The Jazz are 1-0 to start the season after a startling and impressive debut effort against Dallas on Wednesday. Utah beat the Mavericks 113-94 behind 21 points apiece from Marvin and Mo Williams and 39 rebounds from from Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
Or, as I pointed in the story that will be thrown against your screen (or subscribe here) that rebound total was only one fewer than the Mavericks had as a team. Of course, Dallas was without a couple of All-Stars in Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman who probably would have made a difference on that front.
A few notes we weren't able to get into the paper:
• Alec Burks, despite a strong preseason, played only the final 2:16 of the game. If my Twitter feed is any indication - and it isn't necessarily - that was the most surprising move of the game. Tyrone Corbin, however, said Burks was a casualty of the 10-man rotation and the flow of the game.
"It's going to be a tough situation for a lot of guys different nights," Corbin said. "Gordon [Hayward] didn't get a chance to go back [in the fourth quarter]. Randy [Foye] was playing well, we extended his minutes there."
It seemed inevitable that someone would see a significant cut in his time from the preseason and the most likely candidates were Burks or DeMarre Carroll. But Carroll has established himself as such a hustle player that it's hard to not play him with that second unit. So Corbin bears the weight of the problem he has said all fall is a good one to have.
"It's going to be on me and the coaching staff to get them in the game," he said.
• Enes Kanter did not have another 14 and 14 night (he did wear a beautifully ridiculous hat, however), like he did once in the preseason. But the Jazz should be encouraged by a 6 points, 6 rebounds night from the second-year center from Turkey.
Kanter was limited to 14 minutes after taking an elbow from "Wince Carter" [Kanter's pronunciation of the former dunk champion's given name] in the second quarter and requiring three stitches.
"[His] elbow just hit me," Kanter said, "I'm OK. I'm alright."
Jefferson had a clean view of the play that briefly sidelined his protégé.
"He's a monster," Jefferson said of Kanter. "But I just told him don't let him [Carter] take charge of your game. Just keep doing you. I think he responded from it very well, I don't understand why it was going on, why the referee didn't take better charge of that."
The Jazz practice Thursday morning before flying to New Orleans for three games in five days, starting Friday.
— Bill Oram
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