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Preseason Game 1 of 7 vs POR

October 8, 2010

[L]ong-awaited game day: climatic. [G]ame not televised: anti-climatic.
–me, on Twitter.

They say that beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m just going to be happy that the pre-season is finally here and we’re not still in the doldrums of summer.

First thought on today’s matchup against the Blazers: I hate that Wesley is gone. I can’t blame him for taking the money and I can’t blame the Jazz for not matching. What I CAN do is blame Portland, and I am. It totally sucks to hear him say “we” and know (or belatedly realize) that he’s talking about them instead of us.

During shootaround, Wesley was talking to the media and someone asked him, “You happy? You content with the decision?” Wesley totally paused before answering, “…Yeah, yeah, I am.” Listen to the audio. I may be reading between the lines, but to me he sounded hesitant and like he was actually saying the opposite.

Game Notes (pieced together from KFAN’s radio feed, ESPN GameCast, and other people’s firsthand accounts):

Evans apparently had a number of exciting dunks and Sundiata Gaines apparently hit a few exciting treys.

Listening to the feed, it seemed that AK started off a little rusty. Yucca Man, who was there, says that that was not the case:

With the starters on the floor, the offense finally began clicking in the third, and AK and Millsap were feeding off each other like it was February 2010 [boy band singing “We Can Rule the Wooo-oorld” in my head].

AK steal and dunk

Fes was doing it all: dunking, assisting…missing FTs, sitting on opponents and striking the Thinker’s Pose, setting off a chorus of “WTFs” in the SLC Dunk game thread by hitting an 18-footer, and getting rim blocked.

Fes rim-blocked

On getting rim-blocked: “I don’t know what to say. When I jumped I didn’t think about dunking it but when I looked up I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so close to the rim. Let me try!’ So I tried…I failed. But it was a good move.” (KSL)

As noted by someone (I can’t remember who, sorry), Johnson is 6’3″. Predictably, Jerry was not pleased: “He blocked a shot and got real cute after that and pointed at the player and from that point he kind of took himself out of the game.” (audio)

OK, so it’s not cool to do what Fes did when the opponent is like a foot shorter than you. However, I must admit that part of me loves the pure entertainment value of it.

Jazz win. Almost didn’t, but they did.

Today’s Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines:
Jerry Sloan (pre-game): “…how fast they get tired and start grabbing their pants and bending over…”

Booner (during game, regarding Evans): “How much pounding can that little frame take?”

Finally, here’s some Baywatch Fes to go along with your morning coffee or evening dessert:

baywatch fes

Up next: Jazz @ Blazers in 4 days.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    October 8, 2010 11:05 pm

    Yay! the preseason is here!!!! Everything about Matthews is making me sad lately. The Jazz had a season special recap of the 2009-2010 season on KJZZ the other night. So much of the talk was about Matthews, it was hard to know he’s not with teh Jazz anymore!
    I love your unintentional dirties. my husband and I always call those out during the games.

    • October 8, 2010 11:08 pm

      I know right? It didn’t really hit me until I saw his interview during shootaround…and how he was wearing a jersey that just didn’t look right on him.

      • Yucca Man permalink
        October 8, 2010 11:49 pm

        Wesley as a Blazer made me sad. I was sitting right by a bunch of Blazer fans. They seemed kind of knowledgeable (they were going on and on about Batum and all the little things he does well), so I asked them what they thought of OMSW. One guy shrugged “I guess he scored a lot last game, so that’s alright.”

        I was pissed. That’s all they could say about Wesley Matthews? Really? We all know what I think of the guy, and I immediately went into this Wesley Matthews sermon to these fans, and I went on and on about appreciating him, and I just wouldn’t shut up. They seemed a little annoyed with me, a little bemused, and somewhat impatient to get back to watching the game.

        Finally the guy asked “If he’s so good, why did you let him go?”

        I said it was because their owner’s a rich snot who offered him a ridiculous deal. The Blazer fans just kind of smiled and shrugged.

        Then everytime Wesley did the stuff he does, I’d turn around and point out “see how awesome he is?”

        I think I finally persuaded them to be more appreciative by the end of the game. So I win.

        And the Jazz won too.

        • October 9, 2010 8:58 am

          Your comments and SLC Dunk post almost make up for being unable to watch the game. And, goodness, I think your write-up made me love AK even more. Excellent write-up…your description of Fes’ 18-footer was truly epic.

  2. Yucca Man permalink
    October 8, 2010 11:41 pm

    Wow. My Twitter feed made a blog. I feel cool.

  3. hamaca permalink
    October 9, 2010 9:41 pm

    If Fes had managed to dunk that, it could have made SportsCenter (and new fodder for Fes-isms.)

    Just imagine a clip with the following: a) spin move, b) dunk, c) Melo saying, Fesenko, Fesenko…

    Loved the AK pick-pocket. “Here, I’ll take that.”


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