Paul Millsap is wonderful basketball player. He hustles, boards and scores, even if he has been going through a slump lately. What he does not do is post people up or play well with his back to the basket, and it's starting to become a problem.
Last night's game was a debacle and the blowout loss shouldn't be blamed simply on sore legs. The Warriors are not a good basketball team. With Biedrins out they have ZERO size and all they do is shoot jumpers all night. Their defense is terrible. Monta Ellis is frail and playing on one leg and CJ Watson is a rookie -- D Will couldn't ask for better matchups.
Yet the Warriors killed us, mostly because Memo and Millsap couldn't get the job done inside. Why? Because Turiaf, Maggette, Randolph and Jackson mandhandled them (see below: Randolph weighs about 155 pounds and has no biceps). As soft as Boozer is -- and he is soft against bigger, stronger players -- we would have won that game by ten last night had he played. No way does Don Nelson dare to put any of those guys besides Turiaf on Boozer for more than two trips down the floor.
The Jazz have no real choice but to rid themselves of Carlos in the near future. But without him we will struggle. No one besides Williams can create his own shot or consistently score on people one on one. Memo, AK, and Millsap are very good players and I have certainly been one to consistently sing Paul's praises in the past. But I fear a bit for the future. . .
Note: I actually started this post before I read Crotty's comment on the Guru's piece this morning. Needless to say, I think he was dead on.