Just a quick post. I’m going to do a “What To Watch For” post before most games to detail what I’m watching for in upcoming games. It’s less a game preview than just a comment about what I find interesting about certain games.
HOW DeROZAN PLAYS
DeRozan has had problems building on good games in the past. Last season, he often followed up good games with subpar games, so after scoring a career high 24 points against Sacramento, it’s important for DeRozan to continue to play well. He’s gotten better every game, during the regular season, increasing his scoring as well as field goal percentage in each game. Against Utah, he’ll play a team that is much better defensively than New York, Cleveland or Sacramento, so if he gets frustrated, I’ll be watching to see how he reacts.
HOW STRONG THE JAZZ SHOOTING GUARD POSITION IS
Before the season started, I was very critical of the Jazz for not re-signing Wesley Matthews, who has so far played very well for the Blazers, and I’m interested to see how the team is fairing without him. Raja Bell is about 3 years from being a good player and C.J. Miles has never really fulfilled his potential.
WHETHER GORDON HAYWARD CAN PLAY
Apart from not re-signing Matthews, I was also critical of the Jazz for bypassing Paul George, Xavier Henry, Ed Davis and even Cole Aldrich for Hayward. Khandor believes he’s the real deal. I’m not so sure.
PAUL MILLSAP AND WHETHER HE’S IMPROVED AS MUCH AS HIS STATS SAY
Millsap is a very nice, but undersized, PF who signed a big contract a couple of seasons ago that made people think he’d be replacing Boozer. He never did. With Mehmet Okur out with injury, Millsap has had a chance to start and play lots of minutes and after three games he’s currently averaging 23 ppg, on .634 shooting, and 13.3 rpg. While he obviously won’t sustain those numbers, I really want to see if he’s improved enough to challenge for the starting position when Okur returns. Personally, I’d take Millsap over Al Jefferson at PF since Millsap actually plays defense.
AROUND THE NBA
In possibly the least surprising revelation, Baron Davis admitted that he was out of shape. This after the Clippers head coach, Vinnie Del Negro, called him out for that exact reason. By most perplexing thing is that Davis said that he usually starts to train in August but this year it didn’t seem to work and it took longer.
Have you actually paid attention to your career? I think there’s been a total of two season where he HAS been in shape. The guy is constantly injured, has been carrying about 20 extra pounds since high school, and he thinks that starting to train in August has worked for him? Please!
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