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One More Bone to Pick

April 13, 2009
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Following the loss at San Antone, this appeared in sltrib’s blog:

Boozer said: “The first half was tough, but the second half, I thought I played a lot better, more aggressive, did better on both sides of the ball. But for us, we missed some plays, had a chance to win the game, but we missed some free throws, missed some layups.”

There were a handful of questions about his own play after the game. Boozer turned them all back to the Jazz’s play as a team.

He played well. He was aggressive. He did better on both sides of the ball.

The Jazz missed plays. The Jazz missed FTs. The Jazz missed layups.

Boozer was only willing to talk about himself as long as he could compliment himself, and when the questions turned to the fact that the Jazz lost, suddenly it’s all about the team.

This isn’t anything new, right? In fact, this is the sort of thing we can count on him for. However, what makes his remarks particularly egregious is the fact that he was the one most noticeably missing FTs and layups:

FTs:
Boozer: 70% (7/10)
Rest of team: 90% (18/20)
% of Jazz’s missed FTs by Boozer: 60%

Layups:
Boozer: 33% (1/3)
Rest of team: 76% (13/17)
% of Jazz’s missed layups by Boozer: 33%

Oh and just as a matter of fact, over the last 5 games Boozer is shooting 39.5% under the basket while the team as a whole is shooting 54%.

When is he going to learn to keep his mouth shut? Every time he opens his yappy piehole, he alienates his teammates even further and the Jazz create a new level of rockbottom.

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