Takeaways from the San Antonio Spurs loss to the Utah Jazz
The San Antonio Spurs saw their four game winning-streak snapped by the hands of the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night inside the AT&T Center.
Without Gordan Hayward and Boris Diaw, the Jazz role players sparked a much need road win.
Coming into the game, the Jazz were on a 10 game road losing streak. On paper, it looked as if they were going to continue that trend heading into a the AT&T Center where the Spurs last season had a 40-1 mark.
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the lineup finishing with 21 points and four rebounds.
You can’t win them all but the Spurs were in position to capitalize on a 63-60 lead heading into the fourth quarter. They could not though withstand George Hill and company as they were not backing down.
Nov 1, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looks on from the sidelines against the Utah Jazz during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jazz 3-point shooting: The Utah Jazz came out and popped the Spurs in the mouth right away as they established their spot on the 3-point line. Led by ex-Spurs George Hill, he would get the hot shooting going hitting a 23-footer that would put the Jazz up 5-4 early in the first.
Joe Johnson followed that with his own 25-foot 3-pointer, and Hill converted again from downtown to extend the lead, 15-9.
The Jazz would go 7-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, shooting a blistering 70-percent from the field.
Utah finished 9-of-16 from three in the first half.
Simmons starts San Antonio: Gregg Popovich gave the starting nod to Jonathon Simmons hoping it would spark the athletic wing. It did not prove to bolster Simmons as he did not shoot the ball well.
His first points of the game came in the third quarter when Patty Mills connected with him on a alley-oop.
He finished with just two points going 1-of-7. He recorded two points, three assists and two rebounds.
Leonard and Aldridge continue dominance: The duo combined for 51 of the teams 91 total points. San Antonio will need to find more fire power on the offensive side of the ball from their starters if they are wanting to make a run deep into the playoffs.
Though Leonard and Aldridge are carrying the load right now, there are going to be games when they will struggle and that is when others need to step up.
Offense needs more movement: There were times in the game against the Jazz when there was no movement. Players were staying stagnant watching those with the ball to create. This led to turnovers, or bad shot.
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