Utah Jazz: Lots of bricks, little offense in latest Jazz blowout loss
“We all hate to lose, man. Everybody. It’s killing us all,” Burke said. “We’re just going to continue to move forward, continue to grow from our mistakes and try to get a win tomorrow at home.”
The Jazz return from their latest oh-fer road trip to take on the Chicago Bulls Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena. The Bulls will also be without their star point guard as Derrick Rose tore the meniscus in the knee that didn’t keep him sidelined for the past year.
Burke, who missed his first four shots and finished with four points and four assists Sunday, puts some of the responsibility on him to get the Jazz offense flowing.
“I don’t think I did a good enough job of getting guys organized early on,” he said, “and it kind of got sloppy a little bit out there.”
Very sloppy for the starters.
Not one Jazz starter scored in double figures. Burke and Gordon Hayward (five points) each missed 7 of 9 shots; Derrick Favors and Jefferson both had eight points; and Marvin Williams scored four points.
That’s a total of 29 points for the Jazz starters.
Utah’s reserves, led by 10 apiece from Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert, combined for 44 points, including a 30-point fourth quarter.
The offensive highlight of the game came in that final stanza.
With 1:53 remaining, Gobert blocked Ryan Gomes’ shot by the 3-point line, grabbed the ball, dribbled the length of the court and finished off the highlight-reel sequence with a left-handed slam while being fouled.
Oh la la!
“Jeremy taught me that,” he said.
That was a reference to an oft-replayed Jeremy Evans preseason highlight from 2012 when the Jazz forward blocked a Ronny Turiaf shot and then slammed the ball over Gobert’s French compatriot.
Gobert, who had a career-high 10 points, asked if he considered passing the ball. “I thought about it, and then I said, ‘Go!’ I got one occasion to do it.”
NOTES: Kanter sprained his ankle in the second half on defense and left the game. X-rays were negative but he will be re-evaluated before Monday’s game. Kanter on coming off the bench after starting the first 14 games: "It don’t matter. Coming from the bench or starting five, you just play for the Jazz." Evans hit his first shot, which put him at 12 for 12 for the season, before his 13th attempt rattled out. That was the first time an NBA player has hit 12 straight field goals to start the season since Vancouver’s Tony Massenburg made his first 13 shots of the 1998-99 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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