Monday, February 13, 2012

News On The Horizon 2/13/2012

Utah Jazz extra: Having fun, extra tidbits at new Jazzland blog--Deseret News
Utah Jazz begin brutal road trip with big-time win in Memphis vs. Grizzlies, 98-88--Deseret News

Starting swingman Gordon Hayward continued his strong play of late, scoring a season-high 23 points and dishing out five assists to help Utah snap its three-game losing streak.

And he wasn't the only big contributor tonight as Utah won for the first time in five road games and improved its record to 14-12.

Jazz-Grizzlies: Report card--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap were superb. The duo combined for 39 points on 15-23 shooting and nine assists. Millsap also grabbed eight boards. Hayward kept up with high-flying Rudy Gay (22 points, six rebounds), while dynamic swingman O.J. Mayo, a 12.4 point-per-game scorer entering the game, was held to two points on 0-3 shooting. He had issues defending the bigger Millsap when he was matched against him. Grade: A-

Utah Jazz-Memphis Grizzlies: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Gordon Hayward: The second-year man came to play. Gordon Hayward’s confidence level was extremely high from the start of the game to the finish. In the first half, he set the tone for the big road victory, scoring on an array of silky jump shots and powerful drives to the basket. Then, in the fourth, he made three clutch plays down the stretch: two long jumpers, followed by an important assist to Paul Millsap.

When it was all said and done, it was one of his finest performances as a professional, as evidenced by his stat line: a game-high 23 points (8-12 field goals, 2-3 three-pointers, 5-5 free throws), 5 assists, 2 steals, with zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

Likewise, he has been one of Utah’s most consistent players of late. Hayward has showed aggressiveness on both ends of the court, with his defense improving each game. Offensively, he has scored double digits in eight of the past nine games. His stats over that same span: averages of 14.7 points (50.5 percent field goals, 80.5 percent free throws), 3.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 0.8 blocked shots per outing.

The future is bright for Gordon Hayward.

Jazz fight off Grizzlies, 98-88, and begin road trip right--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz notes: Tyrone Corbin makes historical connection with Jazz in Memphis--Salt Lake Tribune

Hayward stepping up

After holding All-NBA forward Kevin Durant to 19 points Friday in Utah’s home loss to Oklahoma City, Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said he believes he can defend anyone in the NBA.

They were bold words from the second-year player who was struggling with his place in the league just one year ago. But Hayward’s defense and confidence have continued to improve in 2011-12, and Corbin is taking notice of the changes.

"The largest strides that he’s made this year … [are] defensively of taking the challenge and playing the top scorer on the other team. I think he’s doing a great job of taking that challenge personally, of getting up into guys," Corbin said.

He added: "That actually generates his offense a little bit, because he’s looser, he’s more focused on what he has to do, and then he can get in the flow of a game a lot quicker."

NBA: Utah Jazz defeat Memphis Grizzlies, 98-88--Salt Lake Tribune

"We needed this one," said forward Gordon Hayward, who scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and clearly outplayed the Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay. "We were on that fringe of not being in the playoffs, so we really need every single game. Especially with a team that’s right there next to us."
Jazz backup point guard Earl Watson’s pregame message to Hayward: "Let it fly."

G-Man did just that. So did his team, which shot 50.6 percent (42-for-83) from the field, dished out 26 assists and outscored Memphis 54-40 in the paint.

Gay’s 22 points topped Memphis, which committed 19 turnovers and was held to 22 points or fewer in three of four quarters.

The Grizzlies small forward saw in Utah everything Memphis was not: aggressive, fearless and united. And in Hayward, Gay caught a star on the rise.

"He got out there. It seemed like he was the one that was benefiting off all our mistakes," Gay said. "If there is a hustle play, he goes out there every night. He’s tough, and a lot of people on [the Grizzlies] can learn from that."

Butler’s road sweep keeps drive alive--Victory Firelight

VIDEO | Butler women’s basketball team raises breast cancer awareness--Butler Collegian

Miami's Big 3 leads Heat to 107-87 rout of Hawks--Miami Herald

Notes: Hawks C Jason Collins, out with a strained left elbow, will be evaluated Wednesday while the team is in Los Angeles. He said the movement in his arm is OK, but he'll have to build up the strength before he can return to the court. ... The Heat put five players in double figures. Mario Chalmers scored 15 and Norris Cole had 10. ... Atlanta's record dropped to 5-9 against teams that are above .500.

BracketBusters to resolve some mid-major questions this week: National College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Detroit Mercy 77, Wisconsin-Green Bay 74: LaMarcus Lowe sparks Titans' comeback victory--The Detroit Free Press
Sunday's state basketball: Detroit Mercy catches Wisconsin-Green Bay to cap weekend rally--The Detroit News
Detroit holds off Green Bay for 77-74 victory--The Oakland Press
Detroit Takes Close One With Green Bay, 77-74--Titans Update
Titans Erase 12-point Second-Half Deficit to Down Green

Loyola Seeks Back-To-Back Wins When It Visits Butler

Men's basketball: UWGB falls just short at Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
Detroit a Little Too Much for Green Bay, 77-74--Phoenix Fever
Simon's Hot Hand Counters Phoenix

Women's college basketball: Wojta excited for radio appearance--Green Bay Press Gazette

Panthers run into a big problem--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM women Panthers can’t keep up with Detroit--UWM Post

Panthers blown out on road--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers lose big on the road to Wright State--UWM Post
Juggling with time--PantherU
Milwaukee Falls Hard To Wright State, 70-46--UWM Update
It was fun while it lasted...--Milwaukee Panther Tracks
Weekend Postgame Report - Milwaukee @ Detroit/Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Hot-Shooting Raiders Roll Past

Tom Izzo's pep talk fires up Michigan State's Brandon Wood vs. Ohio State--The Detroit Free Press

Hall finding groove after concussion--Dayton Daily News
WSU’s victory good for the sole--Dayton Daily News
Darling, Raiders find scoring balance--Dayton Daily News
Wright State balance helps Raiders beat Milwaukee, 70-46--Wright State University Sports
Raiders upset Panthers behind Cole Darling’s career-high
Wright State Dismantles Milwaukee, 70-46--Rowdy Review
Men Roll to 70-46 Win Over

Horizon League extremely tough to fathom--Youngstown Vindicator

Four Become Three After Detroit, Wright State Wins--Horizon League Network

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