Another week went by in Utah Jazz land, and well, I think we did okay. Sure, the Jazz dropped a home game (a HOME game!) to the Indiana Pacers, but then went on a three game road trip where they finished it a very tidy 273-273 in the final score of all three games. The Jazz shocked the Chicago Bulls 97-77, dropped a game they should have won against the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-99, and then got blasted by the Houston Rockets 82-97. Getting blown out on the road isn't that bad, but it leaves a bad last impression for the team. Losing to the Pacers, under any circumstances, is bad. And the Jazz are now 0-2 against them, and got swept in the season series.
Personally, I think the Jazz had an okay week, but if there was a week to dump on the Jazz it could be this last one where they went 1-3. But what did the rest of the National Media think?
|Site:||ESPN||Record:||13-25||Starting with a mid-December trip to Florida, Utah's kids have shown some resilience, sweeping the Heat and Magic to launch a 5-4 road run that includes narrow L's to the Clips and OKC. Rudy Gobert's campaign for second or third behind Jimmy Butler in the MIP race, meanwhile, is getting real.|
|Author:||Marc Stein||This Week:||#18|
|Site:||SB Nation||Record:||13-25||The Jazz caught the Bulls off guard in a 20-point win and nearly pulled off an upset against the Thunder, but Waiters shot that down. Dante Exum got his first career start against the Pacers, ending the game with 13 points (5-of-14 shooting) and .... zero assists.|
|Author:||Drew Garrison||This Week:||#24|
|Site:||Yahoo! Sports||Record:||13-25||After winning five of their last seven games to close out 2014, the Jazz has lost four of six to start this year.|
|Author:||Marc J. Spears||This Week:||#23|
|Site:||CBS Sports||Record:||13-25||Utah is 14th in offense and 15th in defense per possession in the past two weeks. Considering how green they are, that's a pretty impressive job by Quin Snyder. Rudy Gobert is an absolute revelation.|
|Author:||Matt Moore||This Week:||#22|
|Site:||Sports Illustrated||Record:||13-25||Rudy Gobert’s potential was evident during the FIBA World Cup this summer and it’s starting to show once again with the Jazz. Gobert has started the last five games and notched double-doubles in wins against the Wolves and Bulls.|
|Author:||Matt Dollinger||This Week:||#24|
Pace: 92.8 (29), OffRtg: 103.5 (15), DefRtg: 106.8 (27), NetRtg: -3.3 (25)
The Jazz got a big win in Chicago on Wednesday and Trevor Booker hit the shot of the year, but they committed 51 turnovers in OKC and Houston over the weekend. Enes Kanter returned from injury on Saturday, but Rudy Gobert stayed in the starting lineup. The lineup with Gobert at center and Joe Ingles at shooting guard is a plus-9 in 56 minutes together.
|Author:||John Schuhmann||This Week:||#21|
I'm not entirely cool with (on the whole) the Jazz dropping by -4 overall (+1, +0, -1, -1, -1, -2), or -0.67 spots. If anything I guess this is where the homer in me would have been a little nicer. I would have been fine with a distribution of (+0, +0, +0, -1, -1, -1). Clearly the |1| difference is just too much for me to handle. I am definitely not cool with the commentary from Spears though. I guess that's one way to look at the Jazz . . . no mention at all about how the team played without 2 starters (3 rotation players) during most of that recent stretch in 2015, but hey, whatever. I'm not a documentarian like he is.
What did YOU think?