Many have questioned Deron Williams' leadership ability the last month of the regular season. The Jazz seemingly fell apart when everything was supposed to be coming together.
The Jazz ended their season with all of their team "healthy", at least all the players were back in the lineup. This was when the Jazz were suppose to show what they are made of.
The Jazz failed and they failed miserably. The last 18 games with everyone healthy, the Jazz went a lousy 7-11. Boozer had a hard time coming back. That killed the chemistry. AK couldn't adjust to less touches, and began his pouting routine again.
Williams, a should be All-Star, should rise above this, right? Pull his team together, see the bigger picture? That never happened. Not until now.
Deron, while down 0-2 to the top seeded Lakers, has not lost hope and has left everything on the court. In Game 1 Deron's shooting wasn't there for him. Deron however more than made up for it with 17 assists and only two turnovers. The rest of the Jazz looked scared but made a game of it in the second half, pulling to within nine after being down over 20.
In Game 2 Deron shined again. Deron complied nine assists to go along with 35 points. Deron also shot six 3-pointers. Deron has the ability that only a few select players in this league have. Deron can turn to another gear come playoff time. Deron can play with ice water in his veins and a killer instinct in his heart.The Jazz loss Game 2 but played much more competitively than in Game 1.
Who knows, a few favorable calls, favorable bounces and if Memo Okur could play maybe just maybe they could have pulled out the W last night.
The series now moves to Salt Lake were most of the time the Jazz are unbeatable. Lets hope the Jazz as a team can pull it together and pull out two victories to make a series of this matchup.
Deron deserves it. Deron deserves more than what his teammates are giving him. One can hope that Brewer, Korver, Millsap, AK and even in a way Boozer can grow up, mature a little bit and match their leader, Deron Williams intensity.