Posted by: TACOREV on March 1st, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Enes Freaking Kanter.
A 20-20 game in his second career start leads the Jazz in an absolutely dominant performance.
Kanter finished with 23 & 22, to be exact, just destroying the Bobcats (13-45, 6-23 away) all game long. Carroll was great as well, scoring 19, while Hayward chipped in with 14. I was very impressed with Evans’ performance as well, as he contributed 14 & 9 as the third big off the bench. Also, Burks put in 10 & 7.
Byron Mullens led Charlotte with 12 & 7 and Ramon Sessions scored 11.
I know it was the lowly Bobcats, but boy was it just a joy to see the ball moving, everybody running the floor, the effort, the energy, the extra pass, everybody boxing out… beautiful. Just beautiful!
Favors struggled with foul trouble, putting in 8 & 7 before fouling out in just 21 minutes of play. That’s one thing he really needs to work on, staying out of foul trouble.
But man, Kanter. He was ruthless! Only downside was five turnovers, but that’s going to happen with young players. You’ve got to be ready to accept some youth mistakes, and in Kanter’s case, the payoff is more than worth it. Plus, I’d take a handful of young-guy turnovers over an entire game of sheer laziness on defense any day.
Which reminds me, did I mention Jefferson didn’t play? As Omar points out, the Jazz are now 7-1 without Big Lazy Al — 2-0 this season, outscoring both opponents on average 114.5 to 83.5. Yeah yeah, I know it was the Bobcats and Raptors, but we didn’t dominate either team with Al — beating Charlotte by 10, and needing 3OT’s to beat Toronto.
Millsap also didn’t play. Apparently he just had a child though, a baby girl he named Paular. Congrats Paul on the baby. That’s a weird name for a girl.
Speaking of babies, Foye had one today too, naming his little bundle of joy Pilar (also a girl… also a weird name for a girl). Foye also connected on one of his five 3-point attempts to pass Mehmet Okur for most 3-pointers made by a Jazz player in a single season. Congrats on the baby and record, Randy.
I never thought I’d feel so good after beating the Bobcats.
With the win, the Jazz improve to 32-27, closing out that 20-game stretch in which they played 15 home games with a 12-8 mark. Not that great, considering it was the easiest stretch of the entire schedule.
Next up, the Jazz get the tough road trip started at Milwaukee (28-28) on Monday. The four game road swing is the beginning of a stretch in which the Jazz play 8 of 11 away from ESA, including eight games against playoff teams.
Jazz player of the game: Enes Kanter
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