The Utah Jazz had been on a six game winning streak at home. Then Houston came to town. In what seemed like an act of futility the Ty Corbin threw everything at the Houston Rockets, including the kitchen sink. In a 125 to 80 blowout loss for the Jazz only three players managed double digits in scoring. Randy Foye lead the Jazz with 12 points. Even that seemed like a miracle with the Jazz shooting 39.5% on the night. When things feel apart completely the Jazz were as effective as throwing under-cooked spaghetti noodles at the wall.
The Houston Rockets on the other hand figured out early how to exploit the Utah Jazz. Jefferson was clearly a liability against the quick transitions. Regardless the Rockets hit 52.8% of their shots, knocking down an impressive 16 three pointers. James Harden would lead the Rockets with 25 points on the game. It was tough for the Jazz as Houston lead by 21 in the second quarter, and 35 in the third.
This was by far the worst loss the Jazz had suffered at home this year. For now the Utah Jazz are keeping their heads above water with a 24-21 record. Best case scenario the Jazz finish out their home games strong, and are in a good position to decide whether or not to trade Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. The only good news that came out of this game was that a lot of the young guys got to see time on the floor, even if they failed to make a real impact on the game’s outcome.
Corbin needs to pull the team together as they face the Pelicans on Wednesday, and Trailblazers on Friday. The two games will be at home before they head out for a road game against the Trailblazers on Saturday.