This past week what's that big of a deal, the Utah Jazz played just two games -- a 121-119 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks (recap), followed by a 100-96 loss on the second night of a back to back against the New Orleans Pelicans (recap). Going 1-1 isn't that great, it's not that horrible either. It was a downer to lose the last game going into the All-Star break because it snapped the Jazz' season long seven game win streak. But hey, at least this loss brings the team back to earth, and helps Quin Snyder pound into them that they have a lot of work to do still. That's the silver lining, of course. With just two games there weren't a lot of stats to look at. Furthermore, only 10 guys played during the week -- and one of them was on a 10-Day Contract. On one hand, it's interesting to see what this team could be with a healthy , , , a non-doghoused , and a called up Tibor Pleiss. On the other hand, this is STILL a team that can win on any night thanks to their starting line-up.
And just like last week, this was a mostly starting line-up kinda week.
: He played nearly 100% of the available gametime this week, and man his arms must have gotten tired. He shot fewer than 40% from the field, and less than 20% from deep. He still did his job by getting to the line and being one of THREE Jazzmen to average 20+ ppg for the week. He also added 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, and 1.5 spg. It was a nice week, even if he was missing a lot of threes. He did hit that amazing step-back off the bounce to BEAT the Mavs in OT. So without that there's zero Jazz wins this week.
: Hood had a similar week as G-Time in terms of boxscore dominance, but he had even more ppg, rpg, and the same apg. It's hard for team to defend two guys averaging 20/4/4 while hitting threes and getting to the line. That's the type of week other teams are going to regularly have when they play the Jazz. Hood also didn't shoot his best, but nearly had a 3 to 1 assist to turn over ratio. Bravo! He played in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, but he's too unselfish to actually dominate such a contest, no one on Team USA played fewer minutes than Rodney did.
: The sad thing is that people are going to forget how dominant Favors was in the NOP game. He finished the week with averages of 22.5 ppg (led the team), 7.0 rpg, and 4.0 apg. That's exception for a starting power forward today. He also shot over 60% from the field and got to the line 7.0 times a game. He's still just scratching the surface of his abilities.
: Another week, another double-double average -- this time 13.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg to go along with his 2.0 apg and 1.5 bpg. Rudy shot 80 FG% this week, got to the line 7.0 times a game, and made 71.4 FT% from the stripe. He's going to be a big problem for all teams going forward in his career on offense, and on defense.
: He continues to shoot great, even if it's not enough, .539 / .500 / .500. Sure, he could stand to get to the line more so we see a larger sample size of what he can do from there, but he's proven himself to be more than capable on the break and in the half court to deserve a larger piece of the FGA pie. He didn't get a lot of assists in this game, but he did in the BBVA Rising stars challenge (9!). Neto also led the team with +12 in +/- for the week.
: He averaged over 21 mpg this week. This is where missing three guards in your rotation hurts. He did average 4.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg last week. He had two nice blocks, the chase down one against the Pellies was a display of effort not really equaled by some other members of the team.
: Book didn't quite average 20 mpg, but finished with 5.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
: This isn't the same Joe that we saw last season.
: He played in the BBVA Rising Stars game as well this week, and his 1/6 shooting in that game wasn't impressive at all. His week with the Jazz wasn't either.
: Thank you for Rudy Gobert. Best of luck for the rest of your career!
So, who was player of the week this past week?
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