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Game #21: Utah Jazz throw down tanking gauntlet in 130-98 loss to Portland Trail Blazers

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Your move, tankers.



Three Positives

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Three Negatives

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...are you really still here?

WHY.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELF.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU. I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU AT ALL.

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...okay, I'll put a few thoughts here. I guess. Mostly because SB Nation won't let me publish something with only 60 words as a full article.

The Jazz actually started out okay. For about three minutes. Trey Burke scored five quick points, and even though Damian Lillard was torching him on the other end, Burke's energy at least had the Jazz competitive for a while.

Things went downhill in a hurry when, after a timeout following a Nicolas Batum three-pointer, Ty Corbin's first substitution was...Andris Biedrins?

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Portland promptly went on a 22-12 run to finish the first quarter 39-22.

Alec Burks tried to swag the Jazz back into the game with 11 second-quarter points, helping the Jazz cut the margin to 48-40 at one point. Contributions from Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and especially Jeremy Evans made the halftime score an almost respectable 67-56.

And then the Blazers went on a 16-1 run to start the third.

That was pretty much it.

I just...this game, you guys. I don't get it.

Why did Trey Burke only play 16 minutes, including only two minutes in the entire second half?

Why did Biedrins get the first seven minutes off the bench...and then rode the pine the rest of the game?

Why could no one seem to cover a Blazer three-point shooter (17-23 on 3PT)?

Why did Rudy Gobert not get in the game at all until the Jazz were down by 35 points?

Why...you know what, nope. I'm done. Jazz lose. Shums out.

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