Thursday, November 5, 2009
Boozer leads Utah over Spurs
By Robby Lim
For the fourth time in 4 games the Spurs continued to struggle with their defense as they fall to the Jazz 113-99 in Utah.
Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and 14 rebounds while Deron Williams had 27 and 9 assists. Andrei Kirilenko added 12 points with 6 assists and rookie Wesley Matthews scored a career-high 12 points for Utah.
Tim Duncan had 15 points, 13 boards and 3 blocks, Tony Parker had 21, DeJuan Blair added 14 points and 9 rebounds and Manu Ginobili chipped in 11 points for the Spurs.
Mehmet Okur and Ronnie Brewer scored 10 apiece as all five Utah starters scored in double figures.
The Spurs were totally outplayed in this one. The Jazz outscored them 64-46 inside the paint, and 16-8 on fastbreak points.
STATS dont lie: The Jazz beat the Spurs in every major statiscal category through out the game. Rebounds: 41-36, Assist: 23-14 and Steals: 9-4 all in favor of Utah.
Coach Jerry Sloan was happy with his team's performance saying: "We played a lot harder, I was proud of the way we played. Everyone was involved, trying to help each other and give us chances to win."
"Everybody was active, especially from the defensive end, Okur said. From the first second until the 48th [minute] everybody was active. That's the way we've got to play every night." Okur said.
Carlos Boozer was pleased on how they finished the game: "We've got to finish off games like we did tonight, We needed to play a full 48 minutes of basketball and that's what we got tonight. Prior to this game, we hadn't done that."
Coach Pop and Tim Duncan might have summarized what happened to the game and points out some reasons for the Spurs' early struggles.
"We've got a lot of work to do to become a good defensive team and Utah obviously took advantage of that tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They are always an aggressive club and they do a great job of fighting for 48 minutes."
"They got the momentum going early on and got rewarded for their physical play," Duncan said. "We knew it would be that kind of game."
The Spurs haven't won a road game yet this season, they know that a good start would be nice. But chemistry takes a while especially with six new players being added to the mix. Maybe in a month or two, we will see a different Spurs team.
As fans we should be a little more patient, I know we all have high hopes this season, it's too early to be worried.
I'm sure Coach Pop and the Spurs will figure things out. Just give them a little more time...