Game 18 @ LAC: Frantastic
Apart from Griffindor eating the Jazz alive in the first half, the only other noteworthy occurrences of the half were 3 Jazz players–Raja, Earl, and Ronnie P–getting T’d up going into timeouts. Raja for touching Griffin, Earl for
talking disrespecting the game, and Ronnie P for moving direspecting the game. Thanks to the aforementioned “being eaten alive,” the Jazz trailed by 8 at the half.
The comeback began taking shape early in the third. Since it was the starters that spurred it, it was disorienting and severely messed with my head. AK led the charge, and was instrumental in the Jazz putting together a 13-0 run with a block, a three, a block and rebound, and an assist in the span of 1:10.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the superb play of Francisco Elson. Elson basically neutralized Blake Griffin in the second half, which allowed the Jazz to keep their lead and extend it. Well done, Elson (and KOC), well done.
is was a sick, filthy beast (in the first half). I was concerned before the game about him posterizing our guys and possibly starting an international incident if he dunked on AK (since, after what he did to Mozgov, if he dunked on AK, he clearly has problems with Russia), but he thankfully only had one dunk in the game on no one in particular.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night
** I have it on good authority that @djjazzyjody unintentionally commented about Blake Griffin’s package prior to the game, but alas, the tweet was deleted before I could note it for posterity. I’m protecting the identity of my source–unless
he s(he) wants credit, in which case DM me. Haha.
** Matty: That’s a lot of banging, and it gets to the knees after awhile.
** Francisco Elson on Griffin: Once he gets up he is hard to stop. (Thanks to @dianaallen)