Before the start of the season, Utah Jazz was considered locked to end on the fourth list at the Western Conference, and many forecasters even thought they could overtake Rockets and finish the other. Theoretically, Utah has probably crashed out of the door due to continuity, some internal improvement from his best player in his second season, and a return to the defense that allowed the second least points of possession last year. Why did the same group that ended last season in the hot series of 29-6, just started a year later?
Through 14 matches, Utah was central as hell! They are 7-7, well at the 10th Western Conference. It could be worse, as they played the NBA's sixth most difficult schedule, but reaching this level of average was not a great process. But what is truly worrying is the defense, which fell to the 20th in the league. Most insulting carriers in Utah produce roughly the efficiency group as last year, but this is still the type of team that was during its late Renaissance in the late season a year ago: a team that relies on its defense system to suppress its opponents. This group can have a terrible night scene any night, and when it coincides with some standard defensive effort, a really bad result can be made. Everything happened on Wednesday, when they scored only 68 points at a loss of 50 points in Dallas Mavericks, a spontaneous lottery team that is still a lottery team.
Here are two low lights for enjoyment, one that shows Rudi Gobert a ball to return to hell, and the other demonstrates the unpleasant tendency of Ricky Ruby:
Utah shot only 31 percent off the field in the night, clogged 21 turnovers, and scored only 22 points in the second half. Rubio led the team with 11 points. Graison Allen set up five fouls and four shots in a few shockingly terrible minutes for the garbage. Everything, everything was bad and ugly. If Dallas did not score in the fourth quarter, they would still win with 16 points.
One game is never big of an agreement, and we are still weekly from Thanksgiving. But Jesse's defense looks a lot different now. The defensive setting of Kuin Snider is the temple of Rudi Gobert's wingspan of 7 feet and an overteranal instinct that blocks lightning. This year, Gobert allows opponents to shoot 59.6 percent at six feet, which is eight percent last year. Gobert recently stated that the changes in the NBA rules were a major factor in Jazz's mediation so far, which makes sense.
One of the main new points of the NBA this year was freedom of movement, and officials called the game much stronger on the perimeter and around the screen. The defender can not get out as much as keeping someone in the universe, which is useful for teams that want to win by scoring goals, but requires a serious adaptation for teams like Jazz built in defense.
Gobert also said after a loss last night that the teams realized that Jazz wanted to play defense and attack areas they think they could exploit:
"First of all, the teams come here with the idea of attacking us," Gobert said. "You can feel it. You feel that" last year we know Utah Jazz "in their head and they come to the game and try to be aggressive.
"They know what we are trying to do to defend ourselves and try to counterbalance them by being even more aggressive on the perimeter and driving and shooting, so it's up to us to go through it and just be aggressors," he added. "We have to adjust the tone, and when we start to defend the tone, things will return right."
The jazz will either be better or not, but the Western Conference is so brutal this year that there will not be much margin for the mistake. The good thing is a loss of 50 points only once.