Three thoughts on the Utah Jazz 140-133 triple overtime win over the Toronto Raptors:
1. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin wanted better effort out of his team on the road. He got that. Well it didn’t actually start until midway through the fourth quarter but from that point on his team fought and grinded out the win. Now will this be the turning point to solving their road woes? I wouldn’t go that far. Toronto is bad and short handed as their 1-6 record indicates. This the team the Jazz should beat no matter where they play. Lets see if they can carry this momentum against decent teams like Boston on Wednesday or revert back to the way they have played on the road before. One thing I do know is they still have to play better from the start because against the better teams they won’t be able to mount similar comebacks like we saw against Toronto.
2. Paul Millsap is inkling to make even more money. Monday night’s performance showed once again why he’s the heart and soul of this team. He once again gave maximum effort hitting inside shots, rebounding, blocking shots–everything you expect from Millsap. But to further prove his work ethic and that he’s not content he has become a three-point shooting threat. He calmly made three key three’s in the overtime periods and proved to be one of the major difference makers in the win. And by developing that shot he makes himself that much more valuable to other teams if the Jazz choose to trade him or he becomes a free agent.
3. Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors. Besides the big three pointer Jefferson hit to send the game into overtime he also established himself inside. On the flip side his defense is still soft and he took way too many jumpers in the overtime sessions. As for Favors he once again showed why he deserves playing time. During the TV broadcast, Matt Harpring commented how valuable the extra minutes were for Favors and how he was continuing to improve because of it. Yep. Just imagine if Corbin would continue to play him heavy minutes how much better he would become?