Rookie point guard Trey Burke continues to have a major impact on the Jazz.
Burke averages 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists since returning from a fractured finger that sidelined him for the first 12 games of the season.
The Jazz are 3-2 in Burke’s five starts, and he finished with 21 points and a team-high six assists in Monday night’s 109-103 win over Houston.
When the Jazz traded up in last summer’s draft to get Burke with the No. 9 pick, general manager Dennis Lindsey credited Corbin for targeting him.
With Burke playing so well, however, Corbin deflected the praise to Lindsey, vice president of basketball operations Kevin O’Connor and vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin, among others.
"I appreciate [that] comment," Corbin said. "But Dennis and his group — Kevin and Walt and those guys — they do a great job of figuring out what’s best for this franchise. … They do it all year long — finding guys and figuring out where they rank."
What was Corbin’s role in trading up to get Burke?
"I knew we needed a point guard — a young point guard to grow with this group," he said with a shrug. "Trey was ranked one of the best guys [in the draft], if not the best."
He was rated best. Looks like he may not be the best though.
On several occasions, the forward took a pass in the paint and hit a soft jumper.
"I worked on it all summer," he said. "So I’m confident with that shot. Sometimes it will go in. Sometimes it doesn’t. But I don’t let it get to me. I worked hard on that shot."
Favors is playing more minutes than ever, thanks to the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap — up to 32.7 minutes a night from 23.2 — and he hasn’t squandered the opportunity.
"He is one guy that’s really making strides and making the most of the time that he’s getting on the floor now," Corbin said earlier this year.
The one guy?
He’s shooting 42 percent from 5-9 feet this season, up from 25.6 percent a year ago. From 10 to 14 feet, he’s hitting on 56 percent of his shots. Last year, he made 40.7 percent of his attempts from that range.
Said rookie point guard Trey Burke, "You can tell he put in a lot of work this summer. He’s a guy we can go to to get a bucket or get to the free-throw line. It’s great playing with a big guy like that. Coming off the pick-and-roll, knowing you’re going to have a guy that’s going to attract two or three defenders. If he’s not open, somebody else is going to be open."
After taking on Howard and Hibbert, Favors will find himself matched up Friday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge, whose play has helped his team get out to the best start in the West.
"It’s tough, but that’s why it’s the NBA, he said.
Favors isn’t making it easy on his opponents either.
But the big man who still fancies himself as a defender first says he’s not in the same class as the players on the other side.
"Not yet," he said. "Those guys have accomplished a lot. I’m just starting to accomplish stuff, so not yet."
Hayward is Utah's MVP so far. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He has had good games and bad games, especially in his shooting. A 1-for-17 shooting night in New Orléans stands as the low-water mark, but he dished out 11 assists and grabbed six rebounds. A 29-point night on 66 percent shooting was a great night. He also had five rebounds and three assists.
Before the season started a “C” grade was five assists and five rebounds; a “B” was 16 points, with six rebounds and six assists. Right now he somewhere between those two.
His biggest issue is his shooting percentage. For his career he is shooting 44 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range. Currently, he is shooting 39 percent and 28 percent from deep. Fixing those area will move him up the grading curve.
B- with those %'s?
Favors has had a quiet year, but it has actually been really good. If he were on another team, he would be garnering some more buzz.
The big man is averaging 13.7 points with 9.9 rebounds. He has had foul trouble at times, but overall, he's staying on the court. His 32.7 minutes per game are second on the team.
He's a top-15 rebounder and has affected the game with blocks and steals. He had 1.2 blocks per game and 1.3 steals. His length causes issues. Preseason a “B” was a 10-point, 10-rebound line. He has basically had that and a little more. He's not an “A” yet, but he's getting close.
Getting is blocks up is one issue he could fix. Most of his stats have either gone up, such as his shooting numbers, or stayed close, like his rebounds, but his blocks have fallen with his starting gig. Reestablishing himself as a shot-blocker is the quickest way to up this grade.
