Frustrating 1st half as the Jazz had many wide open 3s, luckily they missed them. But the 2nd half looked better with rotations and limiting open shots, despite a bunch of 3s made in the 3rd quarter. Whether it was intentional or not, the Pelicans did a good job of "baiting" the Jazz into taking mid range jumpers after closing out on the 3 and occasionally packing the paint successfully. I'd love to see that more often.
It's not saying much tho considering we were playing the Jazz. But I'll take any amount of progress. However there were still alot of breakdowns where we let a guy get to the rim without any resistance. COMMUNICATE!!!
Last time we played the Jazz I went on a big angry tirade. I methodically tore down this coaching staff and spread alot of negativity. While some of it was justified, I regret doing that. Monty can frustrate me, but I don't want his head on a silver platter. I WANT him to be the coach of this team, I just hope he can adjust as the players develop.
The mistake I made when I said that Monty's teams weren't good defensively was that we've had very different rosters over his tenure here. Its gotta be a tough job when you have to preach to a new choir every season. Firing Monty will just fluster our players and cause disruption, not what these young guys need right now. If the front office decides Monty isn't the right fit for this team, we can always wait til the offseason. There's plenty of time to evaluate this roster, our best players are locked in for the next 2-4 years.
It's still very early in the season. We are the youngest team in the league (I love saying that). More importantly, the teams we are competing against for a playoff spot are struggling too. We're tied for 10th in the West, only 1.5 games behind the 8th seed. And teams like Dallas and Portland have had easy schedules, they've just managed to actually win those games. It could be worse guys. At least we're not the Knicks, or the Nets, or the Rockets. They are supposed to be championship contenders and they have come out looking like pansies!
Lastly, Austin Rivers is too good defensively to ride the bench. He looked great last night and ran the offense well and brought some very crucial energy. Still making some bad mistakes but seeing as how we could use more defense, he needs more minutes. His limited minutes against Trey Burke were very impressive and he is smart about where to place his body. Would love to see him take the backup PG role permanently. With Tyreke and Ryno off the bench, we really don't need Brian Roberts' scoring that much.