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Old 04-17-2014, 04:34 PM   #797
Xiao Yao You
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Default Re: Season of the tank!-2013-14 regular season

Burke had one of the best games of his rookie campaign. His numbers were gaudy, but they belied the flair behind them. Burke had 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. While he had an uncharacteristic five turnovers, Utah was plus-19 when he was on the court, which is very impressive given the close score. Burke clearly showed why he is Jazz’s point guard of the now and the future.

He's shown he's got a future in the NBA. Rather he is a future starter for a good team remains to be seen. He's got a lot to work on. If they have the chance to draft Exum or Smart they certainly might have to consider them not to mention letting Neto go at him in the summer.

Backcourt partner Gordon Hayward’s performance typified his entire season. While he shot was errant (just 8 of 23 from the floor), his all-around game was brilliant. The swingman just missed a triple double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Derrick Favors was consistently strong all evening. He was stout on both ends of the court, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Fill-in starter Jeremy Evans may have had the best outing of his Jazz career in putting up 18 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals and three blocked shots.

Last but not least, Rudy Gobert came off the bench to make impacts defensively and offensively. He had eight points and nine rebounds in a mere 14 minutes. The future is indeed bright. The young guys look to build upon their progress next season.

This and that

- With center Enes Kanter sitting out, not only did Evans step up, but little-used big man Malcolm Thomas had his best game of the season also. He was energetic and vocal as he contributed nine points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

He may have earned him a roster spot next year with that.

- Eight Minnesota players finished in double-digits, lead by long-time Jazz nemesis Kevin Martin’s 36 points.

- All-Star forward Kevin Love came across as disinterested in the season finale, but still ended with a near triple double of his own (19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists).

- Center Gorgui Dieng, who was actually drafted by the Jazz, had just four points and seven boards. He had been averaging 15.7 points and 15 rebounds the previous three outings.

David Smith provides instant analysis for Deseret News' Utah Jazz coverage. He works for LDS Philanthropies and also writes for Salt City Hoops (ESPN's Jazz affiliate). He can be reached at or on Twitter at davidjsmith1232.

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