Utah Jazz Embarrassed, Demoralized After Game 2 Loss to Spurs

by May 03, 2012

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.'”