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Game 2 – Three good quarters this time

April 22, 2009
First off, I apologize for understating this, but Deron Frickin’ Williams is flat-out amazing.

So, we lost. Our boys actually put up a good fight, but in the end, they were just too undersized and overmatched. DWilly entered crazy ninja mode in the 2nd half, and maybe could have won the game if he hadn’t been hampered by his teammates. Unfortunately, he got no help from anyone in navy and seemingly ran out of gas towards the end, going something like 0-6 to close the game.

Carlos did not have a great game offensively, jacking up way too many bad jumpers in the 4th, and was an abject failure on defense. Time after time and time and time again, Gasol spun around him and went to the hoop like he wasn’t even there. And half the time, Carlos didn’t even notice that Gasol was gone until the caveman had already scored.

The Lakers offense was en fuego, no question about that. But their bigs got away with roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, and singing “Kumbaya” in the paint the entire night, and there were also suspect sequences like this:

Explain to me how the Lakers got away with a 26-second possession?

All us fans were screaming our heads off for Fess, but his number was never called. Surprisingly though, Price’s did. Ronnie P came in for DWill in the 2nd half instead of Brev Brev, but like Brev Brev, gave us nothing. That’ll perhaps quiet that contingent. AK, meanwhile, was benched in the second half and only played 16 minutes (though he had quite a decent first half with 1 block, 2 steals, and 0 3-point attempts). [Speaking of 3s, DWill took 10 (and made 6). That's got to be some kind of Jazz record right under Jerry Sloan, right?] Anyway, the point is that changes were made, and that perhaps bodes well for Fess getting some minutes in Game 3. Baby steps…

Disagreements over who should and shouldn’t be playing aside, I still believe in Jerry and his system. He can’t make the players have heart. He can’t make them get along. He can’t make them play defense if they refuse to. Looking at the big picture, he did an amazing, amazing job getting us this far this year with all the injuries, distractions (cough*Boozer*cough), and sadness. And if our season was derailed by locker room problems, that’s not his fault. I really believe that if the players actually execute Jerry’s offense the way he draws it up, we’d be a lot different team.

Maybe these are the bad years. The losing years. The training wheel years. And maybe a few years down the line, Jerry’s way will have helped the guys mature faster and developed their in-game decision making skills. (If some Jazz fans can tell themselves that Jerry ordered the Jazz to play like crap to lull the Lakers into a false sense of security, I can tell myself this.)

Keys to Game 3:

1) Playing time for Fess. No more of that countering 7’0″ with 6’8″ (if that) futility.

2) Making fouls count. If you’re going to foul them, hit them hard. Channel Jerry. No more of that ticky-tack crap you’re all so fond of.

3) DWilly for 48. No more of that backup point guard nonsense. Period.

In the toaster, but not yet toast.

Sigh.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2009 1:06 am

    Fine, fine… I get it. I’ll stop calling for Ronnie P. :)

    On the plus side, it did prove to us that both back-ups are sub-par, Deron needs most of the minutes (definitely more than he got yesterday), and the Jazz need to find a better back-up this off-season

  2. April 23, 2009 3:54 am

    Please stop with the Fes talk — he is so far from being someone you can trust it is incomprehensible.

  3. dwillfan permalink*
    April 23, 2009 7:44 am

    the back up point guard just needs to hold down the fort for 4-8 minutes/night and not try to shoot (particularly last-possession-of-the-quarter shots) unless they actually have one. you would think that would be easy to find. apparently not.

  4. dwillfan permalink*
    April 23, 2009 7:44 am

    i can see how fans calling for fes is basically the same to you as those fans that want ronnie p. i’m not calling for fes to start and get 35 minutes. i know that he’s inconsistent and sometimes lost on the floor. but as long as memo is out, we need someone to take up space in the paint so that odom and gasol don’t go 17/20. fess is at least a bigger body, and boozer’s not going to change his defensive ways.

  5. dwillfan permalink*
    April 23, 2009 7:49 am

    p.s. i said fess in the post because he was the one on the active list, but koufos would do as well. just a bigger body.

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