Posted by: Jimmy Bragg on October 8th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I don’t normally like to do posts about specific games, only because I figure you can get the recap and stats from the newspapers. However, I was able to attend last night and I thought that I would give those who couldn’t see the game a little upper-bowl perspective.
I know that this is just one preseason game, but here is what I observed:
- The new floor and jerseys looked great. My only problem – whoever decided it was a good idea to put UTAH on the butt of the shorts should be forced to get a UTAH tattoo on their own butt.
- Paul Millsap has always been a beast and his play last night showed that he hasn’t lost any of that beast-like play. One other thing that he did last night that he always tends to do – he missed free throws.
- Fesenko…Fesenko… I have a severe love/hate relationship with this guy. He is still out of control…but he is also still around 300 pounds. When he is waving his arms around in the paint, people are going to get hurt. Let’s just hope that it isn’t our own players. Oh, and he also misses free throws.
- Our starting five (DWill, Raja, AK, Millsap, and Big Al) have the potential to be one of the strongest in the league.
- It’s funny to see Al in the role that Boozer and Memo played for so long. I half expected Al to sink back for a three when running the “High C” play.
- After Pendergraph went down with what looked to me like a season-ending injury, I wondered if Portland could be the most unlucky franchise in the NBA as far as injuries go.
- Deron Williams is heck-a good.
- I hate winter, but I love Jazz season. These mixed feelings have the potential to cause me to eat ferociously and scold children I don’t know in department stores. I’m working on this one.
- Once Al and Millsap learn how to play together in the system, the Al-Sap tandem will be crazy-strong!
- Hayward looked like a really smart guy with a really non-NBA body. Rudy Fernandez was just playing games with him all night. Love KOC for the Al pick-up…but I’m not sold this was the best way to use a number 9 pick.
- I love AK and want him back next year (for a fraction of what he makes now).
- From this one game, it looks like we made a mistake not matching on Mathews. I know that this probably isn’t a shocker, but he is a scrappy, Harpring-type player that goes hard ALL game. Why would that not be worth the money they offered?
- By the way, this is a whole other discussion/post but there is no way the Jazz would leave Utah. I don’t care how bad the financial situation was for the Miller family, there would be others in Utah that would keep the team here.
So there you go. I was at the game…so I know everything. And since we won, the Utah Jazz will clearly be champions this year! Oh, and Sloan will be Coach of the Year…and DWill is a shoe in for MVP…and CJ will win 6th man…and I will finally catch one of those Taco Bell parachutes!!!!
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