Utah Jazz: Burned In The 4th


Last night the Utah Jazz lost to the Miami Heat 111-98. Although it seems like the Heat killed us, they didn’t actually pull away for good until the 4th quarter. In fact, the Jazz had a 1-point lead going into the final stanza.

After trailing by 12 points early in the 3rd quarter, the Jazz had one of their famous comebacks as they found a way to go on a run and take a lead before the 4th quarter started. However, looking back, it appears that the Jazz were one quarter early in their comeback efforts. With the Heat getting hot at just the right time (4th quarter), the Jazz didn’t have a chance, especially after expounding all of their energy coming back earlier in the game.

In that disgusting 4th quarter, the Heat outscored the Jazz 34-20, and they nailed 5 demoralizing triples (1 was actually meaningless). Any time a team starts to get hot from the outside in a close game, you know that momentum is shifting, and that is exactly what happened. Dwyane Wade, who scored 28 points, hit a couple of 3′s that really broke the backs of the Jazz, and Mario Chalmers and James Jones accounted for the other 3.

Surprisingly enough, a player who really hurt Utah was Zydrunas Ilgauskas who scored more points than he should all season long as he scored 16. Long 2 after long 2, Z truly became a thorn in the side of the Jazz, which made things even harder for them on the defensive end.

Of course the Heat were led by LeBron James who scored 33 points, as he welcomed the boos from the crowd every time the ball was in his hands. As a matter of fact, I feel like the boos energized James, as he looked extremely comfortable shooting from the outside. He just had that rhythmic look that the good shooters get when they’re in the zone, and James was clearly in the zone last night.

Despite the fact that I’m mad about the loss, it’s not that bad because we were able to do the same thing on their homecourt. Had we lost that game in Miami this would be even worse. Well, I guess the Heat had to return the favor to us after we had a 4th quarter party on their homecourt just a few weeks back.  Just a note to anyone who was wondering: Payback is terrible if you’re on the receiving end.

But whether the Jazz win or lose, an Add A Caption Contest is always in order, so let’s do it. You can either say what the ref is saying, what Jerry Sloan is thinking, or both. Have fun with it, and remember the winner will be announced on Twitter later (search #AACC). Also, if you have a Twitter username, put it in the response. Good luck!


Tags: Dwyane Wade James Jones Jerry Sloan LeBron James Mario Chalmers Zydrunas Ilgauskas