The Utah Jazz are 6-4 in the month of February and are a +29 as a team. There have been some great wins against OKC and Golden State and some bad losses against the Kings and Clippers. The theme in almost every game is the same however and that is the Jazz starters just can’t seem to get a jump on their opponent. The problem seems to be lack of energy until the bench comes in and helps provide that spark that the starters miss. However as we know, the Jazz usually play well with Al and Sap at the end of games so something changes at that point. It could just be the mindset of the starters, but my bet is it’s the players that surround Al and Sap.
Take for instance Jamal Tinsley and Marvin Williams. Marvin is a -38 this month and Jamal is a -46. Over a ten game stretch that might not look that big, but compare that with Burks +54 over that time frame (only one game with a neg +/-) and you get quite the contrast. The Jazz cannot keep breathing and expect to make the playoffs with such poor starts in the 1st and 3rd quarters. The answer? My guess is give DeMarre Carroll Marvins minutes and once Mo comes back leave Tinsley on the bench. Corbin finally sounded fed up with how they were starting this past game so maybe he will get a clue and change it up sooner rather than later. (Although it probably is later already)
Jazz management decided not to make a move which means either the Jazz didn’t receive any good offers or they are planning on making a run with this team just to see how good they can be when they are healthy. However management will be sorely disappointed along with Jazz fans if they didn’t make a move and still miss the playoffs. Let’s hope Dennis Lindsey knows what he is doing and even more important conveys to Corbin his wishes for the teams direction.