SUMMARY: A historically bad shooting night becomes a historically bad margin of deficit for the Utah Jazz
- For the first time in 40 years of Utah Jazz basketball they lost a basketball game by 50 points.
- The 22 points in the 2nd half is the all-time low for the Jazz franchise
- The 22 points is the 3rd worst half of basketball in Jazz franchise history
- The 29 missed threes are the most three point misses in Jazz history
- The Jazz offensive rating was a 68.1 they have had the worse offensive games the following times since 1996, November 29th of 2005 they had a 67.1 against the Pacers. 4th of February in 2000 v. the Lakers the Jazz had an offensive rating of 67.4 and on 16th of February in 1999 they had a 65.6 offensive rating v. Seattle.
- According to cleaning the glass, the Jazz shot 3 of 21 on non-restricted area 2 point shots and 6 of 35 from three.
- The Jazz were down 6 at the end of the 1st The Jazz were 10 of 22 and 2 of 8 from three in the first quarter. The game was tied at 34-34- and the Jazz were down one at 39-38 and then it all fell apart at an incredible level. Rubio hit a layup with 6:34 and then the Jazz missed 12 straight shots until Rubio made another layup at the 1:33 mark. The amazing thing is they trailed by just 6. Barnes and Doncic hit back to back threes and the Jazz were down 12. However, they hadn’t hit anything. They were 4 of 18 from 3 and just 17 of 45 overall. My feeling at this point was shots would start to fall and the game was still there for the Jazz.
- However, the opposite happened. The Jazz open to the third quarter was dreadful. Donovan took a three and missed, Derrick had a contested corner 3 and missed, Donovan turned it over, Ingles turned it over and then missed a layup. Like that the Jazz were down 17 in just 2:37 of the quarter. Then it got worse. Mitchell missed again and turned it over. Rubio turned it over, Ingles missed a three, Rubio missed a three and eventually, the Jazz would miss 13 straight threes.
- They were down 25 at the end of 3 and wilted in the 4th.
- The question is why. I think it is one of those nights shooting. It happens. It happened last year on November 10th Miami. The 4th quarter is a rarity that they seemed to completely stop playing with any force.
- Does the 50 point margin matter? Other than ruining all metrics for months I am not certain.
- What does matter is that this is not a naturally good shooting team. The offense is getting the Jazz an incredible amount of looks at the rim and corner 3 and above the break 3. Going into the night the Jazz were getting the most corner 3s and were 0 for 9 and are now shooting 28% from the corner. .84 points per shot is not going to get it done. They rank 28th in corner 3s.
- We are getting really close to where this is not small sample size theater anymore. This is 18% of the season. It is not ok to have a fifth of your season where these numbers exist if it is game 1 to 14 or 53 to 67.
- The three point shooting is obvious because it is in the box score and easy to find but the Jazz were also 1 of 13 (not official) on paint non-restricted area 2 point shots. For the season they are 28% this shots in the paint non restricted area. 28% on a 2 point shot. This is last in the NBA. Luckily the Jazz don’t take a lot of those as shots but it a shot they take more than the corner 3.
- I have purposely have not discussed individual players. This was a collective effort. Dallas deserves some credit. They have won 4 of 5. The defense has been great in 4 of those 5 games.
- Here is what I find a bit concerning. The 5 jazz player who take the most threes all average 31% or below other than Joe Ingles. 31% is .93 pts per shot if you are average. The chances are on a night that 2 of those players will be below average. 7% of the time all of them will be below average and then you get a night like tonight. I felt the same way at the same point of last season so maybe it will be as silly a thought as it was at this point last year.
Staying above water has been amazing but Jazz are running out of steam and live audience
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