C.J. Miles had ice on both knees and his lower back after Saturday's 103-94 win at Portland. And his veins? Already in there on this night. Of course, it's surprising his hot hand didn't melt the ice after his 3-point shooting spree sparked Utah's latest comeback:
1. So is Miles up and down or down and up?
Before Saturday's 25-point explosion, which included hitting seven 3-pointers and five in the pivotal fourth quarter, Miles described his play this year as being: "Up and down but more down than up." He was looking up and his shots were falling down during his Rose Garden shooting exhibition. The most impressive part might have been the distances of his shots: His 23-footer must've felt like a layup compared to the 29-foot bomb he launched at the bottom of the net. Five of his threes were from 26 feet or farther. "Man, he hit some threes from 3 or 4 feet past the 3-point line," Deron Williams marveled. "That just gave us a lot of energy, and he hit some timely shots for us." Tell Portland coach Nate McMillan about it: "We lost him in transition. We lost him a lot tonight. He just let it fly."
2. Research from Jazz staff discovers ...
Set career-high for 3-pointers made in a game (seven).
Franchise record for most long balls made without missing in a quarter (5-for-5 in fourth quarter).
Just short of tying Jeff Hornacek's franchise record of eight 3-pointers in one game (eight vs. Seattle, Nov. 23, 1994).
Tied Bryon Russell's team record for most treys attempted in a game (10 vs. Minnesota, Nov. 23, 1996).
Tied Gordan Giricek's Jazz mark of most threes made in a quarter (also 5 vs. Portland, April 16, 2007).
Sixth time Jazz player has made five triples in a half (Miles last did it at Chicago on March 9. Hornacek, Giricek, Russell and Walter Bond also belong to that club.)
Seventeen-point fourth ties Deron Williams for most points by Jazz player in a period this year.
3. A rare green light for this gunslinger?
An interesting question was asked over the Portland airwaves on the Blazers' flagship radio station by former 1280 The Zone personality John Lund late Saturday night. During his postgame show on 95.5 The Game, Lund mentioned the tough-love relationship Jerry Sloan has had with Miles and talked about the coach not loving 3-pointers. Lund also wondered out loud: Would C.J. have had that same green light and gone 7-for-10 if Sloan had been coaching that night? We'll never know, but Sloan says he doesn't have a problem with players shooting 3s in the flow of the offense — especially when they make them. And the coach didn't exactly complain or yank out Paul Millsap when he went 3-for-3 from 3-point land in the final 28.7 seconds against Miami.
4. Yes, that was Wes saying, 'Told you so!'1 comment on this story
Former Jazzman Wesley Matthews saw Miles' shooting expertise at practice for a year, so Saturday's spree was not surprising to him. "C.J. got hot and we didn't do anything about it. ... He's capable of it. He's a shooter, that's what he wants to do. He got into a rhythm and we couldn't really stop him. ... He can shoot, he can shoot." To sum that up, Miles can shoot. And for a change, he happened to make a bunch, too. Miles had only shot 28 percent on threes this year and had missed 25 of 29 beyond the arc since a 5-for-6 3-point outing vs. Toronto. He said his team didn't lose confidence in him. "I knew it was going to come around," said Miles, who talked about how big the basket looked in Portland. "They've encouraged me to keep shooting because they know I can shoot them." And, yes, make them, too.
5. What did Miles eat, you wonder?
Luckily, crack Blazer beat writer Jason Quick of The Oregonian provided the answer to that culinary question from Miles: "I eat the same thing every time I come to Portland: roasted chicken sandwich with mashed potatoes and vegetables. And a lemonade." The Jazz might consider paying the delivery fee to get Miles that road-made meal at home. Just suggestin'.