D-Harris Must Step Up with Watson Out
by Broox Anderson
RICHFIELD, UT — 8:20 A.M. — Jazz fan-favorite Earl Watson will undergo an MRI today (Thursday) to better diagnose the knee injury he suffered during Wednesday’s game vs the Lakers. Watson, a strong leader on the court, is the type of player who compels his team to play better when he–a 6’1″ 10-year veteran–takes to the floor. Earl averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 assists in 20.3 minutes per game before he suffered a knee sprain on Wednesday.
Devin Harris and Jamaal Tinsley remain as the healthy point guards. Harris, noticeably struggling thus far, is a far cry from where he needs to be. Devin holds averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 assists, and a frightening 2.3 turnovers per game while shooting a field goal percentage of .347 and a three-point percentage of .324. Harris’ stats have not been this atrocious since his rookie and sophomore years in the league.
We’ve all seen how Devin Harris can play–how he can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, move the ball and orchestrate an offense, defend the ball with aggression, play with confidence, and fight for every win.
This year, though, it just isn’t there. The competitiveness isn’t there. The passion isn’t there. There haven’t even been glimpses of his former self!
Now, with Watson injured and no one else there to take the reigns, it’s time for Devin Harris to step up.
The Jazz need more point production, ball movement, facilitation, leadership, and defense from Harris. On the other hand, Jamaal Tinsley now has a chance to prove himself. He’ll be sorely needed at the backup point guard spot, and will have the opportunity to play with Jazz’s youthful second unit.
It’s sad to think about it, but maybe Watson’s injury is just what the Jazz needed to push Harris back into form.
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