Wednesday, July 23, 2008

RMR Game 4: Initial post-game thoughts

Twin Pillars of Futility ! Don't worry, I'll combine the full thoughts of Game 3 and 4, but I wanted to get this out there . . . the Utah Jazz summer league team is now 2 - 2 after defeating the New Jersey Nets squad which I thought was more talented than ours. It was an exciting game where the Nets, lead by Jaycee Carroll, went up by 14. The tide turned with solid bench play by point guard Ty Brazelton and others. Eventually this game became Carroll vs. Almond -- both guards scoring on a variety of moves. Down the stretch Brazelton took over and made baskets. The 10th pick of the draft, Brook Lopez, was outplayed by Fesenko -- though the stats show things slightly differently. Lopez had 11 boards, and played over 30 minutes -- but Fesenko locked him up and helped him shoot 2 for 11. Lopez also had 5 turn overs and 6 personal fouls. Almond was stellar, shooting a shot under 50% and getting to the line 18 times on aggressive moves to the basket -- especially in transition. He finished with 24 points and 0 assists. The media continues to go nuts over Kosta's production -- you know, 3-8 shooting is an improvement actually.
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