First it was Raja:
Resting on the Laurels of the past. Raja had the reputation of a good defender, but was clearly no longer a good defender. On top of that, he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with his jumpshot. He was clearly killing us yet his minutes weren't seeing any cuts. Thankfully, his abductor muscle became as useless as he was. Burksy made him obsolete yet Burksy's minutes remained sporadic at best. In large part due to the minutes somehow owed to this next fellow...
The Curious Case of C.J. Miles:
If there's one thing CJ Miles has remained consistent about in his odd career it's inconsistency. Truly the poster-child for streak shooters. A professional Rookie. Sure, he can light you up for 30 if he's feeling it...but you can bank on him not even showing up the next night if he does so. Then, making him even more unreliable, he has no other aspect to his game besides scoring to hang his hat on if he's having an off night. He's one of those guys that's really good when things are going well and really bad when things are tight. I don't have the figures but I'd feel pretty safe in assuming his FG% on shots taken with a ten point or more lead is double that of shots taken when his team is down 10 or more. It's called weak-minded. Not his fault, some people rise in adversity and others succumb to it. It's up to the coach to know the personalities of his players and put them in positions where they're more likely to succeed. The weak minded poster-child for inconsistency does not belong in a starting lineup. Nor does he belong out there in the 4th quarter where most games are decided. But Ty kept him in those positions until yet another injury made the right decision for him.
Earl the Pearl
I hated having to get down Earl when he came back from injury mid season. As his intensity and unselfishness was an integral part of the Jazz overcoming an early season lull. I especially didn't want to have to turn on the guy who stood up for a young Derrick Favors when he didn't dare stand up for himself. But Earl clearly wasn't himself post-injury and Jamaal Tinsley was running the offense like a fine symphony in his stead. The Jazz were rolling with Tinsley running the show as the 2nd point. With no questions asked, Earl retained his reserve role after injury. With our momentum firmly derailed Tinsley now buried back on the bench had to watch Earl drop the ball(sometimes literally). But...as is the theme here, Watson got hurt just in a nick of time and yet another win for the Injury Gods.
I can't remember a Jazz player that fits less with Jazz Basketball than this guy, "ya' know" (if you've been watching Howard's post game interviews you will most likely get the reference. He says "Ya' Know" at least 50 times per minute) Josh practically does nothing within the context of team basketball. As soon as he touches it you can bank on him firing it up regardless of the defense. Yet another past his prime member of the Jazz who's stealing minutes from promising young players. I'm fine with minute thievery if it's actually translating into team success. But as with all of these guys, IT IS NOT. His +/- is terrible I'm sure. Anywho, Josh gets hurt and the "inexperienced" replacements completely outclass him en route to a somewhat surprising playoff appearance..
And How does Mr. Corbin reward those young guys???
Back to the Bench ya go.
Howard, here's your job back. Doesn't matter if you earned it.
I don't care if the Jazz are rebuilding or playing to win now...
It's just that Ty is somehow finding a way to do neither!!!
Injuries led to Ty's only good personnel decisions. I don't want to have to root for injuries on my team. I want a Coach who's smart enough not to put us in such positions to begin with.
This is long-winded and I haven't even started on Big Al's Defense & unwillingness to do the little things. Or the decision making of Devin Harris...yeah, after 18 years of Stockton and 6 years of D-Will he is just not going to cut it. We've been spoiled with Point Gaurds and we know when we're seeing it done right. Nor have I gotten into Favors inexplicable lack of playing time. Ty, please try to suck less so my angry rants don't need to be novels. I'd like to be writing angry rant pamphlets.
Jazz Fans, don't make the mistake of praising Corbin too much for getting this far. Favors, Hayward, Burks, Millsap, Carrol, Tinsley and some long overdue 3 pt accuracy for Harris got us to the postseason, . Not Ty, he did everything he could NOT to get there by playing has-beens for far too much time all season and making the offense far too Jefferson reliant. The hand the ball to Al and stand around offense didn't win in Minny so why would it win here?
I don't under any circumstance expect to beat the Spurs in this series. But I would like to get the feeling that we'll at least go down swinging. Not just going through the motions sticking with the same rotations & gameplans that have repeatedly proven themselves ineffective against quality opponents.
Lastly, Josh Howard belongs in a Charlie Murphy look-a-like contest. Not in our starting lineup.