Posted by: David J. Smith on November 17th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Here is the Instant Analysis for last night’s loss to the Sixers. I’ll say that it is always more fun to write these after victories than losses (king of stating the obvious).
Some quick thoughts:
- Can’t say enough about DeMarre Carroll. He was terrific on both ends of the floor, giving his normal hustle, but also hitting several jump shots–something he said he worked on a lot this past offseason. Not sure if he is a true rotation player, but what a great asset to have as a spark plug (especially on the road).
- The offense seemed to revert back to dumping the ball into Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, with little else happening. Not only does that neutralize our wings, but it is not as pleasing to the eye. It’s nice when everyone is getting involved, even if just handling the ball.
- Case in point: a few games ago, Gordon Hayward attempted 17 shots. Last night, he took only five.
- Jamaal Tinsley continues to excel with his playmaking, but is a sieve defensively and casts up errant jumpers. It’s hard to have both, I know, in a back-up point guard. And it does not help that Earl Watson is as equally a poor shooter.
- Jrue Holiday was impressive, showing why he’s one of the NBA’s best up-and-coming point guards.
- It will be interesting to see Andrew Bynum in the line-up. I have serious doubts of him being a franchise player, but we’ll see.
- The ESPN broadcasters could stand to do a little more research prior to calling a game. They made constant errors, such as saying that Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors do not play much together, or that Mo Williams is not setting his teammates up well (7.1 apg coming in). They said some nice things, but TNT does so much better at calling the games.
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