November 26, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) goes to the basket while defended by Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Nuggets 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Defense in Two Consecutive Home Comebacks was Key for Utah Jazz

Nov 24, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) attempts to block a shot by Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

The Jazz have had great comebacks in the last 2 home games against Sacramento and Denver, winning 104-102 and 105-103 respectively.  The Jazz played awful in both games really until the fourth quarter when Coach Tyrone Corbin made the decision to keep Favors in the game until the end while having Millsap come off the bench.  Paul has struggled the last 5 games averaging 8.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg while shooting just 34% from the field.  Favors on the other hand, has averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg while shooting 39% in less minutes of playing time.

The difference is on the defensive end where Favors has averaged 1.8 blocks over 5 games and Millsap just .4 bpg.  Kevin O’Connor has known since Favors played college ball that he was a force to be reckoned with.  Corbin finally is being the coach Jazz fans want and playing Favors or whoever will help win the game, instead of just the veterans’ night in and night out.  For example; Corbin went with Tinlsey, Hayward, Carroll, Favors and Big Al last night against Denver.  Against Sacramento he went with Tinsley, Hayward, Marvin, Favors and Big Al.  In just the 4th quarter in both games the Jazz outscored Denver 21-19 and the Kings 31-22.  Compare that to the road game in Sacramento where the Jazz were outscored 57-41 in the second half and finished with Tinsley, Foye, Marvin, Sap and Big Al.

Defense wins championships; in fact 42 of the past 56 champions have contained a player on the 1st all-defensive team.  Derrick Favors is that guy for the Jazz and don’t be surprised if Hayward makes an all-defensive team or two as well.  The fact is Favors makes up for the absence of Big Al on Defense and Big Al makes up for the lack of offense from Favors.  The two offset each other very nicely, where as with Millsap if he is off offensively he really isn’t helping much.  Will this be the last season in a Jazz uniform for Millsap?  We’ll see, but if this continues to be a trend it will be time for the Jazz to part ways with one of the most celebrated athletes to play in Utah.

 

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