While Ingles may have shined for Utah in the first round, he may become unplayable against Golden State. The Warriors’ uber-athletic death lineup could force Ingles off the floor, flying in transition past the Slow-Mo-Joe.
Guys who could have been seasoned enough to help right now are seeing their first minutes in the post season in the second round. It time to give them some burn, some needed experience that will help them be useful in future important games.
In a way, this is like a very intense training camp. The team is finally healthy. Quin Snyder can finally try out any number of line-ups. Some guys may work better together, but we didn’t get to see them play together before. Now is the time.
That doesn’t mean play to lose. Not at all.
of course it's playing to lose. That's what they had done until the Mack trade and even since than really. You play your best players. Something they seem to have finally figured out late in the year and they just played their best ball against the Clippers without Lyles and very little of Exum. Coincidence?
The Jazz are probably heading up for a pre-draft trade to free up some more space (so adios Alec Burks), even if they don’t re-sign all three starters (Hayward, Ingles, and point guard George Hill) they may need to free up space.
They don't have to clear space right away. I'd think you go into the season with Burks and Favors hoping they can get healthy and increase their value. Burks has two more years on his contract. You have to find a taker
If Hayward does not use his player option to become a free agent (and stays on for the $16 million) it’s still going to be a pretty funky off-season.
Derrick Favors. Boris Diaw. Trey Lyles. Joel Bolomboy. Which one of these non-wings will be playing power forward for the Jazz next year? All of them? None of them?
My guess is Favors to start the year. Bolomboy after he is traded, Diaw is likely gone. Might have to trade Trey too. Bolomboy looks like the guy
After a 1-for-4 first half, Hood apparently figured out that long-range missiles weren’t landing. So he came out attacking.
Not sure he figured it out. I imagine the coaches told him to quit forcing 3's. He's best going to the hole. When they cut that off he can bomb the 3's
The elder1 Clayton says that this year’s Jazz remind him a bit of the up-and-coming 1988 squad that credentialed itself as a team to watch by pushing a Laker superteam — not unlike this GSW group — to seven games.
Let's hope it doesn't take another 10 years to go furthur in the playoffs though
While I do like to make fun of people and point to problems, the data makes it an easy job to look at Shelvin Mack.
1st Stint (Q1 3:00 to 0:00) -3 in plus/minus
2nd Stint (Q2 12:00 to 9:22) -8 in plus/minus
3rd Stint (Q2 6:04 to 3:00) +2 in plus/minus
Need to get off his jock! Rudy was their best at -3. Neto should be the back-up though which you will not like either because it's not Exum
Rudy Gobert shouldn’t have to guard Stephen Curry at the three point line. But then again, you have to play him because he’s the team’s best player. I am getting some deja vu from the first two UTA/GSW series right now. Mark Eaton was run off the court as well. It wasn’t a happy part of my childhood.
Rudy isn't Eaton thank God. He was their best player. He's not the problem. Hayward shows up? Hill shows up? Ingles shows up?
Game 2 is going to have a bunch of adjustments. Maybe that means more Trey Lyles and Joel Bolomboy?
I doubt it. Maybe if they go down 3-0 though I think Bolomboy could help. It's too bad they didn't give him a better look during he season and they had plenty of opportunity but kept playing Lyles.
Finally got off my ban. What's with all the Ingles hate in these articles? The Dude has straight up shown us that you don't need supreme athleticism to compete and play great. And it'd be nice if Hayward showed up against the Warriors at some point, but I just don't think it's going to happen. He surprised me with his play against the Clippers, but he's no match for GS. Rudy will show up, but against this team Gordon needs to show up for the team to have a chance
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz announce George Hill is out for Game 2 against Golden State Warriors with left toe soreness. – via Twitter ChrisBHaynes
Jody Genessy: Quin on George Hill’s toe injury: “Its a big one. It’s something he’s been fighting all year. It’s been sore. He’s been playing through it.” – via Twitter DJJazzyJody
Aaron Falk: Quin Snyder said either Shelvin Mack or Raul Neto or Dante Exum will start at point guard tonight – via Twitter tribjazz
Way to narrow it down! I assumed his toe was still bothering him by his up and down performances. It's too bad. He was great to start the year. Arguably more important than Hayward and Gobert great. Neto should start. Mack backing him and Exum on the wing if needed
Hill's toe has been bothering him all season, since he first had the injury at the end of November, over five months ago now. That was called a sprained toe, though I've also heard word that the injury was worse than the team publicly revealed.
Neto played himself off the floor with some bad airballs and weirdly forced missed shots in Game 7 against the Clippers.
I thought he played well the little they've played him. He'll defend and hit open shots
And Exum, the fan favorite,
Not this fan! I think he's played well in his limited wing minutes in the playoffs. Leave him there!
That's why he's been playing more at shooting guard, because the coaching staff generally hasn't trusted the decisions Exum has made with the ball in his hands.
good! Leave him on the wing
Curry is much quicker than Paul, though, so it might not go all that well for the Jazz.
But making it a more competitive outing against Golden State than Tuesday night seems like a must. If not, the series will seem to be over, even if all the Warriors did was hold serve on their home floor.
not over until the home team loses. They won without Rudy and Hayward. Obviously these guys are a lot better but let's see what they can do first!