Of there is a lot of excitement over Jerryd's performance last night, but most of what I've read centers around the things we already expected from him. Yes, he can be a scoring monster, driving the lane and getting the and1 almost seemingly at will when things are going well. But last night I saw four things from Jerryd that speak greatly to his development as an all around player in general:
1. In the first quarter, Channing Frye had posession of the ball with Dante Cunningham covering him very closely. Channing punished Dante for that by flailing his arms and getting a foul. Right after this, the cameras honed in on Dante, who was exchanging comments and sidelong glances with Jerryd. Less than a minute later, Jerryd was dribbling up at the top of the arc and Channing was near by. Jerryd moved to dribble past Channing, but instead cut the corner sharply and got "bumped" by Channing. Jerryd not only used his skills to foul somebody in a situation other than driving to the basket, he was clearly looking out for his teammate on the floor.
2. Early in the 2nd quarter, Bayless brought the ball down the court as the whole team was running back in transition. LaMarcus led the charge and Bayless threw an alley-oop pass on the run that was one of the most perfect throws I've seen from him yet. He's not supposed to be able to do that, right? [:31 second mark on the nba.com recap]
3. In the fourth quarter, we got to see Bayless work the corner spot like we've expected Blake to be able to do, but we got to see that in the King's game as well. It's awesome to see, but it's not a total surprise. His stepping around is defender and taking the long two in the fourth is something I don't think I've ever seen Blake do. But one of my very favorite moments in the 4th was Bayless's drive and kick out to Blake for HIS three. The reason is, that baseline run under the basket is, how can I say it, Sergio-esqe! Except that I don't remember ever seeing Sergio complete that move as well as Jerryd did last night.
Don't these things seem, oh I dunno... point-guardy?