NBA Preseason 2012-2013, Game 3:
Utah Jazz (1-1) @ Los Angeles Lakers (0-2)
The Jazz will be without Paul Millsap and Earl Watson. The Lakers without Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill. Who has the advantage? In the regular season it still has to be the team trotting out three Hall of Famers out there -- but in the NBA Preseason where coaches mix and match lineups and rest their older guys . . . it really is a toss up. The Jazz played last night and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by running, getting to the line, and stopping their three point attack. (And by playing them without Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha, Gary Paryton, Shawn Kemp, Nate McMillian, Kendal Gill, Rookie sensation Olden Polynice, Lenny Wilkins, Slick Watts, Downtown Freddie Brown, and The Sasquatch -- didn't want to make any Thunder beat writers feel slighted . . . )
The Lakers are still looking for win #1, and it could be tonight if they can break out of their shooting slump. The battle or two new looks may end up being decided by familiar tropes: the Jazz' inability to corral Steve Nash on the pick and roll, or Kobe Bryant's career long desire to torch our team.
Don't worry, the "real" game threads will have a lot more cool info here. But man, it's the preseason. I have no data to really put in a chart form here. Really the only thing I have is that the Jazz average 88.5 ppg, and give up 82.0 ppg. We shoot 39.8 fg%, while the bad guys shoot 42.0 fg%. We rebound more, have a worse assist to turn over ratio, and probably have less guys on the All-Star Ballot. What else is new?
The game is at Staples, it starts in an hour. It's not on TV. It'll be on 1280 the zone, and/or 97.5 FM.