The Downbeat #1003: RIP 2012-2013 ENES Edition

An Angel Sent From On High. - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He was so young. WHY? WHY? WHY?

WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? HE WAS SO YOUNG! Sorry, so many raw emotions.

I will miss seeing Enes Kanter mixing it up every game. It's a testament to his work ethic that this injury is a significant blow to the Jazz's playoff hopes. He has improved his game in every single way this season. He's fun to watch. His intensity is amazing. Is there any way we can livestream his training sessions with Karl Malone this summer? The cost doesn't matter. I'll pay to see it.

Here are Kanter's numbers for this season and his PER 36.

All I can say is next year is going to be so much fun when he plays more than 15 minutes a game. Of course I said that last year but I digress. RIP Enes Kanter's 2012-2013 season. You will be missed.

Lets doves out of cage with Elton John's "Candle in The Wind" playing in the background.

Now for some good news. We will get to see some more Jeremy Evans. Albeit it will be 15 minutes of Jeremy Evans but look at these unsustainable amazing numbers!

Even though we won't see Jeremy Evans explode like he has in previous games when he has received minutes it will be a pleasure to watch him posterize opponents and leap out of the building. Though Kanter will be missed--Rest In Peace 2012-2013 Kanter-- we will get to see Jeremy Evans being Jeremy Evans. We can all agree that it could have been a lot worse. [See also Jarron Collins and other goofy 7 footers signed to minimum contracts by the Utah Jazz.]

So did you know the Jazz have outscored opponents in the 1st quarter for the past 4 games? I'M NOT LYING! No, you're the liar. No, you. Fine. [Sissy slapping fight] Mo Williams says they've been actually running plays for once in their life doing something different on offense:

"I think we're coming out and we're running different stuff than we usually run. More and more pick and roll situations. We're going to eventually go to Al — a lot. I think it's better when we come out and we get some pick and rolls, which we have, and kind of getting Gordon going early, getting him in motion, getting some ball movement. Getting bodies moving, instead of just coming in and going to Al. The perimeter first shots or the jump shots, those are tough."

Credit: Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune

Amazing. When you have a diversified offense teams have to adjust. Who knew? It's like this stuff is witchcraft. Next they'll say long jumpshots are inefficient and Al's post offense is a waste of a possession. Good for them.

Last night Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse had a monster game on a national stage. Why do I say that? Well he's a point guard and the Jazz are in the market for one. Here was his line last night:

24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 steals, 1 turnover on 9-19 shooting and 3-6 from three.

Yes only one assist. But the point guard position is evolving. You can bet the Jazz could use that kind of production from the point guard position.

The Jazz are only a half a game out of the playoffs behind the Los Angeles Lakers with the Dallas Mavericks hairy as a caveman on steroids hot on their heels. This is going to be an exciting end to the season. So for the poll today who do you think is going to make the playoffs out of those 3 teams? Also in the comment section write your realistic dream scenario for the Jazz's final few games of the season. What would you like to see occur? Also, what was your favorite Enes Kanter memory from this year?

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