After last night’s victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Utah Jazz have won two games in a row for the first time this month (hard to believe, right?). The one guy that stuck out in my mind following the game was definitely CJ Miles. Miles, who led the team in scoring with 22 points off the bench, truly seems to be the difference in most of the games this season.
Obviously, when you have a superstar like Deron Williams, you know what you are going to get, night in and night out, but when you have a sixth man who can be as lethal as CJ Miles is, he is usually going to be the x-factor in the game. If he has one of his 20+ point performances, the Jazz are usually going to be in a great position to win, but if he has one of his 1-7 from downtown kind of nights, the Jazz are usually going to be staring at an L following the game.
The good thing about CJ Miles and the direct impact that he has on the team, is that he is becoming more reliable this season than ever before. In the past, Miles’ numbers would fluctuate a lot from game to game, but this season the numbers have been relatively consistent. (Of course there will be games where he scores 4 or 2, but that is not generally the case). With that consistency comes the ability for the Jazz to invest in Miles and the role that he is providing for the team. In other words, because the Jazz can count on him more times than not, it hasn’t been a problem that they have needed big performances out of him because he has delivered.
Now in his 5th season out of high school, CJ Miles looks like he is really growing up, and he is ready to define his role in the NBA. If the ship stays on its course, and that looks like it’s extremely possible, then the Jazz have a wonderful opportunity to make some serious noise this season. Because remember, the stars are going to be the stars, but it’s up to the supporting cast to make them look the best they can. And right now, CJ Miles is leading that supporting cast for the Utah Jazz.