Oct 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin reacts during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena. Oklahoma City won 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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

 

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