How good has Burke been in his eight games? Well, record-wise the Jazz are 1-15 when he plays fewer than 21 minutes and 3-2 when he plays more. This probably isn't sustainable as a number, but his solid play makes a significant difference.
Since the team lifted his minute restriction in the Chicago game, Burke has scored at least 13 points per game, including two 20-point games. Before this season the majority of his grades being based on assists, which seems unfair. He's more of a scorer, but his ability to control the ball is impressive.
He has only had two games with more than one turnover. Two total turnovers in 108 minutes of play from the Phoenix road win to the Pacers game is incredible. His “A” mark was about making winning plays and he already made a huge one in overtime against the Rockets with his big 3-pointer and making a play to get Marvin Williams a big shot.
This has been a rough season so far for Kanter. An injury and wavering confidence have him playing well below expectations. A early season passing grade was scoring 10 points per game. He has done that, but his inconsistency has hurt him.
He averaged 12.8 points per game, but he has five 20-point games and six single-digit games. His defense hasn't been great either and that has held him back. Expectations might be tempered a little bit.
Much like Kanter, this is a tough grade early season for Burks. He has been close to awful early on and he hasn't hit from outside very well. However, like most of the Jazz team his performance after Burke's return has been significantly better.
Before the season, 10 ppg and a shooting in the high 30s from 3-point range was just passing. He's done half of that. He's averaging 11.6 points per game, but once Burke came back he has started to level out. Burks can't get a great grade on those few games, but he doesn't fail. His grading criteria was a bit steep, his expectations were high, so this might ease up at the next grading time.
should be higher too
Evans is being upgraded to the graded system because he has been such a surprise. He clearly has a role in the offense and he achieved the preseason goal of him just playing in games, now a grading addition.
An “A” is keeping up his pace. Well, probably just shy of that. He's shooting 78 percent, crazy. The number he could produce is nine points and 4.5 reobunds in 19 minutes. If he reaches those numbers, it's a great year.
Ending the season over 50 percent shooting with a significant number of minutes is a “B.” He will earn a “C” if he loses minutes due to poor play. A “D” would be an actual loss of his role on the team. Honestly it would be hard for his season to be a disappointment at this point.
Williams is probably the biggest surprise this season. He was missing his shot last year, but after offseason surgery on his foot he has become the best 3-point shooter on the team.
Just like Evans he has a new grading criteria. He's already earned a passing grade, and now will have real grades. His “A” grade is him keeping up his 40 percent 3-point shooting. His ability to stretch the floor has been huge this year.
A “B” grade would be a drop off in his shooting, but maintaining his ability to be dangerous. His shooting could dip into the high 30s, and as long as defenses still focus on him it is a good year.
For a “C” he would probably lose his starting role to Kanter, but still be a viable rotation player.
A “D” is about him reverting to last year's form where he was a 32-percent shooter from outside and 42 percent overall.
What an interesting year for Jefferson. It has been good although he's not shooting well. He hasn't been great, but not as bad as some believe. He needs to shoot better and produce more, but he is fine with his role as a starter, but not necessarily a finisher.
That is a “D” in my preseason ranking, but I think he's been a little better than that.
deserves better too
This first-round pick has been good this season. He isn't a force on offense, and for a team missing offense, it has hurt his time. He plays when the matchup is good. When teams go small with their second unit he doesn't play.
If Kanter regains his starting spot, Gobert probably gets more minutes because Williams doesn't play center very often. Gobert played, which is a passing grade, and he's played well. It would be nice if he had more minutes to give him a more complete grade.
seems high. has little offensive game
This late addition to the team gets an automatic "A," or passing grade, for what he has done. The backup point guard has proven himself worthy of giving Burke a break. When he plays, and John Lucas III doesn't, the Jazz have been significantly better. He is now graded pass/fail for now. If he can play 12-18 minutes per night he passes because he is playing.
Brandon Rush: He needs to play more than six games and any sort of extended time.
incomplete might be better
Andris Biedrins: Like Rush, the same can be said for Biedrins. If he plays with Kanter more it will be a fail, that was rough.
