The Jazz have less talent that any team I have seen this season. If it were not for great coaching, and players who play like Sloan wants them to play, they would have fewer wins than any team in the league. But they are so physical, so aggressive and they play so well togther, they maximize their talent and are close to .500.
Bender had another impressive game today. The biggest difference I see is he does not look lost anymore and he is much more aggressive, evidenced by his free throw attempts. Defensively he is better, still has trouble staying with smaller guys but he is 7'0"
I enjoyed watching Mike Brown coach the team for about 28 minutes today. he is a different presense than Carlisle is. Strategy was not really different, but Brown is full of energy, constantly in motion, and always encouraging guys.
Pacers offense seems very different without Artest. More pick and rolls, fewer isolation, post ups, more ball movement, the point guards have the ball a lot more.