I don't know what to say. The Jazz were destroyed tonight.
They lost to the Raptors in Toronto for the first time in nine years. They are off to the worst start ever aside from the first season the team existed.
I started thinking about that, and I wondered how many of the current players would even be picked up by an expansion team.
In the end, the young guys had box score lines that looked somewhere between good (Gordo) and passable.
But whatever. I'm not sure it matters when the team gives up 115 points. I'm not sure it matters when the team struggles to find a good shot on virtually every possession.
It's going to be a loooooooooooong flight home tonight.
And though I can honestly say that, overall, I am enjoying the season. I didn't enjoy a whole lot about tonight's game.
Three things that went well
1. As mentioned earlier, Gordon Hayward's line. 10-18 shooting, 4-4 from the line, 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals. Keep it up, Gordo.
2. They hit their free throws. Amid all the gunk going on, at least they finally had a nice night from the line. 20-24; 83%.
3. They are becoming great at helping other teams get out of their funk. There's a treasure in heaven being laid up for such selflessness.
Three things that went poorly
1. The defense was horrifying.
2. Every shot is contested by three opponents, and yet nobody seems to be open.
3. They shot less than 20% from three. Ugh.
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Well, the Jazz have certainly earned their impending #30 ranking in Stein's committee of one rankings. They have Denver and New Orleans coming to the ESA Monday and Wednesday ... we can hope one of them volunteers to give our guys a break.
And yet, part of me thinks it's destined that they go 0-9, beat the Spurs by 25 on Friday, and then lose their next 10 games.