Oh dear, where to begin? The San Antonio Spurs (5-1) defeat the Utah Jazz (3-3) by the final margin of 100-86. Honestly, I have to say that it felt like a million to -7. Utah was completely outclassed by a determined Spurs squad that was powered by a suffocating defense that forced turn overs and poor shots all night long. Utah couldn’t even make the shots when no one was defending them (going 15/24 from the free throw line)! It didn’t start like this, nooo. The Jazz looked like titans at the beginning of the game when Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson just couldn’t miss. Utah started the game on a 10-2 run. After a timeout Gregg Popovich had his team finish the game on a 98-76 run.
This game got ugly quickly and I didn’t even bother watching the last quarter live. I will re-watch the entire game again tomorrow morning because I do hate myself. So I have that to look forward to. The Spurs avenged their home loss by winning on our court. That’s fine. I think their win was better, and less fluke-y than the Jazz win (which was pretty much predicated upon one team making all of the threes, and the other missing almost all of theirs).
No big deal. Starting this season 3-3 with Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, and now Boris Diaw all out (missing a lot of Derrick Favors as well) is better than expected. Utah heads East for a five game road trip: New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, and finishing up against the Miami Heat. Five games. Seven nights.