Pimpin' Ain't Easy but Somebody Gotta Do It

Jazz Wilt Under the Bright Lights of Broadway

 
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy but Somebody Gotta Do It  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Mamma always said there would be days like this. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire combined to shoot 24 of 31 from the floor and a perfect 13 of 13 from the line, and N.Y. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni hopes this is the first of many when he said,”We’ll have nights that they’re unstoppable.”  Melo and Amare caution that it won’t always be this easy.

“We’re not going to shoot like that, I don’t think. There’s not going to be a game where we only miss six or seven shots combined,” said Anthony, but for the Utah Jazz that seems to be what’s happening every game lately. Players, albeit not of the Superstar caliber of these 2, seem to consistently shoot considerably higher than their statistical average against the Jazz. Call it bad luck, or more likely I like to call it deplorable team defense.

The Jazz looked intimidated & shaken, and were competitive for exactly 2 minutes and 12  seconds in the game. Then the Knicks got up in their faces, went on a 23 to 8 run in the next 5 minutes of the first quarter, and had it not been for Al Jefferson 36 pts & 12 reb, and rookies, Derrick Favors 16 pts and 8 reb, his best game as a Jazzman, and Gordon Heyward 11 pts including 2 - 3′s, the Jazz may have lost by 40. For more solid Knicks coverage visit our friends over at Buckets Over Broadway

The Jazz held true to a frustrating season long form by falling behind early, turning the ball over and giving teams too many 2nd chance points on offensive rebounds. Then the 3′s started falling and when Melo and Amare started cooking the kitchen basically closed after the 1st quarter with the Knicks up by 16.

The Knicks put up 40 1st quarter points, and reached the century mark with 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter in a  131 - 109 beatdown of the reeling Jazz.  Utah has now lost 18 of their last 24 games to fall from 4th to 10th in the Western Conference playoff hunt, and are 2-8 under new Coach Ty Corbin. 

Corbin clearly looks and sounds frustrated and his rotation combinations seem quite odd at times, for example, extending Raja Bell’s minutes when Gordon Hayward is clearly the more effective shooter & defender and needs the minutes, refusing to put CJ Miles and Andrei Kirilenko on the court together (although AK has a boo boo and may not be seen for awhile), and giving starting point guard Devin Harris less minutes in the 1st half than his backup, Earl Watson, even though Harris wasn’t in foul trouble. Huh?

“As individuals, as a group, as a franchise, that’s embarrassing the way we came out and played tonight,” said coach Corbin. “Even if you lose a game, you can lose with some dignity.” Jazz Nation that sums up exactly how I felt about that vomit in my mouth type of effort. What do you the readers think, is this the proverbial fork stuck in the Jazz indicating they are done? Wednesday at Toronto now becomes a must win, that game will go a long way towards determining if this team in transition can gel into a playoff contender.

One happy thought is Jazz fans dont have to see Amare and Melo 4 times each anymore, now that they are in the East.

Lee is back tomorrow to get you ready for the Toronto game Wednesday, which is a must win game. To read up on the competition and see what they’ve been up to lately, besides losing 2 in a row to the Nets in London and more than likely locking the Jazz in at the 6th pick in the upcoming draft in the process, check out our friends at Raptors Rapture

I’m off to go wash the awful taste of this debacle out of my mouth with a little Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Netflix thank you to whoever invented instant streaming on the PS3, you are truly giants among men.

Tags: Al Jefferson Amare Stoudemire Andrei Kirilenko Carmelo Anthony CJ Miles Devin Harris Gordon Hayward NBA New York Knicks Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz

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  • Fred P

    Ouch that was painful to watch last night. I was particularly disappointed with the lack of toughness the Jazz showed. It seeemed like early in the 1st quarter the Knicks got right up in the Jazz chests and completely out manned them physically. It reminded me of the showings the Jazz have made in the past vs the Lakers. It really wouldn’t have mattered the way Amare and Melo were shooting but someone feel free to man up and play some defense. Hope the Jazz start playing the young kids.

  • Joe P

    I couldn’t be more disappointed in what I saw last night. At what point does Coach Corbin stop playing Raja Bell so many minutes, he should be playing 15 min a game with Heyward or CJ getting more minutes. Plus I know Devin Harris struggled but why didn’t he play in the 2nd quarter, Watson had some assists but why is he shooting so much and forcing so many mistakes. Favors looked good, Big Al and Heyward looked like they wanted to compete and that’s about it. CJ quit shooting 3′s and go to the damn hoop, this team is done.

  • Kenny Shulsen

    I feel your pain Jazz fans. Corbin has been put in an extremely difficult position, taking over mid-season and then having his franchise player traded and 2 new pieces added. That being said there is no excuse for the effort the team put out last night. I too agree that the lineups Corbin is going with are odd. He never has CJ and AK on the floor together, not once look it up. He has never put Favors, Big Al and Millsap together as a front line, that is a big long athletic 3 some. Just imgaine that as a front line, finally Millsap wouldn’t be the undersized guy guarding the bigger power forward, he’d be the mismatch the other team would have to deal with. Raja looks old and is getting killed by quick 2 guards and is playing way too many minutes. Do Jazz fans really want him for 2 MORE years? How does Hayward have a game like Detroit where he doesn’t play a single minute? I know he’s still trying to figure this all out but those of you who complained about Sloan’s predictable substitution patterns must be going crazy with Corbin. Why can’t CJ & AK play in the same lineup? Why not put CJ, Hayward, Favors with and Big Al and Harris or Watson. And is it just me or has Earl Watson suddenly started shooting the ball way too much? Tomorrow has literally become a must win game and with all the injuries I don’t see it happening. Thanks for reading and keep your opinions coming they are much needed.