The Utah Jazz have been jostling for the eight-seed in the NBA’s Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers over the past month or so. The Jazz squandered a sizable lead that they had over the Lakers, took it back shortly, and now currently trail Los Angeles by a half game. However, they do own the tiebreaker with the Lakers.
Their battle with the Lakers is going to come down to the wire, which means they have to be playing their best basketball of the season right now. Luckily for the Jazz, some of their players who have struggled for most of the season have been playing really well over the past few weeks. Randy Foye is one player in particular that has turned up the heat lately.
Foye hasn’t been a very sound offensive player for Utah this season. On the year he has averaged just 10.7 points and 2.1 assists per game. The worst part of his performance, though, has been his terribly inefficient shooting. His field goal percentage for the season is just 39.9 percent. He’s shot the ball well from three at 41.2 percent, but that doesn’t make up for his inefficient shooting overall.
Over the Jazz’s past 10 games, however, Foye has been playing much more like the player that the Jazz need him to be. He has averaged 11.3 points and 2.3 assists over this span. In addition, he has shot 48.8 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from three over Utah’s last 10 games, both of which are obviously improved from his season averages.
The Jazz are fighting for their playoff lives right now, and they need every advantage they can get to overtake the resurgent Lakers once again. They consistently have tremendous play from their post players, but their guard play is shaky at times. If Foye can continue to play like this down the stretch, that is going to be a huge plus for Utah.