Frustrating. Mind boggling. Infuriating. Despair. Wow. That pretty much sums up my feelings while watching the Utah Jazz fall to the Memphis Grizzles on ESPN last night 86-70. I know the Grizzles are great on D but holding the Jazz to an average of 17.5 points per quarter? For the make or break game of the season? Really? Would someone also please explain to me what is up with this team in the 3rd quarter? Is there a halftime buffet in the locker room and everyone is still busy digesting their food? We expected more of this team. We expected them to play better than this for the whole season. Management was content with their additions and told us we were going to be better this year. Expectations were anywhere from 4th to 6th seed in the playoffs. Nope. Not happening.
Big Al played a great game. This was one of the best games I’ve remembered him playing all year. 22 points, 16 rebounds and great effort all game long. He wanted desperately to win this game, unfortunately he didn’t get much help. Derrick Favors did his thing, and Gordon Hayward did too although he can’t produce much when he’s only getting 8 shots and hardly touching the ball. Randy Foye and Mo Williams, or as Jazz fans call them on Twitter #MOFO, hoisted up 22 shots and only made 4. That’s right, 4-22 shooting in the most important game of the year. Yikes.
There is going to be plenty to talk about this season. I am very excited to see what moves the Jazz make this offseason. I fully agree that 2014 is going to be offseason where the Jazz really make their moves. The 2013-2014 season is going to be all about the continued development of the Core 4, this time with leadership roles. The Jazz will add some complimentary pieces this offseason but we can expect a very different look to this Jazz team next season and that is exciting. Dennis Lindsey will finally be able to put his stamp on the team and I’m ready for him to infuse his ideas into the way the Jazz do business. I hope they give him a clean slate, and that goes for decisions on who the head coach should be as well.
The future is bright. The Jazz can now move on and focus on their young core, their foundation. Instead of watching a band aid of a team on the court, we will be watching the true building of team meant to play together over the next 10 years. I look forward to seeing what they can do when their talent is allowed to flourish. Let’s hope the old guard let’s the new guard make the right decisions for this team. There’s going to be plenty to talk about here at Purple and Blues leading up to the draft and free agency, and we hope this has you just as energized as we are! Thank you for letting me vent. Now it’s time for real progress.