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Defense? Okur Laughs At Your Pathetic Attempt   Leave a comment

The Pacers like to run. They also don’t like defense. Unlikely for them (and J-Slow), the Jazz love to play that type of game too. It ended in an offensive explosion, with the Jazz ending up on top, 120-113. This despite being out-shot, 50% to 46%, and seeing the Pacers go 13-22 from long range (8-18 for the Jazz). The Jazz bench pitched in a pathetic 9 points, 11 boards & 4 assists, on 4-13 shooting. That could explain why the only starter to not play at least 30 minutes was… the guy on fire? Definitely a J-Slow thing. Solid nights from all 5 starters carried the Jazz (all 5 had double-digits) over the balanced Pacers (6 double-digit scorers, including Danny Granger with 30 and Mike Dunleavy with 20). The Jazz really benefited from a 25-27 night from the line via their 2 “big-men” starters.

Player of the Game
—> Mehmet Okur: The Pacers lack of defensive, um… care?… was showing as they constantly left Okur alone, no matter where he was. So he shot. And kept shooting. And he kept making them. He finished 13-19 from the field and 14-15 from the line (3-4 from long range included), finishing with a career high 43 points. He also had 9 boards, 3 assists & just 2 fouls (making the lack of playing time in a close game even more confusing).

Posted January 14, 2009 by S S in Game Recap, IND Pacers, Mehmet Okur

Pacers Come To Town   Leave a comment

Update: ‘Sap is out tonight. The Jazz offensive rebounding stat will be sure to take a hit. As will the Jazz interior offense. AK will get the start.

The Pacers come to town tonight, looking for a happy ending to a 5-game road trip that really hasn’t gone very well so far. They were blown out at Denver (135-115), and then after beating the Suns 113-110 on a buzzer beater, they’ve lost 2 straight close ones… falling to the Kobes 121-119, and then losing to the Dubs 120-117 last night.

Quick notes…

  • Yet again, Ronnie P. will get the start for CJ. It almost seems like J-Slow read this, and decided to go ahead with it… without making any transactions. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

  • Empty The Bench joins the debate raging in Utah‘Sap or Booze? To note, if it’s one or the other… I completely agree with ETB. And important to keep in mind…

    It’s also hard to imagine Millsap, who will be represented by his uncle Brendrick Simmons, commanding the same asking price as the more high-profile Boozer. In fact, the difference in their projected salaries figures to be in the $4+ million per season range. Utah could use that money to shore up their bench up front or bring in another outside shooter or backup ball-handler. And while Boozer is undeniably more skilled on offense at this point, Millsap may have the greater upside being four years his junior. Millsap has already proven a superior defender.

  • News of Booze finally arrived. If you care, click the link. Because I really don’t. Just know this…

    Given the timetable, two Jazz players privately said they didn’t expect Boozer to return until after next month’s All-Star break.

  • It seems like the Pacers don’t like defense. Will someone on the Jazz go off for 25? And will this be a shootout, like your usual Warriors game, or will the Jazz play solid D and keep it relatively low scoring?
  • Some Pacers/Jazz trade ideas here and here. I’ll have to pass on both of those.
  • Another Jazz trade idea here, this time with the Clips. Again, no thanks… though the idea of Marcus Camby in the middle is kinda nice.
  • Indy Cornrows for your Pacers talk (the game thread is currently at the top).
  • Deron has been sick as of late, but practiced and will play tonight.

The Pacers feature ex-Blazer Jarrett Jack starting at PG, just in case you cared. I don’t know why you would, but eh. I might as well mention a couple of Pacers, no? They also feature Danny Granger, who has been solid this year (at worst). That said 50 points seems unlikely. Just ask SLC Dunk. Oh, and they feature Roy Hibbert, someone who the Jazz were really interested in as the draft rolled around. It didn’t work out, as Hibbert went a lot higher than expected, and the Jazz ended up with The Koof, who has been solid this year in the little time he gets.


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