This game needs to be studied by the Warren Commission. I've never seen teams miss so many shots, make so many crazy shots, and turn the ball over as frequently as I saw in this game. The Los Angeles Lakers have nothing to play for, and we have everything to lose with a win. Both teams started off "meh", and then the Utah Jazz went up by 13 in the first half . . . and then ended up being behind 57-51 somehow. Nick Young had 17 points at halftime.
I am certain the Head Coach Tyrone Corbin really yelled at his club at half, because they sure looked motivated! They scored 5 points in the next 3 minutes! Woo! The play in the third was sloppy for both teams, but you could tell that the Jazz were trying harder. While the Lakers were just doing the bare minimum to look polite. Utah took back the lead on an Alec Burks layup / cut pass from Derrick Favors with 5:55 left in the quarter.
It was a game then as LA scored, then Utah scored, and then LA scored, and the lead kept flip flopping. And the game was sloppy, regardless of the occasional score changes. Trey Burke and Enes Kanter were getting things done for the Jazz, as they took the lead -- and then Nick Young hit a crazy three pointer with two guys on him. The game was tired 86-86 going into the fourth.
And then it was Swaggy P time.
I tweeted this yesterday.
Dear @NickSwagyPYoung -- Can you score 60 points tomorrow?— Amar (@AllThatAmar) April 13, 2014
And tonight he finished with 41 points. Close, but still off by 19. I'm glad that the Jazz lost, and I take it as a product of my reverse jinx in the game preview. (Like the reverse jinx talking about Randy Foye the game before). But it's strange and sad to see our team lose on Fan Appreciation night -- something that they have won 80% of the time they have had them, over the last 30 seasons. Jordan Hill had 21 and 6, and Jodie Meeks had 23 points and 3 steals. But seriously, Nick Young went 6/11 from downtown and the Lakers had 33 points in the fourth quarter, while the Jazz scored only 18.
- Derrick Favors finished with 12/5/4/1/3
- Enes Kanter finished with 19/12/2/1/1
- Alec Burks finished with 22/3/2
- Trey Burke finished with 17/1/7/1
- Gordon Hayward finished with 21/6/4. For those keeping score at home, G-Time now needs 4 rebounds and 7 steals in the final game to finish the season with 15/5/5/1.5.
The Jazz play on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves in two nights. And then, sadly, the season is over.