Even on a night there was not much to say, what Corbin said was pointed.
"We needed a big win," Corbin said. "I didn’t think we gave our best effort in the first half to start off."
The Jazz were outscored 21-9 in the second quarter and had their worst first half of the season, scoring just 29 points. With Kevin Durant struggling — he had just eight points at halftime — the Jazz failed to capitalize, shooting just 22.7 percent before halftime.
"We have to understand that this is an important game for us, and it should hurt us," Carroll said. "But we can’t dwell on it. We just got to come back on Saturday and pick up a win at home."
The Jazz remain half a game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff chase, thanks to a Lakers loss in Atlanta.
The Jazz have built this season, like always, on an inside-out style of play anchored by Jefferson and Millsap.
Not against the Thunder.
"They had us on the perimeter all game long," Corbin said.
At halftime, the Jazz were being outscored 18-6 in the paint.
The Jazz fought back in the second half, which is not to say that they made a charge for the lead. They quite literally nearly started fights.
Carroll railroaded Durant on a fast break, drawing a flagrant foul and nearly igniting a brawl. Later, after Hasheem Thabeet fouled Hayward with a shot to the throat, Marvin Williams and Enes Kanter both received technicals for pushing Thabeet.
"That’s good," Jefferson told Kanter in the locker room. "You stood up for the team."« Previous Page Next Page »