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Jazz vs Thunder!! Game Preview!!Cut The Quit!! Jason Jerell!!

Jazz vs Thunder!! Game Preview!!Cut The Quit!! Jason Jerell!!

In this video Francis sits down with Jason Jerell and talks about the NBA Matchup Jazz Vs Thunder, NBA games and Lebron James.  Jason Jerell is a former football player for Idaho State University and also founder of the “Cut The Quit/ Cheat Death Not Sets” Movement.  Watch the video and leave a Comment.

Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

By Francis S Estepan.  March 9th, 2018.

The Utah Jazz with a record of 35-30 and only 1 game out of the playoffs.  The LA Clippers are the current holders of the 8th spot after the Denver Nuggets seem to have run out of steam.  P.S. This is about the Utah Jazz making the playoffs.

The Ranking and upcoming 5 games for the bottom of the West are as such

  1. Thunder (W1) – Spurs (3/10), Kings (3/12), Hawks (3/13), Clippers (3/16), Toronto (3/18)
  2. Clippers (L1) – Cavaliers (3/9), Magic (3/10), Bulls (3/13), Rockets (3/15), Thunder (3/16)
  3. Nuggets (L2) – Lakers (3/9), Sacramento (3/11), Lakers (3/13), Detroit (3/15), Memphis (3/17)
  4. Jazz (W4) – Grizzlies (3/9), Pelicans (3/11), Pistons (3/13), Suns (3/15), Kings (3/17)

The Thunder with their big 3, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, are a team that because of their potential that disregarding the current standings they already have a playoff ticket.  Sitting in 7th spot with 3 former NBA All Stars, this team is scary.  They are not just scary because of the way they matchup with teams like the Warriors, Rockets and the Cavaliers but also how they have struggle to close out weaker team.  The next 5 games 2 teams under 500 and 3 playoff teams.  The Toronto matchup will be an exciting game to watch.

The LA Clipper have somehow some way sneaked into the playoff rankings.  While many are crediting the work that Doc Rivers is doing with his new cast, a lot of could also be due to recent struggles by the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were a team that was on fire a couple weeks ago that edge out the Cavaliers, Spurs and Bucks.  The Clippers don’t have it easy for the upcoming games against the Cavaliers, Rockets and Thunder.  For the Utah Jazz it gets better because the Clippers played Portland and Minnesota.

The Denver Nuggets currently also out of the playoffs.  They seem to have loss some momentum since getting back Paul Millsap back on the line up.  Millsap a former Jazz, was supposed to be the veteran that will lead a young nuggets team.  The Nuggets are a fun team to watch and for how young that team is they are really building something great.  Playoff inexperience will probably will be the death of them anyways if they are able to get back to where they were a couple weeks ago.  Because of how easy the next couple games, the Nuggets could be the biggest threat to the Jazz for a playoff spot.

Finally to the main event.  The Utah Jazz are still alive in the playoff race.  If you enjoy watching teams fight every night like their season is almost over, then watch the Jazz.  Even in the East the Bucks have a comfortable lead over the Pistons that they are not worry if they drop a couple.  The Jazz won 11 games straight before losing to Portland.  Donovan Mitchell is making a case that he should be consider a top rookie.  Ricky Rubio is shooting exceptionally well for a pass first point guard.  Jae Crowder has fit into the scheme very well next to Rudy Gobert.  The only question that surrounds Rudy this season is “what if he hadn’t gone down, how far could this team be?” The Jazz could easily go 4-1 in the next 5 games.  Starting out at the Memphis Tankers who have lost 15 games in a row.  The Jazz just have to keep their intensity and keep letting Joe Ingles go full savage on the lead.

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(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

By Kevin Bertalotto.  March 9th, 2018.

Don’t just blame Russell Westbrook.

During the Houston Rockets Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder game a few days ago on TNT, they showed us this stat that OKC is 14-2 when Westbrook takes less than 17 shots and 26-27 when he shoots more than 17 shots. This has caused fans to make the claim that losing record is his fault. We’re going to take a look at the 27 losses OKC has had when Russ takes 17+ shots and see if he really is to blame.

Loses to Stats
Milwaukee Bucks by 1( Giannis outta bounds prior to GW) Melo- 5/12 (42%) Russ 40 pts 16/34 (47%)

