I want those 2.5 hours of my life back.
Tonight, we saw what has become a recurring theme for the Jazz since the last
4-0 road trip.The Jazz have not played well really since the
Charlotte comeback. Teams are figuring out the 2nd looks of the Jazz to pack
paint, force outside jumpers. DWIL is the best skilled PG but maybe now not the
best. Paul and Parker are better now for one reason, DWIL does not push the
pace. Against 1/2 court team like the Hornets you play right into the strength
as hard to score vs West, Okafor, SMith etc..West Is the most
underrated player in this league by far. In major markets he would get
superstar pub.This game at 10-4 was over. The slow starts
continually are bringing down the Jazz. SLoan is back with the biases.As I reported last week, when Okur came back, Fes would not be used in the
rotation. For the complaints about Evans inactive, I do not blame Sloan there
as Hayward was the high pick and is hoping his shooting can provide life in
backcourt, as Evans now still primarily a dunker and athlete. So far.
You knew SLoan would do this. It is wrong. Kirilenko is lazy, Sloan continues
to give him minutes best served elsewhere such as Fesenko.Fesenko
and Millie were the only ones tonight that were into the game. Fesenko showed
more court awareness, and enthusiasm than anyone on the floor.CJ
forces the issues at times when off the bench and the team down, he is hot and
cold.For all the moves O Connor made, most have been fine. However,
Matthews should have been resigned last year. He is averaging 15 ppg, 47
percent shooting, 38 on 3s in just 29 minutes. He received plays tonight as a
go to guy in Portland and helped win the Minnesota game.Raja numbers
are below Matthews in every category.Matthews also would have
provided the wing we are missing, then the rest of the team would be fine.However, the rotations now are wrong. The Jazz I predict will win only
Cleveland and 50-50 Minnesota on this trip. Sloan could go 2 ways.
Finale: CJ is happier and more comfortable starting. It is not fun to watch
Elson stand and watch as Smith gets 2 rebounds over him on one possession. The
Jazz were outrebounded 53-24 but worst is 13-7 on the offensive glass.Matthews is a plus 12 for average Portland team on the season. The Bell move
might have been a mistake.Matthews people said was an overachiever.
I have seen enough this season to see if anything he is improving.The Jazz should go with DWIL, Bell, CJ, Millsap and Jefferson.The
Bench rotation should be AK and Okur, Watson, Price and Fesenko.Sloan just for whatever reason seems to be giving Kirilenko a ton of rope.
Defensively,. AK used to be a terror. I no longer see this.CJ will
be better starting. I feel this is the combo the Jazz need to go with, that
might help with the ongoing problem of poor first quarters.As you
get into January, teams level off that get hot and hot teams level off.Now we are seeing the truth. Okur played hard I give him credit. Hopefully,
his impact down the line will help some of the deficiencies.
i would have benched the starters after the first quarter, they were horrid.
Granted the bench didn't do much better. I was happy with Hayward, he played
hard and well. It was nice to see Okur back and he will get back to his game, 8
months is a long time to be out.
@todd-ya, mathews looks great but look at prtlnds rcrds, they are not the same
team, despite, having the same personnel as last year, being more dangerous,now, i am talking straight, bell seems like he has been a dissapointment, but
everyone stuggles shooting when coming to the jazz, don't know why, but shooters
like bell will come around, if not, then why play the game...i look at mathews
too, ya, he is hard to see being a real pro, but it is only one qrtr through the
season, real season starts in may anyway...we know that...spurs are playing
better than they are, and dallas looks legitimately tough, i wouldn't put parker
in that really good category, pretty good though...what happened tonight was
alot on dwill actually, from the beginning he never initiated the offense, as
the article says, it was an act of benevolence, the pronblem is, as we've seen,
tis hard for this team to be legitimate when they concede to taking the back
seat like tonight, very dissapointed.
@TODD-just watch, k, sloan will give all of fesenko's minutes to okur and the
jazz won't be any better than last year for it...it makes me hate sloan.
KOC has done a decent job of correcting the mistakes of the previous 3 years.
However, this team was designed with one of the key Sloan biases.
There is a lack of 3 point shooting or at least consistent 3 point shooting. We
have all known for years that teams pack the paint against the Sloan flex and
you have to be able to shoot them out of it. The way you control
Sloan is by the players you give him to work with. The Jazz will be
yo-yos until KOC/Miller make a trade for more good perimeter shooters. Those
shooters also have to play decent D. CJ is erratic and always will
be. The Jazz have to have more and better, and consistent shooting from the SG
and SF positions.Gordon is not the answer this year. Ditto for Bell.
Wins depend on AK and CJ hitting outside shots. Every year
Sloan/KOC/Miller design fatal flaws into the team and then wonder why they do
not win. The fans pay.I blame the lack of rebounding on the players.
I blame management for inadequate shooting. Some Coaches/GMs/Owners
good to see memo. discouraging not to see fes earlier and more. i like aj but
he should have taken the pine, last night.
Geez!!! What was THAT??? Who were those guys? Rebounds, anybody? Free throws?
Layups? Hucking long shots from any place? Did they all just party all night in
New Orleans the night before that game? Please bring back our Jazzboys!!!
