Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is not giving Enes Kanter the minutes he deserves
From The Salt Lake Tribune…
For all the theories, ideas and statistics initially thrown around about how the outmatched Jazz could stay alive in their first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, there was one widely accepted certainty.
Through 66 regular-season contests, Utah’s primary strength was its inside game. A Big Four of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter had turned the 2011-12 Jazz into a throwback team, with old-school Utah ruling the paint as teams once did when post players controlled the league.
The Jazz ranked second out of 30 teams during the regular season in average points in the paint (49.8), while post players Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap formed the core of Utah’s inside-out offense. Utah has been outscored 170-108 by San Antonio in the paint during the first-round playoff series, though, with everyone from point guard Tony Parker to centers Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter ripping the Jazz apart.
Factor in San Antonio center Tim Duncan’s advancing age, backup center Tiago Splitter’s NBA inexperience, and undersized Spurs power forwards Boris Diaw and DeJuan Blair, and the Jazz’s ability to go big, play big and fight big was a no-brainer.
Then the playoffs started.
After three one-sided battles, a diminished Utah team is down 3-0. The best overall season of Jefferson’s career has suddenly been washed away. Millsap has been manhandled by Diaw. And while Favors has thrilled and Kanter at times has held his own, the Jazz as a whole have been miniaturized.
Utah ended the regular season ranked second out of 30 teams in average points in the paint (49.8), trailing only Denver. Through three disappointing postseason contests, the Jazz are averaging just 36 points in the lane and have been outscored by a combined 170-108 in the paint.
“They’ve gotten everything they’ve wanted. We haven’t gotten what we wanted,” Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said.
You haven’t gotten what you wanted Tyrone Corbin? What about the millions of Enes Kanter fans who haven’t gotten what they wanted? What about the Utah Jazz fans who haven’t gotten what they wanted?
Enes Kanter has only played 36 minutes in 3 playoff games, despite Kanter more than holding his own in those minutes (he’s averaging 4 points and 5.3 rebounds this postseason). The result?
3 straight losses to the San Antonio Spurs.
Give your team a chance to win tonight Corbin. Play Kanter.