Can this be possible? The Jazz just won five games by coming from behind to snatch victory from the cold grips of the early season woes that have plagued other 'promising' teams. When it was at it's worst, somehow the Jazz found their brass and were able to muster a tune that was enough. Then the OKC game, which was literally taken on the chin, which I guess you could expect after a road trip like that. I don't think the punch in the mouth doesn't mean the Jazz weren't prepared, it just means they weren't prepared for that. The Jazz, and everyone, wanted a better called game, we wanted our poetry in motion; and that was a sucker punch.
At least there is some hope as the five 'miracle' games point out. There is promise this year that hasn't been there in years past. We have Big Al, who is finding his spots...we have hayward, whose development seems to have been put on hold as situations settle. Hayward is starting tonight, what should we expect from him. I'd expect him to play off big Al if he wants to have more impact. Big Al can help hayward find his spots, down the chain of command. Not that this is a suggestion of a heirarchy of leadership as much as a team concept of good looking out. When the good looking out happens on defense and we have smart players making choices on offense to create more offensive opportunity, we have our poetry. What I mean is that within the system, each choice a player makes effects the outcome of the whole play; so being smart and being aggressive means making choices that the system dictates and what dictates the system is passing and screening, these things showcase each players unique skill set within a system, without a system we either have a tyranny or a collection of isolated universes. However, someone said that what we have here though is mashed potatoes.
The collective skill set of this team is above those of years past, and it doesn't really needed to be pointed out that those skill sets will take some time to mesh. Those five miracle games point out the talent this teams has, while getting dropped by okc shows that there is some relearning to do in terms of toughness. We have tough players out there in the floor, but getting dropped by OKC after a road trip like that was a problem of past Jazz teams, wait, a road trip like that would've never happened with past Jazz teams....there is some relearning to do in terms of toughness.
Mashed potatoes are fine,but they aren't tough like their inner potato spirit. So, with our Jazz, they need to relearn what it means to be along side a steak. What we know, and sloan knows, that you can't see on the floor right now...we see the steak and potatos, while sucker punches show we're still hooked on gerber.