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Deron Williams Makes His Case

Chris Paul has been getting all the media love, the MVP chants, and the All-Star spot.

But watch Deron Williams and the Jazz eat him alive.

The Jazz went on a three-point shooting spree for the ages -- Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, and Mehmet Okur were all feeling it -- and Utah turned what should have been a Western Conference grudge match/nail biter into a consolation victory parade for Williams.

The Utah Jazz site Basketball John writes:

While Deron was lighting it up, he did guard Paul and forced him into one of the worst nights of his career. CP3 scored only 6 points on 3-11 shooting to go along with 5 turnovers and 5 fouls. Paul's record lifetime against the Jazz is now 1-7. When asked after the game if this was a statement game for him after being snubbed for the AS team, Deron replied, "A little bit." A little bit? I think Deron's been planning this for a while now. And I'd like to take credit for my prediction of this game, as I get so little right.

Let there be no doubt that this was a statement game from Deron. He was snubbed for the second year in a row by the coaches. And he wasn't even amongst the top ten in fan votes for the guard position. He had a lot to prove and what better way to do that than against the man you're constantly compared with yet don't get a fraction of the attention he does.

Of course, one game is one game. And the MVP case for Paul (Insider) remains strong. But in case there is anyone that did not know Deron Williams can play, here's your handy dandy reminder.

It would be a lot of fun if these two teams could meet in the playoffs.