John Lucas III: He's been better than people gave him credit for, but his “pure point guard” play has been a failure.
now that he's the 3rd pg where he belongs he is fine
Mike Harris: Where little is expected little is required. He has done enough with his little time to get a passing grade.
Ian Clark: This isn't really his fault, but he has played a little bit and when he is in he hasn't hit shots. As a shooter that is a fail.
While this team was about losing to get a high draft pick, they were losing horrendously. Even though the Jazz were losing it wouldn't be an “A” on my preseason rank. Now they are in position to get a high draft pick and have been competitive.
This team easily earns an A grade overall. They would have the third-best chance to win the lottery and shown off the future they already have.
It hasn't been pretty, but now that the Jazz are healthy they can show who they actually are. Head coach Tyrone Corbin has a full-choice of players and now his line-ups are slowly becoming more consistent. This is still a teaching year and he will make some odd choices to try to develop chemistry, but after 21 games the team is going in the right general direction.
The Jazz have played the second-hardest schedule so far this season. They will stay in the top of that list because the Western Conference has much better teams than the Eastern Conference. They will eventually get some softer opponents as the East comes to Utah more often.
The goal is still to learn how to win, but lose to get the lottery. Early prediction of 27 wins still stands.
Favors was at this morning's shootaround prep session, but he is a game-time decision due to soreness in his lower back. The Jazz power forward said he'll warm up before the game and consult with the team's trainers to determine whether or not he'll be available.
Regardless of his situation, the Jazz will definitely be shorthanded. Forward Marvin Williams has been ruled out for the fourth consecutive game because of inflammation in his right heel.
The biggest story of the night for me was the improved play by Trey Burke.
Seems to be the biggest story every game even when he wasn't playing.
The schedule lined up for the Jazz to play a bunch of team twice early and I was curious to see how Trey play 1 night differently than the 2nd time he played them. Unfortunately, with the injury he didn’t get a chance for GSW, OKC or any of the other twice. Tonight was the second time he played Lillard and he was far better defensively, he played inside his game and inside the team game. He was very good again tonight. The kid is not scared and the continues to get better. 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists on 5 of 12 shooting. He had just two turnover.
The Blazers play a particular style of defense and it forces teams to play inside the three point line and go one on one. This is why it is a good match-up for Alec Burks and Alec had a very good first half. The Blazers don’t believe in rotations, very similar to how Indiana plays. Burks is able to go 1 on 1 in this setting. He had 20 points, only 2 turnovers but no assists. That is the Portland defense. Alec 8 of 11 from the field is a nice game. He has strung 6 straight games of vastly improved play.
Super to see Batum was face guarding Gordon not letting him get the ball and he while he made some plays the Blazers style meant he was unable to be a play maker – he finished with 0 assists.
Jazz had just 13 assists on 36 field goals this is the Blazers game plan working. The Jazz shot just 1 of 7 from three this is the Blazers game plan working.
Jazz are shooting the free throws great – 21 of 23 and if you take out the Biedrins misses over the Jazz are over 90% for the last 6 games.
The Jazz played well they simply had a deficiency in the match-up they weren’t able to overcome.
This season has been quite a bumpy ride for Alec Burks. With Trey Burke injuring his finger in the third game of the preseason, Burks was thrust into playing the point guard position—something he was asked to do last year for chunks of time, as well. I think we saw pretty quickly and pretty clearly that that wasn’t a position that was going to let Alec’s strengths shine through. As athletic and skilled as he is, his unique skillset is much better suited for the shooting guard position, not setting up teammates, running the pick and roll, etc. Subsequently, after a strong four-game showing to start the year (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in the opening-night game against Oklahoma City, for example), he then followed a string of 2, 7, 8, and 11-point games as he was trying to navigate the point guard position.
