Posted by: Zach on December 19th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I know this was just a preseason game, but there were plenty of concerning observations to take from it. First and foremost, Devin Harris… He is no Deron Williams. He ended with 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting, but he looked pretty bad passing the ball and running the offense, getting just 2 assists and committing 5 turnovers. He seemed unaware of the defense at times and was not on the mark with his passes. His only excuse is that the off-ball movement of the other four guys was awful. Portland’s defense was stifling and there weren’t many open guys the whole game. Still, he looked as lost as the rookies tonight.
Next was the obvious lack of confidence. We came out like we knew we were going to lose. Sure, we’re really young and probably pretty nervous, but the whole team looked pretty unsure of themselves and their teammates. Getting blocked every time you shoot probably didn’t help Kanter or Burks much in this regard.
No leader. As far as I could tell, nobody took leadership responsibility in this game. I guess we just have to hope Millsap will step up, or maybe Howard. We did only see Howard for a couple minutes.
Offensive movement was not fluent and as a result, just about every shot was forced. We kept running out the shot clock to the very last second. Nobody looked very good shooting the ball and only Favors really had any success inside. Memo looked awful, not being able to shoot, defend, or rebound really at all. It’s way too early and probably unfair to say this, but perhaps we should start shopping a decent PG.
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