Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12th Game Preview: Utah Jazz (5-3) @ Atlanta Hawks (6-3)

TIP-OFF: 7pm (EST)

TELEVISION
: ESPN, ESPN3

RADIO: The Hawks have moved to 97.9 on the FM dial this season.

CHAT: Daily Dime Live

GAME NOTES: Hawks/Jazz

ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: Marvin Williams and Mo Evans both practiced Thursday and could play tonight. Pape Sy is out.

UTAH INJURY REPORT:
Mehmet Okur is out.

BY THE NUMBERS

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
UTAH (off)
93.4
1.073
49.5 26.9
24.9 16.5
ATL (def)
92.4 1.075 49.2
25.1
26.8
13.5

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
UTAH (def)
93.4
1.065
46.5 42
29.3 17.2
ATL (off)
91.9 1.115
53.2
26.5
25.4
16.4

OTHER PERSPECTIVES: Salt City Hoops, SLC Dunk

FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -4, 199.5 o/u

PREVIOUSLY...the Utah Jazz have won three consecutive games. In each of those games, vs. LA Clippers, at Miami, and at Orlando they fell behind by at least 18 points.

Paul Millsap, who is averaging 23.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on the season, was the star of the comeback win in Miami, scoring 46 points on 28 shots. If only he had the length and athleticism of, say Solomon Jones, he might really be something.

Solomon Jones is older, too.

(Shakes head)

In the wake of Utah's impressive back-to-back wins in Miami and Orlando, Zach Lowe wrote the definitive overview of the Jazz, year-to-date, at The Point Forward. His conclusion:
I’m not ready to put Utah in the elite yet. There are just too many questions, particularly about the rebounding, and scoring depth will continue to concern me until C.J. Miles proves he can be a consistent threat on the wing and Mehmet Okur comes back healthy to space the floor.

But still: The Jazz have one of the two best point guards in the league, and they’ve proved they can win brutal road games. If they’re not among the top five or six contenders yet — and I don’t think they are — they deserve our attention as a team that could break into that group.

Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.

2 comments:

Adam said...

Bret - I understand the Hawks are structurally disadvantaged, insofar as they have five big men--only three of whom are good--horrible perimeter defenders, and only one true small forward. That's on Sund, obviously. But it seems to me that Larry Drew is making this worse by starting Collins, by playing Powell too much and, at other times, by playing Bibby, Crawford, and JJ together.

What will it take to get Pachulia on the court with Horford at the same time? Or Teague some minutes with the 1st team offense? What will it take to get Drew to recognize the defensive weaknesses of his roster, and maximize his team's limited strengths?

Bret LaGree said...

Adam --

I think a little more exposure to Josh Powell should do the trick.

To be fair to Drew on the Teague question, Teague is as horrible defending the pick-and-roll as the rest of the guards. That could change with time but he's unlikely, right now, to make things easier on Smith and Horford defensively.