I really don’t have much to say about this Utah Jazz game, their latest defeat to a hungrier team lower in the Western Conference standings: Memphis Grizzlies 102-95. Utah, a traditionally strong home team playing in an impregnable fortress, has been dropping games there lately. And it’s not a good trend. The other bad trends are losing the war in the paint, getting out rebounded, turning over the ball, and not hitting their threes.
It’s tough when an offensively anemic team like Memphis goes over three digits on you while hitting almost all of their contested threes. But that happened tonight as well. There were fouls, and the refs were bad, but whatever. The Jazz made this a three point game despite it all in the fourth. But couldn’t close out on the old, tired, injured team on a long road trip.
Derrick Favors did not play, hard to say that Boris Diaw or Trey Lyles did in their place. Joe Johnson was the guy who put in the most minutes at the four when the game counted - and that’s just giving up a lot to Zach Randolph who had an amazing game. Marc Gasol spaced the floor and was too offensively capable for Rudy Gobert to handle. And Mike Conley got all the love he didn’t get the night before.
Bad game for Utah. They have three nights off until their next one - hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. Then two more nights off until they host the Charlotte Hornets. This is a four game 10 night home-stand. Gotta win the next two.