Kevin Arnovitz over at ESPN's TrueHoop (normal scribe Henry Abbott is on vacation) gives the Jazz a lot of love in this Tuesday piece. A few highlights:
I realize that most people don't watch basketball to see flex cuts and flare screens, but for those still mourning the death of systematic beauty in Phoenix, spend some time watching Utah this season. By no means are they as lovable as the c. 2005-2007 Suns and the aesthetics are different but they're running some beautiful stuff...
Millsap, among whose primary assets is his ability to guard virtually all five positions, took over the game on the offensive end. He scored 15 consecutive points for Utah ... on ugly putbacks, graceless but effective drives to the hole, and by forcing his way to the line. [He also profited from Tim Thomas' abject negligence.]
There has been a long-standing, prevalent notion that the Jerry Sloan/Jazz offense is, and always has been, slow, stagnant, and built on physical, ugly play. That may have been the case at times with the Stockton-to-Malone years, but it is certainly not the case any more. And it's nice to see some national writers disabusing that notion. Cheers, Kevin.