Last night the Utah Jazz triumphed over the Philadelphia 76ers by the mighty score of 89-83. I have yet to watch this game, so my analysis without the eye-ball test is going to be inherently incomplete. I figured that if the other team starts Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Jason Richardson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and Nerlens Noel they were waiving the white flag from the beginning. Somehow they were up after one, up at half, and fought back in the fourth to make this a 6 point game? What?
The PopcornMachine.net guys display this for the game flow. And really, I don't know. Being up by 14 in the fourth, on the road, is a positive thing though. So perhaps I'm being a little too harsh on our players. Sure, it was Philly. But it was still an NBA team. They may not have been trying to win games this season, but I don't think that a guy like Noel or Luc Richard are out there trying to lose games. They had 10 steals between them! More boxscore musings tell me that when Jason Richardson goes 0/10 as a starter you're not going to win. But it's not like he is aiming to miss. He's just not very good anymore. (I still got love for MSU though.) As for the good guys, well . . .
|11||Alec Burks (INJ)||2||1||0||0|
|13||Ian Clark (NBADL)||2||1||0||0|
So at what stage do you think the team should start Millsap? Maybe I need to investigate this more before jumping to conclusions after just one game.
Watch the highlights of the game here, at NBA.com. Also, I would YT link to NBA.com videos or embed the ones from their site IF THAT WAS ACTUALLY AN OPTION. It's currently not, hence the need to embed illegal videos.
ANYWAY, what can we lean about our team after this win? Well, we know they can win ugly games. This is an example of the team beating a clearly inferior team; yet they still played down to their competition. That's a hallmark of a young team that is inconsistent. I think that describes the team we currently have almost too perfectly. After all, this squad has an average age of 23. That's pretty young. As for the Jazz players, well . . .
- Gordon Hayward can really score big numbers at times, while stilling finishing other games with 14 points. He has an all-around game but isn't dominant every game.
- Derrick Favors is a double double guy, and in most fantasy basketball games you need people who do more than just one thing. That's Derrick.
- And last, but not least, Rudy Gobert is a beast.
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