Today at practice Tyrone Corbin said “Derrick (Favors) should play more. I need to find a way to get him more minutes on the floor, if it is the big line-up .. playing him at the 4 or playing small, we have to see .. with him on the floor we are better.”
In this series in the 47 minutes Favors has been on the floor the Jazz have outscored the Spurs 103 to 97. In the other minutes, never mind.
Let’s delve a little deeper, who has he played with, who has he played against and see if we can discover anything.
Favors can play in any of 4 combinations, the big lineup (Millsap at the three, Jefferson at the 5), with Millsap, with Jefferson and with Kanter.
Thus far he has played almost 20 minutes with Kanter, 13 minutes in the big line-up, about 9 minutes with Jefferson and 7 minutes with Millsap at the 4.
With Kanter and Favors on the floor the Jazz have outscored the Spurs 40-35. With the big line-up in they have been outscored 30-34, in the almost 9 minutes with Jefferson the score has been Jazz 16 Spurs 11 and with Millsap as the 4 it has been 17-17.
The Spurs two main engines are Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Favors has been on the floor for 21 minutes with Parker on the floor. In that period the score has been Jazz 54-49. Favors and Duncan have shared the hardwood for 17 minutes and the Jazz lead 36-34.
I am stunned to see these numbers. Favors has been an unreal game changer.
Spurs with Parker on the floor for the series it has been Spurs 157-110. Therefore, with Favors on the bench and Parker on the floor it has been Spurs 108 to 56 and with Favors on the floor it has been Jazz 54-49.
Spurs with Tim Duncan on the floor this series have outscored Jazz 143-90. Using the same deduction, with Favors on the bench and Duncan on the floor it has been Spurs 109-54 with Favors on the floor and Duncan on the floor it has been Jazz 36-34.
Can Derrick play all 48?