"I shot (free throws) like I was Mark Price. I had a slower song tonight in my head. Last night I had a fast song and I was going too fast. Tonight I had a couple slow jams playing in my head and I did pretty good so I'm going to keep it up. ... The playlist was some Tank, some Tyrese and some Usher and some Beyonce. And on the Beyonce's I hit all net so I might have to keep singing Beyonce." - Dwight Howard on his excellent free throw shooting technique
Hrm, the Jazz are a good team but I suspect that the Rockets have a good chance to come out with a win.
According to Synergy Sports, Utah ranks as follows...
P&R ball handlers - 24th
P&R roll man - 2nd
Spot-up - 27th
Off Screen - 26th
Cut - 21st
Offensive Rebounds - 23rd
Transition - 5th
Based off this, I expect Harden and Lin to carve them up off the P&R, but mostly from kick and shoots vs Asik rolling.
Their low ranking vs Spot Up, Off Screen and Cut seems to show a lack of defensive awareness against moving players as well as limited effectiveness against spot up shooting.
I wouldn't be surprised if PPat, Harden and Morris to do very well.
Asik may have reduced scoring due to their ability to guard the rim, but we *should* own them on the boards.
Offensively, Utah appears to be mediocre except in terms of their P&R roll man (5th in the league). Given that we're 30th in the league in terms of defending P&R rollers (size will be an issue), I expect Utah to go to the rim often.
My guess is that this could be a very close match up.
The problem with the "eye test" is most of us are half blind.