Game 81 Jazz at Timberwolves: Playoff Push Still Alive
** Pre-game / David Locke: You guys, actually, I think, have the seventh or eighth best record against teams that are below .500 this year. Are you surprised? I mean, that means you’re over-performing against the lesser teams–
Tyrone Corbin: You’re talking about taking care of your business. I don’t know the exact record. I haven’t looked at it of late. But you know, we, you wanna make sure that teams that’s below where you are, and they’re working on some things, that you really focus, and not relax against those teams and lose games you still have a chance to win. So it’s great to know that we’ve done our, a decent job of that all year. (1280)
** Corbin on whether he feared he’d lost the team during the slump in March: No. No. This group of guys been great, man. You know, they, we’ve had great talks. We understood where we were. The guys stayed focused…There’s no quit on me. No quitting in me to quit on this group of guys, and I don’t think they tried to quit on me.
** Corbin on how the Jazz would be in the Playoffs if they were in the Eastern Conference: Well, I mean, you know, it is what it is. You know, I, you know, we did have a talk about that, just to mention it, if you were, but we’re not there, so you can’t, you know, you just have to go where you are. And we are where we are.
** Paul Millsap on Al Jefferson: He took it [upon] himself to put us on his back, you know, and that’s what a leader’s supposed to do. Al is very talented, very gifted, and when he goes out there and uses his talents, you know, he’s one of the best in the league in my opinion.
** Al Jefferson on the Playoff race: It’s all about Houston. I guess I need to try to get in touch with Kevin McHale, tell him, you know, handle that for me. Give me that late birthday present. (Utah Jazz)
Random Stuff, etc.
** Hopefully Sidney Lowe remembered it was Tax Day.
** Enes Kanter tweeted this pic of himself (“Still look good, huh?”), post-surgery:
In response, Enes got Twitter well wishes from Manuel Ferrera (H/T @chang_max):
Who is Manuel Ferrera, you may ask? According to his Twitter bio, Ferrera is “The only 4 times male performer of the year [Adult Video News] award winner.”
** Bryon Russell weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Corbin on Pekovic: He’s huge for ‘em. He’s a big guy on the defensive end for them who will be on Al probably a lot, and hanging on him with his weight, his size, his strength. Or offensively, he creates some problems because he can score down low, and he’s a physical scorer in size, so he pound on guys there.
** Boler: Foye goes inside. He likes to get a little rhythm early.
** Boler: I don’t think Al saw or even felt Cunningham behind him.
** Boler: That richocheted off Hayward.
** Boler: Paul took one square across the nose, chin, lips. Harpring: Hayward took one from Kirilenko on the possession before.
** Harpring to Boler: You’re a little soft. Boler: Look, I just want to keep my front tooth. Harpring: You’re soft. You’re soft, Boler.
** Harpring: With no Pekovic, they’ve very thin at that center spot.
** Boler: Favors tried to one-hand it himself.
** Millsap on Al: We gonna continue to try to ride him.
** Boler: You know what, you guys seemed loose too, and it sure does help to build a cushion on the road.
Mo (grinning): Say that again.
Boler: You guys seem loose to start this game.
Mo: You said we was loose?
** UDQM tweet and UDQM response: