Go Jazz go!
Good grief, will the bad times never end? After losing to Atlanta tonight 116-111, the Jazz have lost seven of their last eight games.
Not impressive, especially considering the Hawks haven't beaten the Jazz in five years before today.
You can point to a few different factors when trying to figure out this loss.
Deron shot 3-12 from the floor.
Boozer, despite racking up 39 points and 12 rebounds, shot only 9-14 from the line. That's 64%, Booz. The team as a whole shot 69% on the night. Not good enough.
Four Hawks players scored 15 points or more. That's offensive efficiency the Jazz haven't seen in I don't know how long.
But a major and long-term problem the Jazz face?
Up front, let me be clear that I have no problems with Jarron as a person. From all accounts, he is an intelligent, friendly, and wonderful guy.
But on the court, he's horrendous.
For 2007, Collins is averaging two points, two rebounds, and a tenth of a block in twelve minutes a game.
Tonight, Jerry Sloan gave him many of the injured Mehmet Okur's minutes, and Collins responded by scoring six points and hauling down three rebounds, while going 1-4 from the field, in 30 minutes.
With all of this evidence at his disposal, Sloan said yesterday that the Jazz "execute pretty well when [Jarron's] out there, and he passes the ball and tries to play the game the right way."
Did I mention Collins dished out two assists tonight?
When Paul Millsap, object of many a Jazz fan's mancrush, is averaging eight points and six rebounds a game in 20 minutes, I'd rather have him at the five than Collins, even if Paul does give up three inches to the Stanford graduate.
The handy site Basketball-Reference.com puts Millsap's per-40-minute stats for last season at 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Collins recorded nine points and seven rebounds per 40. Considering Millsap was a rookie is only going to get better, I know who I'd choose to play on my team.
Millsap has a supernatural sense for where the ball is going to come down. He was the only player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years, starting when he was a freshman at Louisiana Tech.
Meanwhile, Collins is at his best when taking a charge.
Excuse me for not being overly impressed.
Looking ahead, the Jazz's next five games are against Charlotte, Orlando, Miami, Dallas, and the Lakers.
That's Okafor, Dwight, Shaq, Diop/Damiper, and Bynum, if you're interested. Utah will need solid play from their 5-spot if they want to win these games, and Collins is not the answer.
Until Sloan gets over his irrational Jarron-love, the Jazz are going to be trouble for the foreseeable future.
Of course, even when Okur is healthy, the Jazz don't get much from the center position. The need for a Utah to make a trade seems more and more clear every game.
We'll see if anything happens.
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