11 November 2008
So Jerry is stuck with a crazy decision tomorrow night, who do you start in place of Memo and how do run the rotations. Here are the three scenarios I see happening.
#1 Start Boozer @ the 5 Milsap @ the 4 and the other three starters as usual. You would have to bring Koufos or Collins in for Milsap and then slide Boozer over to the 4 for a couple of minutes and bring Milsap back in to give Boozer a rest because this is the first of a back to back.
#2 Start Collins or Koufous in Place of Okur take the hit on offense during the first quarter and then run the usual rotations but in the fourth keep Milsap on the floor giving him about 37 minutes.
#3 Start Boozer @ the 5 Ak @ the 4 which is a bad match-up against E.B. and then run rotations as usual running Running Milsap in Ak's spot and Korver in his regular spot. In the fourth quarter you have Boozer @5, Milsap @the 4, AK@ the 3, Korver/Brewer @ the 2 and Good Knight@ the point.
I would feel really comfortable with any of these scenarios if D-will was back, however all of these situations cause some bad match-ups for the Jazz. Okur is not going to be back until after the road trip, making this an ugly week for us for sure.
We HAVE to have a big game from Booz tomorrow night I'm taking 29 15 or something like that. The bench needs to get somewhere in the 45 point range, It's possible but I don't think it will happen. Start Iguodola and Young if you have them on your fantasy team they could have a huge night.
I'm looking back to last year's Christmas road trip without Okur and not having him, killed us, basically keeping us from home court throughout the playoffs. In May/June we could be looking back to this week without Okur and say yup that's the week that killed us.
Wait,Wait, what about the Korver factor, I don't think Korver will go off on his old team, but just maybe, just maybe their are a few of his old Philly groupies that took care of him last night and he goes postal on 76ers. By postal, I mean, 25 points 6-9 from the three point line or something crazy like that.
Prediction--- 76ers 108 Jazz 92. Boozer has a big game but not big enough.
Matchup of the night--- Um......................all of them.
Stat of the night---The Utah Jazz are 3-9 over the past three seasons without Okur. Here is to hoping that goes to 4-9 after tomorrow.
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