Game 59 at HOU: Our white guy > all of their white guys
What we learned tonight:
1) Once Gordon Hayward moves up in the Jazz’s pecking order (i.e. when he’s no longer the fifth option in the Jazz’s usual starting lineup) and becomes consistent (which should come with age and experience), he’s going to be damn near unstoppable. The best part is, he’s going to continue being our little secret because everyone thinks every display of athleticism by Gordo is a fluke.
2) DeMarre Carroll: solid on defense. Nice.
3) Sharing the ball and moving around like living beings achieves better results than iso’s down low and standing around like statues. Imagine that! Jamaal Tinsley, incidentally, deserves so much credit for the former, rather than the latter, happening tonight.
** Poor Jeremy Evans:
** Blake Ahearn: People look at you and I’ve heard before [that] I don’t pass the “eye test.”…I was in San Antonio and the stewardess asked if I was Matt Bonner’s friend just along for the ride. So that’s the thing I deal with, but when I step on the floor, usually when the buzzer sounds I’ve earned people’s respect. That’s just due to my hard work. (KFAN)
** Big Al, post-game: Every time Gordon play the way he played tonight, every time he the leading scorer, we win. I don’t remember one time he been the leading scorer and we lost.
** DeMarre Carroll, post-game: This team, we like brothers…everybody hang out with everybody. We just bond together. Everybody got each other back and everybody cheering for you. You see the three veterans, Raja, Josh, holding down the bench screaming louder than coach. It’s just a fun atmosphere to be in.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Harpring: Al leaking out.
** Boler: Scola got that tip by an inch. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Boler: Big Al puts it up, and it’s a little to the left. (H/T Mr. and Mrs. @bjcseven)
** Harpring: Favors seems much more comfortable going to his left hand.
** Harpring on Millsap and Hayward: Coach Corbin’s gonna play them til their tongues fall out.
** Boler on Hayward: He’s doing it all, on both ends.
** Boler: Tinsley fires up a shot. Big. I mean, BIG. Just a little pregnant pause there, Matty, and just pops that shot.
** Boler: Kanter got a piece. (H/T @SurlyMae)
** Boler: Penetration. That’s what it’s all about in the 4th. (H/T @da_breezman and @allthatamar)
** Boler to Carroll on Hayward: Gordon Hayward grows and you’ve watched him grow… (H/T @SurlyMae)
** Boler to Al on Hayward: What’s it like to watch him grow? (H/T @SurlyMae)
** Boler to Harris on Hayward: Is it fun to watch a guy grow? (H/T @Mac_Jazz and @80walker)
** Harris on Hayward: He’s continuing to grow, and he’ll continue to get better the older he gets.
** David Locke (H/T @BrianBonks):
** Kevin Arnovitz (H/T @YuccaManHoops):