Posted by: David J. Smith on November 3rd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I know it’s inevitable for every team: you will win games you have no business winning and you will lose ones that, on paper, you should easily win. It makes sense to do whatever you can to earn as many of those unexpected wins, while limiting the stinging disappointments. Here’s hoping that we keep the latter to a minimum.
Here are my thoughts for the Deseret News last evening.
And some additional points:
- Let’s start with the positives. Randy Foye is clearly playing some great basketball. He appears to have a green light to shoot and so far, he’s connecting. It makes a vast difference to have that outside shooting threat. Most of his shots were good shots, with just his last attempt being rushed. At $2.5M, he was a bargain free agent who may pay dividends.
- That said, Alec Burks has played two minutes more this season than the injure Earl Watson, the exiled Raja Bell, Thurl Bailey, Brian Zettler, or the Bear. Again, I want to see how the first handful of games plays out in regards to rotations and minutes. Perhaps, on the second of a back-to-back, Burks will see some action tonight in San Antonio.
- Gordon Hayward was aggressive and seems more determined to take the ball to the hoop. It was great see him hit those two treys, especially since he struggled so much in the Spurs series. He has the talent to be a well-rounded offensive player, thanks to his combination of outside shooting, driving to the basket, and his passing abilities.
- With this in mind, a few rotation issues that confused me: keeping Jamaal Tinsley in until the 4:55 mark in the fourth quarter and not bringing Hayward back in until less than two minutes remained. Mo Williams is more of a threat going down the stretch, particularly in a close game. And Hayward made things happen right when he returned. I would love more than anything to see Coach Corbin’s make a few more in-game adjustments.
- Yes, I would’ve loved to see Derrick Favors come in for those final defensive plays and much has been said already about that in the media and on Twitter. Would he have made a difference? Perhaps, but as I need to be constantly reminded, one play (or two) do not determine a game’s outcome.
- Eric Gordon’s injuries have got to be a major concern for New Orleans. They are investing max money. He was disappointed when they matched Phoenix’s offer sheet, but he should be excited to play for a team with a lot of upside.
- Monty Williams is a great coach. He elicits great effort from his players. Ryan Anderson is also an excellent fit and could lead their team in scoring.
- Al Jefferson is struggling. He seems off his game on both ends of the court. His offensive moves are not there yet and he has reverted to holding the ball a bit more, something he did less of during the preseason (making quicker, more decisive moves). Defensively, last night he was a step slow. There were two or three times he failed to block out, thus enabling the Hornets to get easy gimmes. Robin Lopez really played well, to his credit.
- The Jazz have a difficult time with NOLA. They lost twice last year to them. Hard to stomach especially minus rookie star Anthony Davis.
- Perhaps it is harder to get into a game when the attendance is so sparse, as was the case last night? The energy just seemed inconsistent last evening and we never got into a flow.
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