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The Downbeat #1877: iMack Edition

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Shelvin Mack is the engine that powers the Utah Jazz.

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WOOO.  What a game last night, huh?  I had total confidence in the Jazz the entire time.

The Jazz came back, showed resilience, and did so in a playoff setting.  The game almost reminded me of Game 7 when the Jazz played the Rockets with Deron & Boozer.  It's a lot of fun to see a young team put the pieces together and how to win.

Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors played like All-Stars and leaders.  They shouldered the responsibility of this game and brought the Utah Jazz back.  One person that has been maligned in Jazz fan circles, Trevor Booker, played the game of his life.

Upon first glance of Trevor Bookers stat line of 10 points & 5 rebounds, it doesn't look like much.  Then you see that he was a hound on the defensive end.  He had 4 assists and was a team leading +14 when he was on the court.  Credit goes to Quin Snyder who made the move to bring Rudy Gobert to the bench, who was just having a very rough game, and place his faith in Trevor Booker.  Games like that are going to happen to players and credit goes to the coaching staff to adjusting.  That substitution breathed life into Utah.

Gordon Hayward is being featured heavily in the NBA's promotion with Lean In.  Lean In is a non-profit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions.  It's pretty awesome to see a Utah Jazz player being the focal point of such an initiative and that he has a passion for it.

This is awesome on so many levels.  The Utah Jazz really hit a homerun when it came to an elite player who also represents their brand's values.  Shout out to Gordon Hayward and his family.

If you want to learn more about #LeanInTogether go to

Shelvin Mack has been the Utah Jazz's engine during this successful run over the past 5 games.  How does he stack up against players at his position over the past 5 games?

Over the past 5 games Shelvin Mack has averaged:

15.6 points, 8.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 turnovers, and 1 steal shooting 50% from three and 49.2% from the field.

That's kind of good. The turnovers are a problem, but it's forgivable when compared to the Jazz's previous point guard woes.  The cherry on top of this great play is his +/- of +10.2.  Remarkable.

So how does this compare to other point guards in the NBA over the past 5 games?

  • 5th in +/-
  • 7th in Assists
  • 4th in Field Goal Percentage
  • 5th in 3 Point Percentage
  • 9th in Rebounds
  • 6th in Turnovers (But others around his position: Westbrook, Wall, Lillard, and Lowry)
  • 2nd in Drives to the Hoop (13.2 per game)
  • 5th in the league shooting on the drive to the hoop. Shooting 60% on those drives to the hoop.
So it shouldn't come at any surprise that Shelvin Mack was doubled during last night's game.  Over the past 5 games Shelvin Mack has been one of the best point guards in the league.

Special day today.