Game Review: Thunder 99 – Jazz 120

Game Details

7:00 PM ET, October 31st, 2010
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK

1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 27 29 35 29 120
OKC 23 17 34 25 99

Top Performers
Utah: P. Millsap 30 Pts, 16 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl
Oklahoma City: R. Westbrook 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl Box Score


Now that’s more like it.

Great bounce back game from the Jazz last night, who looks to have responded well to some of Deron Williams’ intensity following the Suns game Thursday night. It was a great game to watch, and was especially satisfying in the middle of the game, where the Jazz looked in rhythm and in sync for the first time this season. They were controlling the Thunder’s offensive energy while the points came more easily for them on offense. The Jazz in one stretch, the Jazz went 40-13 against the Thunder, and in spite of a few sparks from Westbrook and Durant, the Thunder was never able to crawl back into the game.

One key factor for the Jazz last night was Paul Milsap, who went for 30 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. You may not have noticed yet, but Milsap was the leading performer in each of the Jazz’s first three games of the season. He’s currently averaging 21.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG and 3.0 APG while averaging .634 from the field off of 13.7 attempts a game.

That said, another success story from last night was the ability for the Jazz to move the ball around on offense and get a set of guys going. Outside of Milsap’s 30, Jefferson had 23, Miles had 21, Kirilenko had 19, Williams had 16.

Very good night offensively.

Though I do have to say that I didn’t see as much of the flex offense last night as I had in the Suns and Nuggets games. I say that informally, because the flex really does take a lot of forms, and I’m not yet able to see them all (I feel like that’s sort of the point of it), but as an anecdotal comment, it felt like the Jazz weren’t running set plays quite as much as the last two, though it may simply be that they were running it more smoothly than they earlier in the week and so it was more difficult to see it.

On the defensive side, I was still seeing some missed switches and there certainly were times when guys like Durant and Westbrook found themselves wind open, but I do feel like the Jazz made up for it by playing tougher defense and going after guys with intensity.

The Jazz may still be a work in progress, but they looked much better than they did on Thursday night.

Next up are the Raptors, who will play the Jazz in Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Game Quotes

Al Jefferson on Paul Milsap:

“One word: beast.”

“I think it started on the defensive end. We got big stops. We made their shots difficult. They got some great players. Great young guys who are very athletic. I think we just did a good job on the defensive end, and the offense finally got a good rhythm.”

Deron Williams:

“Paul came out and had a monster game. Al played well. AK did a great job on Durant in the first half and made things tough on him. C.J. came off the bench. When you look at our percentages and we’re shooting 40 percent as a team and guys are shooting 25, 30 percent from the field, you know that’s not going to last.”

Kevin Durant

“We really didn’t have any energy and they executed. They jumped right on us and we waited too long to fight back. They made some tough shots and we gave them some easy baskets, too.”

“They are quicker and more athletic. Al Jefferson gives them a different type of post player and he’s tough to guard. [Paul] Millsap shooting the ball like that and causing havoc on the boards is tough to guard.”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune.

~ by djepperson on November 1, 2010.

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