Sunday, November 14, 2010

All that Jazz and more

     The Utah Jazz have pulled off five consecutive come-from-behind wins.  Not only were the Jazz down in each game, but they trailed by double digits in each contest.  This incredible streak has captured my attention big-time.  Winning five games in a row against the Clippers, Heat, Magic, Hawks, and Bobcats is an impressive feat in itself, but coming back in the fourth quarter in each of these games is simply incredible.
     With the threat of Deron Williams, Paul Millsap, and Al Jefferson, the newly-conglomerated Big Three, (I'm fully aware that's a stretch - it's deliberate), the Jazz are on fiyahhhh.  Williams is averaging 21 ppg, 10 apg, and 5 rpg.  Though it's still early, I would qualify those as potentially MVP-caliber numbers.
     Deron Williams is the best point  guard in the league.  Sure, Rondo is a more skilled and deceptive passer and CP3 and D Rose are just as adroit at scoring the ball, but when you put everything together, D Will is the best-hands down.
     Paul Millsap has also emerged in the most explosive way this season.  In the overtime win against Miami, Millsap had a game-tying tip-in at the buzzer en route to a rather impressive 46 points.
     And "Hey, hey, hey, whaddaya know, it's Fat Albert."  I don't mean to insult the rather muscular (certainly not obese) Al Jefferson; rather, I want to remind those who follow the NBA avidly to not forget about Al.  He's quietly averaging 17 ppg, 9 rpg and having a solid year.
     Though the Western Conference is packed with talented teams like the Lakers, Mavs, Spurs, and Hornets, I advise you to not sleep on the Jazz (even if that's not your preferred style of music).  The team has recently shown its capability of coming back and playing well down the stretch.  Now if Utah can translate that energy and effectiveness to the first half, you're looking at one helluva team, yes one helluva team.
      Once they improve their play in the first half (I guarantee it will happen) the Jazz will be clicking on all cylinders and they'll be all that Jazz and more.  For sure.
     Oh, and don't forget about Francisco Elson and Kyrylo Fesenko.  The two ferocious monsters are averaging almost five points per game in total and will undoubtedly power the team to the Western Conference Finals with their unstoppable post moves (just so the casual fan is aware, this is a joke.  Fesenko and Elson have about as much potential as Semih Erden - So they're really good, right!?! - Nope).
     I'm quickly becoming a Jazz fan.  When Utah makes the Western Conference Finals, just remember, you read it here first.

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