The Jazz got off to a good start against the Lakers last night, but cold shooting late in the game led to a 108-94 loss at Staples Center.
The Jazz got off to a quick start. They shot the ball well and played good defense. However, it seems like once Coach Corbin put some bench players in the game, that is when the Lakers took over. In fact, saying the Lakers bench took over could be an understatement. Their bench finished the game with 74 points.
Some quick thoughts on where the Jazz stand now.
Expect some cuts to begin happening either today or tomorrow. The Jazz have another preseason game tonight against the Clippers. Then after that, there is one last preseason game before the regular season begins. Coach Corbin is going to start giving his starters some real game minutes to get them ready for the season.
Cuts that are pretty apparent is Mike Harris. Harris hasn’t been able to shoot the ball at all and has looked lost on offense. He should be cut soon.
The Jazz can either pick between Lester Hudson and Scott Machado, or they can let them both go. Hudson has shown some signs that he could make the team, more so than Machado. Very good chance, however, that the Jazz let them both go.
My guess is that the Jazz are giving Brian Cook this playing time to showcase himself to other teams. I don’t believe they will keep him on the roster, as they already have plenty of big men on the roster.
If those 4 guys are cut, that leaves the roster at 15. The Jazz wouldn’t need to make anymore cuts after that. That still leaves Justin Holliday and Dominic McGuire on the roster. I believe that both these guys will make the team. McGuire has been impressive, but his injury has held him out of the last few games. Holliday impresses me every time he gets on the court. He is shooting the ball and plays good defense.
Favors played well. He hit some jump shots from just above the free throw line that was good to see. Him being able to hit that shot will bring the defenses away from the hoop and open things up for cuts to the basket. He made a few nice passes to cutters that was “Malone-esque”. You could tell he had learned that from Karl. Also, I don’t see why if Favors plays for 30+ minutes a game, why he can’t average 15 rebounds per game. They guy gets every rebound, and finished the game with 13. Richard Jefferson grabbed a few from him or he would have finished with probably 16 or 17.
Kanter had a few defensive mistakes that he needs to get better on. He was playing a little different than he is used to though, as the Lakers played more of a stretch 4 look, and Kanter ended up guarding a guy on the perimeter. He did hit some nice shots and even had a nice cut to the basket that Hayward found him for a nice open dunk.
Hayward had another nice all around game, finishing with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists. Hayward is going to put up these kinds of numbers all year and Jazz fans should be excited about that.
The Jazz are back in action tonight as they take on the Clippers at Staples Center. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports and on 1280 The Zone. Go Jazz!