About Last Night: Jazz Do It Again

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The Utah Jazz made some comeback magic for the second straight night and John Wall showed off a little triple double wizardry of his own before the Magic Man himself.

We’re only three weeks into this marathon but it’s clear we were right about this being the most anticipated season in years, for all the reasons you see on a nightly basis.

Don’t just take our word for it, take a couple of minutes (with the Daily Zap) and see for yourself:

The Top 10, complete with the vocal stylings of our main man Kyle Montgomery, is yet more proof that you’re seeing things this season you never have before:

Wall’s first triple double was historic (he’s the third youngest player in league history to do it) in addition to being filled with sick highlights. Here he is talking to the Game Time crew about his huge night:

Not all the news Wednesday night was good.

In that same Wizards game Yao Ming limped off the floor in the first quarter with a strained tendon in his left leg, the same injured leg that cost him all of last season. The details of the severity of his latest injury won’t be known until later today.

But Yao did not seem “optimistic,” per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, who detailed the Rockets’ breakdown and sixth loss like this:

After taking their last lead midway through the fourth quarter, they gave up a 10-0 run in which they missed all four of their shots, had five turnovers and surrendered three offensive boards with the Wizards scoring on them all.

That’s how you lose to the Wizards, and not terribly different from how they lost to the Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets and Hornets.

“You get paid to make plays,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “Our guys, we got to make plays. With the game on the line, you have to find people who can do that. Right now, we’re searching for it. It’s not happening.”

Yao of course could be the Rockets’ closer, at least on the offensive end. He didn’t look like it on Wednesday. He did not take one shot in his six minutes. But he has that ability.

Now, the Rockets don’t know if they have him.

They won without him last year, but don’t know how to win this season.

Most NBA games are close in the fourth quarter. That’s when teams are defined and revealed, and the Rockets have been exposed. They are 1-6 for a reason and it’s not because Yao Ming limped off in the first quarter. That just made the latest loss hurt just a bit more.

Ouch!

Stay tuned for more details on Yao later.

*** Check back later for a complete breakdown of all 10 of Tuesday night’s game in our weekly edition of Did You See What We Saw? ***

14 Comments

  1. Babar says:

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  2. Tenki says:

    Top 5 Coaches, All-Time:

    1.Phil Jackson
    2.Red Auerbach
    3.Pat Riley
    4.Greg Popovich
    5.Jerry Sloan

    Don Nelson ain’t here, because his wins never mattered. All these coaches above has at least coached in the Finals and won, except for Sloan. And achieving 1,000 wins in a single team makes it all more amazing. Keep it up, Jerry!

  3. John Lawrence says:

    Without Jerry Sloan, the Jazz would be nowhere near the team it is. Always highly respected, but never really getting the awards he deserves. Phil Jackson would easily say that Jerry is possibly the only coach that really gives him a case of the fits, because everybody that knows pure basketball understands that the Pick and Roll (Jazz basketball) and the Triangle Offense (Laker basketball) are the hardest to play against, yet they always seem to win 50-50 against each other.

  4. cokebllabe says:

    Hey I think you are all forgetting one very important player on the Jazz Team. And that #1 player is the one and only Jerry Sloan, without his experiance and leadership and coaching skills, the Jazz would be 0 and 8. Go Jerry, Coach of the year? nah Coach of the century yes, So when the voting takes place this year you watch, all the MEDIA IDIOTS will skip Sloan like they have for the past 20 sum odd years, Blah Media Voting.

  5. ScottieJazzFan says:

    The Jazz are definitely the dark horses of the West right now. Looking at the schedule I wouldn’t be suprised if they hit #2 in the West, so they are looking really dangerous, I wouldn’t want to play them in the Playoffs as they really have the tools to make some noise this year, with lockdown defenders on the wings (Kirilenko & Bell), beasts in the middle who’ll come at you all night (Millsap, Jefferson), then D-Will… nothing more to say there!! They key will be the bench because in the 3 comeback wins the starters are racking up minutes, so if the bench add some punch (C Miles, Fes, Ronnie Price then Memo when he comes back) and keep this role going the Kazz will be a scary pospect in the Playoffes. Don’t worry Hayward and Evans – your deveopment will be a bonus. GO JAZZ!!

  6. James says:

    The 24-2 run the Jazz made against the magic in the 3rd and 4th quarter happened when Utah switched to Zone D completely disrupting Orlando’s offense. I don’t understand how most NBA teams don’t see zone defence and don’t know how to attack it. Utah was baiting Orlando into taking uneccessary three’s in the 3rd and 4th quarters, instead of Vince or Jameer penetrating and moving the ball.

