Obviously we had an abysmal night shooting the ball. We shot about as poorly as we can. We just didn’t make a shot. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — As awful as the Utah Jazz were at shooting the ball Tuesday night, it was a miracle they were down by only three points with 10 seconds left against the Philadelphia 76ers.
All night long, the Jazz flirted with the franchise all-time worst field-goal percentage of 28.8 percent, set just three seasons ago against Minnesota. A couple of late baskets kept Utah from such an ignominious record, but they weren’t enough to bring a victory to the Jazz.
For the night, the Jazz shot a horrid 30.3 percent on 30 of 99 from the field, their worst percentage since that bad night in Minnesota in 2014. It was even worse from 3-point range where the Jazz were 9 of 39 for 23.1 percent.
“Obviously we had an abysmal night shooting the ball,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who saw his team fall to 5-6 on the season. “We shot about as poorly as we can. We just didn’t make a shot.”
Usually, at least one player has a decent shooting night, but for the Jazz it was a collective effort of bad shooting.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell was a miserable 3 for 21 from the field, Ricky Rubio missed his first five in the first quarter on his way to a 4-of-16 shooting night. Rodney Hood, who was benched at the start of the second half, could only manage 4 of 13, while usually reliable Joe Ingles went 6 of 16. Derrick Favors was 2 for 7 in just 20 minutes of action.
Among the starters, only Rudy Gobert, at 4 of 8, had a decent shooting night as he finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots, while Thabo Sefolosha made 3 of 5 off the bench.
“The ball’s just not finding its way into the rim,” said Favors. “That’s just basketball — sometimes you make shots, sometimes you miss them. We’ve just got to move on and get ready for the next game.”
“Some nights, the shots are not going to fall,” added Rubio. “We were missing shots, and we let that affect our defense.”
Snyder thought his team was getting good shots for the most part. He said the fact that the Jazz had 35 foul shots, compared to 30 for the Sixers, meant that his team was going to the basket and not settling for outside shots.
“It would be interesting to see how many of those shots were open — I think a lot of them were,” he said. “When you’re shooting as many free throws as we did, that means we were attacking the rim. I don’t think philosophically what we were doing tonight was that far off from who we want to be.”
The 39 3-point attempts were a season-high for the Jazz, but Snyder didn’t necessarily think that was too many tries.
“If we made a bunch of them, we’d feel great about them, so you’ve got to be willing to shoot them and you have to be willing to miss some of them,” he said. “The whole league is shooting that many threes. I just want them to be good shots. I want our guys to stay aggressive, and those things come around eventually.”