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Somebody Up There Likes Al- The Downbeat - # 704

Pretty special night for Al Jefferson, who dedicated last night's game to his grandmother who passed away the day before. You would have certainly given the guy a pass, if he had come out and played poorly with all that going on, but I was really really happy that it wasn't the case. Al Jefferson had one of his better shooting nights of the year. Thirty-three points on 14-18 shooting, with 12 rebounds, while going 4-4 from the free throw line.

Al Jefferson post game interview.

[Ed. Note: removed picture of Big Al posting up on Greg Monroe]


You would would be hard pressed to find 5 more likeable personalities in the NBA than Al Jefferson.

Al Jefferson also hit his first 3 pointer of his career, having missed his previous 23 attempts before hitting one last night. I think it's about time we start drawing up plays for him. It got me thinking about other Jazz players who Al Jefferson has now passed on the all time 3 pointers made list.

Utah Jazz Players to never hit a 3 pointer list (not comprehensive)

Kyrylo Fesenko

Mark Eaton

Curtis Borchardt

Jarron Collins

Utah Jazz Players who have surprisingly hit a 3 pointer (not comprehensive)

Greg Ostertag

Adam Keefe

Antoine Carr

Jose Ortiz

Carlos Boozer, although he never hit one as a Jazzman

Last year at this time, I wrote a couple of pieces on looking at lottery picks in the March Madness Tournament. I'd like to do that again, but don't know if I'll be able to.

For primers, I will just make a quick list of games this weekend with implications to the Jazz's draft prospects.

Thursday, March 15

4:40 PM ET Harvard at Vanderbilt

player to watch for:

  • Jeff Taylor, 6-7, SF, Vanderbilt

6:50 PM ET TBA at Kentucky

players to watch for:

  • Anthony Davis, 6-11, C, Kentucky
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchirst, 6-7, SF, Kentucky
  • Marquis Teague, 6-0, PG, Kentucky
  • Terrence Jones, 6-8, F, Kentucky

7:27 PM ET South Dakota State at Baylor

players to watch for:

  • Perry Jones III, 6-11, PF, Baylor
  • Quincy Miller, 6-8, SF, Baylor

9:20 PM ET Connecticut at Iowas State

players to watch for:

  • Andre Drummond, 6-11, C, UCONN
  • Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, UCONN

9:45 PM ET NM State at Indiana

player to watch for:

  • Cody Zeller, 6-10, C, Indiana

9:50 PM ET Loyola at Ohio State

player to watch for:

  • Jared Sullinger, 6-9, PF, OSU

Friday, March 16

12:15 PM ET Texas at Cincinnati

Player to watch for:

  • Myck Kabongo, 6-0, PG, Texas

2:10 PM ET Virginia at Florida

players to watch for:

  • Bradley Beal, 6-4, SG, UF
  • Patric Young, 6-9, C, UF

2:45 PM ET St. Bonaventure at Florida State

player to watch for:

  • Andrew Nicholson, 6-9, PF, St. Bonaventure

4:10 PM ET TBA at UNC

players to watch for:

  • Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, UNC
  • Tyler Zeller, 6-11, C, UNC
  • John Henson, 6-10, PF, UNC
  • Kendall Marshall, 6-1, PG, UNC

7:15 PM ET Lehigh at Duke

player to watch for:

  • Austin Rivers, 6-5, SG, Duke

9:57 PM ET Detroit at Kansas

player to watch for:

  • Thomas Robinson, 6-8, PF, Kansas

Talk of the draft gives me an excuse to highlight Bismack Biyombo, who I love and would have liked to have seen the Jazz draft at #3 last draft.

How many players in teh league can make the highlight of the night on a defensive play? And notice his technique. He jumps up and doesn't even make a play on the ball. He just blocks the rim with both hands. Awesome.

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