02 January 2008

This is why the Jazz traded for Korver

The Jazz beat Kyle Korver's old team, the Sixers, tonight 110-107. While that's not exactly an impressive margin of victory over a 14-18 Eastern Conference team, it's another step in the right direction. After beating a hot Trailblazers team on Monday, the Jazz look to be back on track.

Deron Williams dished out 20 assists. Andrei swatted three shots. Boozer went for 22 and nine. But what was really important was the play of Korver. He scored 14 points on 3-4 shooting from the field, including 2-2 from the 3-point line and 6-7 from the free throw line. This is exactly what Utah needs from him. What is even more important is that five of those makes came in the last 27 seconds of the game. In a three-point victory, that's huge.

No one for the Jazz has been hitting late-game free throws so far this season. Derek Fisher, as much as I dislike his play, was that guy for Utah last season. But after he left for L.A., there hasn't been that go-t0 guy in late-game situations. Looks like Korver fills that need nicely.

As a career 88% free-throw shooter, his late-game clutchness isn't a fluke.

I'm excited. The Korver trade has paid off already.

1 comment:

Jimmy said...

I heard about this game on the radio this morning and I was like "Oh snap!" Glad to hear the Sixers got their come uppance.