Friday, April 13, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/13/2012

Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Brilliant Efficiency: It can be argued that sophomore Gordon Hayward has been the most consistent player for the Utah Jazz the second half of the season. Wednesday was additional evidence for that argument. In an excellent display of efficiency, Hayward destroyed the Rockets with an impressive offensive stat line: 9 of 14 from the field, 4 of 5 on 3-pointers and a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line en route to a game-high 29 points.

He also added six assists and two steals and played some solid defense in the second half. Gordon Hayward is clearly a reason for Utah Jazz fans to be optimistic about now and the future.

Utah Jazz prove they can win despite all the injuries, beat Houston 103-91--Deseret News

But the Jazz still have their version of the Big 3: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors.

They still have their baby-faced assassin, Gordon Hayward.
"The mentality now is we've just got to find ways to win," Hayward said. "This was a huge win for us as a team. I don't think you can ever doubt the heart of our team. We're down to 10 players now and we're just out there fighting, competing, just trying to find ways to win."

It showed.

Especially from him.

The ever-improving Hayward attacked the Rockets from inside, aggressively scoring in transition and attacking the basket like a veteran.

The more confident 22-year-old also had his stroke on from the outside, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers.

Hayward helped carry the team offensively in the first half, and then he kept shouldering the load in the second en route to a season-high 29 points.

"When I seen him last year, I knew he was going to be a great player. He just have all the tools," Jefferson said. "But just to watch it happen right in front of my eyes, it's just amazing to see."

Couldn't have asked for better timing, either. Hayward, who's had double-figure scoring in nine straight games, dished out six assists, to boot.

"My teammates did a great job of finding me early on. That kind of got me going a little bit," Hayward said. "Devin made some great passes, the transition shots. I was able to get some spot-up threes early and it just kind of went from there."

Utah Jazz: Millsap will play — Evans will not — tonight's Jazz-Hornets game--Deseret News

Millsap will begin the game with Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward, DeMarre Carroll and Al Jefferson.
The Jazz still only have three wing players in Hayward, Carroll and Alec Burks, and they have three point guards: Harris, Jamaal Tinsley and newcomer Blake Ahearn, who can all play shooting guard as well.

"We're limited," Corbin said. "With Jeremy being out also, we're shorthanded. We'll get it worked out."

Worst-case scenario, Corbin said the 6-8 Hayward could guard 7-footer Jason Smith of New Orleans for a short stretch, but that would make the Jazz very small.

Wizards’ Ernie Grunfeld won't let speculation about future affect him--Washington Post

Grunfeld’s draft choices from last June — Singleton, Jan Vesely and Shelvin Mack — have also failed to make significant contributions despite considerable opportunities.

Alumni given chance to see Mack play again--Butler Collegian

Heat road woes continue in 96-86 overtime loss in Chicago--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Shuffled out of Spoelstra's new rotation were Norris Cole, James Jones and Terrel Harris, on a night the Heat bench was outscored 47-7.

Coach Wardle to Offer Full Slate of Basketball

VIDEO: Wojta Ready for WNBA Draft

Men’s Basketball Signs Forward Kamren Belin During Late Signing

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