RADIO CALL - Derrick Favors first game winner of his NBA career on the Favors Follow. Jazz beat the Lakers
Jazz fans fire up for tonight’s big game with the radio call of Jeremy Evans alley-opp dunk from JT
Why you should listen to the 2 guys on the 12 podcast with Ian Furness
Emptying the Noggin
· I opened the broadcast tonight talking about how each era of Jazz basketball has had their first moment. If we look back at the Frank Layden lead Jazz of Jazz 1.0 we would go to the wins in the Lakers series, if we move to the Stockton and Malone era it would be finally breaking through to the Western Conference Final is 91 and the Boozer and Deron era had the huge win in Houston in Game 7. Tonight was that moment for Jazz 4.0 much earlier than anyone other than Kevin O’Connor anticipated?
· I truly hope that in some way I have been able to convey to you who these guys are and what this means to each of them. Paul Millsap was near tears as he talked to Ben Bagley after the game and then Al Jefferson was the same way in the locker-room. Jamaal Tinsley and Josh Howard had been left on the NBA scrap heap. Earl Watson pushed his optimism onto this team. Devin Harris had to regain his mojo that was stolen from him in New Jersey and ripped away from him in Dallas. The list goes on and on, each has a story, each is worth rooting for. Tonight I took a moment to walk into the locker-room to shake hands and thanks and congratulate each one of them. I felt like I did that on behalf of you.
· The Jazz have something that has made them dominating. It is the big line-up and the combination of Favors, Millsap and Jefferson together. In the 2nd quarter with 9:00 left the suns were on a 8-0 run and the Jazz went to the big line-up. The Jazz closed the next 9:00 minutes on a 24-15 run. The first part of the run was with Kanter in and it was 8-0 and then Al Jefferson and Steve Nash came in for the final 6:43 and the Jazz outscored the Suns 16-15. Then with 10:00 left in the 4th quarter and the season in the balance the Jazz went back to it. Trailing 76-75 the Millsap, Favors and Jefferson lineup ran away with a 21-6 run to clinch the game with 1:00 left. Think about this in 18:00 mins of basketball the big lineup allowed 21 points. That comes out to 56 pts per 48.
· The final numbers tonight after the last minute of garbage time with the big line-up the Jazz outscored the Suns – 49 to 28 – for the season with Paul Millsap at the three the Jazz are 304 to 232 in 148 mins.
· Al Jefferson showed his value again with the game on the line he scored 8 straight points to seal the game and give the Jazz an offensive option late in the game. His performances v. Dallas, Orlando and tonight are playoff winning worthy. It was really neat to talk to Al after the game. You can question and nit pick a lot of things about Al but his heart, desire and intention are undeniable.
· How wonderful for the man who has more understanding of this franchise and what it means to have the night he had in Paul Millsap. This night was Paul’s vindication, he can be a power forward on a playoff team. He evidentially can be a small forward on a playoff team as well.
· I am nervous to write what I think about Derrick Favors but if you have read my stuff all year you already now what I think. He will be the next Jazz all-star. He will be an all-star numerous times and the Jazz will not be sliding into the playoff at the last moment as long as he is on the team. He is dominant. He is really close to Dwight Howard, he just may be more advanced offensively.
· In 04 Dwight was 6’10.25 and 240 lbs with 7’4.5 wingspan and 9’3.5 standing reach. In ‘10 Favors was 6’10.25 and 245 lbs 7’4 wingspan and 9’2 standing reach. Favors no step vertical was 31.5 and max vert was 38.5 – Howard’s was 30.5 and 35.5 I will do more on this tomorrow but they are really close in their per minute performance as well.
· Favors was the best player on the floor. His defensive domination was crazy. The blow on Gortat ended Gortat’s night.
· Harris hit the three’s – Hayward, the 6’8 shooting guard, hit some shots but had 8 assists to tie a career high.
· The mantra all year was meaningful minutes, Hayward played 42, Favors put in 29, Burks got 11 and Kanter had 7. All of them held their own and all of those minutes are a world more valuable than anything Cousins is doing in Sac, Wall is doing in Washington etc.
· Tyrone Corbin !!!!!!!!
· Finally in February 2010 Kevin O’Connor traded the Jazz all-star with a specific plan in mind, he wanted a point guard that would allow the team to be competitive, he wanted length and athleticism (Favors) and he wanted one or two more draft picks. 14 months later the Jazz are back in the playoffs with insanely good pieces for the future. It is amazing foresight by O’Connor.
