Earl Watson dribbles at the top of the key as Jeremy Evans rolls off his defender and catches the perfect alley-oop or as fans in Utah knows it as the “EARLy-oop.” Everybody seems to know it is coming except for the opponent every game. Earl is a feisty defender that really gets in the head of other players and plays hard when he is on the court. He is also a team player that is always cheering on the other players on the team.
The question is whether or not he should be playing over Jamaal Tinsley. Coach Corbin made the decision to play Earl over Jamaal when Earl came back from his injury that led him to miss the first 11 games. The Jazz are 7-5 with Jamaal playing backup point and 2-4 with Earl. The other loss happened when the Jazz played Memphis and Burks played backup point. The other factor that needs to be remembered is that Favors and Marvin have been out in a couple of those losses.
Jamaal is averaging: 2.7 ppg, 5.6 apg, 1.9 tog, and shooting 32.7%. While Earl is averaging: 2.1 ppg, 4.1 apg 1 tog, and shooting 43.8%. Tinsley seems to run the offense better but was shooting miserably up until the last 2 games he played in. Watson on the other hand has made mistakes but single handedly brought the Jazz back in the OKC game that came up just short. Either way it is something that Jazz fans are watching closely and everybody seems to have an opinion about.
Another stat to point out is the Jazz are +56 with Tinsley compared to -20 with Earl. The +56 mark by Tinsley is second highest on the team right behind Mo at +60. Tonight Corbin has opted to play Tinsley ahead of Watson, which means the position of backup point guard is definitely still up for grabs. Who knows maybe Burks will get another chance down the road as well. The question is who gives the Jazz the best chance to win?