November 16, 1991, Detroit Pistons vs. Utah Jazz at home, smiling assassin Isiah Thomas full game
Frequent singles against John Stockton, he made 15 of 22 shots in the whole game, including 2 of 4 three-pointers, scored 44 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, leading the Pistons to beat the visiting Jazz 123-115 at home.
In fact, it was just an ordinary regular season, but it has a different meaning for Thomas, because two months ago, the Dream Team roster was announced, and Stockton was on the list while Thomas was not on the list.
Therefore, Thomas will use frequent singles against Stockton to prove that the selection of the Dream Team is unfair.
The story did not end. One month later, on December 15, when the Jazz played against the Pistons at home, Thomas still wanted to do the same. He quickly scored six points after the start of the game, and it seemed that he was about to reproduce the scene of the previous game.
Karl Malone couldn’t stand it anymore. When Thomas got rid of the defense and rushed to the basket, Malone’s right elbow hit Thomas hard in the face. The latter fell to the ground and left the field. Thomas had more than 40 stitches on his face.
It stands to reason that Thomas is just one of the victims of Malone’s iron elbow. Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Steve Nash have all “enjoyed” Malone’s iron elbow. In that era of intense physical confrontation,
Malone’s iron elbow made many players frightened.
But Malone’s elbow on Thomas’ face was actually venting his anger for his partner Stockton. In an interview later, Malone did not evade.
That is, after that elbow, everyone knows that to bully Stockton, you must first defeat Malone.
However, Stockton is not a good stubble.
If you look at it from the face, Stockton, who is 1.85 meters and a little thin, is gentle and gentle, but Stockton on the court is quite proficient in pushing knees, stepping on feet, and kicking ankles.
Tocton’s petty actions are full of pain, and it is absolutely reasonable for him to be the first of the four villains in the 1990s.
The current player Chris Paul is already quite skilled in small movements, but when he meets Stockton, it is not an exaggeration for Paul to call him his ancestor.
Therefore, when it comes to Malone and Stockton, we will think of their skillful pick-and-roll and lifelong championships, but don’t forget the true origin of the Utah Shuangsha. Their “evil” is definitely at the forefront of the league.
Before Shuangsha, the Jazz also had a “ruthless man”, that is, Mark Eaton, who is 2.24 meters tall and nicknamed Mammoth.
Guy, the second is that in the 84-85 season, he averaged 5.6 blocks per game. Although Eaton’s offensive strength was mediocre, he became the Jazz’s inner defender with a beard on his face. Everyone who wanted to shoot in front of Eaton had to think twice
It’s a pity that the ruthless Eaton and Shuangsha failed to help the Jazz realize their championship dream, but their iron-blooded traditions have been preserved. In addition, Salt Lake City, where the Jazz is located, has a higher altitude and stronger folk customs.
A headache for visiting teams.
Leaving aside the rivalry between the Jazz and the Bulls in the 1990s, how much pain the Houston Rockets led by Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady have suffered at the Jazz’s home court in recent years is estimated to make many Rockets fans itch.
Now, all of this has passed, and the brand-new Jazz coached by Quinn Schneider and led by Donovan Mitchell reappeared in front of the fans.
season into the playoffs.
Although they did not achieve better results, the Jazz have become a team that cannot be ignored in the West, not to mention that they completed the most important signing in the summer of 19: Mike Conley.
After sending away Marc Gasol and getting the second pick, the Memphis Grizzlies have put their future on Ja Morant and Jalen Jackson Jr., and the 32-year-old Conley is no longer in the Grizzlies’ future plans
But Conley is not a waste material, he can bring substantial improvements to the Jazz’s offensive and defensive ends.
In the 18-19 season, Conley averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game, but only 1.9 turnovers. The assist-to-turnover ratio that tested the point guard level reached 3.4, while Ricky Rubio averaged 6.1 per game in the 18-19 season.
assists but 2.6 turnovers, the assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.3, which is a very obvious gap.
Compared with Rubio, Conley’s style of play is more stable, and he is more trustworthy at critical moments.
Not only that, Conley’s offensive ability is far from being comparable to Rubio’s. Conley’s career can average 1.4 three-pointers per game with a 37.5% shooting rate. His arrival can share Mitchell’s pressure to the greatest extent.
He was also selected as the league’s best second defense in the 12-13 season, which is also an improvement for the Jazz’s defensive system.
Therefore, the arrival of Conley is an improvement on both offense and defense for the Jazz, and it will be an essential improvement. At the same time, the addition of Bojan Bogdanovic will also improve the Jazz’s outside offense.
Therefore, the Jazz next season will definitely be an exciting team.
In fact, in addition to improving the team’s offensive and defensive ends, Conley should also make himself more ruthless.
Since entering the league in 2007, Conley has played in 788 regular season games and 56 playoff games, playing 27,786 minutes, but he has not had a single skill.