HOUSTON – Jazz coach Quin Snyder has worked through some details – how his team did not get any critical rebounds, as it missed the opportunity not to protect the rim, as the rim did not protect it – before summing it up with a superordinate statement : "We did not play well, that's what I'm trying to say. There are many things we need to do better. "
At least jazz did it in one thing: James Harden forced himself to go to the right. It just did not help much in the search for game 1.
Harden went to the right – and went straight into the paint, where he released it to open shooters or to find Clint Capela for lobs or just to score himself. Harden finished with 29 points, 1
"James just adapts to how he does it all," said Houston coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni. "They throw something at him and it might get him a bit, and then he finds out. … That's why he's offensive so good. It makes me laugh. He is so good that I do not know what you are doing. "
The jazz led Harden to Rudy Gobert, but when Harden was blown up by the defenders of the jazz perimeter, Gobert had a difficult choice: Harden all the way to the brink or step and leave a rag open.
"He can not be in two places," Snyder said. "They will give something up."
And that's why jazz is in a 1: 0 hole.
But the 122 points are worrisome. The 90 could be more.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Donovan Mitchell had to face a contested 3-pointer from thirty yards away – the ball hit the top of the back wall. This was not the only jazz offensive property that ended in despair. Outside of mini-rallies to start the second and third quarters, Utah's offense was largely hindered by Houston's relentless defensive defense.
Good possessions were hardly available, as the jazz hardly wanted to create space.
I'll be able to move the ball the way we want it, and move it side by side, "Snyder said. "Most importantly, there must be more determination to have no empty possessions."
There was plenty of jazz on Sunday. Utah shot only 39 percent out of the field and was only 7 of 27 out of the 3-point area.
Gobert led with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 15 points and six assists.
Mitchell never got away with 7 points in 7-of-18 shooting. Snyder said he was into color, but he did not always do the right readings. He had five turnovers and zero assists.
"No assists and five sales," Mitchell said. Luckily, it's a game, you have to learn that, you can not have assists and five turnovers, I do not care how many minutes you play or whatever … you have to look yourself in the mirror and Thinking about how to adapt. "
Mitchell said it was the sales that had halted a Utah run that had cut Houston's 15-point halftime to five in the third quarter, Houston replied with a 10-0 run, and the jazz was never really threatened anymore.
"We were there right there, but you can not always give that kind of a team a chance," Mitchell said.
Jazz has now two days to make adjustments and try to figure out something about Game 2. And there's good news when it comes to it.
Snyder is now jazz head coach 0-5 in Game 1s, but he's 3 : 1 in game 2s. And that includes a win this rocket team last season.
But Harden remembers that too.
"It's just a game. We have to make adjustments and play that much harder and smarter, "said Harden.