Utah Jazz: Devin Harris Looks Lost on the Court, Watson's Time to Shine?

Zac WatneCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Devin Harris #5 of the Utah Jazz drives against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Devin Harris' performance against the New Orleans Hornets in a 86-80 loss was an insult to Jazz fans, and to basketball in general.

Harris contributed two points, one rebound, and four assists in 19 minutes. He only shot 25 percent (1-4 from the field) and turned the ball over three times.

In recent weeks, I have fluctuated between urging others to be patient with Harris, scratching my head at his decision making and wanting him to be traded during a game.

One moment, he seems to have his head in the game and is setting up teammates with sharp passes, the next he is standing eight feet off his man on the defensive end—allowing yet another point guard to shred the Jazz all night.

Fans and journalists alike have argued that he is still in transition, as he gets accustomed to a new system.

A new system that has been mired with changes, as Tyrone Corbin took the reigns from legendary coach Jerry Sloan last year, and as momentary teammates Mehmet Okur, Ronnie Price and Andrei Kirilenko were either traded or cut during the extended offseason.

Anyone who has ever played basketball knows when a player is dogging it on the floor, and Harris is doing exactly that.

Sure, the Jazz are in the middle of a back-to-back-to-back stretch on the road, and their legs are tired.

The Hornets, on the other hand, were playing on three days' rest. They held what seemed to be an insurmountable 20-point lead (63-43) with only 3:30 left in the third period, but the Jazz's young core rallied back to within three points late in the fourth, before the Hornets sealed it with free throws.

Earl Watson, the savvy veteran point guard that has helped keep the Jazz in many games this year (or build/extend leads), was the catalyst that almost brought the Jazz back from the dead. His numbers were not spectacular, but his hustle and attitude is.

The Jazz need to some of that from Harris, otherwise he is going to continue to be a liability.