  7. JamesP says:

    Hey Dave801, keep your opinions to yourself. The Jazz play their best when they’re underrated, you’re ruining it. :D

  8. Law064 says:

    The Jazz did a greaty job and when they get all player back from injuries they’ll be better. They have beaten good teams and not only beat them come back from big. I hope they can keep the pace and I agree Jon. The west don’t have many teams that can take the lakers down but if utah get 100% the stand a good chance. You have to give them credit for not giving up in none of the 3 games where they dug a hole and had to climb out. Good Job Jazz

  9. Jon says:

    Jazz > Nuggets

    The Jazz may only be 2 time Western Conference Camps, but over the years they own the NW division. This year, like last, it is probably the toughest in the NBA. With 4 probable Western Conference Playoff contenders. Sure they only tied records with the Nuggets last year with the Nuggets winning the tie breaker, but you saw which was the better team in the playoffs (and without two Jazz starters). I am a realist, I don’t know if any team in the west can beat the F**king Lakers this year. But if they Jazz have a healthy Okur, the size upgrade in Al Jefferson, and an improved Fes…..the Jazz just may have a chance.

    • Vasu says:

      I agree. The key for Jazz to have a realistic shot at the championship is a healthy Okur. Deron Williams is doing his job to perfection. Milsap has been a revelation and Kirilenko is doing fine. They are not feeling the loss of Boozer. I hope and pray that they go all the way

  10. Dave801 says:

    I think the Jazz are much closer to being an elite team than most realize or give them credit for. Jefferson is a dangerous low post presence and once the pick n roll is second nature for him and D-Will it will be unstoppable. If Millsap and AK keep this rate of play up it’s not hard to imagine Utah having 3 or 4 guys named to the first & second NBA team. AND… mid way through the season once Memo is healthy (he may never be the same, but his injury shouldn’t effect his spot up shooting, which is what he is best at). Memo and CJ Miles coming off the bench will really spread the floor and could be deadly, you can’t leave Memo alone anywhere on the court. Lastly with Gordon Hayward, and Jeremy Evans (what a second round steal!), Fesenko, and Tomic coming over next year…. well all I’m saying is all the parts are there.

  11. JAZZone says:

    Actually Sekou, this was the third consecutive game that the Jazz came back from 20 pts. down to win …they came back and forced a 2OT win against the Clippers in the game before the Heat and Magic …. I was curious if any team in NBA history has come back from 20 down to win in 3 consecutive games like this.

  12. zzanzabar says:

    Well there it is again, a good (not great) Western Conference team one upping a great Eastern Conference team who got complacent. Utah is probably number 5 or 4 in the West (behind Dallas, and a healthy Denver) yet their coach has them playing good fundamental basketball, which will beat flashy or one dimensional play almost every time. You could say that the Jazz ‘shocked’ Miami, but there is NO excuse in Orlando. That was the second half of a ‘back to back’ where the first game went into OVERTIME. They should have been run off the court, instead the Magic stuck to their ‘live by the three, die by the three’ format and did the latter. And please don’t say how ‘early’ it is in the season. For Western teams every win is critical because for the past few years it takes 50 wins just to make it INTO the playoffs. For both Miami and Orlando this is just a ‘pimple’ on their collective butts as they are almost assured of a playoff spot in the weak East.

    Kudos Jerry Sloan and Utah for reminding us that a solid team all around can ‘git her done’.

    • Jordan says:

      you’re spot on with this assessment, except the part about Denver being better when they’re healthy…you’re clearly forgetting that they completely owned the Nuggest in the playoffs last year, without their best shooter, Okur. while the teams are definitely closely ranked, there shouldn’t be any question that Utah is the better team considering the 3 straight double-digit comeback wins they’ve pulled off (double-digit leads after halftime, mind you), 2 of them against what most people would define as top 5 teams in the league on back to back nights.

      the Jazz have proven they have significantly more depth as well. take away the best players from both teams. without Anthony in the Nuggets lineup, and their only star is Billups. they’d be mediocre at best…take away Williams and Utah is definitely worse off also, but considering that they didn’t have Williams for the last minute of regulation or overtime when they defeated Miami, that shows their excellent depth. in fact, the entire 5 minutes of overtime the Jazz had only 2 starters on the court…copared to the Heat having all 5 of theirs on the floor.