|David Lee, PF 39 MIN | 9-23 FG | 5-5 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | +15
Lee continues to impress with his rebounding ability. On a team dearly lacking for size, Lee has continued to step up and be aggressive on both ends of the floor. Defensively, Lee bothered Millsap throughout the game, forcing many quick shots. The shooting percentage is worrisome, but with the backcourt playing so well Lee was given a pass for the night.
|Andris Biedrins, C 28 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +5
Gasp! Two consecutive great games from Andris! Whew, I was beginning to wonder if Andris should be looking to apply for the Latvian Professional Women’s Basketball League. He didn’t score, but at this point that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Andris rebounded like an NBA center should, forced extra possessions and finally looked mentally right out on the court. Maybe it was Tony Robbins in the arena giving off healthy juju, perhaps it was a new barber or maybe his girlfriend finally cooked a good homemade meal. Either way, Andris is starting to look the part.
|Monta Ellis, SG 40 MIN | 13-21 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 33 PTS | +19
After three consecutive off games Monta decided to have one of “his” games. He took advantage of the Gordon Hayward mismatch and beat him in every aspect of the offensive game. Whether it was coming off the dribble, pulling up, jumpers or from deep, Monta had an all-around impressive game. The Warriors backcourt only accounted for six turnovers tonight. Less turnovers, more wins. Who would have known?
|Stephen Curry, PG 38 MIN | 10-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 29 PTS | +18
Following his worst performance of the season Curry stepped up and played his best. Facing a woefully aging Jamaal Tinsley and a depleted Utah backcourt, Curry shot the ball well and distributed the ball very effectively. Curry looked hesitant in the first half, not wanting to finish on the inside. In the second half Steph drove, was aggressive off the dribble, finished beautifully around the rim and deferred the rock when necessary.
|Dorell Wright, SF 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +4
Not an overly impressive game for Dorell but definitely an effective one. Josh Howard got the better of the matchup tonight but thankfully the Warriors backcourt came to play. Dorell continues to shoot from three with reckless abandon, which is fine if they drop, not OK when they don’t. Still, the Dorell Wright of the first month of the season is far away in the rear view mirror.
Three Things We Saw
- We had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing another terrible NBA alternate uniform tonight. Miami had their South Beach tri-colored jersey, Memphis got their Oakland A’s on last week and now Utah decided to look like the Milwaukee Bucks. Dear NBA, not every team needs an alternate uniform. Save the alternates and throwbacks for teams worthy of wearing them.
- Gordon Hayward has turned into an impressive player. A one-dimensional player coming out of Butler, Hayward has evolved into a very good role player for the Jazz and stepped up tonight in the absence of Raja Bell. Hayward led the Jazz with 21 points and was the beneficiary of numerous Jamaal Tinsley assists. Yes, Tinsley is still alive.
- Brandon Rush. Three Point Contest. Needs to happen. Shooting 59% from beyond the arc, Rush has surprised Warriors fans with his consistent success from deep. Combine that with his strong defensive prowess and you have the perfect player coming off the bench. Anyone remember Lou Amundson? Nope, me neither.