Three thoughts on the Utah Jazz 117-110 win Sunday night over the Los Angeles Lakers:
1. Sharing the basketball. It’s like the light bulb went off for the Jazz against the Toronto Raptors Friday night. If you play unselfish and move the ball around this team can have success. It’s clearly the road map the Jazz need to use if they want to be a factor come playoff time.
2. Mo Williams learning his role. The veteran point guard is starting to find a balance–when to distribute, when to score. In the Lakers victory he chose his spots and finished 8-of-11 shooting for 22 points to go along with nine assists. Against Toronto he had 11 points and 10 assists. He still has to take better shots in crunch time but the fact he’s learning he doesn’t have to assume the star role is a major benefit.
3. The Lakers are bad. If you would have told me the Jazz were a legitimately a better team than the Lakers a quarter of the way into the season I wouldn’t have believed it. Dwight Howard appears completely out of place while defensively they’re a mess. I have to think they’ll be better once Steve Nash returns but who knows and who is to say he won’t go down again. While the Laker haters are loving this, the NBA has to be hating the fact their No. 1 franchise is 9-12. I can’t see lasting.