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News » Jazz flex 'D' vs. the Blazers, 99-96


Jazz flex 'D' vs. the Blazers, 99-96


Jazz flex 'D' vs. the Blazers, 99-96 Never mind that two-time All-Star Brandon Roy took the night off, LaMarcus Aldridge saw all of about six minutes of action (and went 0-for-4 in that time) and that Portland trudged through the second game of a back-to-back set Thursday at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz still took satisfaction from their 99-96 preseason victory, particularly in holding the Trail Blazers to just 13 points in the first quarter and from the play of rookie Eric Maynor, who had 14 points and five assists and hit two fourth-quarter three-pointers.

As much as they have stressed improved defense, the Jazz produced five steals and two blocks in the opening quarter. Portland made just 4 of 18 shots while committing seven turnovers as the Jazz built a 12-point lead.

Those numbers manifested themselves as Ronnie Brewer came up with a steal and Deron Williams hit a trailing Mehmet Okur for a three-pointer on the break. Williams took a steal the other way for a dunk and Ronnie Price also got out in the open court.

"I thought we came out with great energy," Williams said. "We had great rotations. I liked the lineup with Ronnie, Ronnie and myself. We were flying around out there. Booz and Memo did a great job of showing on the pick-and-rolls and we just played good Basketball."

Price started at shooting guard and blocked Martell Webster's layup bid in the first quarter. "Hopefully, we'll carry some of these things over to the regular season and make it a habit," said Price, who finished with 10 points.

The Blazers came back from 15 points down to take a 49-48 lead on Nicolas Batum's three-pointer early in the third quarter. Steve Blake hit four three-pointers in the quarter for Portland but the Jazz pulled away to take a 75-64 lead into the fourth.

It was Maynor who helped put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, hitting the second of his two three-pointers with 3:20 left to give the Jazz a 93-82 lead.

"You don't understand how many knocks I've heard on that," Maynor said of his outside shooting. "If I'm open, I'm going to shoot it and I'm going to shoot it with confidence at all times."

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he had yet to make any decisions as to whether Price or Maynor would serve as backup point guard. Through four preseason games, Maynor has averaged 7.5 points and has 16 assists against four turnovers.

"He's a very confident person," Sloan said, "likes to pass the ball, and obviously if he can shoot the ball in those situations, that makes a huge difference."

Williams added: "He's definitely poised for a rookie. He plays at his own pace, he doesn't get too sped up. He makes good decisions. That's what you like to see, especially from somebody that young."

After eight seasons with the Jazz , meanwhile, Jarron Collins returned with Portland to find one of his old No. 31 practice jerseys hanging in mock tribute in the visiting locker room, courtesy of equipment manager Brian Zettler.

"I'm going to get creative when he comes over to Portland," vowed Collins, who is battling for the Blazers' 15th and final roster spot.

Collins had six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes and drew one offensive foul on Wesley Matthews in the second quarter that left the Jazz bench howling for a flop.

"You knew it was coming, though," Williams joked. "That's his game."

Collins admitted the experience was strange. Not only was he wearing different colors Thursday, but a different number altogether in 9, chosen in honor of his daughter's September birthday.

"You are so used to routines in the NBA," Collins said. "I'm so used to shaking hands with the people - the security staff - and walking down the hall. But the walk was a little shorter this time, to this locker room. ... I saw things from a different perspective - the opponents' side."

Roy was held out after playing 36 minutes for Portland in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix. Aldridge was limited to a quarter of action and Greg Oden came off the bench.

rsiler@sltrib.com

Jazz 99, Blazers 96

FG FT Reb

Portland Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Batum 14:09 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 4 5

Aldridge 6:15 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Przybilla 16:13 1-1 1-1 3-6 0 2 3

Blake 22:08 6-11 2-2 0-2 3 0 19

Webster 21:35 2-9 0-0 0-1 2 1 6

Outlaw 18:11 2-11 0-0 1-3 0 0 4

Howard 25:49 2-5 1-2 2-4 2 2 5

Oden 17:30 3-10 1-6 7-9 0 3 7

Bayless 30:22 3-6 7-10 2-5 7 4 13

Miller 21:55 6-14 1-1 3-4 4 4 13

Udoka 19:36 1-3 2-3 4-8 4 2 5

Collins 14:17 1-1 4-6 2-3 0 2 6

Cunningham 12:00 5-6 0-2 1-1 2 0 10

Totals 240:00 33-83 21-35 25-47 24 25 96

Percentages: FG .398, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Blake 5-9, Webster 2-4, Batum 1-1, Udoka 1-1, Bayless 0-1, Outlaw 0-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 16 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Collins, Cunningham, Oden). Turnovers: 15 (Bayless 3, Miller 3, Batum 2, Przybilla 2, Blake, Cunningham, Howard, Outlaw, Udoka). Steals: 6 (Udoka 2, Webster 2, Batum, Cunningham). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Brewer 24:00 5-7 2-2 0-0 1 3 12

Boozer 19:56 2-6 3-4 3-7 1 3 7

Okur 19:40 5-7 3-3 0-2 0 3 15

Williams 25:04 4-8 2-2 1-7 7 1 10

Price 22:42 4-8 1-2 0-0 2 2 10

Millsap 21:19 1-5 2-2 2-7 0 3 4

Fesenko 11:00 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 4 0

Maynor 22:56 4-9 4-5 1-2 5 4 14

Dupree 12:00 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2

Koufos 9:10 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 2

Suton 5:46 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2

Matthews 25:18 5-7 2-3 0-1 1 1 12

Nelson 12:00 2-3 1-2 1-1 1 3 5

Johnson 9:09 1-3 2-3 1-2 0 2 4

Totals 240:00 36-69 22-28 12-36 20 32 99

Percentages: FG .522, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Okur 2-2, Maynor 2-3, Price 1-2, Brewer 0-1, Matthews 0-1, Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 17 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Fesenko 2, Johnson, Koufos, Price). Turnovers: 16 (Millsap 4, Fesenko 3, Matthews 3, Maynor 2, Williams 2, Johnson, Price). Steals: 9 (Brewer 3, Boozer 2, Maynor 2, Millsap, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

Portland 13 25 26 32 - 96

Utah 25 21 29 24 - 99

Attendance 18,504

Time 2:20.

Officials Ben Taylor, James Buntin, Glen Mayberry.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 17, 2009

 

 
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