Friday, February 8, 2013
Scoring woes for Jazz
By Tom Carpenter
As a collective unit, the Utah Jazz are scoring at a respectable rate; they rank 11th in the Association with 98.1 ppg. Despite their success as a team, none of their individual scorers pack much of a punch. Al Jefferson is their leading scorer with 17.1 ppg, but that ranks 31st in the NBA. Paul Millsap is second with just 14.9 ppg.
The lack of scoring is particularly noticeable in their backcourt. Per Elias, the Jazz' starting guards have averaged 21.2 points per game this season, the fourth-lowest scoring average for any team’s starting backcourt. The starting guards for the Jazz also rank in the NBA’s bottom five in rebounding (4.1 per game, lowest) and steals (1.86 per game, fifth-lowest).
Somehow they managed to beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, even though none of their players scored as many as 20 points. Amazingly, they now have eight victories this season in which none of their players scored more than 19 points. The only season in franchise history in which the Jazz had more than eight such wins was 2003-04, when the Jazz won 11 games in which no Jazz player scored 20 or more points.
It will be interesting to see whether they can get their scoring up Friday evening against the Chicago Bulls, who gave up 128 points to the Denver Nuggets Thursday evening -- that was the most points allowed by the team with Tom Thibodeau as their head coach. Tipoff is 10:30 pm ET on ESPN.