Utah Jazz report card: Sluggish offense stinks against Golden State
Ben Brewer, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — No Mo Williams translated into stagnant, predictable offense by the Utah Jazz. Despite giving a much-improved effort in the waning minutes, it was too little, too late as the Jazz fell to the Golden State Warriors, 94-83, Wednesday night. Stephen Curry paced the Warriors with 23 points.
GUARDS: Jamaal Tinsley got the nod to start in absence of Williams and did little offensively. Tinsley dished out four assists but failed to put any points on the board on three attempts from the field. Randy Foye, along with the rest of the Jazz, had a difficult time finding any rhythm. Foye finished with eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor. GRADE: C-.
FORWARDS: Paul Millsap had one of the better showings of any Jazz player as he finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Marvin Williams managed two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes of play. Millsap had the difficult task of guarding David Lee. He held the forward to his average scoring output of 18 points. GRADE: C-.
CENTERS: Al Jefferson put in his regular double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Jefferson's offensive output came against lower-than-average opposition, but his scoring has been consistent all season long. GRADE: B.
BENCH: Head coach Tyrone Corbin looked to the bench early and elected to give Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks considerable minutes. Burks and Hayward each finished with nine points, but took double-digit attempts to get there. Enes Kanter was the only reserve to finish in double figures with 10 points. Favors also added nine points in 20 minutes. The surge in the final minutes of the game came with all bench players on the floor. GRADE: B.
OVERALL: Golden State outscored the Jazz in three of the four quarters, as Utah struggled in every facet of the offense. Utah shot a dismal 38.6 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from the 3-point line. Corbin seems to be experimenting with the lineups again as he gave DeMarre Carroll's minutes to Burks. Without Mo Williams the Jazz struggled to find a flow or rhythm of any type, which led to the third home loss of the season. The crowd at EnergySolutions Arena voiced its displeasure as the Jazz left the floor, and the crowd was justified in its dissatisfaction as the Jazz should be able to be more competitive at home. GRADE: C-.
Tyler Huskinson is a freelance journalist who loves to cover sports. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @TDHuskiSports.
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