Okay, this last week was a little different. The Utah Jazz were scheduled to play four games, but due to weather ended up playing only three. Each game was on this Eastern road trip, but also due to the schedule the team had a night off between each game, and the only back-to-back game was removed -- @ Washington Wizards. Irony means that down the line the replacement game may be a third game in three nights, but hey, that's just how it goes. The Jazz lost game won 124-119 to the Charlotte Hornets in double OT. Then they lost game two to the New York Knicks 118-111 in single OT. Thankfully they figured things out and ended up winning the last game, 108-86 over the Brooklyn Nets. A 1-2 week against three teams, easy games, in a week the team should have gone 3-0. I get it, we want some points for going to three OT periods -- but it shouldn't have been that close. The Jazz laid and egg against the Knicks, they should have won before the buzzer, and started OT shooting 0 for 4 and were behind the entire time. And the Jazz really should have beaten the Hornets. So. Many. Different. Times.
For the team it was not a successful week. For some of the players? It was amazing.
- (3 games, 41.1 MPG): Dude was straight up a monster this week. Seriously, 28 ppg while shooting .509 / .500 / 1.000 . . . that's amazing efficiency. He also dished out 7.7 apg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 spg during this stretch. Kid was an All-Star this week. No doubt.
(3 g, 36.6 MPG): Hood averaged 18.7 ppg which is awesome. Though, he shot .396 FG% and .364 3PT% -- these aren't really starting shooting guard values, but dude, it's not easy to average 19. Hood did it. Gotta respect that. He also filled the box score with 5.7 rpg and 3.3 apg while posting a 3.33 to 1.00 assist to turn over ratio. These are Gordon Hayward numbers from a few seasons ago.
- (3 g, 38.2 MPG): Gobert was big, missing a double double by a hair -- 11.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg. He also added 2.7 apg, 2.3 bpg, and 4.00 to 1.00 assist to turn over ratio, for a bigman that's amazing. He also shot 60.0 FG% for the week. These are the numbers you want from your game changing force in the paint.
- (3 g, 28.8 MPG): Burke shot .442 / .438 / .800 this week, and averaged 16.3 ppg off the bench this last week. He also added 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, and had an 8.00 to 1.00 assist to turn over ratio. This is mostly mistake free basketball now for Trey. And it's really fun to watch.
(3 g, 27.2 MPG): Booker is playing big minutes and averaged 9.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg this week. Seriously, wow. A near double double off the bench in fewer than 30 mpg. You kinda have to recognize that's much better than so many other bench bigmen in the NBA right now. He did shoot .440 / .250 / .833 which wasn't that amazing. He also racked up 2.3 turn overs a game and a 0.29 to 1.00 assist to turn over ratio; well, he wasn't great in crunch time.
- (3 g, 26.1 MPG): Lyles also averaged 9.3 ppg this week as well, which is a lot less than the 17 he had last week. He shot 62.5 3PT% for the week and made 1.7 threes a game. While he had only 5.7 rpg, he did round out the rest of the box score with 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, and 0.7 spg. That's a far cry from what we expected of him from the beginning of the season.
- (3 g, 23.0 MPG) Neto is good, you can tell how different the team is when he's on the court. His +14 in +/- was the best on the team this week, and he averaged 7.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 rpg while also posting a 8:00 to 1:00 assist to turn over ratio. It like how he and Burke both had a 8 to 1. Not bad for your point guards.
Joe Ingles really isn't playing much anymore, and I really don't get it. Is Johnson really that much better? played 3.0 mpg this week. Hooray! J.J. O'Brien is making the most of his 10 day contract so far this season . . . he got into one game and played 1.8 mpg this week. I don't know what to think of him so far, but his 10 day is going to expire pretty soon. I feel like he was more of an insurance policy for this four game trip that turned into just three games.averaged 9.00 ppg while shooting .222 / .000 / .714. Not really shooting guard material Part 2. shot 87.5 FG% this week, and his 100 FT% made him the fourth player this week to do that, after Hayward, Hood, and Neto.
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