Haslam’s Musings: Jazz vs OKC

What an opening night!  Jazz barely fall to the Thunder 101-98.

  • The ESA was electric tonight as Jazz fans have been craving this type of basketball for three years.
  • Seriously loudest arena we’ve had (minus maybe the Spurs last year) in past 3 years.
  • Hayward and Favors looked great in the first quarter, heck the entire team did.
  • Phantom calls for Durant at the end of the second quarter coupled with John Lucas’ bad decision to shoot a 3 with 7 seconds left really killed the Jazz.
  • Alec Burks showed exactly what Jazz fans have been waiting for from him with 24 points, 6 assists and 6 boards.  What a performance!  Still needs help with his jump shot, but getting to the rim is his forte.
  • Burks’ layup was #2 on the ESPN top 10 plays of the night only behind the Red Sox winning the World Series.
  • Kanter had a quiet double double with 14 and 10, but mainly all I noticed was every time he went off the court Corbin was yelling at him for something.
  • After Hayward got 3 fouls he never looked the same the rest of the game.  Mentally he lost it and looked out of rhythm when he came back in.
  • The Jazz had stifling defense in the 4th quarter allowing the Thunder to shoot only 4 for 17.
  • Free throws again killed the Jazz as they shot just 66.7% from the line (20-30) while the Thunder made 87% on 29-33.
  • 25 assists for the Jazz was something they lacked last year with Al and Sap.
  • 22 turnovers is wayyyy too many but expected from a young and relatively new team.
  • Mike Harris made the team and tonight we witnessed why.
  • 5 assists by Favors is probably what he had all of last year.  Needs to cut down on the turnovers big time though with 6.
  • Hayward was millimeters away from tying the game up.  Way closer than I originally thought.
  • Jazz had chances and it’s what I expect for every home game.  Heard someone say they were way surprised that the Jazz were even in the game which is what I feel most fans and media has been saying for some time now.  The hustle and effort will always be there especially at home from this team.
  • Jazz may have lost but it was a great night.
  • Star treatment sucks

 

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz

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  • PastyRasta

    The Jazz D in the 4th quarter was as impressive as I’ve seen in years! They also quit turning it over except late…ouch…I have and will always hate how NBA officials try to control the game…Favors got mauled late at the rim no call Durant does his BS dipsy do under you move on Hayward, Hayward called for a charge when Fisher was clearly not there…the 20+ turnovers and a few bad possessions late lost the game but Durant shooting 24 FT or whatever is ridiculous! Grest. effort though and all the people who said they were tanking can suck it!

  • Olivier Batiste

    My thoughts of the night :

    - free throws were bad during preseason and they were still awful yesterday…the team really has to work this (cauz only work pays)
    - the team needs Burke on the court, it’s evident now, look at what rookies can do (MCW with the 76ers)
    - Jazz will fight this season and that’s great!
    - Why did Ian Clark not play ???
    - What happens with Biedrins, is he hurt or something? (I’m glad for our french guy Rudy who played 20mins yesterday, but Biedrins should help)

    - Maybe Hayward was a bit deconcentrated with the news about his contract’s negociations…
    - Favors & Kanter are impressive to me

    • Cody Powers

      Biedrins hurt his ankle in practice the other day. He joins Jeremy Evans, Trey Burke, Brandon Rush, and Marvin Williams on the unhealthy bodies list.
      I don’t think Ian Clark is part of the rotation. He played good in preseason, but I think he might be just playing garbage minutes this season. Especially once Rush, Williams, and Burke come back.

      • Olivier Batiste

        There are too many players at the surgery for an opening season…thanks for your answer

  • Craig

    Didn’t get to see all the game, but I liked Haywards length and defense but still concerned with his shooting percent. I hope he just plays within the game and does the things he is really good at rather than trying to take the whole team on his back and make something happen – that is not him at his best.