Game 50 Jazz vs. Bucks: Enes the Menace, Kanter the Banger (or something)
I can’t say whether the Jazz would’ve won this game without Enes Kanter. Maybe they still would’ve..but it sure would’ve been a lot less fun to watch. During a 3:30-span in the 2nd quarter, Enes had a direct hand in 13 straight points (11 scored points and one assist). We’re used to seeing Enes cheering on the bench for big plays, so it was great to see Big Al Jefferson cheering for Enes in the same way during that stretch.
** Paul Millsap on why the Big 3 lineup is working better now for him than earlier in the season: It’s a little different, you know? Last time when we played, you know, when we tried it, I started at [small forward]. Now I’m able to get a rhythm, you know, at the four and then move out the three, which makes it a little bit easier to get your rhythm going. [What about the big lineup with Enes Kanter vs. the big lineup with Al Jefferson?] Al is definitely an offensive threat, you know. Enes, you know, runs the floor a little bit better, but they both bring something different and they both are unique in their own way.
** Earl Watson: I feel good. I’m getting better. The injury I have is unique; it’s day-to-day. It could change throughout the day, so I try to stay positive and just take it in the moment and try to capture each moment, and whatever I can do in that moment, just take advantage of it…[The fracture is] not concerning. It’s small. It’s not cracked all the way through.
** Watson on Alec Burks playing PG in the last game: I think he was trying to run the offense a little too much and we had a talk on the bench. I told him to just be aggressive. Don’t try to run the offense. Don’t play the way you see anyone else playing. Be who you are; be aggressive. They want to pressure you, go around them. You know, just make them guard you. You can’t sit there and be a pass-first point guard ’cause it’s not who you are.
** Tyrone Corbin on Burks playing the point: He’s getting better. The more and more he does it, the better he feels at the position.
** Corbin on Enes: As long as he’s taking good shots, he’s working hard, which he’s continuing to do, and he’s showing a lot of growth in some areas on the defensive end, and on the offensive execution, passing the ball. He’s just gonna continue to get better because he works really hard…He has a role and an identity now, and he’s liking it, and it’s growing, and it will continue to grow because he’ll continue to work.
** Corbin on the young guys: They been tremendous about dealing with the minutes that they’ve been able to get, or lack thereof at times, but staying ready when they get an opportunity to be ready to go, and that’s what we gon need to continue to do to continue to be effective as a team.
♥♥ Enes Kanter, on whether he lost confidence while struggling these past few weeks: No. No, I didn’t. [Why not?] Because of Jefferson. Al Jefferson. You know, every time I had a bad game, or if I struggled or whatever, he sit down with me and talk to me. He said, “I been through this. You know, just keep your head up and just fight.”…That’s what I did tonight.
I love this so, so, so, so much.
** Kanter on his five blocks and improved defense: Just practice. You know, every morning I wake up, just go and just practice with Derrick [Favors]…It’s helping me a lot. And also I’m watching Derrick a lot defensively and I’m learning lots of things from him.
** More Kanter: I just go practice every day early and just, you know, working on my game. And also, my face-up game today, I did one move. Me and Al just was working on it long time. And he said, “Today…just face-up. Face the guy up.” And I said, “All right.” And you know, I just tried it. I just tried, and I did it, you know?…Like I said, he’s like a big brother to me. Every time when I’m on the court, every practice, every before the game, l’m, like, always playing one-on-one. Al always show me what to do. We watch video together. And he just, he’s helping me a lot.
** Big Al on Kanter: Everybody know he mad talented and everybody know what he can do, you know, and sometime your body just don’t, you know, wanna agree with your mind, you know, so sometime you just gotta fight through it. And I think he did that.
** Alec Burks on how tough is it to play his game when he’s playing a different position: It’s very tough, but you wanna run the offense. You don’t wanna make no mistakes, ’cause you know, feel like I’m on a short leash sometimes.
** DeMarre Carroll, purveyor of nicknames: I’m the junkyard dog, but I’m not the only dog in the dog pound. So you know, we got big stallions like Enes and D-Favs, so I’m just happy for ‘em tonight. They just played with a lot of energy. [Steve Brown: So what kind of dogs are those two?] Carroll: You gotta call ‘em “Pitbull and the Rottweiler.”
** Paul Millsap, on whether he’s looking forward to seeing Carlos Boozer: Um, I haven’t gave it any thought. You know, I don’t know if he’s out right now or not. But it’s going to be a fun game for us. Fun game for him, hopefully. (KALL)
Random Stuff, etc.
** People still calling Alec Burks “Burke”: Matt Harpring
** Random realization I had during the game: “Corbin basketball” is an anagram for “C borin’ basketball.”
** From the “Things Nobody is Surprised By” Files:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown to DeMarre, pre-game: Even though your teammates are going down, what’s bad news for them is certainly fortuitous for you. DMC: Oh yeah.
** Boler: And the tip is up. Dalembert controls.
** Harpring on Dalembert, to Boler: He was our rookie when I was in Philadelphia. He was a good rookie. He did everything we asked him to. Just like I did with you. Everything.
** Harpring on shot of fan with foam finger: Ohhhhh, the finger’s back!
** Harpring: I just have a hard time when guys shoot as much as they score.
** Boler: I do enjoy toolin’ around the highways and byways. Harpring: You call it toolin’? I call it ridin’.
** Harpring: You just love guys that play hard. Take nothing for granted.
** Boler on Burks foul replay: That’s probably the best angle to look at it. Comin’ right at you.
** Big Al, post-game: We knew that they gonna start off high energy, but we keep just banging ‘em in the side, you know, taking advantage of them inside. And they were gon eventually wear down.
** Corbin, post-game: I didn’t feel comfortable ’til it was over.