Postgame: Hornets 88, Jazz 86
New Orleans • This place has turned into "No Luck NOLA" for the Jazz. It was another loss at New Orleans Arena, another opportunity to claim a win against a team considered to be near the bottom of the Western Conference. The Jazz dropped both games in New Orleans last year, and have now lost 5 of 7 to the Hornets.
A few notes...
No one seemed entirely sure what happened on the last defensive play when Gordon Hayward fell down. Here's the best explanation, pieced together from several perspectives: Mo Williams fought to his left through a screen to continue guarding Greivis Vasquez. Gordon Hayward called for a switch that didn't happen right away. Hayward and Williams touched as Vasquez turned the corner (wouldn't quite call it a bump). Randy Foye faked help defense, but held off because players are taught to feign help and trust the post player will be in position. In this case, neither Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap got over in time, and Vasquez cruised in for the winning bucket.
Before Tyrone Corbin came out of the locker room to address the media, clapping could be heard from inside. Then a line of members of the Mississippi National Guard, who attended the game courtesy of Mo Williams and Al Jefferson, filed out. "It was about them," Williams said, "more so than anything. It was a great thing for us. ... What they do is much greater than us playing basketball games. What we do is entertainment and what they do is, they protect us as human beings."
Despite the outcome of the game, it was a cool moment. Call it one guard helping out another.
• It should not be lost in the Jazz's defeat how well Randy Foye played. Foye was signed in the offseason as a shooter, but in the preseason spent more time at point guard. Foye finally had his opportunity to shoot away against the Hornets, and had his best showing since coming to Utah.
He finished with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including an impressive 4-of-7 from 3.
"He's tough," Corbin said. "When things get tough, he can tough it out and make hard plays. He's the true professional he's always shown to be."
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