06 November 2009
I can't think of a regular season game that meant so much to the franchise, the players and the fans. Deron Williams
and Carlos Boozer
had huge nights and the Utah Jazz
bench chipped in 27 points 12 of which cam from rookie Wes Matthews Jr.
Defensively the Jazz held the Spurs to 43.2% from the floor and had nine steals, 5 blocks on their way to scoring 113 points. The most by a Utah Jazz team against the Spurs since 1997.
The Jazz made some very important adjustments at half time to try and slow down Tony Parker. Parker had 17 points in the first half and was not be stopped on his penetration to the hoop. In the second half the Jazz ran two defenders under the screen on the pick and roll usually AK or Memo to stretch Parker out on the pic.
Boozer already has three blocks this year, you may think eh so what. In 38 games last year he had a total of seven. So there is a little sign of improvement on the Defensive end.
Deron Williams has made a conscious effort to rebound the basketball and it shows in his stats. Deron is averaging five rebounds a game through five games, last year he averaged 2.9 for the season. His assists are down a little but that may be due to the fact that he is not releasing on the opponents missed shot because he is crashing the boards. Just a thought.
Wes Matthew Jr. played a great game tonight. He set the tone right when he came in, he played physical defense and took the ball strong to the rack.
Offensively the Jazz looked incredible and for most of the game were able to run and set plays they wanted to run. A few times Doug Collins mentioned that the Jazz were the best team in the NBA at getting one pass baskets of dead balls. I agree.
This win will the give the Jazz confidence and if you add that confidence with a Sacramento win maybe, just maybe we can go into MSG and finally pull out a win against the Knicks which will count as two games because of the first round draft pick that they gave us.
The Jazz and their fans needed this win tonight.