Assists. Alec had 39 assists in the first 16 games of the season, for a rate of 2.4 apg, versus his last seven games, where he’s been averaging 2.9 apg. That might not seem like a drastic difference, but that his assist numbers have gone up as he’s played less time at the point is interesting— it shows that he’s strengthening his all-around game, becoming more efficient, and not just looking to score (one of the knocks on him early in his career).
Free-throw attempts. As a rookie, one of the aspects of his game so many of us were drooling over was his ability to get to the free-throw line. During his rookie season, his Free Throw Attempt Rate (FTA/FGA) was .401, very solid for a shooting guard, and especially good for a rookie. For comparison’s sake, I looked up some other players whose free-throw-attempt tendencies Jazz fans might understand and be able to use as a frame of reference: Gordon Hayward’s career free-throw attempt rate is .368, while Al Jefferson’s free-throw attempt rate while he was with the Jazz was .190; LeBron James has a career free-throw attempt rate of .430. In his sophomore season in the league, his FTr was a more pedestrian .332, causing some to worry that one of his strengths was not continuing to be developed.
This season has shown improvement, although playing the point position really hurt his ability to get to the line. For example, Burks’s FTr through the first four games of this season was an incredible .537. Then, once his slump started, his FTr over the next 12 games was .271. However, in the last seven games, his FTr has been .407. So he’s using his possessions much better now to get to the line than he did during his 14-game slump.
Turnovers. David Locke has made a big deal about Alec’s turnovers—and specifically his fatal turnovers—so I was expecting some pretty awful turnover numbers in the last seven games. However, aside from his five-turnover night in the Kings game a few nights ago (complete with several fatal turnovers as described by Locke), Burks has been able to keep his turnovers down, averaging 1.7 turnovers per game over the last seven games, where he’s been averaging around 29 minutes of play.
Random Odds and Ends. Perhaps surprisingly for someone we’ve been told isn’t much of a shooter, Burks has hit a three in any of the last seven games in which he’s attempted one: 1-1, 1-3, 3-4, and 1-1 to go along with three 0-0, for a 66.7% clip. Additionally, Burks has been averaging 3.7 rebounds a game over this stretch, up from 2.8 on the year.
Throw in all of these facts and figures with a 16.6 ppg average and you’re looking at a very solid spell for Alec Burks. His good play is very possibly correlated to Trey Burke being back, relieving him of point-guard duties. It’s nice to have another bright spot of development, and it’ll be fun to see if Burks can maintain this level of play.
He's arguably been their best and most consistent player lately though Burke is getting all the credit. The FT numbers are impressive. I always thought he could be a decent shooter. His form isn't bad. He just never needed to shoot with the way he can get to the hole. His rebounding is something Locke talked about last year when he was playing well too.
Jazz Twitter, even nationally, is well known for its slightly kooky opinions, and general tendency for overreaction.
That being said, typically reaction does not come from personalities so close to the team. Brandon Rush, also the recipient of a DNP-CD, responded this way when he was asked why he didn’t play:
@WeAreJazzNation who knows
— Brandon Rush (@BRush_25) December 10, 2013
@WeAreJazzNation I’m good
— Brandon Rush (@BRush_25) December 10, 2013
Yeah it looked like he was starting to get his game together. Eventually he needs to be playing ahead of Jefferson at the very least.
Then, both of Trey Burke’s parents got in the action. Trey’s mother Ronda started by calling for the rookie French center Rudy Gobert to receive playing time over Andris Biedrins and whatever Biedrins is at this point of his career:
@Rondaburke2 maybe if we all say it, they’ll give him a shot….all together Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. Lol
— Ronda Burke (@Rondaburke2) December 10, 2013
Then Benji, Trey’s father and agent, got into the mix, denigrating the Jazz’s 3rd quarter performance and the overall veteran-heavy strategy:
Soft 3rd qaurter. Geesh
— B.Burke (@Benjib10) December 10, 2013
@WeAreJazzNation then play the young guys thats coming back next year. Rebuilding means get them ready for next season
— B.Burke (@Benjib10) December 10, 2013
@YuccaManHoops @dianaallen if thats the case “Sloans way” then we’re not rebuilding. We are putting a band aide on a sore. #realtalk
— B.Burke (@Benjib10) December 10, 2013
Biedrins could be back next year too. He's not old. He could also be traded if he shows he can play. The problem here is Gobert needs to be in the D-League developing his offense.
