Thank goodness I am not sure where the next one was coming from. The pressure build up was becoming immense and the schedule was brutal. We were terrifyingly close to becoming the lead story in the NBA and rivaling the Nets for most losses to start the season. The schedule does not have many breaks on it so great to get one tonight.
Yeah it could be a while for the next one and now they are the only team without at least 2 wins!
Huge plays all night long from a ton of different players. The offense in the 4th quarter was terrific. The Jazz went small with Marvin Williams at the 4 and the offense clicked in. Marvin played 16 minutes of the second half and the Jazz shot 62% in the second half. In the 4th quarter the Jazz shot 12 of 17 and hit 4 of 6 from the three point line while nailing 10 of 12 free throws.
At the same time having Marvin rotating and covering on the pick and roll made a huge difference. With 6 minutes left Corbin replaced Kanter with Favors and Favors played great defensive down the stretch and the Jazz playing small were able to clear the boards
Richard Jefferson was awesome !!!! In the third quarter the Jazz were down 16 and Jefferson lite a fire under the Jazz and sent the message that they were going to battle this one to the end. Jefferson played an amazing third quarter, hitting shots, driving to the basket. Making plays. He was 1 for his last 18 from three and he hit big ones all 2nd half.
A play that will never be talked about other than I am talking about it was with the Jazz up 5 Davis got a lay-up with :14 seconds left and Jefferson sprinted to inbound the ball before the Pelicans got set and got the ball into Hayward who hit the two free throws to win the game – this was the essence of a veteran play.
But who needs vets? Just play the kids!
Marvin Williams 4th quarter 3 for 3 from the field – 2 for 2 from three and 4 rebounds. More importantly Holiday had only 5 points and Gordon had only a three as Marvin’s defense on the pick and roll was very good.
How about Diante Garrett? A point guard is nice isn’t it. Jazz released Jamaal Tinsley yesterday, Garrett flew into SLC today, he watched shoot-around and then got a tutorial on what the Jazz run. Immediately in the 2nd quarter he had an impact with his length and seeing the game as a point guard. Then he closed the game in the 4th quarter playing all 12 minutes of the 4th and had 3 assists.
Tyrone Corbin started Alec Burks in the 2nd half after John Lucas had a tough 1st half.
You mean a tough career!
Gordon Hayward notched a huge night – 22 points in the 2nd half with 3 rebounds and 5 assists on 5 of 7 shooting in the 2nd half – IN THE SECOND HALF. He finished with a career high 10 assists. His last 6 games he is averaging 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting 52% . He also has 20 turnovers and he is only shooting 32% from three. So he can get better but that is pretty sick.
He should get better based on his slow starts his other years but it could be tough if he doesn't get some help.
“Jamaal, we love what he’s done for us the last couple of years. We just new needed some speed,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of the decision to release Tinsley, who didn’t even last three weeks in his second stint with Utah. “Nothing against him, it’s just where we are right now. We need to pick up the pace a little bit. … We just need to get a little pep, and hopefully Diante can give us a little bit of that.”
Garrett spent most of his first full day in Salt Lake City watching film and learning about Utah’s system from the coaching staff. Moments after conducting his first interview with local media, Garrett made his Jazz debut to begin the second quarter against the Pelicans.
It didn’t take long for Garrett to become a new fan favorite. He scored five of his seven points with two assists and a turnover in his initial nine-minute appearance. He then played the entire fourth quarter after starter John Lucas III was benched in the second half following an 0 for 7 first half.
That, despite Garrett admitting before the game that he only knows about three or four Jazz plays.
“I’m just going to come out and do what I do. Coach has been having confidence in me since I got here. That’s boosted my confidence up,” Garrett said. “I’m a guy who’s going to come out there and play whatever position I have to play, guarding the ball, running the squad, getting guys (their) shots.”
Incidentally, Garrett, who just turned 25, is an Iowa State product like the guy he replaced. He noted that coincidence as well.
“When I first heard it, I’m like, 'That’s crazy, Iowa State — out with the old, in with the new,'” Garrett said. “I got a chance to meet Jamaal. He’s a great guy. Things happen.” Since ending his college career in 2011, the former Cyclone has played for the Bakersfield Jam in the D-League and with two European teams.
“He’s quicker. He’s longer. … He should be able to stay between his man and the basket,” Corbin said. “We like the way he worked in other places. We watched him in summer league some. We’re looking forward to him being able to play on both ends of the floor.”
Rookie point guard Trey Burke continues to make progress in his recovery after surgery last month to repair a fractured index finger. Corbin said Burke has been able to dribble without discomfort.
"Every day we’ll see what he does," Corbin said. "The next day we’ll see if he’s sore. He’s coming along very well. So hopefully he continues to get better so we can get him back on the floor in five-on-five soon."
Corbin has been harping on center Enes Kanter some of late about his defensive rebounding — or lack thereof. After averaging 7.5 defensive boards per 48 minutes last season, Kanter’s average has dipped to 4.2 this season.
"Some of them, he’s been right there to get them," Corbin said. "He’s just not getting the ball. We have to get him better. He’s got to rebound for us, especially when we have one big, and he being the lone big on the floor, he has to dominate the paint at that time."
