Game 8 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets (0-8)
The good: This game was closer, for longer than previous games.
The bad: The Jazz are probably not trying to play this poorly (tank) on purpose.
The ugly: Counting pre-season, this is 15 straight losses.
Was the fail of the jump ball a sign of how the game would go?
Gordon Hayward was not a happy camper.
Mike Sanders was all tuckered out…or bored.
** Marvin Williams on whether he thinks about his injury when he’s on the floor
Friday night, I didn’t think about it at all. Saturday, because it was a little sore, I thought about it a little bit more. But you know, I’m good to go. You know, the doctor said I can’t hurt it again. You know, everything’s healthy. It feels strong.
** Marvin on returning home after a tough road trip
It’s gonna be great, man. I think everybody’s really looking forward to tonight. To go out and play the way we did on the road, you know, play four tough games and lose four tough games, we’re all excited to get back to Salt Lake and play in front of our fans.
** Marvin on what this team is missing
** Gordon Hayward on what the team learned from the road trip
Well, I think we learned that it’s gonna take a lot more effort and focus for us to get wins than what we put out there on the court. And that’s everybody. So, just doing the little things is gonna be extremely key for us. And hopefully we can start that tonight.
** Hayward on whether it’s been eye-opening for the young guys what it takes to win
I wouldn’t say it was eye-opening. I think we knew what we were getting ourselves into. We just haven’t performed, I think, the way that we’re capable of. So, ’cause we have enough talent to win basketball games. We’re just not, you know, all five playing together and really doing the details. So once we do that, I think we’ll be all right.
Ron Boone’s Quote(s) of the Night
** On seeing Mark Eaton astride his horse at a parade: He told me not to feel sorry for the horse. His horse was huge.
** On Andre Miller: He shoots 20 percent! How does he make them? Gaaaaah!
** Tyrone Corbin, post-game
We gotta find a way to muster up. We’re not doing a crazy amount in practice when we do get an opportunity to practice. So, we should be ready to go for the game. And, it is what it is. … We just, you know, learning on the fly is difficult, and the young guys, you tell ‘em, and you tell ‘em, and then, they have to go through it. And their little mistake, and you talk about four guys playing great defense and then one little guy who don’t make the rotations in time, how it kills the defense, and that’ll hurt you on the offensive, on the rebound, the rebounding end. So you know, it’s tough, but it is where we are, and we have to keep working.
** Enes Kanter, post-game
A lot of people are down, because, I mean, we lost, like, eight in a row, but like, c–you know, even coach said, that it’s just only eight games. We can’t overreact, and we are not, I mean, we just waiting for that one win.
** Gordon Hayward on how frustrating this is for him
It’s been extremely frustrating. I mean, it’s just, I never thought it would be like this. But for whatever reason, we just can’t get over that hump. I mean, we’re right there, you know? We’re in games, and you know, we just go through these stretches where teams go on 10-, 15-, 20-point runs on us. And we gotta be able to stop those.
** Hayward on what’s causing the breakdowns
It’s, you know, three guys playing defense and two not. Four guys, one not. Execution offensively’s somebody not in the right place. And you know, those things all add up.
** Hayward on whether he was tired
No. I mean, I wasn’t tired. I mean, it’s just, whatever it, whatever the case may be, we ran out of gas, and we just fell asleep, I think.
A look at Trey Burke and Jeremy Evans’ respective sideline styles:
Random Stuff, etc.
** Kind of nuts that last year’s Jazz starters (Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mo Williams, Randy Foye and Marvin Williams) played for five different teams tonight.
** The team held a players-only meeting some time in the last few days.
** People calling Enes Kanter “Ee-nis”: nba.com recap guy.
** This season is making me wonder which Gordon Hayward wants more: His asking price to be met, or to play for a competitive team?
** The Jazz have plummeted to #30 across the board on NBA power rankings even before tonight’s game. This may be a historic occasion; I haven’t researched it but this may very well be the first time in the era of online power rankings that the Jazz have been ranked at #30.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Marvin Williams: Yesterday, I was really, really stiff. But there’s no pain, so I’m excited about that.
** Gordon Hayward on incorporating injured players back into the lineup: They’ll fit in just fine, and we gotta get those guys back in there.
** Boler on the jump ball: Kanter didn’t get up.
** Boler: Oh yeah. Nice move, Lucas.
** Boler: Favours banging down a rainbow. (H/T @UkNo1Jazzfan. And if you note the Twitter handle, that is why Favors is spelled the way it is ;) )
** Boler: Lawson went into the body of Lucas.
** Boler: I love the touch of Kanter. (H/T @seanp33)
** Booner on Favors: I’m really enjoying his release this year. (H/T Mrs. @bjcseven)
** Booner on seeing Mark Eaton astride his horse: He told me not to feel sorry for the horse. His horse was huge.
** Boler: Lawson trying to turn it on.