By Ben "Napoleon" Wilson (@NapoleonKFAN)
The Jazz-Cavs matchup was never in doubt on Saturday. It was clear from tip to finish that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not a good basketball team. The Jazz deserve a tip-of-the-hat for doing exactly what the better team is supposed to do, but this game was one of those NBA games that could've never been played and the NBA would be a better place.
And if you think the Jazz-Cavs matchup was a game that was decided before the ball even went in the air, you probably feel the same about the next Jazz game. The Wizards are just 8-30 as the NBA nears the halfway mark. Washington is playing better basketball of late as they doubled their win total (from 4 to 8) in the last 2 weeks. Those victories include W's over OKC, Atlanta, and Denver.
I talked with coach Tyrone Corbin today at practice and he was quick to point out that Washington is playing better ball recently:
"They're playing well now. If You look at what's happened, Washington's got healthy, John Wall's back, Nene's playing better for them, and they got Booker back. We can't afford to look at anybody's record an think we can show up and win the game."
The Jazz have found their stroke in January as the improved acuracy from the Jazz wing has the team averaging over 40% from distance. Both Gordon Hayward and Randy Foye are on fire in the month from 3-point-land as Gordon is hitting an impressive 57% on 16-of-28 shooting from 3. Foye is also tickling the twines from 3 as he's 52% on 23-of-44 shooting. I asked Coach Corbin about improved distance shooting from the Jazz:
"It helps Al and Paul and Derrick and Enes, the guys down low when you come off and double, you kick the ball out and you throw it, swing-swing, and the guys make 3-point shots. Now you're less likely to come down and double our big guys in the post more."
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