Mar 4, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) and Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) battle for a rebound at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

What Happened to Millsap?

After losing against a completely depleted Knicks team last night one thing was apparent, some of the players have already started their vacation.  Which doesn’t make any sense at all since the Jazz are only one game back of the Lakers and IF they win tomorrow in Houston will only be one game out from them and own the tie breaker on both teams.  What stood out the most last night to me and even the past couple weeks is Millsap’s lack of effort.

Watching Millsap behind Boozer compete and play his heart out was what Jazz basketball is all about.  Everyone loved Sap, especially me.  Then the Jazz traded away Deron for Derrick Favors and everything changed.  Favors is something Sap can never be, a force on the defensive end.  Instead of fighting it seems like Sap  just said I already worked for the starting position and I don’t have to prove it any more.  I use to think I was one of very few that was down on Millsap, but after looking on twitter last night after the game it seems like everybody is noticing.

I get it.  He thinks he’s gone after the season or maybe he knows he isn’t coming back, so why try on a team that isn’t going to win the championship this year?  I’m pretty sure he is still getting paid to play… right? I never thought Millsap would be one to roll over in the face of competition, but I guess I was wrong as I’m sure lots of others are as well.  Maybe something else is going on in his life that is taking away his focus but my guess is he can’t wait for the season to end.

With 15 games to go a lot of fans are saying the Jazz should tank and get a better pick.  Well even if the Jazz lost every game from here on out they would only move up two picks which might happen any way even if they don’t tank.  The Mavericks and Blazers are only 2 games out of the Jazz and are both playing much better ball.  I’d like this team to keep fighting even if it means getting swept in the first round, but I think only a couple players are actually still putting their all into it which I’m sure will disappear when they see the other guys not trying.  Jazz get one more chance and that is tomorrow night.  Lay an egg in Houston and they are done for and Millsap can happily buy his plane ticket for wherever isn’t Utah.

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