With the Utah Jazz's playoff hopes circling the drain Big Al Jefferson has stepped up his game big time.
In the fourth quarter and overtime versus the Sacramento Kings he put up 12 points, a rebound, a block, and a steal as well as the go-ahead points and a slam dunk dagger to seal the victory and put the Jazz back on track to stay in the hunt for the postseason and keep Utah undefeated in four overtime games this season.
Jefferson has been big in fourth quarters + overtime for the Jazz of late putting up, over the last five games:
10.2 points and 2.6 rebounds on 68% shooting from the floor.
To put his Herculean fourth quarter efforts into perspective, if he had these same numbers over the course of his usual minutes in a game he'd be averaging about 34 points and 9 rebounds per-game.
For the month of February Big Al put up 55% FG shooting and shade under 24 points plus a solid 10.0 rebounds per-game. His February + two games in March stats works out to an outstanding per-game average of:
The Utah Jazz have been in dire need of a closer. Al Jefferson has made every effort to be that man and carry the franchise into the postseason.
Jazz have recalled Evans will join the team on the Roadtrip. via Brian T Smith Twitter.
Denver is talking about Favors as well Denver Post this is not the guy on Around the Horn.
Kings lose to Jazz in Overtime Sacramento Bee.
Paul Millsap leaves game with Injury USA TODAY we all know the significance of this Injury, more playing time for Favors, and the seriousnous of the injury. If Paul Millsap were a girl, he would play through a nine month pregnancy and birth. He must be hurt, but he will probably play against the Knicks on Monday.
A Fonf farwell to Jerry Sloan- The Davis County Clipper for local authors by local authors.
Jazz Fight of Kings in O.T. SLTRIB Brian T Smith.
Working the clutch? Jazz finally able to stay in gear. SLCTRIB did you catch the irony of that title clutch as in standard transimissio and gear as in forst second and third gear. At least we aren't in reverse right?
NBA 24 second clock DN a bunch of NBA stuff in one article.
The Pink Backpacks are back fo Hayward and Evans.
Harris getting used to new offense. Brian T Smith.
What does it mean to be Open? Andy Larson Jazzbots gives a report on his trip to the 2011 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. Some really amazing stuff coming out of this conference. Espn's Henry Abbott and others share their thoughts on this as well. Be warned this is for stat geeks and those who enjoy algorythyms and analytics.
It's over, the Agony is over. Jazz Fanatical.
Kings@ Jazz game thread SLCDUNK
Sacramento Kings do so many right things, but fall in overtime. SacTown Royalty
Jazz's Bell struggles with addiction to strawberry Bubblegum. Brian T. Smith.TRIB
Tweet of the Night.
Raja Bell interview after the game FSN Video I still think that thirt minute a game for Raja is to much. He hit some big shots down the stretch, and in overtime but at what point are we going to let CJ and Gordon get a shot at those shots.
Courtesy of @Lord_Chadeous
Gordon Hayward on Powerhouse Audio Interview
Utah Jazz Vs Sacramento Kings Preview CBSSports
Revisiting Kirilenko's Stomach Punch SaltCityHoops
Speaking of @SaltCityHoops I got some interesting tweets from him last night about A.K. and next year.
I bring this up because the guys on the podcast had a heated discussion about how much AK was willing to take and whether or not he is willing to stay in Utah. I would have to imagine that the Jazz would sign him to a 4 year deal around 24 million with a 1 year team option. That also depends on how the new CBA works out. Or maybe a 3 year 17 million dollar deal with a one year team option. Something similar to Korver's contract. We will talk more about this later. It's not a fact just rumors from someone who is tied into the organization.
A Cure for the ESA woes. Interesting, this site is still calling it the Delta Center. The greatest statisticians in the world are the spreadcallers. It is interesting to see how they analyze a game purely by numbers, statistics, and algorithms.
