In the house formerly known as Energy Solutions Arena, some guy named Trey Burke lived up to his college persona Saturday night–not the Utah Jazz player whose jilted girly once retweeted a picture of his D across the globe.
The Michigan man who once won every college player of the year award in creation–sorry, Jimmer–also had a pro game to call his own Saturday inside the newly christened Vivint Smart Home Arena, scoring 24 points to lead the Jazz to an 89-79 home win over Memphis.
Who was this dude impersonating a major player in the team, you say? Did dude turn on the way back machine or something?
As a chill breeze permeated every bone in your body as you and your girly strolled through City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Burke was feeling mighty cozy inside The V right down the street, stroking something other than his, you get the dealie-o.
Once jilted by Jazz coaches who felt Burke wasn’t quite starter material–inserting new signing Raul Neto instead–the not-so-much-a-rookie No. 3 entered his name in bold face on the score sheet against Memphis Saturday, drilling his second three pointer of the game with 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Burke wouldn’t hit another three until the third quarter. But hey, when you score 12 points in the third, ballooning a Jazz lead to 20 in the process, you’ll take what you can get any day of the doggone week.
Burke literally filled up the highlight reel by himself in that third and deciding quarter, bombing away and hitting the target nearly every time. His 6-for-8 outing from behind the arc for the game was gutsy considering he’s had to step up in place of injured Dante Exum–who isn’t coming back anytime soon.
But, his big game was also necessary for a Jazz team still looking for someone, anyone to lead them to the next level in the NBA. So what if Burke only drilled two of eight shots inside the place you shoot for trey.
You can’t have everything in life, anyway. Just think for a moment if Burke hits those shots inside the arc. Dude would have been looking at a 30-point night for sure.
Besides, Neto scored four points in 12 minutes of action Saturday, giving Jazz fans zero hope that the Brazilian golden boy will be Exum’s savior. For now, the Jazz are putting all their stock in Burke, who along with his stellar 24 on mostly treys also posted four assists–not Stockton-esque by any stretch, but good enough to defeat a good Memphis team at home this evening.