Takeaways – Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
Road-weary Jazz can’t find the energy to oust Oladipo-less Pacers.
The Utah Jazz played their final game of a tough road trip Monday night, facing off against the Indiana Pacers. This was the first game for the Jazz since they beat Boston for the second time this season.
Prior to the game, it was made known that Indiana star Victor Oladipo would not be playing due to a sore right knee. Tyreke Evans was given the start in his place, and the fresh/energetic Pacers never looked back.
Utah’s dismal, uninspired performance was obvious from the beginning. Utah leaves Indiana with another loss, 121 – 94.
Watch the full game highlights below:
Quick Notes – Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
Earth’s Gravity Must Be… Different… This Year
You know how the movie Interstellar explains how gravity affects the speed of time (or something like that… truth is I’m still a little confused)?
That’s what’s happening to the Jazz, right?
Utah got off to yet another slow start Monday night in Indiana. Remember when Utah was obliterated in the first quarter against Philadelphia and Dallas?
This looked a whole lot like that.
Why is it so hard to start for this team? Why is there such a serious lack of urgency on both sides of the ball?
My theory is that this team had too much hype going into the season. While there’s nothing wrong with believing in yourself and having confidence in your team’s abilities, there’s something about having that chip on your shoulder that makes you hustle.
I think that’s part of what Quin and Dennis are trying to build in Utah, a group of underdogs with a chip on their shoulder. Take that culture away and what are you left with?
Underdogs who don’t feel like underdogs.
What is an underdog who doesn’t play like an underdog?
Bad at basketball.
Wearing The Opponents Colors
Who is in charge of deciding when and where the Utah Jazz will be wearing what jersey and how far in advance is that planned?
I just can’t, for the life of me, understand why we were wearing what looked like the INDIANA PACERS WARMUP JERSEYS when playing the Pacers in Indianapolis.
It looked like Indiana was playing itself. While this may not be the entire reason Utah lost, it couldn’t have HELPED.
Seriously, though. Let’s think ahead.
Who’s Night Is It To Play Well?
We’ve seen how the Jazz can play when everyone is doing what they are supposed to. The first matchup against Boston was a good example, with five players scoring over 20 points on the night for the Jazz.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t been a common theme this season.
Right now, it seems as though Utah can only get one of it’s players to play well each night. Tonight, it was Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, Ricky doesn’t play this well like 85% of the time.
When are we going to start to see Utah put together complete nights from multiple players on a consistent basis?
The real question is, will that be something we see at all this year?
Prop Results – Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers
Kelby Jones (5.5)
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