Utah Jazz-Memphis Grizzlies: Report Card--Deseret News
Guards: Utah’s starting backcourt of Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward played dramatically better Saturday, and it stemmed from aggressiveness and energy. Harris set the tone, scoring Utah’s first eight points en route to 20 total points and six assists. Hayward produced another all-around performance with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. That said, they struggled defensively as Memphis guards Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo combined for 37 points themselves, including some dagger 3-pointers by Mayo down the stretch. GRADE: B
Utah Jazz fall to Memphis Grizzlies as postseason looms--Salt Lake Tribune
Since training camp for the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign started, all Utah’s starting center has wanted to do is make the playoffs. His goal has been the same as second-year coach Tyrone Corbin’s. Corbin’s focus has been in line with everyone from Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward to Jamaal Tinsley and Utah General Manager Kevin O’Connor.
Develop youth while winning games. Stay in contention. Get to the postseason. See what happens.
With starters Devin Harris, Hayward, Millsap and Jefferson playing like their season was at stake and Corbin coaching for the kill, Utah held a 78-72 lead with 11 minutes and 24 seconds to go.
"It feels like [we’ve been in the playoffs] for the last two or three weeks," Hayward said. "Each and every game, we’re fighting for our lives here. These last couple ones have been tough on us."
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