Game 8 at GSW: Good going, Mark Jackson
I think…I think…dare I say it? I think it’s starting to come together. Don’t get me wrong. I still think we’re going to lose games, but you can kind of start seeing where this is going.
This was, without a doubt, the Jazz’s best start of the season so far. 8 of their first 10 buckets were assisted, and the Jazz shot 11 of 22 in the first quarter. Of course, they went 21-59 (36%) in the next three quarters as the two teams exchanged runs (13-4 for the Jazz in the 3rd, 8-1 for Golden State in the 4th, etc.).
Raja Bell deserves a lot of the credit in this win. He played solid D when he was on the floor, including on Golden State’s potentially-game-winning last possession, and it was great seeing him connect on his shots and get a smirk back on his face. Ty Corbin also deserves a lot of credit for going with Raja down the stretch and letting him play through and get a little confidence back. It was also a slump-breaking game for Gordon Hayward, who went 6-11 from the floor and scored a team-high 18.
Loved last season’s sparkpluggy, hustley, gritty second unit, and love this season’s as well. The lineup of Earl Watson, Alec Burks, Josh Howard, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors is immensely fun to watch. That combination of two tough, wily vets with three extremely raw but extremely talented young guys is just wonderfully entertaining.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Ty Corbin and Mark Jackass were teammates on the Raptors team the year that Karl Malone became the 2nd all-time scorer in NBA history. Given Corbin’s assistant hiring history, we dodged a bullet there when Golden State took one for NBA fans everywhere and got Jackson off the air before Ty started hiring.
“He’s been a leader. He’s a point guard. He’s a leader,” Corbin said of Jackson. “He understands the game very well. He’s a people-person. He knows how to motivate guys. I think that he’ll do a good job for them.” (DN)
** I don’t think Hayward is getting enough credit for how much he’s improved on defense over the past year. Seriously, huge difference.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night
** Boler: Harris slips it inside, Millsap takes on a triple team.
** Harpring: Guys just getting their rhythm, getting their strokes down.
** Harpring: The big tight end in Big Al. Put those hands out, baby.
** Harpring: They both played last night, and the legs are a little heavy.
** Harpring: They call him Big Al, because that’s a big, big shot!
** Ty Corbin on Hayward’s shot: Sometimes it’s right on and maybe it click too quick, and long as he come off quick and get his feet set and rhythm it up, it’s a good shot.