I usually watch KUTV Sports. Last night, however, I was late in tuning into
local sports, and I caught Craig Bollerjack being interviewed on KSL's
Sports Beat around 11pm. Bollerjack said that John Stockton said to him after
the game, "I haven't seen the Jazz play this good since we (Stockton
and Malone) did". And, Stockton added, "...maybe even better!"From someone who never says that much, but means what he says when he
does say something, he may be right! This Snyder team, this year, might be
superior to Sloan's teams back at the apex of "Stockton-to-Malone"
basketball!Who knows? I don't but wonder if the Jazz don't
have a decent chance of playing this year in the finals!?! And, maybe even
winning the championship!?!The more the Jazz have improved this
year, I have come to start to think that Gordon Hayward did the Jazz a huge
favor. He wasn't playing at the level Donovan Mitchell is as a rookie, even
after half a dozen years.If Hayward was still central to the Jazz,
would Mitchell have had the room to grow he has been given, and as the Jazz
needed?Would Rubio be here? And, if so, would he be at the core of
the team as he is? I think we should thank Hayward now!
Talk is cheap. We'll see what Westbrook does (or even can do) against
Rubio.The Thunder are playing Wack-A-Mole, even if they can hit one
down, another one pops up.The Jazz have the advantage in that their
play as a cohesive, sharing, finding the best player open, overall, should trump
"I'm a star, I'm an MVP, I'm the best" attitude and
action almost always!L'esprit de corp, or all players on a team
playing as one, not caring who makes a basket so much, but that a basket is
made, is so evident in the Jazz.What I saw last year watching Golden
State in the finals against Cleveland was how they played as a team. All of the
Warriors I saw seemed to be terrific ball handlers and shooters. They passed and
passed and passed, with precision, carefully, so as to not lose the ball, and to
get the ball to someone who both was in a good situation, and felt good to
shoot.I haven't had opportunity to watch Golden State play this
year. But what I saw them do last year, I see the Jazz doing this year. They
(the Jazz) keep working, working, working to get a solid open shot, even if that
is Donovan Mitchell slipping through the key to the basket through 3 or 4
opposing players. Go Jazz!
Let Westbrook use up his energy to "shut off" Rubio.Rubio is
our 5th best offensive player anyway.
Shhh.....don't say anything about the obvious!
Westbrook is the reigning league MVP, I would think he'll take it
personally that he had an off game and Rubio lit him up. Like
Jerebko said...what else would anyone expect (westbrook) to say?This
is turning into an even better series than last year's against the
Clippers. I can HARDLY WAIT for tonight's game. Westbrook is likely to be
amazing, but unless he gets help - and I don't think he will cuz Jazz got
killer D - the Jazz go up 3-1.
Talk about a great distraction for a team. Go ahead and focus many guys on him.
That just means other guys will be open and can get points, assists, and
rebounds if they truly do focus on Rubio. It was just a heat of the
instant comment, nothing more.