Al is not incapable of defending, he is susceptible to being fatigued and also cannot be exposed very far from the basket. Al rotates very well, just not very often. That has to improve and while it has come from a very low point he's clearly improved. As has been beaten to death it's ridiculous to expect any center to guard a pg out past the foul line. Kanter got absolutely smoked at least once tonight in the exact same situation Al was in the other day.
Originally Posted by DutchJazzer
You play your players to their strengths and try to hide their weaknesses. Very few players are great on both sides of the ball. Get your head on straight. Al contributes by putting so much pressure on a defense. They have to deny him the ball, double him or send somebody backside to try for a steal. Now against guys like all-world post defense Duncan it doesn't help much but then again this is not a HOF player we are talking about here.
Al is an offensive focus. You preach that everything would be peachy without an offensive focus but look around the league at the teams without one. They have no chance.
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12-08-2012 01:24 AM
As much as I'm not an Al fan and as much as I think offense and defense would improve without him....I still have to agree with this.
Originally Posted by Brown Notes
Watching Toronto play defense is excruciating painful. I mean tinsley got a wide open layup. Tinsley even hesitated for like a second and couldn't even believe himself that he was so wide open. Without even looking at defensive ratings, I do think Toronto is one of the worst teams I"ve seen defensively.
So Jefferson = Black hole and Kanter equals great ball movement?
This game had nothing to do with Jefferson being out of the game. Toronto is a bad team.
The jazz basketball can be identified with physical and dominant front court, hard screens, cutting players, motion offense, unselfish players who know how to share the ball and if necessary hard fouls under the rim so without Al, all these things happened so flow of the offense was much quicker and the ball movement from side to side was better so lots of 3 point shots made. Of course it's about Craptors defense and frontcourt too but still in a long period, i prefer watching Al-less team fighting till the end, struggling on the offensive side but improving overall cause it's the true thing we gotta do, earlier it's better.
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Last year we saw them vs a very good lakrs team in LA. Annd for the first time in a gazzilion years jazz beat th lakers in LA
Originally Posted by m3at
But we still needed a miracle 3 and 3 overtimes to beat them
Originally Posted by Broncster
Saw that 5 times last season. Jazz were 4-1 in those games.
Originally Posted by m3at
Way to miss the point. Any evidence from this game that we don't need jefferson is similar evidence against Favors. However, cognitive biases tend to run pro-Favors and anti-Jefferson, so people are interpreting the game in a manner to reinforce those biases.
Originally Posted by sepanol
This is one game. The Ewing theory is in effect.
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No, no, no, and no. Favors plays defense, a critical need in your bigs, especially you C. Al doesn't. Also, favors is not the black hole. The offense does not stagnate like with BA.
Originally Posted by One Brow
Actually, you could argue that the offense does stagnate with Favors, as his offensive numbers are pretty abysmal.
Originally Posted by zman1527
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