Game 22 Jazz at Lakers: \o/ \O/ \o/ \O/ \o/
Big Al Jefferson was back, literally. Paul Millsap was back, figuratively. DeMarre Carroll was making an impact with his hustle on both ends of the floor. Mo Williams was blowing by guys with incredible quickness. Enes Kanter was straight up dominating while he was on the floor, and Jamaal Tinsley ran the offense like a pure point guard.
The first half was awesome basketball, the third quarter was kind of collapse-y and the Jazz could conceivably have lost the game in the final minutes. On the other hand, six Jazzmen in double figures and the team shooting 54.2 percent from the floor is definitely something to be happy about.
Side note: Of course I’m happy that the Jazz won and the Lakers lost, but the Lakers are so bad I kind of don’t hate them and definitely don’t fear them as much as I used to.
Another side note: It’s often been noted by Jazz fans that this current Jazz team does not have that Laker monkey on its back like previous Jazz teams did. Gordon Hayward in his rookie and second years definitely didn’t, and playing the Lakers seemed to often bring out the best in him. That wasn’t the case in this game. Whether it’s a confidence thing because his shot remains AWOL or he got used to deferring/having to defer to other guys when he was starting, let’s hope he breaks out of it soon (and I’m sure he will).
** Big Al, post-game: We don’t have no superstars on this team…so we have to play together on the defensive end and the offensive end. And the way [the Jazz] moved the ball Friday, you know, was amazing to watch from the outside looking in. So you know, when I got back in the lineup tonight, I wanted to make sure that kept going. And when you do it that way, everybody gon find their shots.
** Enes Kanter, post-game: I’m not worried about how I play. I’m just worried about, we just beat Lakers. That’s all I care about…every time I said, every after the game, we have enough talent to beat every team on every court. That’s it.
** Kanter on Big Al, post-game: He is just my big brother…He’s just a great person and he’s a great player. Before the game, he just came up to me and say, “Same way like you did last game.”
** Mo Williams on going from bench player on the Clippers to floor general for the Jazz: That’s a role that I wanted to be in. I felt like I’m not at a point in my career where, you know, I’m a backup and coming in as the spare point guard…It’s gonna be a point where I get there; I just felt like I’m not there yet. [Chris Paul] is a great point guard, one of the best in the NBA. I just felt like I needed to be in a situation where I can run my own team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** I do not think Dwight Howard thought this through:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler on Big Al shot: That’s the hard way. Harpring: WHAT A TOUCH! Boler: Ho ho! Harpring: The soft touch. Boler: He took one across the chin.
** Harpring on Enes: He’s a big body. He’s coming right at you. He’s not afraid of contact. He gets the ball here, he’s looking for somebody to bang into. Bangs Hill.
** Boler: Tinsley, head up, pushes.
** Harpring on DeMarre’s circus shot: Ohhhhh he’s gonna do a spinner Boler! (H/T @bjcseven)
** Boler: Around the rim and out. (H/T @da_breezman)
** Harpring on Meeks: He shouldn’t bite off more than he can chew.
** Boler on Millsap: He continues to go to the rack.
** Harpring on Dwight: People been patient with him, saying it’s gonna come. He’s getting better. It’s not coming. He’s had those same moves for four years.
** Locke: Gordon goes back door on Kobe, Kobe has to grab Gordon to stop him. (H/T @vizzle07)
** Mo Williams, post-game: It feel good with each other on the floor.