WOW! This sure is not the same old Jazz team. Another great game! I have always
liked Sloan because he is old school, but questioned some of his substitution
patterns. This season he seems to be making all the right calls. If we can pull
out a win against Atlanta, the Jazz have my vote for best in the NBA at this
point in the season. The scariest thing is they are getting better and better
with each game...and we still have Okur coming back at some point.
Love it. This team is turning into a fun one to watch although it would be nice
if they didn't have to make a comeback every game.
I was convinced AJ would bounce back tonight and did he ever. Williams, Millsap
and AJ had huge 2nd halfs. 24-2 run was incredible, the switch to the 2-3
worked, 3s went down ultimately. We had so much problems in the first half
anything inside because of Orlando length and went ice cold.DWil was
tremendous. Orlando killed us on the boards but we did well with the defense
even as they could not convert 2nd shots.Fes got a great chance in
important minutes again. He again proved his value which disappoints his
critics. Orlando had little way with him patrolling the paint. No coincidence
this 24-2 run happened with him on the floor.Fes had a great plus
minus the best I think of anyone.Scored couple baskets, did a great
great job. Also Kirilenko and friends deserve credit for defense best they
could on a powerful, tall orlando front line.Fouling Howard when the
game was in the balance was smart, because he helped us like 2 or 3 times making
only 1 of 2 free throws.This team is showing grit last seen when
Derek was here
First Miami and tonight Orlando; ON THE ROAD! Who ARE these guys and where did
they get those uniforms?Go Jazz!
I'm not sure the Jazz have had two games in a row like this since... Well,
I'm not sure I've ever seen it, and I've been watching since 1980.
Two games where average luck went to the Jazz and everything that could go wrong
for the Heat and Magic did. Two back to back victories like this may never
happen again. Jazz know that they can't keep digging them into a hole. Jefferson
looked great against the best center in th NBA today. Take the day off tomorrow
guys. Hawks on Friday.
Again? So that mean we will have the habbit for the rest of the season and
postseason? Keep it up guys, good job, another W!
Big Al finally started to look like the player we thought he was, Fez was great
once again, even with a couple of horrible calls going against him. Raja looked
good tonight also. I think they could have gone to Milsap a little more than
they did in the 1st half after the game he had last night. I would
like to see Sloan play AJ at power forward with Fez at center occasionally
because when Ocur comes back AJ will have to move to the 4 spot and he's going
to have to get accustomed to it anyway, Memo is surely not going to play the 4
Anyone still worried about Paul Millsap filling Boozer's stats?
DWill, Milsap & Big Al will likely be the most consistent go to scorers thru
out the year but Big Fes makes a big difference and his defense makes it
possible to make the kind of come backs the Jazz have had the last 2 nights. I
hope he keeps getting more playing time and gets more comfortable. His defense
really makes a difference.Memo can play the 4 when he comes back because
he can go outside and let Big Al have the low post. I love the defense Fes gives
the team and hope when Memo comes back he doesn't cause Sloan to bench Fes, the
team needs Fes's defense.Re Todd: Way to go being positive. I enjoy your
comments much more when your positive.
Shaybo, I think if the Jazz can find a consistent 3rd scorer behind DWill and
Milsap, they are going to feel o.k. with trading Okur. Fes is a better defensive
center than Okur by far and he really patrols the paint well. I'm thinking of
someone like CJ or Hayward, not AJ, who I think will have plenty of minutes
subbing Fes and playing about 1/3 of PF minutes. Fes is definitely a positive
now most of the time on the floor. Milsap played another monster game, and he is
so smooth, too.
Another great win. I just hope they get more consistent so it doesn't take
comebacks to win every game. Millsap is reminding me of another great power
forward from Louisiana Tech. I hope Chicago is enjoying their overpaid
I am very happy with the games the last two nights, as the Jazz have shown they
are truly a good team. If/When they begin starting games the way they finished
the last two... look out whoever the opponent is.
JAZZ= Western Conference Champions!
DWill - great game as a whole, but could have pushed the ball in the first
half.Bell - great defense and efficient on offense, would love to see him
in the 4th rather then Miles.AK - again great overall game, awesome
defense, great energy. Al - Looks good on the low post, coaches need to
play to his strengths and he will continue to impress.Paul - the guy is a
beast, his motor never stops, looks like he has developed the consistency we
need at the 4.CJ - still a mystery, seems to disappear during the game,
don't know why he is playing the 4th quarter, he seems to be the only one that
is still playing matador defense. However, his shot selection is WAY better then
past years.Price - Nice energyFes - Just what we need as a change of
pace during the game, opponents get comfortable working the lane, Fes comes in
and changes their game plan.Rest of the subs - all playing their roles
perfectly.Don't know how long this will last, but I'm enjoying the wave.
