The Utah Jazz took a noise dive from No. 8 to No. 16 in John Schuhmann's latest NBA.com Power Rankings.
Of the Jazz's struggles, he writes, "George Hill's absence has begun to really hurt the Jazz, who have lost four straight with Gordon Hayward shooting just 32 percent over the losing streak and Dante Exum totaling just 10 assists (and shooting 38 percent) in his seven games as the starting point guard. Derrick Favors has also missed the last three games with a knee bruise, so it's a good time for a two-game week that begins a stretch where they play 10 of 12 games at home (though they've lost three straight at Vivint Smart Home Arena)."
Ziggy Ansah still making an impact
Justin Rogers of The Detroit News looked at the impact former BYU lineman Ziggy Ansah is making for the Detroit Lions even though he hasn't recorded a sack so far this season.
Rogers writes, "Ansah was a menacing force as a pass-rusher in the victory, constantly harassing Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles."
Rogers then quotes Lions coach Jim Caldwell, saying, "Yeah, I think he’s coming. Even last week I think he really helped us a lot in terms of number of assists out there, even though he might not have gotten a sack. He’s getting closer and closer, he’s harassing them a little bit more, think they can sense his presence."
Boris Diaw with a regrettable start for the Jazz
Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated's The Crossover looked at five off-season additions who have been off to regrettable starts with their new NBA teams, and Boris Diaw made the list.
Of Diaw's start, Golliver writes, "The good news for the Jazz is that they gave the Spurs virtually nothing to acquire Diaw in a July trade. The bad news for the Jazz is that they have received virtually nothing from Diaw since that trade. The ugly news for the Jazz is that they really, really needed something from Diaw, whose passing ability, basketball intelligence and positional versatility made his arrival something to get excited about, at least on paper."
Golliver continued, "Instead of opening up Utah’s offense, Diaw has missed shot after shot. Instead of helping Utah break out of stagnant habits, he’s committed more turnovers than assists. Instead of filling in minutes as a stopgap for the injured Derrick Favors, he’s been 'banged up,' according to coach Quin Snyder, and struggled to make an impact on the nights he does play."