Game 59 Jazz vs. Bobcats: The Night of the Living Enes
Just ignore the horrible execution of the Photoshop. Picture it at its full potential.
This is what good teams are supposed to do to bad teams. And yes, I am going to ignore the fact that the Jazz actually lost the third quarter and only managed to break even with the Bobcats in the fourth because Enes Kanter 22 rebounds – Charlotte Bobcats 24 rebounds is a way better stat.
In conclusion, the Jazz are pretty darn lucky they had this game between the last three and the upcoming road trip.
** Tyrone Corbin: This time of year, you really want to try as much as you can to stay away from a long losing streak. So now you’re three game, considered that, and every game is so important…As much as you can, you want to avoid losing a few games in a row.
** Corbin on Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter: We can go to them at times. We can’t give them the steady dose that we give Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Millsap] in the post because of where they are in their career. They young.
** Corbin on how he would evaluate this stretch of 15 of 20 games at home: I haven’t looked at the whole thing just yet.
** Earl Watson on what the Jazz need to do to snap out of this funk: Positive energy’s the only way we’re going to get out of where we are right now. When it builds up and it’s already a lot of pressure, everything gets micro-managed…you can just see it through our team. But it’s all about growing and building character. (KALL)
** Tyrone Corbin: It started with Earl [Watson], Randy [Foye] and Marvin [Williams]–the veteran guys. I thought the young guys did a good job of following their lead getting us off to a good start.
** More Corbin: We want to make sure we continue to grow and there are ways that we can grow and get better.
** Corbin on Enes: 23 [points] and 22 [rebounds], I think will be pretty good. Ten for 12 from the field, and, you know, we’ll get on him about the five turnovers that he had. But he played a great game, man, and he was big inside. He was, he made some great moves on the post. He came across and helped on the defensive side, other than couple mistakes he had there where he hung his guy a little bit…He made his first couple shots, although the first one was a jumpshot…When he made a mistake, he knew he made a mistake and it may have been a little fatigue or lost his focus for a little bit, but he got back on point really quick.
** Corbin on Enes having both power and range: You see a guy like Al, with his touch and his footwork down low. So [Enes] get a chance to see that everyday, and he see it in the games, so he can kind of build on his game that way.
** Enes on getting the start: That was my second time starting five. You know, my first game, Al help me a lot. You know, he just said, “That’s your first starting game, go out there and do your job.” And I did. Now, today in the morning practice, I talked to him. [He] said, “I’m not gonna go, so just do your thing, and you know, just when you catch the ball, just go fast, get rebounds. The team needs you. And try to do your best. You know, just don’t get nervous.” You know, I appreciate him a lot, you know. He help me a lot.
** Enes on his bet with Brad Jones: Before the game, we bet with Brad Jones. He said, “If you get 20 rebounds, I’m gonna five sprints.” I said, “All right, Coach Brad.” Now I got 20 rebounds, now he’s gonna run five sprints tomorrow.
** Enes on his favorite game this season: I’ll say when we beat Lakers at Lakers, it was the most fun game. [More fun than tonight?] Yeah, because I’m not worried about my scores or my points. I’m just worried about if we win the game or not.
** Enes on whether he played angry: I didn’t get angry. You know, I was just normal Enes.
** Foye on what was the key to dominating from start to finish: Enes Kanter. That’s all I got to say. Big Turk, he did his job. Jeremy Evans did his job.
** Foye on Enes and Jeremy: Jeremy’s in there everyday, at least an hour and a half before practice, lifting, playing hard, and it shows, you know? He was ready…and then Big Turk, you know, he’s always in practice playing, doing dirty stuff. You know, grabbing, setting illegal screens, but you know, it’s good to see him do it on another team.
** Derrick Favors on what he has to do to keep from getting into foul trouble: I don’t know, man. You know, one of those nights, man. I don’t want to say they’re wrong, but it’s just one of those night. [Have the coaches talked to you about tactics to keep from getting into foul trouble?] Not yet.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People still calling Alec Burks “Alex Burk”:
** According to one of the media guys covering post-game interviews, Big Al gave Enes “the largest hug I’ve ever seen” as Enes walked into the locker room. Al was also hitting Enes in the chest and pushing him around and trying not to fall over with one foot in the walking boot. Awwwwww.
** Congrats to Randy Foye on this:
And congrats to Memo Okur for being such a classy guy (Memo tweeted this when Foye tied his record):
** On this:
1) I’m sure John Stockton is beyond thrilled that Tyrone Corbin is publicly discussing his family planning methods.
2) Bahahahaha. (H/T @5kl)
** Foye’s wife and Millsap’s girlfriend delivered on the same day. Foye’s daughter is named Pilar and Millsap’s daughter is Paular (seriously). Pilar and Paular share a birthday with Jamaal Tinsley.
** That Foye is one busy dude. Apart from breaking records and being a new dad, he’s also starring in his community theater’s Shakespeare production:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on his 6’8″, 240 lbs. high school teammate: He was always inside and I was always outside.
** Hayward on Enes: He’s a monster down there, and that’s what we need from him all the time.
** Boler to Enes: Tonight, we had a word just before tip-off tonight. I said, “Why don’t you go out and go bang it, big fella?” and you did.
** Boler on Enes: He’s off to the locker room. I’m going to follow him, filling in a little bit for Brownie tonight. And this is a locker room, Alema and Coach, I don’t mind going to.
** Phil Johnson on Enes: What concerned me a little bit about Kanter having such a big rush in that first half is being able to continue with his effort in the second half. A lot of times, young players exp–you know, it’s like that first time that they get to go out there and play hard. And then they don’t have that reserve for that second half, because that’s from experience.