Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/17/13
Enes Kanter looked unstoppable to start. The Utah Jazz center hit jump shots finished on the fast break and backed down defenders on the block as he hit his first eight shots Wednesday night. Gordon Hayward too was putting on a show. The swingman had the ball in his hands often in the preseason tilt with the Portland Trail Blazers slashing to the hoop creating contact and earning trips to the foul line. But with the game on the line at EnergySolutions Arena a young Jazz team looked lost. Down a bucket Utah had two chances with under three minutes left to tie or take the lead but squandered both of them in an eventual 99-92 loss to the Blazers. "That’s part of the process of learning to finish ball games" Jazz coach Ty Corbin said afterward. "We played a pretty good game up to the last eight possessions. … We’ve got to make sure we learn what we have to do and how important little things are." With the Portland lead at 2 Utah’s Alec Burks drove to the basket but lost the ball out of bounds. On the next possession Hayward dribbled into traffic for another turnover. "We at least have got to get a good shot" Hayward said. "We have to get a good look and we have to execute plays. Good thing it’s preseason so we’re still learning." The Blazers got 24 points from former Weber State point guard Damian Lillard in the win. Mo Williams playing against his old team scored 17 off the bench for Portland. Corbin gave heavy minutes to Burks Hayward Kanter and Derrick Favors and backup point guard Lester Hudson down the stretch. "We went with the lineup a little longer to see how we can play together and finish" Corbin said. "I thought we had some good things happen in the game. We have to learn a lot of situations. We have to get better in a lot of situations but I thought there were really good sings on both ends of the floor."
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