Game 27 at NOH: #$%^^&$%&$
…and Raja arguably had the best game out of any of the starters.
New Orleans was 4-23 coming into this game. Four and twenty-three. They only had nine players available. Of the five inactive players, four (Jarrett Jack; Eric Gordon; Jazz killer Jason Smith; Emeka Okafor) would have started had they been healthy.
The only player inactive on the Jazz was the newly-acquired DeMarre Carroll.
So what happened? The Jazz, who were down by 20 at one point, went out and laid an egg. They are now just one loss away from .500 and are ninth in the Western Conference. Who are they playing next? The Thunder, in Oklahoma City. Yay.
I can’t get into Alec Burks’ impressive performance right now (though I will say this. Free throw attempts: Burks–10; all Jazz starters combined–4), because I’m lookin’ at you, Ty Corbin. Put your money where your mouth is, and play the guys that earn playing time. Did your starting squad really deserve to play all those minutes in the third quarter? Jamaal Tinsley and Jeremy Evans do not deserve to rot away on the end of the bench.
At least someone had fun:
I won’t delve into what Matt Harpring had to do to get all those beads. Suffice it to say, you might find him in the next “Former Football Players Gone Wild: Mardi Gras” DVD.
** Al Jefferson, post-game: It feel like a dream. Wish I could wake up. (2)
** Al Jefferson, post-game: [Surprised Ty went with the bench down the stretch?] I’da done the same thing. The way we started the third quarter, I’da done the same thing. (2)
Random Stuff, etc.
** Some dude from ESPN tweeted out today that injury is the only thing that will prevent Rookie Ricky Rubio from becoming the all-time assist leader one day. I saw many responses from Jazz fans, but @5kl’s was my favorite:
In honor of Chris Palmer, I am going to start posting “how many to go” for each starting point guard the Jazz faces from now on. (This is completely about Palmer’s tweet, and has nothing to do with the point guards mentioned.) First up:
** Jazz broadcast text poll of the game:
** Gay Elf Defense is alive and well.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler: I’m scratching my head.
** Boler on Kaman: Strokes it. Up and in.