Riverwalk • If you're monitoring this Jazz season, you've noticed a subtle but significant change in coach Tyrone Corbin. Earlier in the year as recently as early March when he sat Derrick Favors on a career night Corbin was hesitant to fully explain decisions. An obvious reason is that it's difficult to praise one player without criticizing another. Why didn't he put Favors back in that night in Milwaukee? If the reason was that he didn't think Favors would give the team more than Enes Kanter, having a fine night himself, how might he say that without saying something that would imply he doesn't think highly enough of Favors?
In the last couple of weeks, Corbin seems to have given up on being so protective of his players. Last night was a prime example. When he suggested that the group that closed the game made some mistakes, he was quick to say "it wasn't as many times as the group before." In a loss in Oklahoma City 8 nights ago, Corbin said of his second unit, "At least they played hard." That was a clear criticism of the starting group, which, on that night, didn't really play hard at all.