Posted by: Matt Webb on April 25th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
A few things.
I don’t mean to unnecesarily predicate on one particular player but Derrick Favors coming into his own (an on going process) is simply the best under covered story this year.
He IS Dwight Howard 2. something. He forces teams to play differently and hey thats what is most important to winning after all.
1.Learn to play hard. CHECK
2.Learn to play smart. CHECK
3.Learn to make the opponent adjust to your play. (Or dominating) CHECK
He is obviously younger than Dwight but he is now almost on an identical trajectory as fas as career numerical paths go.
He has made the line up of Harris/Hayward/MillsapJefferson/Favors into one of the best defensive units in the entire league.
He is now taking starting caliber players completely out of their game. Did you see how he physically and mentally took Marcin Gortat (A player I really like and in fact thought was the missing piece to the Williams/Boozer squads) out of the game. He couldn’t do anything about it either and he knew it. Not many players in this league have that affect.
Crazy to think that after all th speculation amongst the league and fans about who may leave during the off season the Jazz may hove found a real source of optimism. Harris/Hayward/Millsap/Jefferson/Favors with Kanter and Burks and maybe a GSW lotto pick off the bench. That is a killer line up. With the young players getting better this team is turning into something different.
And now to my thread point/question.
How will the series play out?
I cannot say enough for my respect for the Spurs franchise. They are the model. Maybe they got two of the greatest players ever(Duncan & Robinson) but hey they evaluated them just as they did Manu, TP, and Kawhi. Pop is the real star though. Best coach.
But they are old and thin up front. Tony parker will indeed get his, but Devin Harris hasn’t exactly been slumping. Manu vs. G-Time/Burks is going to be in the favor of the Italian. Still I see this being extremely competive.
Thoughts bball fans?
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