No Paul George

Sacramento Kings by 8 Melo- 16pts 4/17 (23%) PG13 12pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 20pts 7/21 (33%)
Denver Nuggets by 3 Melo- 10pts 5/11 (45%) PG13 43pts 19/26 (73%) Russ 20 pts 7/18 (38%) 21 asts though
Boston Celtics by 7 Melo- 10pts 3/17 (18%) PG13 25 pts 9/20 (45%) Russ 19pts 7/20(35%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 14 Melo- 13pts 6/17 (35%) PG13 15pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 16pts 7/21 (33%)
San Antonio Spurs by 3 Melo- 20pts 9/17 (53%) PG13 18pts 5/16 (31%) Russ 15pts 5/22 (23%)
Washington Wizards by 6 Melo- 19pts 7/21 (33%) PG13 28pts 8/14 (57%) Russ 13 pts 5/18 (28%)
Denver Nuggets by 8 Melo- 28pts 10/20 (50%) PG13 13pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 13pts 6/22 (27%)
Cleveland Cavaliers by 8 Melo- 24pts 10/22 (45%) PG13 25pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 21pts 7/19 (37%)
Portland Trailblazers by 11 Melo- 19pts 8/17 (47%) PG13 22pts 8/18 (44%) Russ 22 pts 7/20 (30%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 7 Melo- 19pts 7/19 (37%) PG13 26pts 9/17 (53%) Russ 22 (32%) 16 rebs and 12 asts
New York Knicks by 15 Melo- 12pts 5/18 (29%) PG13 18pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 25pts 9/18 (50%)
Portland Trailblazers by 4 (B.S/Questionable Melo ejection in 3rd Q) Melo- 15pts 5/10 (50%) PG13 27pts 10/21 (48%)
Dallas Mavericks by 2 Melo 7/15 (47%) Pg13 6/12 (50%) Russ 38 pts 17/28 (61%)
Minnesota Timberwolves by 16 Melo- 5/19(36%) pg13 5/19 (26%) Russ 38pts 15/23 (65%)
Los Angeles Lakers by 4 Melo- 3/13 10pts (23%) Pg13 10/19 26pts (53%) Russ 36pts 15/25 (60%)
Orlando Magic by 13 Melo- 5/16 (31%) Pg13 7/17 (41%) Russ 37pts 11/23 (48%)
Phoenix Suns by 14 Melo- 14pts 6/14 (43%) PG13 19pts 5/14 (36%) 26pts 11/21 (52%)
Detroit Pistons by 1 Melo- 20pts 9/24 (37%) PG13 16pts 7/17 (41%)27 pts 10/29 (34%)
Houston Rockets by 10 Melo- 8/18 23pts (44%) PG13 7/16 17pts (44%) 32 pts 15/27 (56%)
MIN by 2 (KAT set an illegal screen prior to the Game Winning Shot) Melo- 9/19 23pts (47%) PG13 6/20 14pts (30%) Russ 31 pts 12/24 (50%)
Brooklyn Nets by 5 Melo- 11pts 5/20 (20%) Russ 31pts 10/27 (37%) no Paul George
Portland Trailblazers by 8 PG13- 21pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 31 pts 12/31 (39%) no Melo
Charlotte Hornets by 13 Melo 11pts 5/12 (41%) PG13 20pts 7/14 (50%) Russ 30 pts 10/22 (45%)

 

Dallas Mavericks by 16 Melo- 16pts 6/12 (50%) PG13 2pts 1/12 (8%)

Russ 28 pts 9/19 (47%)

Minnesota Timberwolves by 3 Melo- 23pts 8/15 (53%) PG13 23pts 8/16 (50%) Russ 27 pts 10/18 (56%)

In the 27 losses Russell Westbrook averages 26, 8.2, 9 asts on 42% shooting.

Melo shot 38%

Paul George shot 36%

So Who Is To Blame?? Russ?? Melo??PG?? Coach?? Leave A Comment…

 

Sonics/Thunders: Greatest Point Guard?

Sonics/Thunders: Greatest Point Guard?

By Kevin Bertalotto, Published February 26th, 2018

At age 29 Westbrook can already make a great case as the Sonics/Thunder’s best point guard in franchise history.  First let’s compare each stats, both, basic and advanced stats, then conclude.

Scoring

Gary Payton at age 29 averaged 7 less Ppg at 15.9 to Russ’s 22.9, although Gary averaged 5 less shots attempts per game and shot better 48% to Westbrook’s 44%. Overall in his Sonics career Gary averaged 18.2 Ppg on .469% shooting. Payton’s career high was 24 on 45%. Russ who has 2 scoring titles had a career high of 31.6ppg on 42%. When he was 29 The Glove had an offensive rating of 112 to Russ’s 109. For offensive win shares at age 29, Russ leads 55.1 to Gary’s 43.

Rebounds and Assists

When it comes to rebounds average at 29, Russ leads that too 6.5 to Gary’s 3.5 but in his Sonics career The Glove grabbed 4.2rpg. His career high was 6.5 to Russ’s 10.7. Gary Payton through his first 10 seasons averaged 6.7 assists per game vs Russ’s 8.1. Career wise The Glove did averaged 7.4 assists per game. Their career highs in apg are 9 and 10.4 which Russ is averaging for the third time and not to mention Russ is likely to lead the league in asts. Mr. Payton averaged more steals with 2.3 and less tovs at 2.4 compared to Westbrook’s 1.7 stls per game and 4 tovs a game.

Advanced Stats

At age 29 Gary and Westbrook both had a defensive rating of 105. Same age, Russ has a higher Value over Replacement Player of 54.1 to Gary’s 32.4. Gary’s highest of that stat was 7.6 vs Russ’s 12.6 last year. For win shares through age 29 Westbrook leads 87.3 to Gary’s 73.1. However, in his Sonics career Gary has a 126.7 win shares. By age 29 Russ for his career has a 23.9 PER vs Gary’s 18.5. Even for his career as a Sonic Gary has a lower PER than Russ at 20.1.

Accolades

During his Sonics career Gary Payton won Defensive Player of the Year, was a 9x All Star, All NBA 9x, All NBA Defensive team 9x, and steals leader once. So far Russell has 2 scoring titles, 1x Most Valuable Player, 7x All NBA, No shocker Russ by 44 points has already passed Gary in total playoff pts in 67 less games.

Conclusion

So who do you think is the Sonics/Thunders best point guard? Russell Westbrook or Gary Payton? In the regular season and crunch time in the playoffs I’ll take Russell Westbrook.