Jazz suffer second worse playoff loss ever

Utah Jazz

Sports Commentator Patrick Blake is host of the Blake’s Take show, airing weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio Southern Utah Sports Network – 93.1 FM 1450 AM – with live stream online at http://www.KZNUsports.com.

NEWS AND COMMENTARY – The Spurs throttled the Jazz 114-83 last night in San Antonio. The Spurs gave the Jazz their worst playoff loss since the 1998 finals when the Jazz lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls by 42 points.

The Jazz were awful from the field, only shooting 23 percent in the first half and just 32 percent for the game. The Jazz didn’t make their first 3-point basket until the closing seconds of the game.

The scary thing for the Jazz is the Spurs “big three” did not play there best ball either. Tim Duncan only had four points in the first half and finished with only 12 points for the game. Manu Ginobili only scored four points the entire game and Tony Parker only had eight first-half points.

With the Spurs stars struggling in the first half the Jazz should have been in the game, right? Yet, the Jazz went scoreless for over seven minutes in the second quarter after cutting the Spurs lead down to five 31-26.

With seven minutes left in the first half the Jazz only trailed 31-26, then Spurs went on a 20-0 run blowing the Jazz out of the game.

The Jazz were led by Josh Howard and Al Jefferson who each scored 10 points. No other Jazz play was in double figures.

Parker led the way for the Spurs with 18 points and nine assists. All five Spurs starters were in double figures. Rookie Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points, Daniel Green added 13 points, and Boris Diaw helped with 11 points.

The Spurs also had two backups in double figures – Gary Neal scored 11 points and DeJuan Blair added 10 points.

The Jazz were outscored in the paint 62-36 and allowed 22 points off of 15 turnovers.

While it took the Jazz the whole game to make a 3-point basket, the Spurs made 10 in the ball game and shot over 45 percent from deep. The Spurs did better from the outside then the Jazz did from the floor.

Game three is Saturday in Salt Lake at 8 p.m.

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