio (52-16).
Jazz player of the game: Gordon Hayward
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