here's what we got:
6:19 Jimmer enters
5:47-5:40 (7 seconds) jimmer gets the ball, dribbles aroudn for 7 seconds. we TO
5:22-5:18 (4 seconds) jimmer advances the ball on the break and passes to Cuz. Cuz scores.
4:37-4:37 (1 second) offensvie rebound follow, mises shot, we get off foul
3:06-3:04 (2 seconds) passes, we miss shot
:47-:46 (1 seconds) shoots, Cuz tip slam follow
Fourth quarter (second half of it)
6:22 = when I started mapping again
5:38-5:36 (2 seconds) shoots+hits three
4:59-4:55 (4 seconds) drivbes and fouled+hits 2 FTs
3:07-3:07 (1 second) catch and shoot three
-------------------------------------<--- beyond this point we score 4 pts. 1 forced FG, 2 forced FTs.
2:37-2:31 (6 seconds) series of moves for tough flip in trafic, hits
1:51-1:43 (8 seconds) dribbles aroudn in circles looking for opening, foreced to pass, we get 24sec violation
5:38-5:36 (3 seconds) drive and tough floater in traffic, ignored JT ont he pass
Now, we had exactly 1 assist in the final 6 minutes, and that was Brooks hitting Jimmer for that 3ptr at 3:07. Otherwise the passing dried up. Our playing style changed. And when I say Jimmer went into hero mode its because he did. He did the same thing a couple of weeks back during Isaiah's big second half. Look at his possessions for the rest of the half, and make them or miss them they are quick hitters. Quick decisions. Catch and shoots, whatever. Now you watch his possessions down the stretch and all of a sudden it changes. All of a sudden he catches the ball, and its not a quick hitter. Its not a shot if open a pass if not. Intead its Jimmer as hero, dribbling around looking for a way to force something up. Hit or miss its low percentage ball stopping. And it contributes, does not solely cause, but contributes to the entire offense falling out of rhythm.
Not about Jimmer vs. world or Jimmer vs. detractors. About Jimmer vs. himself. There was good Jimmer knocking down shots in rhythm as soon as he caught the ball. And then there was bad Jimmer, dribbling around like a chicken with its head cut off looking for ways to hear the roar of the crowd. Same jersey, different game and effect on the team. And of course the timing of the appearance of headless Jimmer was not accidental. Hero ball. Trying to win it himself. His first possession of the second half looked like that. His last 3 all looked like that (ignoring the desperation duck and under three at the buzzer). None of the stuff inbetween did. Small sample size of course, but for what its worth we scored on 5 of 7 possessions when good Jimmer made quick decisions to shoot or pass. We only scored on 1 of 4 where bad Jimmer was looking for himself, and that score was on a tough tough shot.