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Jazz Have Disappointing First Game

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After such a dynamite start, winning all eight of the preseason games, the Jazz do a complete turn around and bomb on their first game of the regular season. Playing the Nuggets at Denver on Wednesday night, the Jazz faltered right from the tip-off and continued on the downhill slide throughout the remainder of the game. All the intensity that we saw in the preseason games was lacking in last nights performance. Even Deron Williams had a hard time getting it going although he did end up being the high scorer for the Jazz with 17 points. Al Jefferson ended up with only 6 points in 31 minutes on the floor. At times looked pretty good but at other times didn’t seem to read where Deron Williams was going. Andrei Kirilenko was a complete non-factor in the game playing 19 minutes and making only one bucket. Newcomer, Jeremy Evans showed some grit and determination, coming off the bench to add 11 points for the Jazz and no doubt Jerry Sloan was pleased with his contribution. Hopefully, with a few more games under their belts, the team will start to come together and play like a unit rather than five individual players.

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