Posted by: TACOREV on February 4th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz pull away in overtime to handle Sacramento (17-33, 5-21 road) at ESA.
Foye led the way with 20 & 6, while Jefferson finished with 15 & 12 (on 17 shots). He also had five assists for the second-straight game, which quite frankly is astonishing.
Burks played well in the backup PG role off the bench, contributing 14 & 4 on just seven shot attempts. He played what I assume was a career-high 31 minutes and led the team in +/- with +21. Millsap also added 14 and Favors put in 13 & 9.
Jason Thompson led the Kings with 23 & 10, with Tyreke Evans scoring 20 and Isaiah Thomas adding 17.
DeMarcus Cousins was ejected for the second-straight meeting between these two teams. He finished with 10 & 6 before getting tossed just before the half.
The Kings aren’t a good team, especially on the road, so this game shouldn’t have been in question playing at ESA. But the Jazz do deserve credit for pulling away convincingly during the extra period and getting it done for the W.
The biggest thing that stuck out to me tonight was the point guard play. Tinsley almost literally didn’t do anything, as usual. He scored zero points with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes, finishing with by far the lowest +/- on the team, -14.
I liked what I saw from Foye running the point. He has decent ball-handling skills, and he is actually an offensive threat unlike Tinsley or Watson. Burks wasn’t perfect at backup PG, but he did a lot of things well, and with more consistent minutes like tonight’s, I have no doubt he would continue to get better. He has so much potential with his athleticism and his knack for getting to the basket and drawing fouls — none of which Tinsley or Watson can come close to emulating.
If you ask me, neither Tinsley nor Watson should step onto the floor again this season, with or without Mo being healthy. Start Foye at PG along with Carroll at SG, then bring in Burks off the bench as backup PG.
But of course, we all know Ty. He’ll get his boy Watson in there as soon as humanly possible, if it kills him.
The Jazz improve to 27-22, and next up is a visit from the Bucks (25-21) on Wednesday.
Jazz player of the game: Randy Foye
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