The Jazz’s PR department has been very quick to stop these sorts of things on Twitter in the past: Enes Kanter was told by the team to become more professional on Twitter after an incredibly entertaining (and very harmless) summer of 2012. Sensitive player tweets have been taken down before, and I’m sure Rush has already been talked to about this one. That being said, its not clear what they’d be able to do about Burke’s parents’ tweets.
Furthermore, if Burke feels as his parents do about Gobert (which isn’t an unreasonable conclusion, especially given the production level of Biedrins), that may lead to some friction in the future between Trey and his coach in his rookie year. Since his return from injury, Burke has probably been Utah’s best player
Certainly the most hyped and he's taken the most shots. Best is highly arguable though.
, and this could mean some turmoil in Jazzland. This is especially worrying for a franchise which was fundamentally, drastically altered 3 years ago when the star PG and coach clashed. That being said, upon the return of either Marvin Williams or Derrick Favors, the issue of Gobert’s playing time is probably quickly put to rest.
2. Jazz transition offense is worrisome.
NBA teams should just be better at transition than this, and if the Jazz had been, they would have been in a position to win tonight’s game. Utah shot just 2 for 9 in 13 fast break opportunities, going to the line just once and turning the ball over three times. Some of this was just missed shots: Burke, Jefferson, and Hayward all had open missed transition threes, for example. But Jefferson also carelessly turned the ball over twice, and Diante Garrett probably forced shots. Had the Jazz converted these opportunities at their usual rate of 1.04 PPP (25th in the league), they would have had 7 more points tonight: not quite the difference, but certainly enough to put the outcome in doubt.
The Jazz aren’t terribly athletic as a whole right now: only Burks, Evans, and Hayward really deserve that adjective of those active. That hurts their fast break potency, and means the team relies on overpassing and forced shots in transition. Tonight, when the transition opportunities fell to the other players, they disappointed.
3. That being said, this wasn’t a bad performance by the Jazz.
Given the negativity in the Jazz community right now, and the points above, it’d be easy to lose track of that this was a pretty respectable game for the Jazz.
People want them to tank and than complain when they lose?
Perhaps the primary reason the Jazz were beaten tonight was Aldridge’s dominance over Jeremy Evans. Evans fought hard, but in the end, Aldridge is just too skilled and too big for Evans, who has shown an ability to be a rotation player but certainly not a starter. Corbin even tried hiding Evans on Lopez for a while, thus leaving the bigger Kanter to guard Aldridge. Then, it was Lopez who bullied Evans effectively.
Out of the 9 players who played tonight for Utah, only Gordon Hayward played more than 20 MPG last season. Mike Harris, Diante Garrett, and Trey Burke weren’t in the league. Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins were reasonably benched in Golden State for their poor-to-horrendous play, and Evans, Kanter, and Burke only played limited roles for the Jazz last season. That’s a lot of unproven talent to play in an NBA game against the Western Conference’s best record.
People are sure having a difficult time keeping Burke and Burks straight!
"Coach is doing a good job of putting us in position we’re just making a lot of young mistakes," said the veteran Jefferson, who finished with 13 points in 33 minutes. "We’re making a lot of inexperienced mistakes. But coach keeps pushing, guys keep pushing and we’re getting better."
Not surprising that Jefferson has had Ty's back all year.
Veteran Richard Jefferson, who's played for legendary coaches such as Lute Olsen at Arizona and the Spurs' Gregg Popovich, ardently defended Corbin when asked about the pressure and negativity put on the Jazz coach from some outsiders hoping for a change.
When asked about criticism toward Corbin, Jefferson went on for a while about his strong feelings about this particular topic before Tuesday’s practice.
