I don't see the contact, but Melo's short jump shot form seems to have tricked the referees.

Of course, it's worth noting that Gobert didn't need to put himself in that situation. Gobert's first two fouls were pretty dumb: going on a wild drive with Corey Brewer standing in the paint, and taking Adams down in transition. Those came back to matter in a big way.

"I've got to be smarter and avoid those first three fouls," Gobert said. "Don't put my team in this position."

From that point on, the Jazz allowed 61 OKC points in 21 minutes of play. It was an up-and-down style of play, but still, that's obviously way too many to give up.

Unsurprisingly, with Gobert out, the Jazz had a tough time guarding the basket. With Gobert in the game, the Jazz had a defensive rating of 89.9, their usual elite standard. With Gobert out, that ballooned to 133.5. Yikes!

The Jazz without Gobert in the game need to do a better job of defending. Favors was in foul trouble too, so you understand this approach, but he probably needs to respond with more toughness than this, rather than just ceding ground to a driving Paul George.

Here, the problem is two-fold: the team doesn't create a wall to stop Westbrook in transition, and Ekpe Udoh doesn't do enough to use his rim-protecting skills here. I understand the importance of boxing out Adams, but this isn't a hard layup attempt without a big man around:

Overall, the whole team has to do more to prevent OKC's stars getting to the rim, including and especially if Gobert is out.

3. Make or miss league

I'll let this tweet from Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post start this section:

Even for just a small stretch, that's wildly impressive. The Jazz's defense was lax for much of those, and they need to more consistently contain Russell Westbrook and George from getting to the rim. But even when they did stay outside, the OKC stars made their tough looks. This is a shot Westbrook is capable of making, but it's not a shot you would bet on him making.

Meanwhile, the Jazz shot 1-16 from 3-point land and 11-36 overall. I went back and watched those 16 shots, and I'd say nine of them were good, catch-and-shoot, open threes that you like as a result of the offense. They were going down in the first half, they didn't in the second.

After the game ended, the locker room was pretty somber. But as the players and coaches met, there was a clear message: this game hurts, but the things that the Jazz did wrong, they can fix. Throughout the season, they've attacked switches well. Gobert will probably be in less foul trouble in Game 6. They can play better containment defense, with or without Gobert. They'll probably hit more open shots, and OKC's stars probably won't be that hot again.

The talk ended with a round of applause, audible from the hall outside. The Jazz will watch the film, learn from the experience, and get better. That's been their motto all season, and they'll need to do it a final time to survive and advance.

Andy Larsen

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Updated: Saturday October 20, 2018 10:35 pm