The Utah Jazz were desperate. Tyrone Corbin made a tactical adjustment prior to the game that bolstered the starting lineup, inserting Derrick Favors.
Favors responded well, totaling 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 37:25.
Utah went on a 23-11 run in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t nearly enough to make up for three quarters of basketball. Utah finished the season with a 36-34 record.
James Anderson, SG 0:12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
I didn’t realize he even played. Grade: Incomplete
DeJuan Blair, C 6:56 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -2
Surprised he got some time but he was generally in the right place at the right time. Grade: C
Matt Bonner, PF 20:03 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +20
Plus/minus anomaly strikes again. Grade: C+
Boris Diaw, PF 20:42 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -12
Scored as many points as James Anderson and Patrick Mills despite logging 20 more minutes. I did like a play he made in the third quarter that set up a corner 3-pointer for Kawhi. Grade: C
Tim Duncan, C 27:40 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -13
Didn’t score in the second half but he did surpass Shaquille O’Neal in the record books. I’m bumping him up to B just for that reason alone. Grade: B-
Manu Ginobili, SG 26:42 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | -2
He knows how to control the tenor of the game. Grade: A
Danny Green, G 24:52 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +16
Ehhhhh. Grade: C
Stephen Jackson, SG 26:23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +12
Did everything he needed to, especially rebounding the ball. Per HoopData, Jack is the Spurs’ fourth best defensive rebounder. Grade: B
Kawhi Leonard, SF 20:06 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -6
Struggling. In 11 of his last 20 games, Kawhi hasn’t recorded one single free throw attempt. I would like to see his free throw increase next series. Grade: C-
Patrick Mills, PG 0:12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
See Anderson, James. Grade: Incomplete
Gary Neal, PG 18:29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +13
Another low key performance. Grade: B+
Tony Parker, PG 27:16 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -13
This time, M-V-P chants were not necessary. The extent of Parker’s damage was one 3-pointer. Other than that … not much. Grade: C
Tiago Splitter, C 20:28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +21
Although I wish Splitter’s rebounding would improve — he averaged 3.7 rebounds for the series — he still makes a difference in other aspects of the game. Grade: B+
Conclusion. I was getting a little worried towards the end of the game as the Spurs floundered their possessions and the Jazz made the most of theirs. It was a nice effort but a futile one nonetheless. With seasoning, this Jazz team has some potential.