Kings look to tighten the perimeter defense against Jazz- Sacramento Bee. In case the Kings have forgotten we don't have a perimeter game, so just let us keep shooting.
Former UW guard "rejuvenated" after his trade to the Utah Jazz. SportsMadison.com
Great piece on Deron Williams and his new apparel- Deron Williams has been freed aka The History of the Utah Jazz and headbands. JazzFanatical
The Utah Jazz Reading Contest visits happened this week and slowly pictures are getting onto the Internet and Facebook. My sister had Fransisco Elson come to her school/ Kind of a down grade from last year's AK but she said the kids loved it.
Nuggets had 25 free throws in the fourth quarter the Jazz had 12 the entire game. The refs chose not to review a reviewable play at the end of the game as well via @Moni__ this one will not sit well with Utah Jazz Fans.
Jeremy Evans has been sent down to the flash for a bit. Will probably join the team on the next road trip via Jody Genessy
AK Flying under the Radar- ESPN Fanatsy Basketball
AK Misses last second opportunity DN
The Koof is Back (on the bench) Jazz Fanatical
Sporadic Play hurts Jazz SLCTRIB
Afflalo's late three helps Nuggets beat Jazz. Daily Herald
Jazz's home losing skid is the longest since 1982 Brian T. Smith
Utah Jazz again suffer from too many missed opportunities. Andrew Aragon
Ty Corbin signs a multi-year deal- SLCDUNK
Mehmet gets the OK to return to limited practice DN
Nuggets Jazz Preview - SBR
Nuggets Jazz Preview - CBS Sports
Nearly Do-or-die time for the Jazz and the Playoffs - DN
If you have time this weekend you can head down to the see the Utah Jazz inspired art show @the Blonde Grizzly
Courtesy of City Weekly Artist is Dave Lawrenc
Jazz Fanatical Off Days
Frustration sets in for Bell SLTRIB
After the DNP coaches decision on Gordon Hayward Saturday night, I was a little bit frustrated. Especially when the 34 year-old Bell and the slumping Miles were not playing so well. The question was asked by multiple people in many different ways why didn't Gordon play. Defense was the answer that most paid analysts gave.
Here is a stat breakdown from the three of them so far this year.
Here is the link to the comparison as well.
I believe that most of us feel that CJ is the best of the three, and these numbers show it. After looking at this break down, I still can't understand why Bell is getting 30.6 minutes a game. Bell is getting 128% more of the playing time but 31% less points than Miles. That is just the with the PerGame averages. If you look at the per36 minutes stats Miles is getting double or almost 200% more productivity across the board.
I don't know if it is something that the coaching staff (before and after Sloan), have collectively decided or what, but Bell does not deserve or need 30 minutes a game.
In both the per36 stats Hayward is even or ahead of Bell in every major category except for FT%(which is a huge 15% deficit). I understand that some of these stats are going to be inflated because of playing time, rotations and other factors. However, over the past three weeks the Utah Jazz organzation and coaching staff have told/shown us that they are concerned with the future and being good for a while. Playing Raja Bell does not help that cause.
Raja Bell will be 37 when his contract ends and Hayward will barely be 23. I don't know if Hayward is the two guard of our future, however I know that he under contract until 2014/2015 with a Q.O.. I also know that Raja is not the two guard of our future.
I also think that CJ's future is up in the air as well, especially with all that has gone on the past few weeks. The Jazz have a team option for 3.7 at the end of they year. We all know that him and Deron were good friends, and that he may have been effected he most by the trade (as far as players that were here).
I am not saying that I know all the answers or any of the answers. I do know that if the Jazz are going to committ to the future, they can't do it halfway. With Raja getting 30 minutes a game that is going half way. He can still be a veteran leader from the bench or with 13 minutes a game. The Jazz have nothing to lose. We have lost or HOF coach and our best player, starting CJ and giving Hayward more minutes will be considered a flesh wound. At this point I am fine with trying anything.