We screamed it from the mountain tops here at LowerTheRim last week. Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune finally had something to say about it today, and it would appear that Ty Corbin is giving in–ever so slightly. With legitimate contention clearly out of reach, Jazz faithful–at least those not afraid to criticize–have begun to question the self-mutilating ways of the franchise, whose M.O. for decades has been to make the playoffs at all cost, even at the expense of reaching the ultimate prize–a championship. Yes the Jazz could make the playoffs this year, behind the heavy minutes of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but it would mean an 8th seed, a first round exit, and a blase, middle of the road draft pick–basically the No Man’s Land of the NBA. As of last week, it appeared the Jazz were once again committed to
winning games that demise.
But tonight a loss to the Kings has finally given fans hope for something better than an 8th seed down the road. We saw starters like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson play 6 and 3 less minutes than their season averages, respectively, and in turn saw Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter play 7, 6, and 3 more minutes than their season averages. Not a big deal? Consider that the game was winnable almost to the very end. If anything, this would be a game the young guys would normally sit, while the veterans hit well above their average PT.
With that said, I believe we can consider the shift in minutes as a possible waving of the white flag on this season, and a yielding to the cries of so many championship starved fans. Sit your vets. Play your youth. Lose damn it! Lose, lose, lose! For therein lies our brightest future.