Burke makes Jazz better, not that better
Trail Blazers 130, Jazz 98
The Utah Jazz are an abysmal 4-16 entering Thursday's game. They are 1-9 on the road.
Yet things have looked up the past few weeks. Trey Burke made his season debut Nov. 20 and made an immediate impact for the team. Utah is 3-5 and won three of the five previous games entering Friday's game at Portland. Burke is averaging 12.6 points and 4.1 assists per game. Strong showing from the rookie point guard.
Let's pump the brakes a bit on that hope, measured as it already is for a team that has won three of its past five games. The Portland Trial Blazers have made mince meat of the NBA's best this week and got the Jazz as a tasty desert.
Portland made 17 of 23 3-pointers and shot 55.4 percent from the floor in dropping 130 points on Utah, continuing an incredible week for the suddenly surging Western Conference power. Wesley Matthews hit four of those 3-pointers on his way to 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
Burke missed six of his nine shots and had only one assist to go with seven points. Derrick Favors posted an impressive -40.
Utah is a young team. This is a lump they have to take.no comments