Minneapolis • Here was Jeremy Evans, former NBA Slam Dunk Champion, soaring into the key, grabbing an offensive rebound — and then missing the putback at the rim.
“Oh, man. It was horrible,” Evans said, reflecting back on that frustratingly futile sequence late in the second quarter Saturday. “I told myself, ‘There’s no way I’m going to miss these shots. There’s definitely a lid on this thing.’ That just explains what kind of night we had.”
Indeed, Evans was not alone in his struggles at the Target Center, as the Jazz closed out their three-game road swing with a 98-72 blowout loss at the hands of the Timberwolves.
The 6-foot-10 Derrick Favors was stuffed by the rim in the first half and then missed a sure dunk badly on his second try. Rookie point guard Trey Burke, meanwhile, hit just two of his 10 shots from the floor.
They weren’t alone either.
How bad was Utah’s shooting? Historically so.
The team’s 28.8 field goal percentage (21 for 73) was the worst in franchise history. The Jazz’s previous low came on Nov. 14, 2005, in New York City, when the team converted 29.3 percent of its shots.
“One of those nights, man. One of those nights,” said forward Marvin Williams, who went 1 for 5 and finished with five points. “… They were playing tough. They were overplaying some things. They did a good job of playing physical. But guys were just missing shots they normally made. It wasn’t like they were taking us out of things we were trying to do.”
With the game tied at 9 early, Minnesota went on a 9-0 run capped off by a behind-the-back pass from Ricky Rubio to Nikola Pekovic for two of his game-high 27 points.Next Page »