Game 21 at GSW: All Hail Jamaal Tinsley
We may have lost, and we may have lost by a lot. But at least we weren’t out-coached. *cough* Mark Jackass *cough*
Earl Watson on Jan. 23: Jamaal’s been very vocal from Day 1 since he been here. He has a ton of knowledge. I’ve known Jamaal for like almost 13 years now…He gives everything he has, 110%. (1)
I know that some people find it funny that I’ve written about Jamaal Tinsley several times this season when he has barely played. Tonight cemented the impression that I’ve developed of him from observing him on the bench all season long.
With Devin Harris and Earl Watson both out, Jamaal got the start. From tip-off, he was calm, cool and collected…composed, and in control.
Scoring/shoot-first point guards just aren’t and never have been my thing. I’ve thought from Day 1 that Devin Harris wasn’t a fit for the Jazz. Nothing against Devin personally; his playing style and mentality just don’t, IMO, fit the Jazz system.
History has shown that you don’t need a great point guard to be a championship team, but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the Jazz system, and Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley are much more “Jazz point guards.”
Harris to me is in the Ronnie Price mold in that he’s listed as a point guard, but plays more like a combo/shooting guard. Did I mention that Jamaal dished out 13 assists tonight, and that the previous Jazz game-high was 9? (Seriously, this is the Utah Jazz and we’re one-third of the way through the season and this was the first double-digit assist game for a Jazz player the season?!) His 6 rebounds are also something to write home about.
So, about the game: Consider it a reality check. I think this is the “real” Jazz that we’ll be seeing at the end of the season, rather than the bright, shiny, winning team at home we saw last month. This month is going to be brutal.
Hope Eric Brooks is OK. He was the one to take over PG duties the first time Jamaal subbed out, and came up hobbling early in the 4th. In good news for Eric (and bad news for Jeremy Evans), Jeremy has taken over his spot in Ty’s Doghouse.
Finally, Earl Watson just blows my mind:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** David Locke: Jefferson just packed it hard. (H/T @SLCJuanB)
** Boler: Hayward needs to find his shooting stroke.
** Harpring: Golden State not deep down low.
** Harpring: You have to eliminate leak-outs.
** Harpring: Golden State likes to space you out and then attack down the middle.
One of these things is not like– Correct answer: None of the freaking above and stop using all of them immediately.