03 April 2012
*This post doesn’t include any stats or insights from the Jazz/Blazers game.
I don’t think too many of us enjoined last week, I don’t see why you would. The Jazz had no problem disposing of Deron Williams and the Nets, but then dropped 3 straight games vs the Celtics, Kings, and Clippers; all ugly losses. Thanks to their current slide the Jazz haven fallen out of the playoffs and have an uphill climb in order to make them.
Last Week’s Line: 7.5 points (39%), 7 assists (2.3 TO’s), 3 rebounds
While Harris wasn’t lights out from the field, he continued his much improved team play leading the team in assists for the third straight week. Harris hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been terrible either. The way he has been playing is kind of the way I expected him to play this earlier this year.
Last Week’s Line: 6.5 points (30%), 1.8 rebounds, 1 assist (.5 TO’s)
Miles had a really, really bad week. His shooting was terrible, and he was non-existent in most other areas as well. I’ve said this multiple times, but this is a crucial time for Miles if he wants the Jazz to consider resigning him. Then again, the Jazz might not have a lot of options at the wing. We could miss out on the draft, and who knows what happens with Bell and Howard. Either way, CJ really needs to up his play.
Last Week’s Line: 14.8 (43%), 5 rebounds, 2.8 assists (2.3 TO’s), 1.3 blocks
Despite all the losing, Gordon had another stellar week. He seems to have found his scoring groove, and has done a fabulous job contributing in nearly every other area. It seemed like he was the only one trying at times when the team struggled through last week. Hayward was third in scoring, third in assists, fourth in rebounds, and second in blocks (suck on that Sam Mitchell (Yes, I still am not over this)). Right now his biggest problems are his turnovers and three point shooting (2 for 10 last week) both of which he should be able to improve.
Last Week’s Line: 17.5 (57%), 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists (2.3 TO’s), 1 block, .8 steals
My man Millsap had himself another good week, and I think it’s finally safe to say that he’s back. Sap led the team in FG%, while finishing second in scoring and rebounding. If I remember correctly, he ranked third in NBA in steals per game in the month of March, just behind Mike Conley and Chris Paul, and is tied for 8th in that category for the season. Millsap’s play this last month is key for the team’s playoff chances.
Last Week’s Line: 22.5 points (53%), 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists (1.5 TO’s), 1.8 blocks, 1 steal
Al put up quite the line last week. Not only did he average a double-double and shoot over 50%, Jefferson also led the team in points, rebounds, and blocks. Right now he is the first option on our team, and if he can’t perform he tends to drag the team down with him. I think the biggest keys to his game right now are his FG%, rebounding, and defense. When he does well in all of those the Jazz are much harder to beat.
Last Week’s Line: 3.8 points (40%), 3.5 assists (2.3 TO’s), 3.3 rebounds, 1 steal
As Watson recovered from his injury, he also recovered his position backing up Harris. However Earl has not looked the same since his ankle sprain. By the time last week was over, fans were calling for his head. And it didn’t go without reason, as Watson simply couldn’t run with the bench as well as Tinsley had been doing. I love Earl Watson, he’s a fighter who brings it every night, but I do think that Corbin needs to ride the “hot hand” and go with Tinsley as the primary backup point guard. We’ll probably figure out who gets the job this week.
Last Week’s Line: 10.5 points (34%), 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists (1 TO), 1 steal (26.5 minutes)
Despite shooting just 34% from the field, Burks again was our lead scorer off the bench. He’s able to do this thanks to his ability to get to the line, which he did 23 times last week. That’s 5.8 times a game, all done in under 27 minutes (7.8 times per 36 minutes). This is Burks’ best skill (along with finishing at the rim) and it gives himself something to rely on when his shots just aren’t falling.
Last Week’s Line: 5.3 points (19%), 8 rebounds, 1.3 assists (1.3 TO’s) (20.3 minutes)
After stringing together three straight weeks of excellent basketball, Favors took a slight step backwards. He didn’t look terrible last week, shots just weren’t falling for him. He was last on the team in FG% (Thanks to a 0/13 night vs the Kings) which is a category he usually ranks high in. Fortunately he was still able to make a difference elsewhere though, as his D was great and he managed to grab 8 boards a game in limited playing time. However his role and playing have slightly decreased thanks to Millsap’s improved play and Jefferson returning to the lineup.
Last Week’s Line: 5.3 points (67%), 4.5 rebounds (10.5 minutes)
Enes didn’t get that much burn last week, but he did do a great job at bouncing back from his recently down play. Averaging half of a double-double in 10 minutes is pretty awesome. We also got a few more glimpses of a possible move he could be soon adding to his game; the mid-range jumper. The stronger he finishes out this year the better, as he could see a much bigger role next season.
Players who didn't play (very much): Jeremy Evans, Jamaal Tinsley, Josh Howard, Raja Bell, DeMarre Carroll
The Jazz only won one game last week, so it wasn't that fun picking a player of the week. It wasn’t easy either, as Millsap and Jefferson both statistically had good weeks. Anyways, I decided to go with the man who seemed to never stop trying or give up even when the team was down.
Player of the Week: Week 14
Not only is G-Time whiter than The Jimmer, he also owns more POW Awards than him. (Photo via Ravell Call, Deseret News)
Gordon Hayward: 14.8 points (43%), 5 rebounds, 2.8 assists (2.3 TO’s), 1.3 blocks
Runner up: Al Jefferson
Special Mention: Paul Millsap
Thanks to @sproul13 for weekly stats
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