Game Review: Utah Jazz 88 – Denver Nuggets 110

Game Details

9:00 PM ET, October 27th, 2010
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

1 2 3 4 Final
UTAH 20 20 25 23 88
DEN 29 31 26 24 110

Top Performers
Utah: P. Milsap 15 Pts, 8 Rebs, 2 Ast, 1 Stl
Denver: A. Afflalo: 22 Pts, 2 Rebs, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

Well, that was disappointing.

After several months of anticipation, not to mention an 8-0 preseason, the Jazz looked disjointed and timid in their first game of the regular season. It felt like the Jazz froze up under the bright lights in Denver, and it was clear to see that the night belonged to the Nuggets by the end of the first quarter.

Two of the biggest problems for the Jazz last night was turnovers and perimeter defense.They turned the ball over 22 times, and while I’m disinclined to go back and count, I’d suggest that more than half of them were passes meant for a cutter who didn’t get to his spot on time, or cut left when he should have cut right. That actually is probably a bit of good news, because that’s bound to improve as this squad keeps playing with each other.

The other struggle with the Jazz was in regards to the perimeter defense. Denver had no trouble moving the ball around and setting picks for their players until someone was wide open somewhere on the perimeter.

Factor in the fact that the Jazz shot 27 for 70, and that’s pretty much the ball game.

I suppose the good news is that even when you compare last night to several of this team’s pre-season games, it’s clear that the Jazz were just off. They’re certainly better than how they played last night, so there’s hope that we could see a bounce back tonight against the Suns.

Game Quotes

Coach Sloan:

What bothered him the most: “Our execution; the way we tried to pass the basketball. We got ourselves in a real bind the way we throwed it. And they just got tougher and tougher defensively and pushed us out of what we wanted to do. You have to give them credit for that.”

Deron Williams:

On the loss being expected because the Jazz are a new group: “It happens. We didn’t look too good, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s one game. We get to play tomorrow.”

Al Jefferson:

Double teams: “I’ve got to look to pass. I’ve got to get out of that habit that I had in Minnesota. I was a black hole when the ball came in, regardless if I try to score. Now, I’ve got guys that can make guys pay for double teaming me. In the third quarter I looked to pass a lot more. And also, I missed a lot of shots. I missed shots that I know I can make.

Gordon Hayward:

The Jazz not coming out ready to play: “That’s how it is your whole life in basketball, no matter what level you play at. If you come out stagnant, teams can jump on you. Especially at this level with the talent and everything. The beauty of it is we get to play tomorrow. That’s the beauty of it. There’s not much time. Learn from this one and be ready to go tomorrow.”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune, which I suspect I’ll be using as a source for quotes through the season.

Speaking of Gordon Hayward, he cut his hair!

Perhaps in an effort to distance himself from everyone’s favorite 2009-2010-floppy-haired-2-guard-currently-playing-for-the-Bulls, Hayward  chopped off his locks and is currently rocking the college boy look

(or as Jody Genessy from the Deseret News put it, “He’s one suit, a black name tag and a nice tie away from looking like he’s dressing up as Elder Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz Mission.”)

Also, for anyone who has ever been to Basketball-Reference.com, it’s really an amazing space for stat crunchers everywhere. They have stats for everything going back as long as you’d care to look up. They also have a program wherein you can sponsor certain pages for a minimal fee. Instead of an ad on that page, you get to do a little write up for a particular player, team, etc.

Well, we here at Kobe is the Smoke Monster has officially sponsored the Gordon Hayward page on Basketball-Reference.

Anyway, take heed Jazz fans. It’s bound to get better than last night.

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~ by djepperson on October 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “Game Review: Utah Jazz 88 – Denver Nuggets 110”

  1. Okay … could have gone all my life without the “Elder Hayward” reference …

  2. Really nice post,thank you

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