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Playoffs R1G5 @ DEN: It’s on the Jazz

April 29, 2010

In a sense, this game was the Jazz’s for the taking. They had the chance to come in committed to team, defense, and coach’s calls, and close out the series and get some rest and recovery time.

With Nene going down in the first half (hope he’s OK), the Jazz had an opportunity to take advantage and end Round 1.

The flip side, however, is that we were asking the Jazz to beat the same team four times in a row, and I don’t know if they have the focus or maturity to do that to any team in the league, much less a good and sporadically tough team like Denver. While we saw the Jazz playing some of their best basketball of the season in Games 2-4, some of it was the Nuggets beating themselves, and they weren’t going to keep missing shots forever.

The first quarter was not pretty–neither team could get into a flow, and turnovers played too big a role in the Jazz’s performance yet again (Boozer and Fes combined for five in the first alone). By the end of the quarter, however, it seemed that the Jazz had found their rhythm and they played well and kept it close through the second.

Unfortunately, the Jazz’s second half started the same way as the first, which, combined with the Nuggets hitting on 9-10 to start the third, was a recipe for disaster. Our guys just never found their groove again and decided to stop defending the perimeter while the Nuggets embarked on a FT line parade.

The box score never tells the whole story, but you can tell a lot from it. Our starters’ 1:15 Steals:Turnovers ratio is telling, as is Matthews, Fes, Boozer, and CJ combining for 4 assists. Add on Korver going 0-6 from the floor, and well, there’s your game summary.

It would have said a lot about the team (and I would have had to reform my opinion of them) had they come out aggressive and prepared to press foot to tattooed throat. At the end of the day, I’m reminded that many of them are kids in their early 20s who are only just starting to understand what it takes to win consistently. *SIGH.*

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  1. RRR permalink
    April 30, 2010 7:24 am

    Though of course many will disagree, including the coach and players, I think that game was more of a local entertainment event designed to load the house with high cost seats.

    The JazzBoyz desire to take them out at home in front of yet another high dollar sell out crowd! Big bucks are at stake here. 3 mill in seats, another half a mill in food and half that in trinket sales…. Yeah can pay a player or two for a year!

    Well I hope that my theory is correct.

    The guys looked a bit tired like they just were not up to it. It was a pretty good game, lots of toughness being displayed on both sides. Then the 4th qtr hits and all of a sudden the well went dry for the Jazz. Enver too advantage and came out on top.

    Fouls were even but FT attempts were way out of whack! Amazing how that happens, any Ideas David? Oh well, it’s not the first time we’ve been homered, won’t be the last either.

    Win on Fri and get ready for the Lakers. OKC I do not believe is capable of pulling it out. The laker fail in OKC was again to pack in a crowd and create a revenue opportunity. It’s obvious they can have their will against OKC.

    CIAO

    • April 30, 2010 11:07 am

      the officiating has been inconsistent not only from game to game, but quarter to quarter. nothing we can do except play through, as david reigns supreme.

      let’s just hope that our boys show up focused on friday, and do what they have to do.

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