Mar 22, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (right) dunks over San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (left) during the second half at the AT

My Biggest Fear as a Jazz Fan

Did anybody see what Favors did tonight against the Spurs?  Isn’t it amazing how one guy can affect the game even though he isn’t scoring?! For the 19 minutes that Derrick was on the floor the Jazz outscored the Spurs 38-21.  38-21!?! 38-21!!! Wait so only 21 points were allowed in 19 minutes of play?  At that pace the Spurs would have scored a total of 53 points for the entire game!

So the question is and always has been what is Tyrone Corbin and the coaching staff doing?  Fans see it and if fans see it then the coaches have to see it.  How in the world can someone take Favors out of the game with that much of a presence?  Especially for someone that is undersized and honestly not that great at offense (which is the reason Corbin uses Millsap over Favors).  I don’t understand it and Favors definitely doesn’t understand it.  Just watch him leaving the court tonight…. he was NOT happy.

Which leads me to my biggest fear as a Jazz fan: That Favors when given the option to extend won’t do it and will leave for another team.  This guy has the defensive presence of Dwight Howard and has a much better free throw shot!  Seriously make fun of that comparison all you want but look at the stats and watch him play.  Per 48 minutes Favors averages more blocks, and slightly less rebounds.  He alters every shot at the rim and completely changes how the opponent has to play against them.

Jazz win tonight if they have Favors stay in like they did the other night.  Jazz win Golden State if Favors plays the last defensive play in the first meeting not to mention the other half dozen games scattered between those that they lost because they needed defensive stops.  Corbin when will you realize that Millsap and Jefferson is not, has never been, and never will be a good combo together?  Stats don’t lie and -24 on the court together tonight is just one more stat to pile on the pathetic duo.  Don’t blame those guys though cause it’s not their decision-it’s Corbins.  The Jazz are rarely good enough to outscore the other team with those two in the lineup, because of how undersized and how poorly nonathletic on the defensive end they are.

The talk at the end of the season between Lindsey and Favors better be long and better be clear that Favors is the guy moving forward, or who knows he might just leave.  And who would blame him? Not me.  I’d blame Corbin.


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