Month of December not kind to Utah Jazz as the team searches for an identity

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  • burningblue Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    The Jazz are just trying to figure things out. They have a lot of new players this year and most of those players are defensive specialists who aren't particularly dynamic on offense.

    The exception is Donovan Mitchell. I think he surprised some people during the winning streak last month, but players are keying in on him now. It's going to take some time for him to figure out how to get the ball and score with that kind of pressure. He's smart enough and determined enough to do it.

    To problem is that the Jazz's starting five haven't had a chance to play much together, and we haven't gotten the production we need out of Hood and Burks on a consistent basis. Donovan needs someone to take some of that scoring load off him if he's going to be successful.

    Hopefully they can figure it out. I'm guessing that we won't get another win streak until Mid-January.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 10:36 a.m.

    oldasdirt it is just you, the Timber wolves finished strong last year and Rubio was one of the top point guards in the league. The difference is talent around him and coaching. Its hard to get 10 assist a game if everyone misses their shots. It cracks me up when many of you blame this on Rubio when so many other players are shooting and playing so poorly. NDP you are right, making this team a three point shooting team was a huge mistake. Its hard to rebound when everyone is standing 30 feet from the basket. Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson, Hood, Burks, Udoh, are all suffering from lazy poor play. Hood and Burks play absolutely no defense. The Jazz have no mid game, it's threes or contested rim shots. It looks like they take turns going one on one and then kick it back out for a three into a blocked passing lane for a turnover.

  • mdp Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 7:33 a.m.

    If you live by the 3, you often die by the 3. The Jazz are generally a mediocre shooting team on the road- when everyone are spaced out beyond the arc and often standing around, rebounding/put-backs suffer and effectively place most of the team out of position to play effective transition defense.

  • oldasdirt Grantsville, UT
    Dec. 29, 2017 3:07 a.m.

    It maybe just me but the Jazz look like the old Timber wolves now that we have Rubio.