“I think that’s stupid, just flat-out dumb,” he said. “By no means am I disrespecting our fans. Everybody’s entitled to an opinion. When you pay your money, whether you’re a fan of our team or the other team, you’re spending your hard-earned dollar to support the NBA and I respect that.”
Jefferson, who's started for Utah since being traded from Golden State this offseason, simply disagrees with the critics.
“Now as far as lashing out and putting pressure on a coach, that’s unfair. … Everybody’s an armchair quarterback,” Jefferson said. “Everybody has their own fantasy football team. Everybody has their own idea of what should go down.
“But,” he added, “I can tell you from being in this league and having multiple Hall of Fame coaches that Ty is doing a very good job. He’s in a very difficult situation with a lot of young guys and a lot of injuries, and he’s doing a very, very good job, and I say that with the utmost confidence.”
Jazz shooting guard Alec Burks also backed Corbin’s decision to play Jefferson at the end of Monday’s 105-94 loss to Portland despite the fact that Burks scored a team-high 20 points.
NOT PLAYING: Shooting guard Brandon Rush didn’t play for the second game in a row Monday and has only played 56 minutes all season since returning from his knee surgery.
“The way the games have been going of late, I didn’t feel good about putting him in with how the games are going,” Corbin said. “He’s ready to go. I just have to find time to put him on the floor.”
Same goes for rookie Rudy Gobert, who received his seventh DNP-CD in Monday’s loss. Big man Andris Biedrins has been getting the nod more often than the French center lately.
“The matchups weren’t in his favor. It’s a long season. He’ll get a chance to play. It’s just where we are right now,” Corbin said. “I felt better with Andris in there because of rebounding and knowing more about the flow of the game. We had a rhythm going and I kind of wanted to keep that going.”
Corbin said there are certain aspects to the NBA game that are “not instinctive just yet” for Gobert, but he’s working hard to improve.
“We just want to make sure to put him in a position where he can be successful,” Corbin said, “and he doesn’t hurt the flow of the team on both ends of the floor.”
He's definitely raw. He needs to go to the D-League with Clark.
Corbin has been changing his strategy for defending the pick-and-roll over the past year and now seems to be set on a non-rotation defense. Basically it involves players sticking with their original player through the screen so they don't have mismatches.
It seems to be how Corbin will start playing the pick-and-roll in the future. It might change a few times with different teams and matchups. The Jazz's defense has been very poor so far this season, but this could be the first step toward an improving defense.
Interesting. Their d has sucked for a long time going back to the Sloan days. Thos is the way Indiana and Portland are playing. Rather the Jazz have the personnel to pull it off remains to be seen though.
In 25 minutes, Burks put up 20 points on 8-11 shooting. He has averaged 17.4 points per game in the month of December while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. He is also hitting from outside, shooting 62.5 percent from 3-point range.
His numbers are much higher than they were in November. He scored 10 points per game. He only shot 37 percent from the field with 27 percent from beyond the arc. With Burke solidifying the point guard spot, Burks has been able to play off the ball and become effective. Even his free-throw rebounding and assist numbers have gone up by almost one per game.
Impressive numbers. Might have to start him eventually if Rush ever gets back and can help the bench.
The Jazz began what’s essentially a two-week journey Tuesday when they flew to California’s capital for Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
The frequent fliers will then head to Denver for a Friday night matchup, make a quick pit stop in Salt Lake City on Saturday and then leave town again Sunday to resume the road swing with stays in Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte and Memphis.
“The schedule is what the schedule is,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
It is, indeed.
To get more specific, here’s what it is: Eight games in 13 days and a total of 6,512 miles in the air, according to the handy WebFlyer.com calculator.
going to be ugly!
The Jazz would get a boost if their health would improve. Both Derrick Favors (back) and Marvin Williams (heel) practiced Tuesday before the team headed for the chartered plane, but their availability remains uncertain. Favors will be a game-time decision against Sacramento, while Williams remains doubtful after missing the past four games.
