|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.
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|Paul Millsap, PF
28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +15
Paul Millsap is playing fantastic basketball. The Jazz outscored the Nets by a brutal 64-26, with Millsap and Jefferson doing most of that heavy lifting. The ferocity of Millsap’s dunks is back, and I like it.
|Gordon Hayward, SG
23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +13
Hayward threw a pretty, pretty bounce pass through traffic on a fast break that was a thing of beauty. He should probably get an “A” just for that.
|Al Jefferson, C
23 MIN | 9-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +15
Another solid game from Jefferson, who finally went up-and-under instead of relying solely on his shot-put shot. Also had a beautifully unnecessary piroette on a scoring move.
|Raja Bell, SG
22 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +9
A visit from Bell’s muse Kobe Bryant earlier in the week seems to be the secret to awakening his inner NBA starter. For the second straight game he got out to a fast start and played well the entire game.
As @djjazzyjody tweeted a great quote from Gordon Hayward after the game: “It was a lot of fun. When Raja’s getting ‘and-one’ dunks, you know you’re having a good time.”
|Devin Harris, PG
24 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 2 PTS | +12
A quiet night for Harris, but he did a nice job harassing Deron Williams into poor shooting.
|C.J. Miles, SF
18 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +5
CJ finally had a big game, notching a season high in points and rebounds.
|Derrick Favors, FC
27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +4
Not really an “A” game for Favors, but he gets the “A” for picking up his first assist of the season. Favors has faded from the spotlight a bit lately, but the team effort tonight was tremendous. His poor free throw percentage (56%-ish) seems to be in his head a bit, making him try to avoid going to the line.
|Enes Kanter, F
19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -8
Kanter is second only to Dwight Howard in rebounds per 48 minutes and made great use of his time again tonight. He tied his career high of 7 points, too.
Five Things We Saw
- Nice to see so many people track down Mehmet Okur after the game to say hello and offer their best wishes.
- “Boo-gate” was the topic of conversation during the first half as Deron Williams was booed every time he touched the ball. Interestingly, the reaction seemed to grow as fans seemed to pick up on the trend. There was a definite feel of “Oh, wait, we’re booing D-Will? I had no idea, but ok.” Thankfully the game got out of hand and the boo-ers got bored. As I tweeted during the game, I’m anti-booing regardless of the situation. I’m also convinced that D-Will was more “straw that broke the camel’s back” rather than “guy who forced a Hall of Fame coach to retire mid-season.” Jerry Sloan is tough enough to handle one guy; there’s a lot more to that story than just D-Will.
- Tonight is the two-year anniversary of the incredible Sundiata Game against Lebron and Cavs, but Sundiata Gaines didn’t really want to dwell on it after the game. “That was two years ago,” he said. So sentimental!
- There were moments in the game when the Nets had four former Jazz players on the floor and missed a great opportunity to create the illusion of an intrasquad game. Thanks a lot, Avery.
- I did not expect Kris Humphries to be the best ex-Jazz player for the Nets.
A long NBA season is punctuated by important nights that fans recall for years and show the identity of the team. And in between those important nights, the teams play the Nets.
A Wednesday is the most appropriately mundane day of the week, and seemed appropriate for a 98-88 win by the Utah Jazz at home against New Jersey. Paul Millsap picked up his fifth double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. All five Jazz starters scored in double digits. And both teams missed a million shots near the basket.
The game will be remembered mostly for Gordon Hayward’s first real dunk, a thundering left handed finish that brought the crowd to its feet.
Brook Lopez played well in the first half and scored 17 points but was held scoreless the rest of the game. Anthony Morrow took over in the second half when he scored 16 of his game-high 24. Even with the slow second half, Utah coach Jerry Sloan had high praise for Lopez.
One the Jazz side, the aforementioned starters played well but the bench was nearly non-existant. Earl Watson was honored on the JumboTron as the sub of the game after posting an epic line of 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 points. The entire bench combined for an evenly-distributed, but abysmal, 10 points. No bench player scored more than 2 points.
CJ Miles left the game in the second quarter with a strained back and didn’t return. He’s listed as day-to-day, but really, aren’t we all day-to-day?. The disappearance of Kyrylo Fesenko continued as he picked up the DNP-CD after apparently suffering a concussion on Monday against the OKC Thunder. After the game Fesenko changed quickly into street clothes and hurried out but claimed to be fine when asked about his health.
Not to get cute, but it was odd to see so many Nets players who still have strong identities on former teams now playing in new jerseys. Jordan Farmar will seem like a Laker for a long time. Devin Harris still looks like he should be representing Dallas. Anthony Morrow is so Golden State. Travis Outlaw was eponymous for the end of the Jail Blazer era in Portland. And Kris Humphries is still in the league?*
*Kris Humphries is not only still in the league, he is starting. No small feat for a man who was once traded by the Jazz to Toronto for Rafael Araujo.
Up next for the Jazz is a Friday visit by their old nemesis, the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are dealing with the fallout from the announcement that Tony Parker and Eva Longoria are getting a divorce. It will be interesting to see how the media circus that is sure to follow will affect the play of the frenchman. Parker could have avoided this mess entirely had the Jazz taken him in the 2001 draft instead of going with the injury-plagued Raul Lopez.