Utah Jazz Team Report – March 15
=== Utah Jazz Team Report – March 15 ===
(Sports Network) – The reeling Utah Jazz will try to halt a five-game losing
streak on Tuesday, when they continue a five-game road trip against the
Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena.
Cleveland posted an 84-71 victory over the Jazz at the Delta Center on January
15th. The Cavs have won three of the last four meetings overall, while Utah
has lost four of seven and eight of its last 12 at Cleveland.
Utah’s recent woes continued in the opener of its trip on Sunday, falling
64-62 to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Andrei Kirilenko
paced the Jazz with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Matt Harpring chipped in
10 points and seven boards. Mehmet Okur tacked on 11 rebounds in the defeat.
The Jazz struggled from the field, hitting just 32.4 percent of their shots.
Utah managed just 1-of-7 (.143) from three-point range and 13-of-17 (.765)
from the charity stripe.
Utah outrebounded the Pistons, 48-43, but committed 18 miscues in the losing
effort. The Jazz’s turnovers led to 12 Detroit points. The teams combined for
126 points, ranking sixth all-time for lowest scoring contests.
The injured Carlos Boozer, who spurned the Cavs to sign a free agent contract
with Utah in the offseason, won’t be with the team as he remains on the
injured list with a sprained right foot. Boozer is expected to be out for at
least two more weeks.
Utah head coach Jerry Sloan remains one win shy of tying Hall of Fame coach
Red Auerbach for sixth all-time in NBA regular season coaching victories.
Auerbach won 938 games in 20 seasons at the helm.
The Jazz, who are just 7-24 on the road, has lost eight of nine and 15 of
their last 17 road games.
Kirilenko has scored in double-digits in 12 straight games. He is averaging
17.9 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 blocks in those contests. The 6-9 Russian
forward has registered two straight and seven double-doubles in the 2004-05
Utah will visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, New Jersey Nets on Friday and
the Washington Wizards on Saturday in the finale of the current road swing.
After the road trip, the Jazz will return home for a season-high seven-game