Extra observations from the Utah Jazz’s 101-87 loss to the Best in the West (and maybe the rest):
POINT 1: Raja Bell didn’t make it to the injury report, but his right wrist has been bothering him off and on recently. “Trauma over the years,” he explained, has made it so a tendon doesn’t slide properly when he moves his wrist, occasionally causing pain.
“Not all the time. It come and it goes,” he said. “It’s not like I play the whole game with a hurt wrist. It doesn’t bother me at all when it’s good, but when it flares up it’s pretty painful.”
His shot looked unaffected in this one. Bell had his best 3-point shooting night of the season, hitting 3 of 4 from long range.
Bell’s trey streak is now at 13 games. He’s shot 18-for-38 (47.4 percent) in the past month from deep, following a rough 1-for-9 season-opening stretch.
POINT 2: It was almost shocking to see that Oklahoma City only ended up with 10 offensive rebounds. It seemed like twice that many. But the Thunder outscored the Jazz 19-8 on second-chance points and outrebounded Utah 46-32 in a complete manhandling in the middle.
“When it comes down to that stat,” Jazz power forward Paul Millsap said, “it’s just not being aggressive.”
Millsap ended with nine rebounds, but both Earl Watson and C.J. Miles outrebounded Derrick Favors with just one board apiece.
POINT 3: Jeremy Evans’ fans unleashed a #LetJeremyDunk campaign on Twitter during the second quarter. They might want to try a #LetJeremyPlay campaign. The second-year forward with crazy leaping abilities hasn’t played in four straight games.
With Evans not playing, alley-oop set-up specialist Earl Watson has had to look elsewhere for a lob partner. C.J. Miles was the mid-air man in this one. Those two connected three times in the first half on successful throw-it-up-and-throw-it-down hookups.