The Jazz struggled in their second game of the Orlando Pro Summer League, falling 85-71 to the Houston Rockets and losing 3 of the 4 quarters. Here are individual highlights from Utah’s most prominent players:
Trey Burke 11 Points & 2 Assists
Burke once again struggled shooting but he did improve his overall percentages from Sunday and made several plays that once again exhibited his tantalizing potential. He was at his best in high-screen roll with a pull-up jumper and then a brilliant split and lob pass to Jeremy Evans amongst his most impressive plays.
Alec Burks 18 Points
Burks led Utah in scoring with 18 points, and although he also struggled shooting just 5-15 – his aggressiveness earned him 9 free throw attempts in which he converted 8. A main problem of Burks was as the Jazz fell behind in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, Burks tried to take over the game rather than stick to Utah’s halfcourt offensive sets which weren’t having much success either against Houston’s ball pressure. As Burks began to press, he made some mistakes but overall nothing terribly to be concerned about.
Rudy Gobert 4 Points, 7 Rebounds & 2 Blocks
Gobert only took 3 shots from the field, but one was a surprising left-hand jump hook. Any offense from him outside of point-blank dunks and layups should be considered a bonus during his rookie season.
Jeremy Evans 10 Points, 8 Rebounds & 2 Blocks
Jeremy Evans showed off his hops with a spectacular block (off a great rotation against screen-roll) and an awesome rebound in which he head neared rim-level. He also hit a nice pick&pop baseline jumper off a pass from Alec Burks.
Michael Stockton Three-Pointer
Michael Stockton scored 7 points and his only FG as an open three he drained from the left wing. He remains a long shot to make the Jazz roster but even in 2013 – watching a Stockton three pointer never gets old.
The Jazz are back in action Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
2013 Jazz Summer League Schedule
7/7 – Sun – Miami (W – 6 points)
7/9 – Tue – Houston (L – 1 point)
7/10 – Wed – Brooklyn – 11:00 AM ET/9:00 AM MT
7/11 – Thu – Indiana – 11:00 AM ET/9:00 AM MT
7/12 – Fri – TBA