My favorite time of an NBA season is when a key player goes out with an injury just to see which player(s) will step up. That is just what the Jazz have experienced over the past three games. Honestly I wouldn’t have guessed the Jazz would have a chance other than possibly the Cavs game (and that’s the game that wasn’t close). Without Hayward the Jazz have actually looked impressive for the most part.
Alec had a career night with 34 points against the Nuggets and has averaged 23 points over the three games along with 5 boards and 4 assists. Enes had a career night against the Spurs making the ESPN announcers to not stop talking about the Big Turkey. Enes scored 25 points on 12-15 shooting in 26 minutes and pulled down 11 boards. Enes has averaged 17 points and 8.3 rebounds in the 3 games shooting over 50% in every game since December 30th. Trey also has stepped up scoring 17.3 a game and dishing out 8.3 assists.
Richard Jefferson has also been a big part of the last three games and a big part of me wishes he would stay in Utah for his last 2-3 seasons. The point is the Jazz are growing up fast and come next year I think they will surprise a lot of people. I’ll be the first to admit that I was very wrong assuming the Jazz wouldn’t compete without Hayward. Don’t get me wrong though the Jazz still need Hayward and giving these other guys time will allow the Jazz to be more complete come next year.