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Jazz Loose at Golden State | Utah Jazz Crazy

Jazz Loose at Golden State

After a nice home win against the Toronto Raptors, a game which I attended with my two boys, The Jazz hit the road for a Friday night tilt against the Golden State Warriors. It was a listless performance by the Jazz who shot only 39% from the field and committed 19 turnovers and allowed GS to grab 21 offensive rebounds. Three big things concerned me after this one; 1) the inability of the Jazz guards to keep the smaller, faster backcourt of Ellis and Curry from getting dribble penetration and 2) The conspicuous absences of Andrei Kirilenko from contributing much of anything on either end of the court and 3) The inability of the bigs to rebound on either end of the court.

I think the jazz rebounding issues were a bi-product of their Guards letting Ellis and Curry get to the rim. It’s early in the season but the Jazz defensive rotation has been slow or non-existent. From what I witnessed there was such a concern to help when the guards got behind their man that the weakside rebound was never a contest for the Warriors. Anrei’s absence is a trend I hope we don’t see perpetuated. His line: 0-3 FGs 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 turnoves with a +/- of -13. This looked like the sulking lost Andrei of the 2008-09 season. Even in the win against Toronto where he shot the ball better, he still had 6 turnovers and only 3 rebounds and was the only starter with a pathetic +/- of +2 in a game the Jazz should have won easily…

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