Posted by: Zach on March 20th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Well it’s over. The Jazz lost to the Rockets, and honestly, I don’t expect a different result tomorrow against the Grizzlies. Not that it wasn’t a close game. We only lost by 2. But at the end of the day, Houston wanted this win more than the Jazz. The truth is hard. Devin Harris is no Deron Williams. Big Al is human. We can’t count on CJ to bail the team out by scoring 40 points every night. These guys haven’t really learned to work together still have the same problems that have been exposed earlier. Granted Millsap was huge with 35 points and CJ is certainly an upgrade over Raja and continues to find ways to score. Even though Al couldn’t get his shot going, he still grabbed an impressive 19 rebounds.
Unfortunately, when I look at this team, I don’t see a playoff team. A playoff team needs to be able to defend the 3. A playoff team needs to be able to make their free throws. A playoff team doesn’t need their power forward to suddenly become a shooting guard and start launching threes because they have no real shooters, or at least no clutch shooters. A playoff team needs confidence. A playoff team needs a bench. A playoff team needs to be able to get the job done when it matters most. I just don’t see this team working well together as a unit. It concerns me that, Harris, the facilitator of our offense has 5, 2, 3, 4, and 4 assists in his last 5 games. Things just aren’t quite going our way right now and it’s not about to get any easier. I’m not giving up on my Jazz, I’m just lowering my expectations for them again and turning more attention towards the teams in the playoffs, the upcoming draft, and the potential lockout. Some people would say: “It’s a rebuilding season, get over it.” But that’s what makes all this so hard to swallow. This wasn’t SUPPOSED to be a rebuilding season. Before the season started, everyone was talking about how this might just be the best the Jazz had been since Stockton and Malone. How Deron would make the news guys so much better. How great it would be to have a shooter like Raja back. Now it’s all come unraveled. When we traded Deron, we traded our identity. The white flag went up then, and there it still stands, waiting for the next Jazz team with the skill and determination to take it down once again.
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