Friday, November 14, 2008

Playing Short-handed

Andrei Kirilenko... sprained index finger.

Deron Williams... sore ankle.

Mehmet Okur... attending his seriously ill father.

The Jazz are much maligned. Kirilenko can't even catch the basketball. Deron may have come back from injury too early (note... he won't play Saturday night versus Cleveland either). And Memo is, rightfully and respectfully, still visiting his father in Turkey.

Even when playing healthy during this road trip, the Jazz haven't performed all that well, losing to both the Knicks and the winless Wizards. Now we have to face serious injuries in addition to serious performance issues.

On the bright side, Kosta Koufos has played fantastic ball in recent games (in place of Memo). And both Ronnie Price and Brevin Knight have filled in ably at point guard when Deron has been out. With AK47 sitting the bench, Matt Harpring and possibly Morris Almond may finally get some minutes to play and perform. The good thing about the Jazz team is... its bench is incredibly deep and capable of filling needs, playing well and getting victories. We'll see if that will be the case tonight as the Jazz play the Bobcats on the road in Charlotte. Go Jazz!


Tucker McCann said...

Whoa baby . . . but lest we not forget, I believe the Jazz were a .500 team though the first 30 games last year, correct?

Pasty Gangsta said...

Correct, because we went about 1-47 in the month of December.

For some reason we're beat up early this year. I do like that the younger guys are getting minutes and it's important not to rush D Will and AK back. Wouldn't mind stealing a win tonight either though. . .