The Stat Line of the Night – 11/05/09 – Carlos Boozer
Let’s just say Carlos Boozer hasn’t exactly been the most popular player in Utah this season. He has been booed intermittently throughout the first few games, and even received a chorus of boos when he missed his first shot of the night. The booing stopped after that.
The Jazz came into this game with only 1 win in their first 4 games and were desperate for a victory to stay competitive. They ended up beating the Spurs 113-99. While the entire team finally played with some energy, Carlos Boozer was the major factor in the win. He had 27 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals to lead the Jazz. The real great thing to see for Boozer was that he got the 27 points on 12/20 shooting. Going into last night he had been shooting 35%, and this was a welcome change. The Jazz are going to need to play a lot better if they want to compete in the stacked Western Conference. Deron Williams also had a good night, and the Jazz will need him as well.
As Boozer enters a contract year this season, all eyes in Utah and throughout the NBA will be monitoring him closely. he is essentially playing for a new contract, and nights like last night will only serve to help his cause.