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Jae Crowder says Jazz haven’t made Rockets feel them on defense

Jae Crowder

During the regular season, Jae Crowder and the Utah Jazz gave up the fourth-fewest points at 106.5 per game. The Jazz’s stout defense was expected to give the Houston Rockets problems in the first round of the playoffs since Utah can switch basically every pick-and-roll and center Rudy Gobert is a shot-blocking master.

Through the first two games of the series, though, the Rockets have been scoring at will. The Jazz gave up 122 points in Game 1 and 118 in Game 2. Utah lost both games by at least 20 points.

Crowder, one of the leaders of the team, says the Jazz are very disappointed in themselves.

“It’s disappointing. Very disappointing,” Crowder told Tony Jones of The Athletic. “We haven’t made them feel us, and that’s very disappointing. We’re disappointed in ourselves.”

The Jazz allowed the Rockets to shoot 50.5 percent from the field in Game 1 and 47.5 in Game 2. That’s a trend which will have to change in Games 3 and 4 if Utah wants to avoid getting swept.

Obviously, stopping Rockets star James Harden is easier said than done. The tactic that the Jazz are using on Harden, though, is clearly not working. Utah has to stop allowing him to go right by playing to the side of him.

The Beard has proven he’s comfortable going right.