Game 12 vs. NJN: It’s weird…
The game often didn’t seem to be going anywhere, and neither team ever seemed to get going. At the same time, the offense was never stagnant. The Jazz were executing rather than going with random offense, which was encouraging.
It was a 5-point game with 2 minutes left, and a 7-point game with 48 seconds left. He of the Greek god/Michelangelo’s David hair, Brooklyn Lopez, went scoreless in the second half and fouled out with 3:30 to go.
The Jazz starters scored 88 of the Jazz’s 98 points. Each of the subs that got into the game scored exactly one basket on combined 5-16 shooting (though I suppose Hayward’s bucket, a huge dunk, deserves special mention), and they also managed to play a combined 54 minutes without getting to the foul line once.
On the plus side, the Jazz only turned it over five times in the entire game. I would also say that Raja had his best game of the season so far. Furthermore, he exhibited a commendable amount of toughness in the locker room after the game:
Going forward, I’d like to see Jazz management sending the team to one of those corporate team-building retreats, or whatever the equivalent of that in the practice facility is, and work on their damn rebounding. The Jazz currently have, respectively, the third and fifth worst offensive and total rebounding differential in the league, and that’s got to change.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night
** Matty: You can’t be afraid of contact. Hayward gets up into him.
** Jerry on Lopez: He’s so big and long, it’s hard to deal with.
** Jerry, post-game: I thought our bigger people did a better job of trying to get up. That’s always huge.