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News » Court Awareness: Thursday Review 2008-12-12

Court Awareness: Thursday Review 2008-12-12

Court Awareness: Thursday Review 2008-12-12
Opponents think they know what they'll see when they play the Utah Jazz.

They anticipate Utah's Pick and Roll v.2.0 featuring Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer. They prepare to be executed to death. They know their effort will have to exceed their talent in order to win.

Bleacher Report

Saturday's action

  • Pistons hang on against Bobcats
  • Hawks snap Cavs' win streak at 11
  • Sixers win in DiLeo's debut
  • Magic top Jazz without Howard
  • Nowitzki drops 46 on Thunder
  • Harrington feeling it for Knicks
  • Anthony, Nuggets outgun Warriors
  • Redd leads Bucks past Pacers
  • Bulls overcome Carter's big night
  • Randolph shines as Clips win again analysis

  • Hill: Less PT for Kobe and LeBron
  • Rosen: Spurs have plenty of guts
  • Hill: Give me Lakers-Celts Finals
  • Galinsky: NBA Power Rankings


  • Marques: Richardson will spark Suns
  • Who's impressed Marques Johnson?

All of the above only gets better knowing that none of the young threesome have more than three seasons under their belts.

In the 1998-99 season, Utah's role players featured the likes of Jeff Hornaceck, Greg Ostertag, Shandon Anderson and Adam Keefe.

Ten years later, their tune is jazzed up thanks to some energetic new pieces.

Other Notes

  • While Steve Blake has overachieved for Portland this season as their starting point guard (11.1 ppg and 4.1 apg), you have to wonder if he's the man the Blazers want at the point long-term. Don't be surprised if Portland packages some of their young, under-used talent to upgrade that position within the next year.

  • Small forward has been another point of inconsistency for the Blazers. Thursday night, starter Batum and Travis Outlaw combined for zero points on 0-for-6 shooting in 26 combined minutes of play.

  • Boston romped over the Wizards Thursday night 122-88. The contrast of the Celtics' perfectly balanced roster to Washington's hodge-podge assembly was pathetically obvious.

  • Assuming there's going to be at least one true point guard on the team, who's going to be the East's point man for the All-Star game? It's a four-man race between Boston's Rajon Rondo, Toronto's Jose Calderon, Chicago's Derrick Rose and New Jersey's Devin Harris. Those are slim pickings compared to the West (Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis and Chauncey Billups).

  • Guards DeShawn Stevenson, Mike James and Nick Young combined to shoot 0-for-14 on the night. Think Gilbert Arenas could do better than that right now despite his still-injured status?

  • Just like the Suns/Lakers game on Wednesday night, the Mavs/Bobcats matchup Thursday evening featured a team depleted by the Richardson/Diaw/Bell trade. And just like that previous game, the undermanned team gave their opponents all they could handle. Dirk Nowitzki had to bail out Dallas, nailing a three with 30 seconds left, putting the Mavs up four and the game out of reach.

  • Emeka Okafor had a surprisingly dominant outing, scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds. That kind of production is what Charlotte thought they'd be getting routinely after Orlando passed on him in favor of Dwight Howard.

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