16 December 2009
If the Jazz win tonight, they will pick up a game in the win column (keeping them ahead of Portland) and will hopefully start the team off on the right foot of the Christmas Road trip. If the Utah Jazz lose, which is unlikely but possible( Minnesota twice, Houston, OKC, Sacramento) the NYK will move closer to the number one pick.
The Nets are actually pretty good statistically in some categories, compared to the Utah Jazz -which are highlighted below. The Nets as a team actually rebound better than the Utah Jazz but both teams are pretty bad in overall rebounds.
||Key Team Stats
||Fouls Per Game
They are very bad in some very important categories.Their FG% percentage and PPG are last in the league in both categories. They are shooting 27% from three point land which is also last in the league.
So if I am the Utah Jazz my game plan is- to go under on screens guarding the role/slip off the pic, pack the paint with AK, Boozer, Millsap and Memo. Make sure that Deron, Wesley, CJ and Ronnie crash the boards. With the Nets all crashing the boards we should have some leak out dunks and fast break points should be around 20. Make the Nets beat you with jump shots and threes which they obviously can't do because they are 2-23. I see only one player that can win this game for them tonight and that is Devin Harris. He is the type of player that gives Deron problems, speedy slashing guard.
The Jazz will be able to do whatever they want on the offensive side of the ball. If they execute @ 65-75% they will win this game handly. I am actually excited to see the Lopez kid and how he handles Memo away from the basket. Pulling him out will spread the offense and allow RB, DWill and Matthews open lanes to the basket.
As of writing this I don't know if CJ is playing tonight or not, I will post it when Locke Reports lineups.
With Monday's game D-Will passed Boozer as the leading scorer on the team. I don't like this. I realize that he has put the team on his shoulders the past weeks or so but the Utah Jazz are better when he score between 14-20 not 26-38 just my thoughts.
Jazz win 101-92
Deron - NBA Player of the Week
Links of the Day- Nets are closer to moving to Brooklyn.
Minny talking about their win.