Triumph Jelani wrote:Its how we lost, RDBN. Of course, the team is yet to form an identity & I know Utah is rough n rugged.
Well, watching the game, we didn't start out aggressive and we weren't making as many passes per possession. We were obviously tired, and not thinking that Kirilenko would throw all of our shots into the stands.
The crowd really did play a huge role at the beginning of the game. The Jazz gained a significant amount of momentum because of AK47's performance in the first two quarters, and the shooting wasn't helping.
If you notice, once Kobe started pushing this team and scoring at will, the crowd stopped the chants and were silenced, and we stole the third quarter. I believe we actually won the third...I'm just too lazy to look at the box score right now.
But I'm optimistic...and I always have been. In Game 5 of the Pistons series, I still believed that the Lakers were going to win 3 straight at that point, but it didn't happen. Right now, this game was a loss, but that's not all. It was an evaluation of our squad. The Jazz exposed our weaknesses, and I guarantee that, with the experience and coaching abilities that Rudy T has, he's hitting on all of those weaknesses in practice today...so I expect nothing of the sort when we play the Spurs on Friday.
If it does turn out to be just as bad, then I expect improvements for the next game, and so on....