Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Resting the Stars

Further greetings from the city ranked 10th on the list of U.S. Cities most vulnerable to a terrorist attack, Boise, Idaho. This evening, to divert ourselves from the serious business of NBA blogging, Golden Griff and I are checking out the Boise St. v. Louisiana Tech football game on the truly awful smurf turf. Here's a picture of Griff having a super time.



Not much new to report, basketball-wise, from Boise today. Sloan has decided (wisely) to let Boozer, Kirilenko, and Deron skip the second-half of two-a-days to reinvigorate their Olympic bones. Which means that there have been some epic Ronnie Price vs. Brevin Knight pickup duels.

Of interest on the world interwideweb today: ESPN's John Hollinger ranks the Jazz as the #1 team in the West! To help out our readers that don't like reading (most), here's the gist of his article: the Jazz foul more than any team in the league, but if they stopped doing that they would win 6 more games a year, which would result in a #1 seed instead of a #5 seed. My response is that the reason the Jazz foul a lot (particularly the second unit, as Hollinger notes) is because they are mostly terrible defenders, so not fouling would probably lead to even more points allowed. Anyway, suffice it to say that the expectations for next year have been set extremely high.

4 comments:

Pasty Gangsta said...

Interesting piece. I'm not sure the Jazz's problems can all be boiled down to fouling, but I would like to see less of it. The problem, as Crotty and Hollinger point out, is that against players like Kobe we either give him a wide open look or give him two free throws. The issue is not the fouling; the issue is getting better defenders. Picking up Korver mid-season didn't exactly address that (although amazingly he is probably better than Gira).

On an unrelated note, I haven't seen the Griff that happy since he made out with Lisa Wilkinson in 9th grade.

The Crotty Kid said...

When you list our second unit, its really galling how bad the defense becomes when the starters take a seat: Price (undersized), Korver (slow), Harpring (old), Millsap (excitable), Collins (rock solid citizen).

The Golden Griff said...

For the record, the Griff never made out with a woman whose nickname in 9th grade was The Wildebeast

Pasty Gangsta said...

Just seeing if you were still reading the comment section of the blog, Griff. Test passed. . .