The Jazz won’t want for opportunities to solve the puzzle: Eight of their next 12 games are on the road. Last season, the Jazz were 11-22 away from EnergySolutions Arena.
The Jazz were overmatched early, when Faried, the former first-round pick from Morehead State, established himself on the interior and — missed windmill jam aside — was the biggest thorn in the Jazz’s side. The player whom earlier in the day Jefferson knew only as “the guy with the dreads” scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, despite playing only 27 minutes.
It only added insult to injury Friday that the Jazz were beaten up by, among many, Koufos, the former first-round pick the Jazz traded to Minnesota in 2010 in the deal that netted Jefferson. Koufos scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Jefferson, playing a day after missing practice with a stomach virus, was 1 for 9 and finished with 4 points. He did, however, contribute 11 rebounds.
Mo Williams, the fiery point guard who has been one of the Jazz’s best offensive options early in the season, scored two points and did not return to the game after the third quarter due a strained right adductor in his groin.
The Jazz were short on bright spots, but did get another encouraging defensive performance off the bench from Derrick Favors.
The third-year power forward recorded five first-half blocks, and netted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
In a season already pocked with bad road performances, Favors’ solid night couldn’t save this from being the worst.
“It’s almost like we’re two different teams,” Marvin Williams said, “playing at home as opposed to on the road. We’ve got to find a way to bottle up whatever we’re doing in Salt Lake and definitely pack it in our suitcase with us.”
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