Please stop the turnovers!!!
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse as this was an issue all throughout preseason. But yet again, here we are. The Jazz continue to struggle with turnovers and it is absolutely devastating them. The Kings won the turnover battle in their blowout preseason loss, and they won it yet again on Wednesday night, turning it over just nine times compared to Utah’s 17.
17 turnovers is far too many, especially against a lackluster Sacramento squad. If the Jazz are that careless with the ball against a juggernaut like the Golden State Warriors, who they just so happen to face on Friday, they’re going to be in big trouble. The wasted possessions led to a clunky offense and made it nearly impossible for the Jazz to get into a good rhythm.
The Jazz struggled with turnovers last season as well, averaging 14.7 per contest which was 20th in the league. Putting that into perspective, 17 is not a good starting mark whatsoever, as it’s far worse than what was already a putrid average last season.
This team was banking on continuity helping them be effective heading into this year, but based on the miscues in terms of turnovers, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this same team played with one another comfortably a year ago. They have a long way to go in terms of communication and discipline with the ball if they are to truly be a force in the Western Conference this season.