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Utah Can’t Close Out Nuggets

Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Mar 4 2011 @ 1:26 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments

The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz have a couple of things in common, they both have shipped their “franchise” players away and have to deal with what’s left. The Nuggets were ahead of the Jazz going into this game, Utah has been struggling since the start of the 2nd half of the season.  Denver beat Utah 103-101, that’s now 6 wins since the trade for the Nuggets, the Jazz haven’t been nearly as fortunate. Denver jumped out to an early lead before Utah started it’s rally, Utah was down by as many as 9. Both teams offenses move differently now that they are missing their former superstars, Utah got back into the game by taking over the 3rd quarter. They were leading to start the 4th quarter, Denver got to enjoy free trips to the charity stripe due to the excessive early fouling by the Jazz. The Jazz were in the penalty with about 7 minutes left in the game, yet they were leading 98-94 with 2 minutes or so left. That’s when their recent trend of defensive let downs occurred, Utah played great D to get back in the game and then when it really mattered they couldn’t get a stop!! To make matters worse, with 5 seconds left Devin Harris hit a 3 to close the gap to 2. Then Andrei Kirilenko STOLE the INBOUND pass from Kenyon Martin and MISSED THE UNCONTESTED LAYUP!!! Utah just lost it’s 8 STRAIGHT home game in that manner!! I truly feel for every Jazz fan, that was the WORSE way to lose a game EVER!! Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 19 points, 10 boards, and 6 blocks!! Utah is now 32-30, their next game is a home game on Saturday against the visiting Sacramento Kings. Utah needs to get  a win to regain their confidence, this was another close game where they just didn’t execute well enough to win. If you get a chance, watch the highlights of this game because the Kirilenko steal and missed layup will make you sick!!

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