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Game 8: Jazz (4-4) @ Celtics (4-3) Open Thread

You know what they say, "Everything's bigger in Utah."

Utah @ Boston
7:30 PM EST

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 101.2 points/100 possessions (13th)
Jazz: 101.4 points/100 possessions (12th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 101.0 points allowed/100 possessions (19th)
Jazz: 99.9 points allowed/100 possessions (18th)

Probable Utah Starters: Mo Williams (PG), Gordon Hayward (SG), Marvin Williams (SF), Paul Millsap (PF), Al Jefferson (C)

View From The Opposing Bench:  Salt City Hoops

Thumbnail:  During the offseason, newly acquired Jazz guard Mo Williams tweeted out a picture of himself laying on Al Jefferson’s custom-made BIG bed.  This obviously started a bonanza of RTs that had their fair share of funny captions.  I, for one, fail to see the big deal.  Al Jefferson is a BIG man and he has a BIG bed.  Makes sense to me.

Speaking of Al Jefferson, did you know he used to play for the Celtics?  And he was the center piece in the deal for Kevin Garnett?  Oh, you did?  Cool.

But seriously, the reason we talk about this storyline year-in and year-out is because they love to go at each other.  After an on-court altercation last season at the Garden, a visibly annoyed Jefferson describes KG’s antics as, “just him being him.”  Watch it here.

Whether they like it or not, Jefferson and Garnett will be forever linked and the more on-court battles they have the more we’ll keep bringing it up.

Along with the battle between Jefferson and Garnett, here’s a short list of what was discussed in the media room prior to the game:

  • Last season, the Jazz played a quadruple overtime game just prior to playing the Celtics.  This is relevant given that the Jazz’s last game went to triple overtime.  They lost the overtime game last season and then lost the battle in Boston.  They won their overtime game the other night.  This year’s game in Boston….?
  • Is Paul Millsap a “great” player?
  • Did you know that Mo Williams is the Jazz leading scorer this season at 16.9 PPG?  The Jazz are just ahead of Boston in both offensive and defensive efficiency.  Hmmmm…

Here’s Doc Rivers’ pregame media Q&A:

  • Phil

    That big bed makes even more sense when you factor in that your spine decompresses a few inches when you lay down, making you taller laying down than standing up. I have enough problems with bed size and I'm only 6'2", so good on Jefferson for figuring out the solution.

    Also, I've really liked what Barbosa has brought in the first half of the last two games. He had three driving layups against the Bulls, and he's pretty much repeating that against the Jazz, plus a three. It's a nice dynamic to have off the bench; he's scoring and getting to the line. It's not like The Cs need a ton out of him anyway. Consistency will always be an issue of course, and we'll see if he shows up negatively in the fourth like he did against the Bulls.

  • Switcharoo

    Man I gonna say it now, I think Doc is an awesome guy, an awesome human being and an awesome coach. I know he’s got a few more seasons with Boston, but I don’t even want to think about when he retires from the Cs.

  • Switcharoo

    “the Jazz are just ahead of Boston and Utah in both offensive and defensive efficiency….” ? What the? That doesn’t even make sense.

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