The Utah Jazz keep on keepin' on, on this East road trip and will face the Toronto Raptors tonight. T-Dot is like Boston, but better across the board. is better than Isaiah Thomas. DeMar DeRozan is better than Avery Bradley. Luis Scola is better than Amir Johnson. And is better than Jared Sullinger. They have a better bench, a better home record, and is a way better team. The Jazz had trouble finishing the game against the Celtics. They will have trouble staying with the Toronto Raptors. T-Dot has the 5th best ORTG and 11th best DRTG. Utah isn't far off with the 13th best ORTG and 12th best DRTG. But the disparity on offense is what's going to be explored here tonight.
Toronto isn't fast (27th in pace), but they have two guys averaging 20+ ppg for the season (Lowry and DeRozan), and they get to the line a ton. If the Jazz can play defense without fouling then things could be okay.
Utah has to slow the pace down, and control the glass. That's been the killer of late. And it's a team rebounding thing, not just aand thing. (This is probably where they miss a bit more than we would think.) If Utah can do those two things, and minimize transition opportunities, they may have a chance to stick with the Raptors.
There's noout there, so needs to have a huge game. We're almost at that point where in order to win we need a better than average performance from our best player every night. Nothing easy.
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No Dante Exum. No Alec Burks. No DeMarre Carroll. and in the DL. It's not to be interesting to see which bench shows up. For me if goes buck-wild again, that's great. If Trevor Booker is back and Lyles doesn't get to play -- that's bad for development. (Read Skinner. Read Piaget. I'm not wrong.)