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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  6 responses

Utah Jazz Embarrassed, Demoralized After Game 2 Loss to Spurs


The Utah Jazz didn’t enjoy their time in San Antonio, as the Spurs ran circles around them for two Playoff games. Jazz players were down in the dumps last night. Per the Deseret News: “One word crossed Al Jefferson’s lips in a muted tone when he was asked to describe what had just happened to him and the Utah Jazz on the AT&T center court. ‘Embarrassing.’ The night was inexplicable for Paul Millsap — the worst he’d ever been part of during his NBA career. ‘Tough’ was the description Gordon Hayward uttered a few times. Devin Harris admitted it was ‘a little demoralizing.’ Game 2 was SOOOOO BAD for the Jazz, even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich kind of came to their defense. The Jazz were hounded, hammered and humiliated by San Antonio — and that was just the first half. When the final buzzer finally blared its merciful sound, the Jazz were on the extremely short end of a 114-83 rout Wednesday night. The Spurs — after beating the Jazz by an average of 23 points in their first two playoff games — will take a 2-0 series lead into Utah for Game 3 on Saturday night. ‘We had a good night. They had a poor night,’ Popovich, the 2012 NBA coach of the year, said. ‘This was just a matter of them having a bad, bad night. … It happens to all of us.’ [...] Millsap was flabbergasted after a complete team no-show, which included some pretty ugly stats: a 20-0 first-half run by the Spurs, 23.4 percent shooting by Utah in the first half, an 11-point second quarter, two players leading the team in scoring with just 10 points apiece. ‘I can’t explain it. I especially can’t explain it tonight. They just came out and just whooped us,’ Millsap said. ‘It could be the worst ever (playoff loss) for us. I never witnessed something like that.’”

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  • Heals

    Amazing stuff, halfway through the 4th quarter and the Spurs had already played 12 guys at least 3 minutes. 12 guys in a playoff game, wow…

  • Mike Mihalow

    I quit watching when the Spurs were up by 38 pts towards the beginning of the 4th quarter.
    I have a feeling its not gonna get any easier for the Jazz at home.

  • RIGGS

    I dont see any team stopping the spurs this year. Something drastic has to happen before my thought can waver

  • Mack

    Funny thing is the Jazz are actually a decent defensive team. Imagine if the Suns woulda made it instead… :/

  • Zabbah

    this isn’t their worst playoff loss. remember what the bulls did to them in that Finals game. they almost lost by 50.

  • whooo!

    Wildest stay was Diaw with a +41… It’s easy to give the jazz confidence by saying “they just did what they were supposed to do at home”, so the spurs did a phenomenal job trying to kill any hope of confidence. They can go for the kill in game 3, but it’ll be interesting how the jazz respond. Either way, it’s a terrific learning experience for them to witnesses first hand, and they’ll be better from it next season.

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