|Paul Millsap, PF 33 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 24 PTS | +27
Millsap put on a clinic for off-ball movement tonight. He was finding lanes and was an easy target for Harris all night long. Millsap is an expert at finding points within the offense, which is the primary reason he could shoot 10-14 tonight.
|C.J. Miles, SF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +18
In just 21 minutes, C.J. was efficient and selective with his shots. Only seven shots in 21 minutes may represent a shift to a more cerebral style of play for C.J.
|Al Jefferson, C 32 MIN | 9-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +25
Quiet night for Jefferson, but that’s usually a good thing for the Jazz. Tonight was a perfect example of Jefferson understanding his role. He limited his jump shots, he kept the ball moving, made his moves quickly, and passed out of double teams.
|Devin Harris, PG 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 11 AST | 9 PTS | +33
Harris channeled his inner-Stockton in honor of the Hall of Famer’s 50th birthday: double digit assists in only 30 minutes and a great defensive performance on Deron Williams. Harris forced D-Will to become a perimeter shooter and thereby negated Williams’ size and strength advantage.
|Gordon Hayward, SG 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +1
Hayward didn’t shoot particularly well (ice-cold from three), and his normal energy wasn’t there. This is to be expected a night after playing a team-high 57 minutes in Atlanta.
|Earl Watson, PG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -12
Earl Watson looked rusty and out of sorts all game long. In fact, almost immediately after Harris came back in for Watson early in the fourth quarter, the Jazz stopped New Jersey’s run and extended the lead back out to ten. If nothing else, Corbin has to be considering giving more minutes to Tinsley.
|DeMarre Carroll, F 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +7
For a stretch in the second quarter, DeMarre Carroll looked like the only player on the floor who cared. He grabbed 5 boards on pure energy and even showed off a nice shooting stroke from the outside.
|Jeremy Evans, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1
It was long after the game had been decided, but Evans’ one-handed flush off of Earl Watson’s dunk was one of the only breathtaking plays of the game.
|Derrick Favors, FC 18 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -8
It’s become increasingly clear that Favors is meant for a larger portion of minutes. Favors needs time to get involved in the offense and assert himself on the boards, but on a night where Millsap was playing that well, it’s hard to fault Corbin for riding Millsap. That said, how about Favors’ putback dunk in traffic?
|Alec Burks, G 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13
Alec Burks makes buckets that maybe 10 other players in the NBA could make. Tonight, Burks had at least two of those plays, as well as some solid rebounding from the wing. He also definitively outplayed one of his rookie shooting guard counterparts in MarShon Brooks.