I think we all knew that the Utah Jazz, playing without so many key players, were going to have their hands full with a rested San Antonio Spurs team. Sure, they were without two starters as well, but still cruised to a 123-98 final score. The Spurs are just so good, their offense works like a charm against unprepared teams, and at times the Jazz looked very unprepared for them. San Antonio shot 60.5 FG% for the game, and 42.9 3PT% from outside. Utah shot really well, as well (46.8 FG%, 38.9 3PT%, 94.4 FT%) but if you aren't stopping the other team you are going to lose almost every single time you play. Eight different Spurs players scored in double figures in this blowout, as giant had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and a block while finishing with a +/- of -3. He was the only guy on the entire Spurs squad to finish with a negative number in +/-, and he still had a better game than the vast majority of the Jazz players. pulled the plug early as he knew he was outmatched. Playing once again without , , , and puts you at a disadvantage. finished with an 18 / 4 / 4 / 1 line which is very commendable, and came off the bench to score 21 points, and dish out 4 assists. But this game never really was close.
The Utah Jazz can't feel bad for themselves, they play the Houston Rockets tomorrow night to finish the second night of this back-to-back set.