Game 20 vs. IND: Too Legit to Quit
First, thoughts and prayers go out to the Black and Miller families for their loss.
A little pre-game goodness: KFAN played an interview between Locke and Earl right before tipoff. Earl recounted how when he was a rookie, Gary Payton sat him down and told him that John Stockton was the one guy he looked up to, and that Earl was lucky to be in the NBA to be able to play against Stockton. Stock was the one guy Payton never trash talked to. ♥
Both teams came out smoking tonight but the Jazz and Deron in particular were simply en fuego. The game was tied 12-12 at 8:29 in the first, but the Jazz cracked open a double digit lead at 5:23 on a Raja three. Ding Ding Ding! The score at the end of one was 35-17, and Deron had 9 & 9. In other words, he was responsible for 27 of the Jazz’s 35 points. Now that’s what you call a
Slick Willy Ninja.
They say that all good things must come to an end, at least temporarily. We reverted back to our jumpshothappy selves in the second, but they were no longer falling. 7-23 shooting in the quarter; outscored by 10; 18-point lead was squashed down to 8 by halftime.
45 seconds into the third quarter, the Jazz lead was at 3 as our still-jumpshothappy Jazzmen went 1-6 to start the quarter. Once they got their heads on straight and started going inside, however, the lead shot back up to double digits. See how that works, Jazzmen?
The fourth quarter was pretty much coasting, as the Pacers never got closer than 15. Gordon Hayward checked in with 2:16 left and Jeremy Evans followed one minute later, which set the Jazz up for a perfect ending. With 47 seconds left, Earl connected with Jeremy on a sweet (and Utah Jazz garbage time staple) alley oop slam. Ronnie Price then stole the ball and gave it to Gordon, who hit the three that made Raja so happy in the gif up top. Like I said, perfect ending.
** It’s funny how just yesterday, I was wondering whether Jerry and Phil share clothes, and today they show up in matching suits:
** It was AIDS Awareness Day, and to that end all the players wore red shoes. Typical NBA though, making the players wear shirts that were 95% “NBA” and 5% “AIDS Awareness”:
** Are the Jazz putting a curse on all the teams they came back on? Read.
** This is just plain amazing: A Jazz fan showed up at the arena with a Jerry-Sloan-on-a-John-Deere-tractor tattoo on full display. Now I kinda want one…