After being on a Super Bowl choke job hangover, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team didn’t make it any better for their city in a 25 point loss to the Utah Jazz. This pales in comparison to the heartbreak that was the 25 point lead the Atlanta Falcons surrendered to the New England Patriots in Houston on Sunday night.
The Jazz took away any hope that A-Town had of recovering from the one that got away as Gordon Hayward walked away from the Phillips Arena with 30 points. Hayward alone outscored the 28 points the Falcons put up in front of Lady Gaga.
Derrick Favors, the odd man out this year with injuries limiting his play amidst a swirl of trade rumors, showed up and dropped a double double with 20 points and 10 boards in his hometown.
The Jazz shot 61.3 percent from the field which is the most efficient game allowed by Atlanta this season. Basically the Jazz made the Hawks look like the Falcons did in the second half on Sunday night. The other birds from Atlanta were gassed.
Former Jazzman Paul Millsap tied teammate Dwight Howard for a team high 8 boards. He scored 14 points but on an abysmal 4-14 shooting night.
The Jazz have won three straight games all against Eastern Conference opponents. They got out to a great start to their road trip with a win over a current Eastern Conference playoff team. Rudy Gobert and the other Block Brother D-Favs combined for 5 swats.
The Jazz play another bird mascot team as they take a short flight to the Big Easy to face the Pelicans at 6 PM. The Jazz will need to beware The Brow even though Rudy Gobert (2.54 blocks per game) has a commanding lead over fellow Western Conference swat specialist Anthony Davis (2.44 blocks per game).
College basketball fans will use this block party game as a warm up for the “You got swatted!” chants in March.