Due to a faulty internet connection, I was not able to post my reactions on the latest Utah Jazz game, when they lost to the Atlanta Hawks. Since there are some things I wanted to say about the game, I figured I would write them now. (Not the typical recap with stats and such. More about my thoughts on the game).
First of all, I want to give the Jazz a bunch of credit for hanging tough throughout this game. They were coming off of a draining overtime comeback against the Blazers 19 hours earlier, and I was shocked that they even remained competitive. Not to mention that they were without star point guard, Deron Williams (quad), and the versatile, game-changing Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms).
In addition, the Atlanta Hawks are a very talented ball-club.
So all things considered, I think that the Jazz should have gained confidence from the game. They were forced to play players that usually don’t see many minutes, and they basically played well enough to come away with the victory. Of course, the lack of experience by the backups was evident towards the end of the game, essentially when the outcome was decided, but that is something that you need to expect.
If there was one thing that I could pull away from the game, it was that the Utah Jazz play a great brand of basketball. The fact that they were able to plug in backups for some truly amazing players, and there was barely a noticeable difference, it just shows how effective Jerry Sloan‘s system is. Sure, having the better players in the lineup would have made a difference in the outcome, but they did as much as they could with the circumstances that were given to them. They could have given up from the start, but they didn’t do that (As if Sloan would allow it anyway).
Overall, the Jazz proved once again that they will fight until the bitter end, and it is that type of grit and attitude that will take them very far this season.
– That was Atlanta’s first win in Utah in 17 years.
– 7 Jazz players scored in double-digits. They were led by Millsap who had 14.
– Carlos Boozer was 2 assists shy of a triple-double.
– Deron Williams expects to play on Wednesday against the Bobcats.
– Sundiata Gaines scored in double-digits for the second time in his short career, as he had 10 points.
– Kyrylo Fesenko is becoming a legitimate option at center for the Jazz.