March 28, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Utah Jazz forward/center Al Jefferson (25) is guarded by Boston Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett (5) during the third quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
SBNation Boston's Gethin Coolbraugh feels Jazz slowly but surely finding rhythm
If you plotted the expected wins for this team before the season started with the actual reality of where we expect to finish (at least higher than the .500 many people expected) you would see that perception does not always lead towards reality. A big part of that has been the Jazz's internal improvement. The guys are still a cobbled together roster of cast-aways and one-off deals with little talent balance (4 of our top 7 guys are power forwards); however, they have gotten better at playing with one another. This is perhaps an understatement.
Last season Devin Harris was out of sorts, Big Al Jefferson did his Minnesota thing, and Paul Millsap broke down during the stretch run. This season Harris is leading a late season surge, and Jefferson and Millsap are looking for each other on offense, and helping each other out on defense.
We've gone years w/o a Jazz team that played it. And as Coolbraugh reports, our team may be slowly turning into one.
"Utah isn't exactly known as a defensive stalwart, allowing an average of 98.8 points (22nd in the league). That number has actually gotten worse in March, as Utah is allowing 101.5 points on average (that number is inflated by the Jazz' 139-133 quadruple overtime loss to the Hawks. Take that game away, and they are allowing 99.1 points). Nevertheless, the Jazz have done enough to get the stops they need to win." - G. Coolbraugh
Check out the rest of his great article at SBNation Boston. And say hi to him on twitter here @GethinCoolbraugh