Game 49 Jazz vs. Kings: Jazz retain hold on 7th place in the West
Choose your own adventure:
1) Win! Awesome!
2) The sky didn’t come crashing down when Tyrone Corbin substituted the starters (apart from keeping Alec Burks in for Jamaal Tinsley) in to close the game and the Jazz won (eventually), so there’s that.
** Paul Millsap on DeMarcus Cousins: Not really a power forward. He’s playing at center, so I don’t have to deal with him.
** Marvin Williams on Cousins: I don’t know. I’m not matched up with him, so I’m not too worried about it.
** Derrick Favors on what’s the toughest part about going up against Cousins: I don’t know. I been going against him since high school so it’s same old, same old with me, but I mean, he’s a good player.
** Al Jefferson on Cousins: Me and him always have a great relationship. We always have a great conversation on the court. You know, I always give him advice. He always, you know, listen…You know, so me and him got a great relationship. It’s just, you know, when we get on the court, it’s just a battle, you know, of course, but I remember last time we played, he said, “Man, I hate playing, I’m tired of playing against you.” I said, “I’m tired of playing against you too.”…I don’t ever had a problem with him like that.
** Millsap on Alec Burks playing the point: I’ve been saying this since Day 1, you know. He can play point guard. You know, he’s very talented. He’s doing a lot better job with decision-making. You know, that comes with being a point guard, so. He uses his athleticism well getting up and down the court. So we’ll continue to need his versatility…If you ask me can he do it, you know, he can really do it.
** Millsap on 49ers fan Mo Williams: He didn’t show up today. He’s staying away from us.
** Big Al on the Superbowl: I didn’t want the 49er[s] to win, ’cause I didn’t wanna hear Mo mouth.
On the Last Shot in Regulation
** Me: This was possibly the worst last play in Jazz history. I mean, I don’t want to exaggerate, but this was worse than a Jason Hart 2-for-1 at the end of a half.
** Tyrone Corbin:
** Peter Vescey:
** Randy Foye: Tyreke [Evans] stopped me and I had to throw it back to Al. Usually that was Marvin, because that was the play before where I just kicked it to Marvin and he hit the three and we went up one.
[Did you know that was Al back there?]
I didn’t know, because usually Al is not there. So my whole thing is, you know, driving, and I saw Tyreke coming, like he did before, and I just was kicking it to get open shot. You know, I didn’t want to go in there into traffic, and you know, try to make something happen. But I saw him there, and then, at the, when I saw that, I was like, “Man.” You know, I took the blame for that because I know I’m not supposed to, you know, give it to a big fella out there.
** Big Al: Hey, I did it on purpose so we could get an overtime win. I just wanted to play five extra minutes.
** Tyrone Corbin: We didn’t get calls, but you know, it’s one of those nights, man. Luckily we continued to fight.
** Corbin on Burks playing the point: Alex* by nature is a scoring 2-man. But he has great ball-handling skills and we need him right now. So we need him to, you know, to try and find a way to get us in our sets and still be who he is within what we’re trying to do on the floor, and I thought he did a great job of doing that tonight. And I thought the experiences up to this point allowed him to be able to get more minutes and then to be able to finish the game for us.
* Not a typo
** Alec Burks: I’m glad coach had the confidence in my, uh, let me play. (This really happened.)
** Big Al on Cousins: I wish he could’ve stayed in the game because I hate Chuck Hayes. I love him as a person. Me and him real cool, but far as him defending me, he’s one of the worst, if not the worst, that I hate going against.
** Randy Foye on the bench: I’m not gonna lie. The starters didn’t, we didn’t bring it how we usually bring it tonight. You know, Big Turk [Enes Kanter], D-Fav, A-Bo**, DeMarre [Carroll], all those guys, they came in and they gave us an unbelievable amount of energy and you know, tonight, they brung us home.
** Alec Burks; again, short for Alex Borks
** DeMarre Carroll on the bench: At the end, you know, that’s what bench guys like myself, and Derrick, and Alec,*** what’s what we here for. And I think that’s what we did…we brought the energy and you know, like Al said, you know, “We need you.” Like, he told me before the game, “We need you.”
*** I wonder if Favors and Burks think of themselves as bench guys?
** DeMarcus Cousins on his ejection: Before every game, they tell you, “If you have a problem, come talk to me.” So they give us permission to do that. So I tried to wait til the play was over, wait til play stopped. Went up to the ref. He kept telling me, “Don’t talk to me. Don’t talk to me. I don’t want to talk to you.” So I waited til halftime. He said the same thing. And my response was–he was saying, “Don’t talk to me.” And my response was, “You don’t have to act like a effing female.” Soon as I said it, that’s what happened.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People still calling Alec Burks something other than his name: Tyrone Corbin (“Alex”), DeMarre Carroll (“Alec Burke”), and…
** People calling Favors and Kanter “two big stallions”: DeMarre Carroll
** Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) was at the game. He is apparently a friend of Mo’s and in town to ski. Via @PaulMillsap_24:
Millsap on whether he was a fan of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”: Of course. Of course. For years. Still is. Still watching.
** Why we will always love Memo Okur:
** Who dressed this Jazzman?! (I can’t be sure, but I’m guessing it’s DeMarre Carroll):
** For @My_Lo:
Musical (Locker) Chairs
Big Al: I’m very upset. Very upset right now.
Steve Brown: Who’s the cause of this?
Big Al: Paul Millsap moved my name tag [on my locker]. He tryna to get me away from him. And my locker been here this long, three years, and I come out the shower minding my own bidness, and my name tag is gone. And I don’t think that’s fair.
Brown: Paul, guilty or not?
Millsap: You know, I can’t really respond to that. [Big Al: Guilty!] I just want him to move, you know? Simple as that, you know? Any means necessary, you know? Get his stuff, and go be by his name tag.
Brown: Is there a reason?
Millsap: I think I’m just tired of him. I think, I really think I’m just tired of him.
Brown: Al, I thought it was moving on up all the time.
Big Al: It’s more haters than players, man. That’s all I can tell you. More haters than players, and I never thought that Miss Bettye [Paul’s mom] second-born would be that way. But I’m gonna just talk to his momma about that. That’s what Imma do.
Brown: Not a good teammate?
Big Al: Great teammate. But not a good…
Big Al: Neighbor.
(Both crack up.) …
Brown: So you take no responsibility for this?
Millsap: None. None whatsoever. I mean, I think it’s a mutual thing. Me, myself, and I, we decided he need to move.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Millsap on Burks playing point: If you ask me can he do it, you know, he can really do it.
** Boler: Big Al had pumped in three of the first seven shots.
** Harpring on Favors: I like his length. I’ll tell ya, he’s getting better as the games come.
** Harpring on a Big Al finish: Nice. Finish. Millsap. (H/T @TheRealJackLund)
** Harpring on Boler not knowing his Twitter handle: That really rubs me the wrong way.
** Harpring: I don’t like to get on referees often.
** Boler on a replay: I don’t know if you can zoom in on that spot.
** Phil Johnson, post-game: He’s been jacking around. (H/T @da_breezman)