Salt Lake City, UTAH – A night after the Portland Trail Blazers put on an offensive show with 18 made three-pointers against the 76ers, the Utah Jazz put on a horror show with their perimeter marksmanship.
The similarity was that both wound up with a victory, last night the Jazz getting it by 88-71.
How bad was it? The starting Utah backcourt of Rodney Hood and Trey Burke shot a combined to shoot 6-for-26, but still were better in that area than Michael Carter Williams, who missed 18 of his 20 attempts on the night. He also was charged with six turnovers.
Derrick Favors was a monster down low for the physical Jazz (10-20), as he collected 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Enes Kanter contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds and
The Sixers cut the Utah lead to 69-66 in the fourth, but the Jazz finished the game on a 19-5 run that and put the game away. The Sixers, who fell to 4-25, got 20 points from Tony Wroten, 17 from Robert Covington and 10 out of Henry Sims. Nerlens Noel, who left briefly after turning an ankle, pulled down 10 rebounds to go with five points.
As usual, there was some news on the Sixers injury front last night. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute may be out for a while as it was revealed he has a calf strain. Also, Hollis Thompson, who missed his fourth game with an upper respiratory infection, was sent back to Philadelphia. He was accompanied by Joel Embiid. Coach Brett Brown said the reason for Embiid leaving was to get him into more of a routine back home instead of putting up with the rigors of the seven-game road trip.
"Hollis has been sent home, with Joel Embiid, Hollis for precautionary reasons so we can give him the attention that he needs," said Brown. "It hasn't come around like we thought and we want to take care of that and pay attention to Hollis. Joel has all the resources that he needs back in Philadelphia, more of a structure, stable environment where the machines that he needs to lift on, the people that he can see, team doctor-wise. He's at an interesting stage of his recovery. It's moving the way that we want to. There are always stages where we have assessment. We have checkpoints so now we're at a stage where we feel that moving him around the country might not be the smartest thing to do on this long road trip. Just bringing him back and settling him down and taking care of his body is interesting.
"Imagine when you're a big man like Joel Embiid and you're trying to make sure that his diet and his weight are where it needs to be so that we can help him. But he's a prisoner to where he can't do too much to increase his heart rate. You search a lot and we feel like we can achieve that better in Philadelphia. Let him see the team doctors and those interesting checkpoints and life's good. He's moving along fine. We look forward to seeing him when we get back to Philadelphia."
Brown also stated that he is concerned when it comes to calf injuries and that they would be very cautious with how they handle Mbah a Moute.