Game 44 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards (15-29)
:10 remaining; Enes Kanter with the bench reaction of the night.
** Tyrone Corbin on playing Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter together
We were able to play Derrick and Enes because of the size they had on the floor. And you know, that’s where we’re growing. And you know, they did a good job for the most part.
Do you think they would’ve been able to do that earlier in the season?
Not, not, you know, you saw what happened earlier. We were hurt earlier in the season, but I think the experience of the year allows us to grow into it, and it’s one of the things, we wanna make sure we maximize the moments that we have while we’re tryna be as good as we can now to get them the experience. So close games like this, situations like these at the end of the game, there’s nothing like the game experience. And l–fortunately for us, we were able to get a win.
** Enes Kanter, asked if he and Favors and the other younger players could have performed the way they did tonight earlier in the season
Yeah, definitely. Definitely.
** Kanter on Alec Burks’ Houdini-ness
When he attacks the rim, I mean, it just, you know, scoring, somehow. I don’t even know how he score. He’s like, throwing the ball, and doing something, and he’s just scoring the ball. You know, he’s doing a really good job this year, and he’s gonna keep getting better everyday.
** Derrick Favors on Kanter’s performance
He was hot tonight. You know, he got off to a good start, and you know, we kept going to him. He was making plays for us, so we just kept going to him. He had a good night.
** Marvin Williams on defending the Wizards’ frontcourt
You know, obviously, I’m undersized playing the “four,” and I think I know that. Everyone else knows that. And you know, trying to defend a good player like Nene, it was difficult. But I had a lot of help from my teammates, man. Derrick had my back every time I was trying to guard him. If you beat me, Derrick was right there every single time, and other guys were in position to kinda slow him down as well, so it was a total team effort. (1280, Utah Jazz)
Kanter and Favors’ brief handhold (H/T @5kl via @Mac_Jazz)
Random Stuff, etc.
** The Jazz have picked up power forward Malcolm Thomas from the waiver wire. Thomas was released by the Spurs to make room for Othyus Jeffers.
** People calling Nene “Nay-Nay” like he’s some ghetto hoodrat: Tyrone Corbin and Sidney Lowe.
** People that have apparently just given up and are calling Trey Burke and Alec Burks “Burke and Burke”: Craig Bolerjack.
Kanter’s on-court “adjustment”
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown on help defense: Of course, John Wall is a big load as well and they know that. (H/T @halloweenhead)
** Craig Bolerjack on Bear: He’s up all year. (H/T @5kl)
** Ron Boone: You give me enough time, I can back you in close enough to where I can get this right over your fingertips.
** Boler: How often does that big three go up, and the hard rebound comes out, and the opposition runs it down your throat.
** Boler: Gordon slows the tempo down at the 4-minute mark.
** Boler on soft (weak) Hayward dunk: I want to see that rim rattle. But Hayward does it the old-fashioned way.
** Booner on the replay of the soft (weak) Hayward dunk: He comes up with it, and he’s all alone.
** Sidney Lowe on the Jazz run at the end of the first half: It came a little later than C♥ach wanted it to, but you know, we did, we got back in it.
** Tyrone Corbin on Marvin Williams: He does a good job of giving us everything he have to bang with the guys down low, and Nene’s a load down there. He can score on a lot of big guys in this league.
** Gordon Hayward on Enes Kanter: Tonight, he was a monster down there, and hopefully we can see that again.
** Marvin on Nene: He plays hard. I had a ton of help on the backside tonight. Derrick was huge for me.
To close: Trey’s mom asks the question we were all asking ourselves at the end of the game: