The Utah Jazz are now 0-2 since they told their guys, “We believe in you! We’re sticking with you! No trades!”
1. Seriously, what harm would come from just starting Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, DeMarre Carroll, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter? Just for one game. You don’t have Mo Williams back yet; the starting lineup keeps digging holes. It’s ridiculous. Al Jefferson, bless his heart, was -13. Enes Kanter was +14 and only had 12 minutes of playing time. (12 minutes?) Earl Watson got the start and was -11 in 20 minutes. Alec Burks was +8 in the other 33 minutes. But do not ask Ty about plus/minus!
2. (Jim Mora voice) PLAYOFFS? Are you kidding? Playoffs? The Jazz are now only hanging on to 7th place by half a game. Had Houston won their last game, the Jazz would now be in 8th. The Jazz need to figure something out, or we’ll be exactly where we were last April – wondering if it would be better to get swept in the first round again, or just miss the playoffs to have a slightly better draft pick.
3. Kevin Garnett is one of the dirtiest players in the game! It’s not just his trash-talking, which crosses lines no decent human being would cross, it’s the way he cheats all game. He grabs, he elbows, he pushes, he gets away with it because, well, he is who he is. I don’t remember KG ever being this bad in Minnesota, but in Minnesota, he didn’t win a ring. (And I am not talking about his deliberate foul on Millsap with four seconds to go. That was just flat-out smart.)
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being showing players how to levitate an X-wing out of a swamp, and 10 being that guy at the end of the table who says, “Shouldn’t we try to bring Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson on the same team?”, Ty gets a 3. It was a tough loss, but really, there’s not much there to complain about in this one game. Starting Earl Watson instead of Jamaal Tinsley – “There! See? I can mix it up!” – was funny, but it meant Burks getting more minutes trying the PG spot.
Derrick Favors needs consistent minutes to get better, but he didn’t do much to keep himself on the floor. He played 18 minutes and had 5 fouls and 4 turnovers. Gordon Hayward was a stud all night but he missed his five last shots.
The Jazz and Celtics battled back and forth, but the Celts’ vets are better. Their vets led their team to a ring; our vets have a first-round exit. Their vets are multi-time All-Stars; our vets have almost been All-Stars a couple times. Our one All-Star on the team is out injured. And somewhere on the #FireDoc scale, Doc gets a 2.