Posted by: TACOREV on February 2nd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz take game one of a two-game series with Portland (23-23, 7-15).
Jefferson scored 21 points on 22 shots, with 10 rebounds, and knocked down a couple big shots down the stretch to help the Jazz hold the lead. Millsap scored 15, Foye had 14 & 7, and Carroll pitched in with 13.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers in his return to the Beehive State, finishing with 26 & 5. LaMarcus Aldridge’s 16 & 10 and J.J. Hickson’s 11 & 6 also highlighted Portland’s leaders, along with former Jazzman Wesley Matthews’ nine points.
Kanter continues to see his minutes dwindle, playing just six tonight.
Meanwhile Jefferson’s minutes are increasing, and we can only hope he’s being showcased for trade talks. We know the Jazz tried to extend Millsap, which would be a good move whether we end up trading him or not, but I don’t recall ever hearing about contract talks with Jefferson. It’s seeming likely that the FO intends to trade him — if they can find someone to take him, and assuming they can get what value they expect in return.
Watson sustained another injury, this time to his leg, and apparently will not make the trip to Portland in order to undergo an MRI. Corbin is most likely in full-on panic right about now.
With the Blazers falling to .500, does this count as a win over a West team with a winning record, Omar?
The Jazz improve to a season-best five games above .500, 26-21, with a rematch tomorrow night in Portland.
Jazz player of the game: Al Jefferson
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