With the exception of Donovan Mitchell‘s inefficiency and Ricky Rubio‘s downright awful shooting, Utah’s starters and key bench players Jae Crowder and Alec Burks have all been playing extremely well lately. If they maintain the trends they showed at home against Dallas and Boston, and on the road in Memphis, then I’m expecting a big win for the visiting Jazz.
Morey’s description of Matt being smart, tough and focused only on winning hits the nail on the head. It’s the perfect way to explain the way he played and what made him so valuable to the Jazz. Honestly, Harpring’s personality and style would have very likely made him a perfect fit on this current Jazz team as those three traits seem to perfectly describe them as well.
Another guy that doesn't space the floor. Just what they need
Instead we’ll have to settle for his expert analysis and unique insight as he continues to be a fun listen as an announcer for the Jazz.
He's horrible, Willie Reed was better than him and Boone. Thurl is as well. How about Mike Smith?
I remember clearly when I first took note of Jae Crowder. He was playing for the Dallas Mavericks at the time, and I was feeling frustrated but impressed by how this huge guy with long hair was canning threes and hustling hard, making life difficult for my Utah Jazz, even as a role player.
I saw him in college in the tournament against BYU first
Crowder played hard for the Jazz through the remainder of the season, providing a gritty edge and much-appreciated hustle for a team that had lost Thabo Sefolosha, their primary stretch four, to injury. Jae quickly endeared himself to Jazz Nation as a fan favorite.
He was platooning with Jonas but why would you know that?
Not only that; Crowder also fit seamlessly into Utah’s brotherhood of players, often acting as the first player to throw himself into physical altercations in defense of his new teammates, perhaps most notably Ricky Rubio, who seems to be disproportionately targeted by opposing players at times.