Say what you will about the state of the Lakers, but there's little denying this was the Jazz's best road performance of the season. The Jazz entered the game 1-7 on the road against Western Conference opponents, and 48 minutes later had shot 54 percent from the field and scored 117 points — against a team that features two former Defensive Players of the Year (World Peace, Metta and Howard, Dwight) as well as Kobe Bryant, who is tied for the most appearances on the NBA All-Defensive team (9) ever.
So, yeah, it was a pretty satisfying win for the Jazz.
• Derrick Favors missed his fifth game in a row due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. This time, however, there was a twist. Favors was cleared to play, enjoyed a pain-free practice on Saturday, and went through pre-game warmups. It was there, however, that the trouble began.
"When I was out there," he said, "it kind of hurt a little bit so I decided to shut it down."
The Jazz are 3-2 without Favors, but have won three in a row. The third-year forward said he didn't feel like Sunday was a major setback. The Jazz have two days before they host the Spurs on Wednesday and it seems likely Favors will return for that game.
• What can you say about Jamaal Tinsley? Ty Corbin tried keeping the vet out of the lineup for a few games after Earl Watson returned, but at this point it appears Tinsley has won the backup point guard job. There will likely be games where Watson gets the majority of the minutes, but Tinsley has been superlative when it comes to directing the offense and, inexplicably, knocking down open shots. On Sunday, Tinsley played 15 minutes, scored 5 points and accrued 3 assists (a mere pittance compared to his usual contribution).
• Former Jazz center Jarron Collins spent time pregame and postgame in the locker room, chatting with Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Tyrone Corbin. Collins, whom the Jazz drafted out of Stanford with the No. 52 pick in 2001 spent 2001 to 2009 with the Jazz. He livesin Los Angeles and works for the Clippers.
— Bill Oram
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