· PLAYOFFS !!!!!!
Relive the Jazz 5 game win streak with this combination of radio highlights.
Jamaal Tinsley goes through the legs of Mohhamed for two
Emptying the Noggin
· Al Jefferson was terrific tonight. He had his legs and he dominated the game. He completely took control of the game. 10 in the 1st, 16 in the 2nd and finished with 34 two short of his high with the Utah Jazz. He got matched up on some second team bigs tonight and completely dominated the 2nd team guys of the Washington Wizards. I have always wondered if there is a way to get him more looks v. 2nd team big because he needs to shot a higher percentage and tonight he did that.
· Alec Burks got solid minutes in the 2nd half and played well. He is in the rotation and I will be stunned if he is out of the rotation again this year or ever.
· The only downside tonight is that neither Josh Howard nor CJ Miles got going. The Jazz need one of those guys to get going and they both feel deeper into their abyss. Howard was 0 for 4 and CJ was 1 for 5.
· Playing 5 wings means that Hayward doesn’t play as many minutes
· Devin Harris returned closer to form tonight than we have seen in a while. Washington isn’t putting a lot of pressure on you or making you work a lot with their defense so it is not a great example but it is something. Harris had 12 points and 9 assists. This is how you are supposed to play against and inferior team and this how you get confidence in the future games. It is really important. It contrasts what the other guys struggling did tonight.
· The Jazz did a very nice job most of the night on the corralling John Wall and keeping him out of impacting the game in transition. The Jazz got back defensively built a wall on Wall and made him a outside player and that is not his strength.
· Millsap and Jefferson had 10 offensive rebounds against the worst defensive rebounding team in the NBA and that negates their transition.
· The Wizards had some of the worst sequences of basketball I have seen out of an NBA team tonight. Ouch
· No Jazz player played 31 minutes – these games are invaluable this year.
· If the league doesn’t break Jan Vesely he is going to be a nice player, he plays very hard and makes a lot of plays and impacts a lot of plays.
· Raja continues to be super.
· FEED THE PIG !!!!!! It is a phrase in the NBA used when a guy is hot and you get him the ball, Jazz did that tonight.
I spent the day going through the website popcornmachine.net and charting how are big man combos have worked this year.
Here are some of the conclusions I discovered with the +/- numbers for our big combos. Understand there is a lot of statistical noise here, with 3 other players on the floor and the opponents being different. Now that you understand that here are what I believe these numbers show
1) Jefferson and Millsap were a good combination early in the year, but something has gone wrong recently. For the season they are -3 but in the last 5 games they are -29. In the first 20 games of the season the Jazz were + 30 with Jefferson and Millsap on the floor. In only 2 of the last 11 games they have played together have the Jazz outscore their opponent when they were on the floor (+8 v. Memphis and +1 v. Lakers). Prior to that they had a 12 games stretch were they only put up 1 negative night (they were even 4 times) and outscored their opponent 7 of those nights.
2) The Kanter/Favors lineup has been a season long problem. I thought it had played well together but the numbers say otherwise. For the season the Kanter/Favors lineup is -33. They have played the second most amount of minutes together as any unit. In the last 8 games they are -14, but it has been season long. In games 1-10 they were -12 and in games 11-20 they were -7.
3) Tyrone Corbin was correct at the beginning of the year to start Favors and Jefferson. Favors didn’t play along well and the combo was -26 against the Lakers in the opener and +3 v. Denver in night 2. However since the opening night they are +9 together. They are +10 over the last 8 games. They have only played together in 19 games and over the last 8 games they have only played about 32 minutes together.
4) The nights when Jefferson didn’t play are the only real nights that Millsap and Favors have played together. Against Portland they played 26 mins and were +5; against Toronto they played 39 mins and were -9 (fading in OT), v. Philly 29 mins and they were -1. Otherwise, they have only played together in a total of 9 games for a total of about 20 minutes the entire year.
5) Jefferson and Kanter have only been on the floor together in 2 games all year for a total of 1 minute and 48 seconds.
6) Millsap and Kanter have played together 12 times this year for about 75 minutes and been ok together. They are -2 for the season.
Plus minus is a limited statistical vehicle. However, they make a claim that Tyrone Corbin should return to his orginial line-up of Jefferson and Favors as his primary frontcourt with Millsap and Favors and Millsap and Kanter getting the other time, reducing the amount of time that Jefferson and Millsap play together.
With that said, you can do that easily on X-Box how Coach Corbin does that with humans in a locker-room could be a completely different story.