Houston • Sunday’s offensive effort left a lot to be desired in general, but arguably the biggest problem area for the Jazz on that end of the court was the team’s woeful 3-point shooting.
They connected on just 7 of 27 attempts from beyond the arc — 25.9% — which made forays into the paint all the more difficult.
The Rockets, meanwhile, hit 15 of 41 attempts (36.6%), and the 45-21 advantage in points from deep proved a significant factor in the outcome.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Utah was impacted both by getting some good looks and simply missing them as well as missing opportunities for other quality shots.
“The ones we did get, we’ve got to keep shooting. You can’t shy away from those,” Snyder said. “… I think we didn’t recognize, at times, there were some guys who were open and we’ve got to see if we can find ’em. They might be on different places on the floor, so our eyes have to be out more.”
All Times Mountain
Game 1 • Houston 122, Utah 90
Game 2 • Wednesday at Houston, 7:30 p.m.
TV: ATTSN, TNT
Game 3 • Saturday at Vivint Arena, 8:30 p.m.
TV: ATTSN, ESPN
Game 4 • Monday at Vivint Arena, 8:30 p.m.
TV: ATTSN, TNT
Game 5 • April 24 at Houston, TBD*
Game 6 • April 26 at Vivint Arena, TBD*
Game 7 • April 28 at Houston, TBD*
* If necessary
While Donovan Mitchell endured some Game 1 struggles, he actually was the team’s lone bright spot from deep. He connected on 3 of 7; everyone else was a combined 4 for 20: Jae Crowder went 1 for 7. Thabo Sefolosha was 1 for 4. Both Joe Ingles and Ricky Rubio made 1 of 3.
Mitchell, however, thinks much of that was simply bad luck rather than bad offense.
“We just missed wide-open looks. Some of those looks go in, it’s a different ballgame,” he said. “… We’ll make shots. I don’t think we’re too worried about the offensive end.”
For all the attention focused on the Rockets’ aggressive defensive efforts, James Harden was actually inclined to agree with Mitchell.
He also noted that, while the Jazz struggled to convert beyond the arc, they certainly made up for some of it by capitalizing at the free-throw line.
“We played pretty good defense, but they missed some shots as well. Give them credit — they’ll be better in Game 2. They’ll make those shots,” Harden said. “Our defensive intensity’s gotta go up even more, whether it’s contesting shots, whether it’s contesting rim attempts. We fouled them way too much — they shot 27 free throws, we only had . We gotta do a really good job contesting those 3s and not fouling at the rim.”
Mourning a loss
Much of the world watched in horror on Monday as the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a catastrophic blaze. Jazz center and French native Rudy Gobert was among them.
On Tuesday, Gobert lamented the fire that gutted most of such a historic landmark.
“It was tough to watch. It was one of the most iconic monuments not only in France, but in history in general — [it dates to] before my grand-, grand-, grand-, grand-, grandparents were born,” Gobert said. “It’s something that has a lot of room in our hearts, and it was tough to watch. It’s great that they were able to save some of it.”