Posted by: David J. Smith on December 10th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
These are the kind of weekends that Jazz fans love. Not only did Utah win twice, but one of the victories came against the Los Angeles Lakers. First, here is my Deseret News write-up for the latter.
Some observations from the last few games:
- DeMarre Carroll has been an absolute highlight this year. He was an unexpected spark last season, especially leading up to the Playoffs. That said, I will admit questioning whether or not he can be a viable rotational player. And now I publicly admit my error. DMC has been fantastic, with Sunday being one of his best efforts. He was everywhere, making smart decisions on both ends of the court. He is making a difference, a definite impact. In the 13 games since he reentered the rotation, he is averaging 7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.23 spg, and 0.77 bpg in 20.4 mpg.
- Enes Kanter continues to shine. After a slow start, following his stellar preseason, he is showing an adept offensive game and an ability to body up on defense. He was not afraid to be physical with Dwight Howard. His improvement is exciting to watch. Moreover, in one of his tweets, he wrote “JazzMan4LifeBABY!” That is music to Jazz fans’ ears.
- There has to be concern about Derrick Favors’ plantar fascitis, especially after his pregame workout caused it to flare up. Let’s see what developments occur this year. We need Derrick and his incredible defense.
- The Lakers are a mess. Dwight Howard is still dominant defensively and on the boards, but in the LA offense, he appears lost and his deficiencies stick out more. But a lot of judgement should be reserved until Steve Nash enters the picture. The same should be applied to Pau Gasol.
- It was nice for Linas Kleiza to have a non-Jazz killer game. But Jordan Hill looked like he wanted on that list.
- Jamaal Tinsley seems to be back in the primary back-up PG slot. It’s a conundrum, with both he and Earl Watson bringing strengths and weaknesses to the table.
- Mo Williams continues to impress as a playmaker. He now is eighth in the NBA with 7.2 apg. He’s picked it up since he returned from his injury. And his one missed free throw against the Lakers moved him to second at 94.6%.
- Randy Foye is seventh in the NBA in three-pointers made per game, at 2.4 per. He’s added a whole new dynamic to our team.
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