OKLAHOMA CITY – The Jazz offered another poor performance Tuesday night to go 1-2 on their back-to-back-to-back road trip while losing their seventh game in nine contests. Utah (14-14) shot just 36 percent from the field in getting blown out 111-85 by Oklahoma City, which shot 55 percent from the floor.
Guards: Devin Harris and Earl Watson combined to shoot just 4-12 from the field. Though Watson tallied six assists, Harris had just one. Interestingly, Watson, the backup, played 28 minutes while Harris totaled just 15. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook outscored Harris and Watson combined, 16-10. Raja Bell was solid offensively, scoring 10 points. GRADE: D+
Forwards: Gordon Hayward turned in perhaps his worst performance of the season – and one of the worst of his young career – in shooting 0-6 from the field with three turnovers in just 16 minutes. His backup, Josh Howard, played longer, shooting 3-10 with five rebounds in 19 minutes. Paul Millsap was so-so, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds. However, the Utah forwards were thoroughly dominated by the Thunder forwards. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka combined for 37 points on 15-22 shooting with 16 rebounds. GRADE: D
Centers: Al Jefferson shot just 7-19 and grabbed only five rebounds in 28 minutes while Enes Kanter came off the bench to record seven points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. At least Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins didn't burn Utah offensively. The 6-10 big man recorded one point, although he did register seven rebounds and six assists. He truly didn't need to score Tuesday night. GRADE: C
Bench: Derrick Favors scored 13 points on 4-7 shooting in 18 minutes, a lone bright spot for the Jazz's evening. C.J. Miles, an X-factor for Utah, was a non-factor in 17 minutes. Alec Burks shot just 3-9 when given a surprising 19 minutes from Tyrone Corbin. The Utah reserves were outscored 49-44 by the Thunder bench. GRADE: C+
Overall: What a mess this contest was. Almost nothing went right for the Jazz. Favors was the only Utah player who was consistent in consecutive road trip losses. Utah returned to its woeful ways, shooting just 3-13. Harris continues to be far from the player he seemed to display even a couple of seasons ago. The Jazz are making it harder to believe that they can make the playoffs with their current roster. Grade: D+
Rhett Wilkinson is a journalism and speech communications major at Utah State University. He has previously been an intern for the Deseret News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Twitter: wilklogan
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