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Just two nights after "Big Turkey" Enes Kanter flashed his version of a hyper "worm" in a free-form dance show during the Jazz open scrimmage, he slithered and slammed his way through the Golden State Warriors for 12 pts and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. With all the depth Head Coach Ty Corbin has to consider as he constructs a rotation, 5 players considered possible rotation players (Marvin Williams, Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Al Jefferson and Kanter) all logged more than 20 minutes. I hope last night's game played in Golden State's Oracle doesn't portend a future trend. Brought in to fire up the Jazz shooting stats new guards Randy Foye and Mo Williams combined to miss 12 of their 15 shots. Hayward's nightmare shooting from the playoffs with the Spurs continued as he went 2-10.
There was much intrigue as to who Coach Corbin would start in this Preseason opener. Both Williams', Millsap, Big Al and Hayward started. The Warriors regulars combined to go on a 13-2 run in the 2nd quarter breaking a 29-all tie. Then with David Lee (19 pts, 14 rbs, 5 Assists, 4 steals ) and Brandon Rush (14 pts) dominating inside and outside, Golden State put the Jazz in a 16 point hole midway through the 3rd quarter. Millsap and Marvin Wiliams each scored 7 points in the later stages of the 3rd to pull the Jazz back to within 9 points heading into the 4th quarter.
Derrick Favors (8 pts, 2 rbs, 4 turnovers) scored 6 quick points early in the 4th pulling the Jazz to within 5. Then Kanter scored 8 of his dozen points near the end but the Jazz came up short. Losing their preseason opener 83-80 at Golden State.
It'll be Friday Night Bright Lights as the Jazz host the high-rising, glitzy and gifted defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Great chance to see superstars and now Olympic Gold Medalists Kevin Durrant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.