Phil Naessens had me on the show again this week, and this is a special podcast because we have J.A. Sherman talking about the Oklahoma City Thunder, and then at the end of me, talking about the Utah Jazz. Catch it all here, or listen below (my part finishes the show at 39:04).
I am worried about the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a) at home, and b) have lost six straight games. The Best Jazz teams from the Deron Williams era would lose this game. Maybe that colors me perception of what's going to happen tonight. This is, still, a game that the Jazz should win.
Listen to it to get the straight dope on this game, and more topics, such as:
- The move from 'playing poorly and losing' towards 'playing pretty well, and barely losing'
Rodney Hood still out . . . but he's going to help when he does return, and seems to be delaying hitting the rookie wall
- Over reliance upon the starting lineup (Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, and Derrick Favors), or a better chance to evaluate talent
- Which players are playing hot right now? (Side note: full post on this subject here including some guys we haven't talked about on the podcast)
- Derrick Favors vs. Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka
- Gordon Hayward is a fantasy money-maker
- #UTAatOKC notes -- no Kevin Durant and no Russell Westbrook
- Giving head coach Quin Snyder a letter grade after 15 games
- Thee Marquee Match-up between Reggie Jackson and Trey Burke
- Does Dante Exum motivate or cause a reason for stress for Trey Burke?
- The next few games against the Clippers, Nuggets, and Raptors
- The Western Conference = the Bestern Conference
- The education Chris Paul is giving young point guards is precisely what our young point guards want
- Being "young enough to not be afraid."
Thanks a lot Phil for having me on the show, and thanks to you fans for listening! And have a happy Thanksgiving!