Questions from Game 1 of Jazz vs Spurs!

"Man I wish my young teammates weren't lactose intolerant" -grumbled Gordon Hayward after a 106-91 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.

Today was a bad day for a Jazz game. Today is my daughter's 8th birthday, we had meetings with our bishop and we had church from 1-4.

I was able to watch most of the 2nd quarter when the Jazz made a little run with their bench on the floor, immediately followed by pretty poor play by our starters minus Sap to end the half. In the little bit of time that I saw the starters on the floor there was a different feel to the game, there was no longer the hustle, the defense, nor the sharp passing. I saw a lot of tentative play which turned into sloppy passes, jacking up of shots and the giving up of wide open layups.

I love how Burks and Favors were not afraid of the Spurs. After watching the Jazz team in 2007 basically lay down and die for the Spurs it was nice to see some fight from our young kids.

I don't mind losing to the Spurs but I do like to think we gave ourselves the best chance of winning the game. I didn't get that feel in the little bit I was able to watch of the game. Also from tweets that I saw in the 1st half when I wasn't able to watch and quick emails from members of my Jazz fam after the game it seemed like Ty didn't do the things that got us into the playoffs in the first place, it seems like he went back to February rotations (a tweet I saw from @davidjsmith1232)

I have a few questions since I was unable to watch most of the game:

  • Did Josh Howard 's insertion into the starting lineup mess with chemistry?
  • Would we have had a closer game if Ty allowed the young players to play more?
  • How much did Ty play our big lineup and was it successful?
  • Did we get a fair shake from the refs?
  • Did the vets looked intimidated by the Spurs?
  • Were Harris's five turnovers forced or were they just nerves?
  • Do they have a chance to win game 2
I still believe we can shock the world (#STW) but it will take smarter coaching from Ty and smart play from our veteran leaders.
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