03 January 2012
(AP photo/George Frey)
Utah Jazz beat the Bucks without Andrew Bogut and bad nights from Delfino and Jennings. They should have. Jazz started out well and got out to a quick lead, because they ran the offense and passed the ball. Howard left the game with a pulled quad, and Harris left the game (third quarter) with a strained calf. Millsap hurt his knee, took a run to the locker room and came back out.. circa superman.
The players on the floor during fourth quarter were: Tinsley, Burks, Jefferson, Favors, Miles.
Jazz closed out the game with Jefferson, Burks, Miles, Watson, and Millsap.
Alec Burks Played 28 minutes- he made some mistakes on both ends of the floor, but had an overall good game. He is not afraid to go to the rack and hit 7-10 FT's the most attempts on the team. He plays good defense and moves his feet well. He added six dimes one the offensive end.
Derrick Favor's Five Blocks- It's not just the number of blocks, but where and when those blocks are made. Favors is leading the team in blocks after tonight. The Utah Jazz lead the league in blocks so far this year.
The Late EarlyOop- With less than a minute left in the game Watson and Evans hooked up on the now routine alleyoop play. Evans goes up the foul line like he is going to set a pick and curls back towards the hoop and finds the ball in mid air for the dunk. Everyone in the building new it was coming except for the back up center for the Bucks.
Millsap and Jefferson DD's Millsap finished with 12 and 13 and scared Jazz fans when he went down with a hyper-extended knee, but in classic Millsap fashion he went back to the tunnel and ran around for a minute and came back onto the floor. Jefferson started hot last night on a bunch of different shots and had 19 in the first half and finished with 26-10. Many of his baskets were on moving shots or cuts to the hoop. The offense is not even close to perfect but the Jazz had a great run from the 7 minute mark of the first to the 5 minute mark in the 2nd.
Bucks without Bogut- The Jazz should have easily beat the Bucks without Bogut, especially when Jennings and Delfino combine for 4-26 and 10 points. Yes a win is a win and it was good to see the young guys work through a bad stretch in the fourth quarter, but they should have won by 20.
Injuries to Harris and Howard - In the post game interview Ty did not say exactly how long the guys would be out. Harris had an ankle tweak and Howard and a quad strain. It sounds like they may be day to day and should be ready to go by Friday night.
Slugish 3rd Quarter- Crappy third quarters have been a problem all year long. The most frustrating part about it is that its hard to say what the problem is. Here they are LA-15, Denver-20, Philly-18, SAN-21, NO-20, MIL -19 Average third quarter is 18.83 points. I don't know if the Jazz are not making adjustments, or if they are just tired, or if they are lazy or what. It is very frustrating.
A win is win...
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