When asked why Corbin went with Garrett down the stretch, he began his response with “Well, he’s a point guard.” Given that the only other option was a shoot-first PG without a made shot, Garrett was the logical candidate. He answered the call with some timely passes and made shots, something that has been sorely lacking from Jazz PG’s of late. Garrett’s totals of 7 point and 5 assists would be Tinsley season highs.
2. The ball finally went in the hoop. Simple, right?
I’ve talked in this space about how woeful the Jazz’s shooting performances are: by some measures, the Jazz were the worst shooting team in NBA history. That changed tonight, as the Jazz finally shot over 50% for a game, thus bumping their season-long averages out of worst-ever territory. While the offense was failing in many ways to get open shots, it wasn’t doing so at historically terrible rates. For example, before the game, the Jazz had shot just 3 for 33 from the corners of the three point line; no matter how contested the shot, threes from there will typically go in at a higher rate than 9 percent. In short, the Jazz were getting a little bit unlucky. The Jazz’s luck turned around tonight: instead of missing easy shots, Anthony Davis commented that “Gordon [Hayward] was hitting tough ones.” That’s sometimes all the difference in the make-or-miss NBA.
3. Crowd was small but loud.
The attendance continues to be sparse early in the season, as the fans are understandably reluctant to trade hard-earned money for a losing team that hasn’t displayed their best effort at times. As JazzBasketball pointed out, Monday’s attendance was the lowest since December 7th, 2005, and tonight’s game was even lower, managing only 16,717.
Still, the fans that are coming right now are dedicated, either season ticket types or dedicated Jazz fans who love their team. As a result, even a building with a lot of green seats gave the Jazz’s best crowd performance of the season as the Jazz made their comeback from a 16 point deficit. It was an encouraging sign for those who wondered if the famed Jazz’s loud crowds were gone forever. They’re not.
Chances are we may have seen the last of Tinsley on the court. Whatever he does and wherever he goes, Jazz fans hope the best for a player who gave what he could to the team the past three years. After all, once a Jazzman, always a Jazzman.
It think he's still got a place in the league. Was a bad fit for the current Jazz.
maybe this move isn't even about the quality of Diante or the ability of Jamaal. It's, rather, communication between GM Dennis Lindsey and head coach Tyrone Corbin. Corbin has not been playing Alec Burks or Ian Clark at the point guard spot enough during this limited time period where Trey Burke is hurt. Moving Tinsley removes the 14 mpg he was playing at the point guard spot and has to be filled with someone else.
This season is supposed to be about development and discovery. And Lindsey could be sending a moneyball move to Ty -- if you don't play the guys you are supposed to play this year I will get rid of the players you perceive are better than them.
LOL! Ty isn't the one that signed Lucas. They hadn't won a game and he's supposed to play Clark who looks like he sill be cut by January? They see Burks as a 2 so I understand them not wanting to play him at the one though he's the best option.
As the most experienced player on the team, Jefferson took a strong stand in the ensuing timeout huddle.
"There is no more 'Let's get it next time.' This is unacceptable! This is our time right now," he told his teammates, according to Hayward.
Jefferson became the focal point of a dormant Utah offense in the third quarter and scored nine points in a 13-2 run.
"He led us tonight. We followed his lead. He's been through it all over the years," Hayward said.
The last time Jefferson scored 22 points was more than three years ago as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. But the young Jazz relied on the 12-year veteran, as well as the contributions of fellow "old-timer" Williams, who had 12 points and a key block on Holiday in the final minute.
In the locker room
What a difference a win can make. On Monday the Jazz locker room was silent and felt tight. Tonight players were loose and enjoyed getting their first win. Diante Garrett was the favorite, but players all over were relived. Gordon Hayward said of the win, "It's about time."
"The young guys will eventually be great, but this team needs veterans. We need to take over in spots," Jefferson said.
The Pelicans built the lead back to 10 before Hayward tied the game at 70 with his second 3-pointer during a burst of 10 straight points for the Jazz.
Diante Garrett was set to play for Iowa of the D-League but arrived in Salt Lake City on Tuesday and ended up playing 22 minutes for the Jazz, who need a point guard while they await the debut of lottery pick Trey Burke.
Burke is a few weeks from playing while recovering from a fractured finger. The Jazz released Jamaal Tinsley and benched John Lucas III after an 0-for-7 shooting start in the game.
"I was shopping at Wal-Mart two nights ago when I got the call," said Garrett, who had seven points and five assists and was running the point in crunch time. "I haven't even had a practice yet but the coach was just drawing up plays on the white board in timeouts for me."
His sense of relief at getting through his first game in Utah was only exceeded by his teammates getting their first taste of victory.
"It's been tough to sleep at night as a member of the only NBA team without a win. I hate losing and maybe I'll finally sleep well tonight," Hayward said.
NOTES: Two of the worst-shooting teams in the league combined to make more than half their attempts, with the Jazz shooting 51.4 percent. ... Hayward spent part of the first half with an ice bag on his shin following a collision in the first quarter. ... Greg Stiemsma sat out the game due to a left knee he sprained in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers. ... The final margin was Utah's largest lead of the game.
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Corbin didn’t divulge who will start at point guard vs. San Antonio. John Lucas III started the game but missed all six 3-point attempts and was benched in the second half. Alec Burks started the second half at point, but newcomer Garrett also played big minutes at the position in his first game.