Jazz news: Quin Snyder suggests cloning Thabo Sefolosha could help Utah defend Russell Westbrook
One of the toughest tasks in the NBA is controlling reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard has proven to be one of the best players in the league, a player that coaches spend hours and hours trying to figure out how to best cover.
For Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, the best idea he came up with isn’t even possible.
Quin Snyder on defending Russell Westbrook: “We don’t have 5 Thabos out there. If we could clone him, maybe we’d have a better chance.”
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 21, 2017
This was prior to the Jazz’s 96-87 win over the Thunder on Saturday night in Utah, a game in which Westbrook had a dreadful performance despite just one Thabo Sefolosha suiting up for the Jazz. Westbrook scored just six points on 2-of-11 shooting while also adding nine assists and 13 rebounds with seven turnovers.
Utah proved it was one of the elite defenses in the NBA last season and despite the loss of Gordon Hayward, that has carried over into this season. Rudy Gobert is the anchor but the whole system worked as well as anyone could have asked against a Thunder team still trying to figure out all of its new pieces.
Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony fall to 1-1 on the season as the shaky start persists. Westbrook appears to be trying to not assert himself as much and provide room for George and Anthony to operate. The problem is the chemistry isn’t quite there yet and easy baskets were few and far between because of the hesitancy, and the great Jazz defense.