Game 20 Jazz vs. Magic: Back to .500
The game, or the Jazz, tidily summed up in a nutshell of a tweet:
Hope Big Al is ok…This looked painful. Dee Brown was moving better than Big Al did walking off the floor after Memo fell on him in the Playoffs in 2007.
** Randy Foye, on whether he knew his shot was off tonight: I knew…I just didn’t have it, you know, the way I usually, the bounce in my step…Just everything from my legs, I just didn’t have it. And I knew it. And you know, I had to talk to coach, and he kept me in there. He kept saying to me, he’s like, “You’re going to knock one down. Just keep taking them when they come to you.” And I did that.
** Al Jefferson: I kinda had the same little issue [with back spasms] in Santa Barbara with P3. That’s the reason I bought the $25,000 bed. I was sleeping on a soft bed and I went to go see this chiropractor who make beds, and he made it just for my back. And the pain went away. [How big is that bed again?] 10 foot wide, 12 foot long…The only reason it was $25,000 because it was only $15,000, but it was gon take 6-8 weeks. And by me paying $25,000, I got it done in a week and a half. So I want to clear that up. Worth every dime. That’s why I can’t wait to get home and get in it right now.
** Al Jefferson on his back spasms: If I’m laying down or standing up, I’m good. But if I’m sitting down or bending over, that’s when the pain come in. But I’ll get the medicine up in me tonight, and do what they tell me to do. Keep icing, ’cause I don’t sleep after games. So Imma be up all night pretty much. And then tomorrow, do all the same. There’s no way in the world I can’t see myself playing Friday.
** Al Jefferson on his technical foul before halftime: It was a bad call. The referee came back after halftime and said he was sorry…I think Mo Williams was the reason I got the tech, ’cause he was trying to hold me back when I wasn’t, I really was just asking what I did. (laughs) Like, you know, I wasn’t being disrespectful, so [I]‘ll make him pay half of [the fine].
** Paul Millsap on Big Al: Big Al, he laid it all out there tonight. Hats go off to him. He did a great job for us tonight, down low. He’ll be fine. Al’s a strong guy. He’s a good competitor. He’ll be good.
** Marvin Williams on how he’s feeling: I felt good. I felt really good. I was just telling my teammates, things out there just seemed a lot louder than normal for me. But other than that, I felt pretty good.
** Tyrone Corbin on Millsap: Paul is a true pro, man. He, you know, through whatever struggles he’s gonna continue to work and he understand he have to work to get better, and he’s continued to work, and as a result, he’s working his way out of the struggles he may have had earlier. So he’ll continue to work, and his play will continue to get better.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Paul Millsap looked and said that he felt much more comfortable tonight…maybe because he wasn’t playing much 3?
** Update on Derrick Favors:
** The most adorably awkward fast break ever:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Booner on Big Al: He usually stops and plays with it until he’s comfortable.
** Boler: Oh yeah, you can’t keep Alema down. No doubt about it.
** Boler on Redick: JJ went deep into the second row.
** Booner on Hayward’s missed alley-oop: Just a little too hard, and a little too far from the rim.
** Booner on Big Baby: He puts that big body on the lower part of Paul Millsap’s body. (H/T dianaallen) Boler: Booner, a lot of times that body rides you out of bounds. Booner: You come down awkward.
** Booner: Davis cannot handle Paul Millsap tonight. Milk him. Keep going to him.
** Booner: Tell me he couldn’t have grabbed that.
** Boler on the Bear: I don’t know what he’s doing with the tree over there in the corner.
** Booner on Big Baby: He just curls and keeps coming.
** Booner: JJ just keeps coming, and Al does not slide over right away.
** Randy Foye, post-game: Man. JJ Redick would not stop moving. Even when he wasn’t getting the ball, he kept you occupied and he kept me moving. But he, man. That kid does not stop moving.