Rookies gotta learn the hard way . . .
The Charlotte Bobcats had their hands full all game long with the Utah Jazz inside the paint. The Jazz dominated inside, and finished the game with 43 rebounds, a +9 advantage. The Jazz also had 16 offensive rebounds, while the Bobcats only managed 9. The major forces of destruction were, of course, Al Jefferson (31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists), Paul Millsap (16, 5, 2, 2, and 1), and Derrick Favors (14, 7, 1, 2) off the bench. Of course, Gordon Hayward also collected 6 rebounds, Josh Howard collected 5, and well, this could go on for a while. The Jazz rebounded as a team, an that was a huge part of the game.
I can't say enough good things about Big Al, he shot 11/19 and went to the line 10 times making 9. It was a dominating performance against a team that was, well, pretty bad inside. You're supposed to beat up on the teams when you have a miss match. And Al did.
On the other side, the Bobcats got 25 points from Corey Maggette (13/14 from the free throw line, yeowch!). B.J. Mullens had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 blocks; while Kemba Walker had 19 points and 5 assists off the bench. The Bismack was sunk -- only 2 points, 9 boards, and zero blocks. And a -12 in +/-.
And the Jazz are .500. I know. Playoff Push.