Ravell Call, Deseret News
The Utah Jazz fell to the Toronto Raptors 94-79 Monday night while center Derrick Favors and forward Jeremy Evans sat out with injuries. The Jazz simply struggled to get the ball in the hole, shooting 41 percent and making 32 field goals on only 10 assists.
Utah fell to 0-4 on the season when scoring less than 80 points. The Jazz finished the game with more turnovers than assists, which generally isn’t a winning combination.
Here’s a look at how each Jazz player fared Monday night.
Guards: Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward didn’t show up to play Monday night. Each finished with eight points and three assists, and they had a combined -41 in the plus/minus column. As bad as they were offensively, their defense was even worse. They gave up 23 points to recently selected all-star DeMar DeRozan and 12 points and four assists to backup point guard Greivis Vasquez. A couple of sweet dimes from Hayward is the only thing preventing the starting guards from getting an F.
Forwards: Marvin Williams played very well for the Jazz, putting up 23 points, eight rebounds and a couple of steals in 40 minutes. His hustle and determination kept the Jazz close throughout the game. He was a bright spot in an otherwise sloppy effort by the Jazz. Richard Jefferson struggled for Utah, putting up only five points and playing poor defense in 20 minutes of action. Raptors forwards John Salmons and Amir Johnson put up 13 and 11, respectively.
Center: The Jazz really missed Favors’ interior defense and rebounding. Enes Kanter showed Monday night why he isn’t the regular starter, giving up 18 points and nine boards to Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, and Valanciunas got whatever he wanted against Kanter. Kanter played only 20 minutes, putting up 10 points and three rebounds.
Bench: Rudy Gobert stepped in for the struggling Kanter and played a solid 30 minutes Monday. Gobert by no means stopped Valanciunas, but bothered him with his length throughout the second half. He didn’t score a point, but recorded eight boards and three blocks. Alec Burks made a case for breaking into the starting lineup with 20 points and three rebounds in 29 minutes of action. He almost single-handedly brought the Jazz back in the fourth quarter, scoring five straight to cut the Raptors’ lead to three. He was energetic, played hard on every possession and often got above the rim. Diante Garrett and Brandon Rush combined for five points.
Coach: Tyrone Corbin took a chance playing Gobert extended minutes. The move paid off, but ultimately he didn’t make the appropriate adjustments to win the game.
Overall: The Jazz struggled most of the night with Evans and Favors recovering from injuries. The Jazz played well for stretches, but the better team won the game. The Jazz fell to a 16-32 overall record with that loss, and look to bounce back Friday against Dallas.
Overall grade: D+
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