CHICAGO — The Jazz (19-21) allowed their opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field for the second straight game in losing 111-97 to Chicago (34-9) Saturday night.
Former Jazzmen Carlos Boozer (27 points) and Kyle Korver (26 points, six 3-pointers) led the Bulls.
Guards: Considering that the Utah backcourt has let the likes of second-year player Jrue Holiday burn them, it should come as no surprise that Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists.
Rose was often let free to push the ball without many consequences. Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley combined for nine points (Tinsley shot 3-of-11) and 17 assists in Devin Harris' absence, while Gordon Hayward scored 10 points with Raja Bell also sidelined. GRADE: C-
Forwards: Paul Millsap nearly matched Boozer in offensive production with 26 points while Josh Howard scored 15 for his ninth game in the past 10 in double figures on 7-10 shooting.
Korver, a career 43 percent shooter from distance, certainly didn't need any help by repeatedly being left open, yet that is exactly what happened. The Jazz let Korver score nearly 20 points above his 7.4 per-game average. GRADE: C+
Centers: Al Jefferson shot 8-of-19 in collecting 16 points and eight rebounds. After registering two assists Saturday, he now has three in two games after tallying 12 in the two previous contests. Enes Kanter's four points in seven minutes matched the total Chicago's Omer Asik accumulated in 33. However, his one rebound certainly didn't help Utah's battle on the boards: The Jazz lost 42-31 on the glass. GRADE: C
Bench: The Utah bench outscored the Chicago reserves 27-19, but it didn't matter much since Boozer, Korver and Rose combined for 77 points. The bench's point production was a far cry from the 48 scored on Friday and the 46 given on Monday against Cleveland.
Derrick Favors was hardly a favor (two points, four rebounds) in 18 minutes after scoring 14 points and grabbing at least five rebounds in the past four contests. Alec Burks was a bright spot, scoring 11 points in 19 minutes, while C.J. Miles certainly didn't take advantage of Bell's absence by shooting 1-of-7, making him 12-of-48 in the past six games. GRADE: C-
Overall: It's amazing how just one weekend seemingly erased all of Utah's momentum after they had returned to the .500 mark and seemed to make a statement to playoff contenders that they are here to stay through mid-April. Less-than-stellar performances against two good teams does not bode well for the Jazz, who will play against good Western Conference teams in coming weeks. GRADE: C-
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 [email protected] or at Twitter: wilklogan