Where are all the guys who said AK can't hit the three ball? No one seems to
mention that AK was vital in the big wins. I also think too many people gave too
much credit to Al, 4 turnovers in the first half alone. Fes needs more minutes
he plays strong on both ends of the floor. Al still looks lost on defense. there
was a few times he was just looking in circles.
We can't keep playing catch up like this. It's going to come back to bite us.
Great win though, we looked awesome later in the game. Can't wait to see the new
power rankings. Go Jazz!
I am sick! Turned off the game Tuesday night with the Jazz down 8 and 30 on the
clock "that's over". Lesson learned.Noted better than 85%
FT shooting the last three games (including the 2 overtime victories). Love to
see teams playing fundamentals
Todd good analysis. Enjoy your comments. Tonight I noticed C J's numbers were
down, but his +/- was the highest on the team at + 16, Fes, Milsap and Kirilenko
all had + 12's. I mantian that D Will, Milsap, C J, Kirilenko, and Fes have a
certain chemistry that is starting to surface.
Phnehme: You question why CJ is finishing the game on the court? Haven't the
Jazz been winning every game with him finishing? When he was on the bench to
end the games, the Jazz were losing. CJ was awesome against Miami in the fourth
quarter. He started the comeback. Tonight he blocked a 3 point shot down the
stretch.Since losing the first two games, the Jazz have looked good.
Not many minutes for the bench players outside of CJ. That's not a good sign
for a long season ahead. Fes hardly played tonight. Watson hasn't left the
bench in two games. He might be gone by mid-season.
Glad to hear the Beast giving credit to Coach Sloan and what he demands.
Finally, a team that seems to have swagger on the road and expects to win. Would
not be at all surprised to see them carry it in to Atlanta. This team knows how
Ceej: Bro, I'm pretty sure he blocked that shot when we were up by ten and there
was like thirty seconds left. Probably didn't have anything to do with a W or L.
The Comeback Kids....You gotta love it, Baby!!
Call them the "cardiac kids!" DWill is quite the floor general, with
a great supporting cast. I'll take Millsap over Boozer anyday!
Jazz are doing great, BUTWhy don't they win the first half?Why does
Williams walk the ball down the floor?Why don't the Jazz realize that if
they are not getting fouled, they are not in the paint? And if they are not in
the paint, they are losing ball games?
I'm loving watching the Jazz this year, especially given how poor the BYU season
turned out and RSL's disappointingly brief post season. Keep it up!To all the Fesenko pushers: Yes, his play is much improved over last season,
and last night he had some great moves and strong finishes. However, he's got a
long way to go before he earns a starter spot. 4 fouls in 9 mins? With a stat
like that he's much more useful coming off the bench.
Great wins, exciting to watch. It's a long season though and we need more help
from the bench to take some pressure off the starters. Wins on the road at OKC,
Miami and Orlando have to be raising some eyebrows around the league.
Got home from Houston at 9:30 EST. Pulled up ESPN on the internet and saw the
score - Jazz leading by 4 with four minutes left. Tuned into the game on line.
Fantastic. And after Tuesday night!? What's next? Go Jazz!!!!
i am not a big fan of CJ but could start if he keeps driving to the basket and
playing some D. It would be nice to see Raja have a good night on the offensive
side . Fesenko is playing good, more to come hopefully
When the Jazz were down by 18 I never really doubted that they were out of it.
There is a lot of hussle in this team. Great win. Looking forward to Friday's
game. It's not often that I get to see back to back Jazz games.
CJ played good defense in the second half. D-Will was All-STAR, and our bigs
brought it! Another grind out win! Way to get the job done! Taking care of the
ball and less turnovers, guys moving with out the ball, showing hustle, that is
how you get wins in the NBA! Keep working hard, GO JAZZ!!
CJ is playing off the bench because Bell has shown no signs of offense yet. You
need someone on the bench who can score. Price does a good job providing
energy. I like CJ coming of the bench and playing 20-25 minutes per game.
