A J and Evans for a quality backup or starting point guard, and a Adam Keefe
The substitution patterns have been better the last two games. We'll see
what the future holds, I hope.
I really like the idea of starting the "infantry" with Milsap,
Jefferson, and Favors and then bringing the "cavalry" in with Hayward,
Carrol, and Marvin Williams. They all seem to play much better on both sides of
court in that rotation.
Always the same story starters struggle. Why? Because they don't
hustle/run enough. They try to execute in the half court which means AJ is
using the majority of possessions forcing it up through double and sometimes
even triple teams.Hayward needs the ball in his hands more often
running high pick n rolls where he can read the defense and make decisions
because most of the time that is where he excels. That is why the 2nd unit is
better for him because he can get more touches without feeling he constantly has
to defer and distribute to AJ and Millsap.They need some stinking
hustle and energy in the starting lineup so why not put in Carroll? They have
enough other talent around him that take all the possessions but he would infuse
some energy into that stale group.Doug, the replay showed Hayward
was fouled across the arm on that layup attempt under the basket. Sure he
exaggerated a bit to sell it but he was a long ways under the basket and thus
was reaching back to attempt to get the shot up.Kobe fake flails
gets star treatment and phantom fouls. Apples meet oranges.
I would like to see Corbin bring more energy and hustle to the starting lineup.
My starting five:Mo Williams, Hayward, Carrol, Favors/Milsap &
Jefferson. Demarre has shown the hustle and energy, and has earned at least a
shot at the starting spot. He and Hayward can alternate between the 2 & 3
I was really disappointed with the starters in this game. Their backups
outplayed them. This big lineup seems like it could be gravy but the last two
games they came out playing like feeble old men with zero energy.
Doug, Have you read the box score? Hayward is doing really well. How
many guys his size can dribble and take it directly to the hoop? His shooting
has improved, he's stronger, faster and plays defense every time down the
floor. He is deceptively quick as well. Every player in the league wants to
challenge the choir boy and he is responding well. Within two years, every team
in the league will be making a run at him in free agency. Guess
what: Every player misses free throws. Every player gets hurt. Every players
tried to draw a foul by acting hurt. Church ball in Roosevelt must be really
good.You are comparing Kobe to Hayward? Are you crazy?
Hayward looks tough in a beard. Go Hayward.
Hayward's looks remind me of Bill Walton. One wonders if Hayward knows how
obnoxious that looks.Third quarter Hayward goes for a contested
layup but misses and then another miss from the free throw line. His second
layup he gets too far under the basket, misses, flops on the floor and lays
there hoping the refs will fell sorry for him while Houston does a fast break
the other direction. His third layup of the quarter is uncontested and he dunks
it convincingly.For Hayward to succeed he needs to be completing
three for three layups during the game. He is supposed to be one of the Jazz
bright stars. That means he has to be dominant and dominating every time to not
miss a layup or a free throw. The Lakers count on Kobe to do that for their
team.Kobe if he does not score on a layup is at the free throw line.
The Jazz waited for CJ to mature and make big time plays. The team hopefully
has learned they don't have to wait 6 years.
Good win. I feel Coach Ty's indecision on who to start is going to cost
jazz in the long run. Advice for him is to sit, think, decide on the 5 and then
stick with it through thick and thin so that by playoffs time the rotation will
be set. Players will adapt accordingly and their familiarity with each other
will hopefully give them much needed confidence.My starting 5: Mo
Williams, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Al Jeferson. Allows for
development of Hayward and Favors around 3 solid veterans. Bench: Marvin
Williams gives them veteran go-to presence. Canter and Carrol give them size.
Lot of shooting can be picked between Foye & Alec Burks, depending on who
is hot. Tinsley keeping it all together. Its too bad J.Evans is not
getting minutes... I wish Coach somehow finds at least 5 quality mins for him