Deron Williams has been dominant over the past few games. He’s been doing the heavy-lifting by scoring 35, 34, 34, and 31 over his last 4. With his growing confidence and increased health, Deron has been looking like his old dominant-self. It’s for this reason why I believe that he’s an All-Star. He’s basically carrying this franchise on his back (at the moment). Unfortunately, we don't quite stack-up to the rest of the West with the current team we have on the floor. Here are some additional quick thoughts on our Jazz:
- Memo has looked sharp as well. Okur has been averaging 21 ppg and 9 rpg over the last five games. He’s filled in the void left by Booz and Kirilenko.
- Ronnie Brewer has increased his scoring production over the past five. He’s improved his scoring to 15.4 ppg.
- Unfortunately, Paul Millsap has hit somewhat of a funk. Over the last five games, Millsap has been averaging 9 ppg and 6 rpg (well under his season averages and late double-double barrage). We’ll need increased (and consistent) production from Millsap if we want to stay-afloat in the playoff hunt.
- CJ came back to the line-up against the Warriors and posted a 10 point, 7 rebound game. It’s nice to have him back in the line-up. Without him (& AK), we really lack the athleticism to keep up with the opposing wing players.
- Jarron Collins played one solid outing last week... and now he gets all of the back-up minutes to Memo. It's classic Jerry Sloan-rotation-syndrome. If someone performs decently, he'll get rewarded, regardless if he's any good. Where's Kosta?
- The Warriors beat the living-socks off of the Jazz last night. They ran all over us!... essentially doing whatever they wanted during an incredibly up-tempo game. We can’t play Warriors-ball with them (fast-break, run-n-shoot, no defense). The Warriors have too many athletes to keep up with. Let’s just chalk it up to “tired-legs” and “being outplayed”, then forget about this one. It happens… especially after playing 3 games in 4 nights.