Thank you KOC for finally fixing the back up PG position. It is the 2nd most
important position on the team. That move paid dividends tonight.
I love Watson. DWill should have learned a lot about how the team
should run from watching Watson orchestrate it tonight. Sloan should
have learned a few things also. More of the offense needs to run
thru Millsap and AK. A shooting wing (hot CJ) totally changes the game (GET
another one please, so the Jazz can win consistently). AJ can
rebound. He does not have to be the focal point of the offense and scoring. When
he is the primary focus, the offense tends to bog down. 1. Unpack
the paint with good outside shooting.2. Run the offense thru Millsap
and AK.3. Give the Vets some rest so they can play intense minutes.
4. Play decent defense, the SG and PG on the exterior and the PF/Cs
on the pick and roll. The above will fix most of the current
problems. Watson picked up the tempo. It made a lot of difference.
Sloan and DWill should take notice.
Wow Bugoff, you seem to know more than Sloan AND DWill. Not.
I do agree that the Jazz need another shooting guard that can shoot. I was
hoping that could be Hayward but he's progressing rather slowly (DWill became a
much better shooter after the All-star game his rookie year, maybe Hayward can
focus in on things more too. I haven't given up on him yet.)I LOVE
Ronnie Price, but he shoots 39% and is only 6'1. It's not enough.
"we need our full team and our full potential." When Williams is in
there lately they Bog down. What does this tell you D-Will? The
Jazz are to predictable, clog the paint and make the Jazz shoot outside and what
have they got?
Nice job Earl! You looked great out there.Kirelenko throws up
another brick from 30 feet.
Bugoff,you made some very good points,Watson`s play will earn him more
minutes,he`s a vet and knows he`s not a starter,but increased minutes playing
alongside DW will help Millsap and AK get going earlier,maybe we have our
shooting guard right under our nose????
they should just keep watson in the starting lineup till d-will learns how to
stop crying and stop turning the ball over.
Watson came out and pushed the tempo. He didn't talk about it he came out and
did it. He racked up thirteen assists in doing so, getting his teammates
involved from the get go. The Jazz play better with a faster tempo. I,m
wondering why Deron is so stubborn about walking the ball up the floor. Maybe he
thinks it gives him more control of what goes on with the offense. Thinking he
will be in on more of the scoring and the assists. The slow tempo stagnates the
offense and you see lazy passes, guys standing around not coming to meet the
ball creating more turnovers. The slow tempo will not work with this team and
our undersized front line. Slow tempo, slow starts. I'm sure Deron took note and
saw the results of the faster pace from the bench. Maybe he will finally pick up
Watson not only played splendidly but he was interesting with some personality
in his after-game interview and actually made some eye contact with the
interviewer...WOW! This was a fun game to watch, lots of energy/apparent
enthusiasm even through some nagging injuries. Loved it, didn't swear even one
time, just enjoyed/cheered.Go Jazzboys, keep this attitude going.
I liked what Earl said after the game, about losing streaks happening and
learning what it feels like and how to avoid it. He was speaking of the
positive stuff and the learning experience you get from that.That's
the attitude we need. "What can we learn from this?" rather than
"we can't figure out why we can't get going and it stinks." Losses
should help them figure out what they need to be doing differently. I hope they
learned last night some of the things they SHOULD do as well.Earl is
the best backup in the league if you ask me. In a short time he's certainly
learned how the offense goes and where the other guys need to get the ball to
make something happen. He's smart and a tough guy. Great acquisition, KOC.
"He was unbelievable," forward Andrei Kirilenko said of Watson.
"He was orchestrating our game so well, getting everybody involved. He did
a great job replacing Deron."Message?When was the
last time AK said this about Deron running the PG position?Ever
notice whenever Deron is out AK suddenly is a very good player again? Filling
the stat sheet like the old days?What does it say that the players
were running the floor for Earl when he was pushing it but they have not been
for Deron? How many TO's did Earl have? One?Did Earl
dominate the ball all night dribbling and jacking up ill-advised off-balance
threes?I think his team mates noticed and decided they would be able
to get involved in the offense and hence they were motivated to run and cut.With Deron? Not so much lately while he pouts in the corner.Deron needs to stop dominating the ball and use his teammates.Now
doubt Deron has the talent to be the best PG in the league but that does not
make him a good leader because nobody seems to care or be following his
leadership style to win.
Kudos also to Watson, a team guy, a class guy and a great player. I just am
concerned he gets exposed with a ton of minutes because the shot is not great
and he is an older player. He is better off the bench but that does not mean he
and DWIL if needed could possibly play 24 minutes or so together and let DWIl be
the 2 guard if needed.