I haven't read any of the other comments, but it's very probable that someone
has already said this, but here i go. How about the decisions O'conner has made
the last couple years!! Most were furious when he signed Milsap to "such a
big contract", but how good does that decision look now? when we didn't
draft a big, people were ticked, but big Al is better than any rookie could
dream of being! It is fun to finally see that he really does know what he is
doing! this team is fun to watch, and i hope they continue to improve! i just
hope that somehow O'Conner is right about Heyward, then he would officially be a
2 comeback wins over two Eastern powers on the road? I'm impressed. Now if only
the Jazz would do that against thier conference opponents, we might actually
make some progress this year!
We held Howard "The best center in the NBA" to just 14 points. Way to
I think the Jazz need to trade Memo and Watson before the deadline and pick up
another scorer from the outside.When Memo comes back, he is going to
mess the chemistry of this team all up. The Jazz don't need a three point
shooting center or one that can't jump off the ground more than 6 inches. I
would rather see Fes for 10 minutes than Memo for 10 minutes.But the
Jazz need some depth off the bench that can score some points. I am not
convinced Hayward is an outside threat. Watson is not a scorer either. Bench
is thin when it comes to offense outside of CJ.Oh and I didn't know
a block was meaningless in a close game! Thanks for the input.....The Jazz need to start shooting better to start the game or it is going to be
a long long long season.
Great road trip so far! Love to watch these guys take it to the Eastern Conf
"BIGS," especially when the ESPN guys focused their most of their
comments on the Magic. My thoughts now are on Big Al. I love that we got him
and am pleased with his play most of the time, but have to say he can be a bit
of a black hole at times. He must learn to kick the rock out when he is double
and triple teamed on the post. Someone has to be open in that circumstance and
once he figures this out he will be even better. I believe he will or he will
be spending more time on the bench next to Sloan. Just like at the end of the
A few points. First, Raja went 4-5 from the field last night! He played great.
He could have taken a few more shots, but last night he played very well.Second, AJ never played college basketball or has been on a good team in
the NBA. He still has a lot to learn, but I like what I see. He listens to coach
Sloan and while I expect to see a few more games like Miami, he is going to be a
much better player by the end of the season. He struggled a bit last night, but
he came up huge in the 4th with some good rebounds and two huge push shots over
Howard.CJ made a good point about no one else scoring off the bench
(although 5 points from CJ isn't much either). We need a spark off the bench.
The second quarter was when things went south last night. They started well but
couldn't sustain it for long. Maybe Memo can be that spark playing the 4 along
side Fes...I hope they can keep winning but I wish they could play
48 quality minutes.
Sloan completely out coached Van Gundy. -- Using Fes to anchor a 2-3
zone, and waiting until Q4 to show it? Very smart. -- Switching back
to man in the closing seconds of the game just after Van Gundy burned a time out
to draw up plays to beat the zone? Brilliant. -- Bringing a mobile,
active 6'9" Gordon Hayward in to guard 6'4" sharp shooter JJ Redick?
Creative. It was Butler vs. Duke all over again as Hayward kept Redick from
going off. -- The Jazz had better shot selection. The Magic out shot
the Jazz from the arc percentage wise, but attempted 32 3s (compared to the
Jazz's 14 attempts). Against perimeter defenders Miles, Bell and Hayward, the
Magic died by the 3. -- And Orlando melted down emotionally. Dwight
Howard and Stan Van Gundy's pouting about officiating hurt their teams. That's
poor leadership. The Magic helped the Jazz beat them, and it took a
LOT of luck for the Jazz to beat Miami... But good for the Jazz for
not quitting and taking FULL advantage of the opportunities their opponents
foolishly handed to them. Bring on the Hawks! :-)
With the leadership of D-Will, the Jazz Team dug down deep to find the energy
and effort to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. Each member of the team on
the floor is contributing in some way. At Miami it was Elson who put the icing
on the cake. Last night Big Al come back. But if it wasn't for the
contributions from each there is no win. Just great wins and words can't
adequately describe. Go Jazz.
@CJ Miles: I agree that Watson is the odd man out. Thats probably why his last
team let him go. There are a lot of teams that are looking for a point. With
Memo's injury I don't think he will be tradeable at least this year. Used to be
a career ending injury. But I agree that he might now fit in better on another
When does the Harpring exception expire? I think it would be awesome to take
Iguodala and send back young-ins CJ Miles and Hayward using the exception from
the Harpring shipment. Then maybe deal Okur to cut salary before the deadline
because of the extra salary to Iggy. Thoughts?