Is it possible that with Enes Kanter out for possibly the remainder of the season that it could actually help the Jazz make the playoffs? I know what most are thinking and that would be a BIG NO. However, after really putting some thought into it the Jazz actually might be better (just for the rest of this season) with Kanter not taking minutes.
Don’t get me wrong, Enes Kanter is my favorite player on the Jazz and he will be an all-star in the future and possibly the Jazz’s best player. At the moment however the Jazz desperately need defense in the way that only Favors can give them. If the Jazz go to a 3-man big rotation Favors will benefit the most. As of late Corbin has opted to stick with Al for as many minutes as possible and has been leaving Favors in the rest of second halves to finish games.
Instead of 4 players sharing 96 minutes, Corbin could elect to play Favors, Millsap and Jefferson the 96 and leave Jeremy Evans the odd man out. Most likely Al plays close to 40 from here on out which leaves 56 minutes for Sap and Favors which I’m guessing Sap will be closer to 24 and Favors closer to 32 minutes a game. With 32 minutes on the court this changes who the Jazz are and how other teams have to play us. Easy layups and dunks won’t be so easy and teams will start relying more on jump shots.
Look back at last night’s game against Phoenix. The moment Corbin took Favors out of the game in the first half the suns had 4 of their first 5 plays be uncontested layups. Teams KNOW the moment Al and Sap are in together that they need to attack the basket because baskets come easy. I wish Al was quicker and Sap was longer but they aren’t and that is the main reason why Favors is starting to see the entire fourth quarter instead of Sap. Without Kanter in there that’s an extra 10-20 minutes that Favors and Sap get to play and hopefully will be the difference in our overall teams mind set as to defense, defense, defense!
With 10 games to go Jazz need to finish 7-3 for them to really be in the driver’s seat and playing San Antonio in 3 weeks. Believe!