Posted by: David J. Smith on November 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
First, my analysis for the Utah Jazz/Houston Rockets game. As I rewatched parts this morning, I am impressed about many things and concerned with a few things.
- The second quarter burst was exhilarating. One of the best patches of ball so far this season.
- I loved the energy that Gordon Hayward, DeMarre Carroll, Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter, and Jamaal Tinsley all brought.
- Marvin, especially, was key during that first quarter. When he is on, that opens things up so much. It was nice to see him hit those three early treys, as he hopefully regains his preseason outside touch.
- DeMarre has been playing some fantastic ball. He’s not pressing his shot selection, he is running the court, showing some nice passing ability, and is active on defense. His enthusiasm and effort is contagious.
- The starting line-up’s slow start the past two game has been concerning. While we have the big front court, our back court becomes diminutive (although not as polarized as the year we started Derek Fisher at the shooting guard spot). Still, I like how Tyrone is trying this. The early season is an excellent time to mix-and-match.
- Jamaal Tinsley scored! Again, 11 assists in a reserve role is stellar.
- Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey made a great move in obtaining James Harden. Although Harden was ill, it’s evident that he is and will be their go-to guy. With that said, I tire of the way Morey gets hyped up, much in part to the way ESPN guys like Bill Simmons and Marc Stein fawn on him. Up to the Harden trade, the rest of his moves baffled me. He kept trading guys to stockpile assets for a Dwight Howard run, which failed. That left him with lots of young guys and replication at multiple positions.
- I think Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin are good players, but still need to prove to me that they’re worth their contracts. Asik is not as questionable, as he has already displayed that he can rebound and defend at a high level. Lin, on the other hand, looks just okay. He is not a great shooter and can struggle finishing at the basket.
- Houston Rockets’ players from last year who are gone: Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola, Chase Budinger, Marcus Camby, Samuel Dalembert, Courtney Lee.
- Glad our players get to have a bit of an extended break, especially during this time of the year. Glad they are in a home-stand, too.
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