Posted by: Stephen Loveless on December 27th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Just sat down to watch the opener. There were a couple of negatives right off the bat: first had to watch the Celtics and Heat finish out there game in disappointing fashion; when the Jazz game did come on a saw a missed layup from a dark jersey and a wide open three from a yellow one; and, last but not least, I heard Reggie Miller’s voice.
There were also some positives though. Defense seems to be up overall, Al sent Gasol to the floor instead of letting him have the dunk, and we are at least keeping up with an exhausted Laker team.
Commercial: I need to take this minute to express my sadness at Memo’s departure. Not a bad move, but a sad one. I’ll really miss the Money Man but I wish him well in New Jersey. Do I wish him well enough to offset the ill will I hold for Deron Williams? Not sure.
Coach looks good tonight. I really miss Jerry in his grey pinstripe with pink tie.
The long break of the lockout really shows in the free throws. Seems like the vast majority of players have lost a little “touch”. It’s the little things that get left out over a summer. The nuances that make basketball such a wonderful sport.
Speaking of little things, Millsap and Kanter keep jumping early on rebounds and there’s no second jump. Kanter looks terrible tonight. He’s sluggish, timid, and not getting up for blocks, shots, or boards. But he’s only 19 and it’s only his first game. I’ll try to lighten up. I do, however, have very high expectations of him.
Memo’s departure is going to be most felt in his mentoring of the young bigs. Especially with Kanter, a fellow-countryman. I think Favors will move along quickly. The more aggressive a rookie is the quicker he’ll get through the awkward phase. Same thing goes for Burks. He just keeps attacking.
Commercial: Anybody know where I can get a pocket schedule? They used to be on the counter at every gas station. I haven’t seen one in years. Maybe that’s just because debit cards have eliminated the need to actually go inside….
Is it just me or do seem to have trouble with Steve Blake? Steve Blake! Come on! Why is he getting every open shot?
Belief, confidence, desire. None of those qualities exist on the Jazz team for more than a few minutes at a time. You can’t win this way. No spark, no hustle, no drive. I miss Brewer’s tenacity. Millsap has lost it since taking over as a starter. Maybe he should back up Favors until he decides he wants it again.
The Jazz are finally getting a few shots to go after a long dry spell. I don’t even want to guess at how many layups we’ve missed in the last ten minutes. Jefferson needs to relax and use his feet. He has great foot work but he’s not using it.
Half-time and I am calling it quits. I’ll still be watching but my laptop is dying and I’m just too lazy to plug it in. I was rambling anyway….
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