Despite their struggles, the Jazz remain bonded as they head out on this trip, according to Jefferson.
“We’re getting better. I know that the wins and losses aren’t what people (like) on a consistent basis,” Jefferson said.
It's what most want. Worst record in basketball again!. Th road trip doesn't look to change that.
“But in the locker room, we (continue to) get better. We’re staying together. There’s no player-only meetings. There’s no lashing out by the coaches. There’s no doghouses out there. There’s just guys working to get better.”
At Wednesday's shootaround, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said that both Derrick Favors (back) and Marvin Williams (heel) "looked good" during the workout. The two are listed as game-time decisions, but Corbin anticipates that both will play against the Kings.
Utah (4-19) has lost all four games since Williams left the lineup due to inflammation in his right foot last week. Favors has sat out the past two games, including Saturday's 112-102 overtime setback to Sacramento at ESA.
The Jazz will return to their starting lineup of Favors at center, Williams as the stretch-four power forward, point guard Trey Burke, shooting guard Gordon Hayward and small forward Richard Jefferson.
"I think the team is different with their presence on the defensive end, their communication skills," Corbin said. "The way the other guys respond to them on both ends of the floor. Offensively, we can (stretch) things out with those guys.
"They’re a huge part of what we’re trying to do."
As for the Kings, they're still unsure whether newcomers Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray will be able to make their Sacramento debuts tonight after being traded from Toronto on Monday.
The Raptors are waiting for traded point guard Greivis Vasquez to arrive in Toronto, according to the Sacramento Bee and reports from Kings at shootaround. Once he arrives, presumably this afternoon, Vasquez will have to undergo and pass a physical exam for the trade to be finalized, per NBA rules.
Watching the Kings is what we as an organization have to be very careful to avoid. They have lost so much that the minute things got bad they packed it in and quit. Mike Malone the new head coach said at one point to them this is embarrassing and what is most embarrassing is you are not embarrassed. As we go through this developmental process we must hold the signature of this organization that we play hard and play to win, once the losing culture seeps into your organization it is a nasty abyss to get out of.
The key is having good guys. Good young kids and good veterans. Marvin Williams, Richard Jefferson, John Lucas and Andris Biedrins are very important to this team and holding the group together. Couple that with that our young players have been taught the right way to play and are very solid people you have a chance to get through tough seasons and come out the other side.
It's why vets need to be in the mix and playing to lose is a dangerous game you might not be able to get out of like so many other franchises.
Anyone who would take DeMarcus Cousins over Derrick Favors (Kevin Pelton I am talking to you my friend) is nuts because DeMarcus is nuts.
Agreed! Paying him max before the year began was nuts too.
Brandon Rush buried three three balls tonight. If he can give the Jazz 15 to 20 minutes a night and lessen the burden on Gordon Hayward that would be a great addition for the Jazz. Tonight Gordon was 7 of 15 for 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He only got to the line twice but they were allowing first degree murder in the paint on drives tonight.
Rush looked good. Got to get him in the mix. Could see him starting or playing a huge role off the bench. Could also be a trade asset as well.
Alec Burks has linked 7 straight game together. Lots of credit goes to the coaching staff to keep him going when things were bad and getting him back on track. Having Trey back so that Alec could move to the point but also the coaching staff keeps putting Alec in positions to succeed and he is playing with great confidence.
The coaching staff that is supposedly so horrible?
Diante Garrett is working hard to make a career for himself in the NBA. What a great story this is becoming.
Solid outing. Tough one coming in Denver. Frankly not many easy ones until Christmas but this one will give the guys confidence in Charlotte and Orlando that might make those games on the upcoming trip the Jazz can grab.
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Could still see Garrett getting cut next month before his contract becomes guaranteed to have more flexibility for trades.
If he doesn't experience any unforeseen complications, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is expected to return to action on Friday against the Utah Jazz after missing the last two games due to a hamstring injury, coach Brian Shaw said. "Barring any setback from practice today, I think he should be able to go tomorrow," Shaw said. Denver Post