Posted by: TACOREV on March 22nd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz can’t hang on long enough, losing to the Spurs (53-16, 30-4) in San Antonio.
Tony Parker posted 22 & 5 in his return from injury, with Kawhi Leonard putting in 21 & 8. Tim Duncan finished with 19/16/5, with Danny Green scoring 15 for first-place San Antonio.
Mo led the Jazz with 23 & 8, Jefferson had 18 & 13, Burks scored 14, and Millsap contributed 11 & 6.
The Jazz played hard and fought til the end, but were taken down fairly handily during the extra period — after Marvin’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer send the game into overtime.
Favors threw down a monster dunk early in the fourth, absolutely posterizing Matt Bonner. Favors played great D, swatting four shots to go with six points and eight boards.
Not to be outdone, Burks had a sick jam shortly after Favors’. Corbin being Corbin, benched them both shortly after that.
How clear is it that Jefferson and Millsap aren’t getting it done at the end of games? They give up easy baskets at the hoop on the defensive end, and miss outside jump shots on offense. Favors and Kanter guard the paint exponentially better and deserve a chance to win for their team.
While we’re on that subject, Jefferson’s 18 points came on 23 shots. Millsap’s 11 came on 13 shots. The two combined for 76 minutes.
Rough night for Hayward, shooting 2-for-10 for just five points, though he did have six boards and five assists.
One thing I have to credit Corbin for — DNP’s for both Watson and Tinsley! It’s only taken two-plus years…
Also, I liked the play he drew up for Marvin’s 3 at the end of regulation. It was more than the typical “pass it in and whoever gets it dribbles around for a while, then takes a crappy off-balance outside jump shot”, like the one he ran on the play before. No, Marvin’s play was an actual drawn-up play where they rotated the ball all the way around, drawing defenders at each pass, until it arrived at Marvin in the corner who faked out Ginobli and knocked down the shot to force OT.
But no Burks, no Favors in overtime hurt us.
We’ve fallen below .500 for the first time since Jan. 2, having lost 11 of the last 14, now two games behind the Hated Lakers for the 8th spot in the West.
In fact, at 34-35, we’re just a single game ahead of both Dallas and Portland.
And those Mavericks are up next, as we finish this three-game Texas road trip up on Sunday in Dallas (33-36).
Jazz player of the game: Alec Burks
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