November 10, 2010
ESPN / ESPN3.com / FSN Utah / 1320am
Jazz Injury Update – 11/10 at Orlando
Raja Bell (strained left adductor) – gametime decision
Paul Millsap (bruised left hip) – probable
Deron Williams – (bruised left calf) – probable
There’s no rest for the weary. After a spectacular come-from-behind overtime win against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, the Jazz move upstate and take on the Orlando Magic tonight. It will be interesting to see what kind of energy the Jazz can bring. Certain starters (ahem, Al Jefferson) should be quite rested after sitting the entire fourth quarter and overtime. (It could also be argued that Jefferson was sitting the entire game, as his 2 points seem to suggest).
All eyes are on Paul Millsap tonight after his 46 point night on NBA TV. Tonight a national ESPN audience will get a chance to see what he can do against Dwight Howard and the Magic. I predict a sluggish start from the entire team, giving up a huge lead early, making a strong run in the third quarter after making halftime adjustments, clawing back into contention late in the fourth, and then sealing the game with long 3 pointers and passes from Ronnie Price to Francisco Elson.
I’ll let the good people from ESPN Statistics give the preview. Hit the jump for more stats than you can shake a stick at:
TOP THINGS TO KNOW:
History and momentum
The Magic have won two straight and six of their last seven games against the Jazz in Orlando.
The Magic have won four straight games overall. Orlando has also won four straight home games.
There are four players in the NBA who are averaging at least 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game this season. And two of those players are in this game (Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap).
|20 PPG, 10 RPG / 2010-11 Season|
|Pau Gasol, LAL||24.1||10.9|
|Dwight Howard, ORL||23.2||11.3|
|Luis Scola, HOU||22.5||12.3|
|Paul Millsap, UTAH||20.3||11.2|
Tempo could play a huge role in this game.
Utah likes to play much faster than Orlando. Utah averages 98.8 possessions per game, which is among the league leaders. Orlando averages 93.3 possessions per game, which is in the bottom third in the league.
Jazz bench struggles
The Jazz have struggled to find bench production this season. With injuries and players leaving via free agency, the Jazz bench hasn’t been scoring very much this season.
|Fewest Bench PPG / 2010-11 Season|
The Utah frontline is among the best and most offensively gifted in basketball. Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Andrei Kirilenko form a formidable trio.
|Most points in the paint per game / 2010-11 Season|
Al Jefferson ranks eighth in the NBA in points in the paint per game at 12.0 per game. Paul Millsap ranks ninth at 11.7 per game. Utah is the only team with two players ranked in the top 10 in the category.
Paul Millsap is averaging 20.3 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game this season to lead the Jazz. Last season, Millsap averaged 11.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. His 8.7 points per game increase is the second-biggest in the NBA.
|Biggest Increase in PPG From Last Season to This Season / 2009-10 2010-11|
|min. 40 games played last season|
Paul Millsap attended Louisiana Tech. He is one of seven players in NBA history to attend Louisiana Tech. The other notables are P.J. Brown and former Jazz star Karl Malone. He has made dramatic improvement from last season to this season.
|Paul Millsap / Last 2 Seasons|
Odds and ends
Peter D. Newmann
NBA Statistics and Information Research