That game was pathetic, or better put "disgusting". Four players
A.K.-18mil, D-Will-15mil, Jefferson-13mil, and Memo making 10-mil, for a total
of 56 mil is absurb. It's disgusting that players making that kind of money and
getting 4 days off can't find it from within themselves to show something called
"intestinal fortitude". These players along with too many others that
play all pro-sports are nothing but primma-donnas, and we the fans are the
idiots that fund their fantasy lifestyles. I'm so disgusted that I could very
easily never watch or pay to see another professional game of any sport ever
again! It's ridiculous what we are being sold by the media and these sports
franchises, just like what our politicans are doing to us in this country
anymore. And to think that we the fans and citizens are going to buy this B.S.
much longer? Give me a break please!
Todd,nice to see someone who understands what Wes Matthews brings,"he`s
only 6'2,6'3,6'4",I stood next to him"...who cares the guy is a
pro,btw Barkley was only 6'4 and one of the best all-time
People are human. I do not cry or get upset at every loss, in 82 games like any
long sports season, there are always a few clunkers. Howver, when trends of
negativity and deficiencies continue to grow, it is like a fire that spreads
until put out.I know Okur has to play and there is so many minutes
available. My theory of the 10 I would go with would eliminate that issue and
Fes could get the same minutes he has. However, SLoan tipped his hat by putting
in Elson and only did because AJ was fatigued/foul prone whatever.I
also question SLoan and his "sloanaholics". The issue is how Boozer
did not play defense for the Jazz. It is really funny how now in Chicago, he is
making a conscious effort because the "coach is making him". He will
never be a defensive giant. However, at Duke he was not bad nor with Cleveland.
He is not as bad as many here would like to believe. The problem was more he
and Okur were a bad mix, but he has Noah behind him and that has made the
difference.Again, blame O Connor for the poor decisions
I thought cj was one of the greatest of all time...is that not what some were
saying?cj...2-11 from floor...0-2 from 3 range...1-4 from line...0
assists... and a -11 on the plus minus....WOW!There is your cj...I
hope you like him!
can u say PA TH ETIC what a waste of time. And to think i could not waite for
the game to see my Jazz play.They get 4 days off and play like that. I agree why
doesn't coach just call time out and put 5 new players in the game. Find someone
anyone who wants to give effort.
Awesome performance from the Spazz lastnight, Let's see some more of that
tonight Go Bucks!!! However it was good to see Memo back in action.
The Jazz are a very good team, but they are not one of the elite teams in the
NBA. The elite teams play strong defense EVERY night and that keeps them in
games even when the have off nights shooting. Every team has off nights shooting
the ball like the Jazz did last night but the big difference is when the Jazz
don't play defense they will lose. When the best teams have off shooting nights
they still have a chance to stay in the game and win because they play defense.
I have seen the Jazz play defense and when they do they can beat anybody. The
problem is they don't play that way for 4 quarters. Most of the time the Jazz do
play well offensively and their good record reflects that, but if they don't get
more solid and consistant on the other end of the floor they will only go so
Redcliffs, you are right on -- Jazz didn't make any effort on the defensive end
last night. Jazz always try to pack the paint; last night the Hornets did and
the Jazz didn't bother to. I saw Jefferson stand two feet away and watch as
Paul drove for a layup. Go look at the shot chart and see how many times
Hornets got baskets in the paint, not to mention outright layups.Pathetic and disgusting.This team is hard to figure out.
Last nights game was ugly and most of the players are to blame, not just one or
two. When DWill and CJ have bad games it makes things tough for the front
court and both of them were bad.I'm not all that excited about Okur coming
back, I know his outside shooting will help but at what expense? He never did
move all that well on defense and now his movement is even worse. Guards and
wings drive right by him (matador defense). We need Fes in the middle to
disrupt the other teams offense and bang and intimidate.Hopefully Hayward
will gain some confidence from last nights game and perform better tonight.I have always seen CJ's potential and been on his bandwagon but his
inconsistency is about the only thing I know we can depend on. He really needs
to change his pregame shooting/workout routine, so he can develop some
consistency with his shooting.I get frustrated too with Sloans bias's and
substitutions, this year has been better but I hope he doesn't go back to his
Wes Matthews was a BIG BIG part of the Jazz's success last year...now we have
cj.Matthews is a MAN...mentally, physically, spiritually and
emotionally!cj likes to laugh and giggle & is giddy when he
scores a few buckets win/or lose...then he he will sulk and act despondent when
others succeed and we win (I have seen it numerous times)Matthews
can have 0 stats and still be a major contribution to the team...coaches and
basketball experts understand those types of intangables...A guy
like Matthews only comes along every so many years....we had him....O'Kevin
didn't sign him for long enough...then he chose to let him go........Matthew is
worth his salary when you divide it up between the length of the
contract......some guys are notAt Marquette, Uath &
Portland...nobody has to worry if Wes is happy or feeling sad...is is mentally
prepared to either start and play 40 minutes or come off the bench and play 2
minutes...he looks and acts the same way and he has dignity and guts.Wes Matthews has a lot of ball!
There must be too much snow in Manti....Matthews is gone and the
Jazz do not miss him. Their record proves it. It was just a bad game. I did
say that Memo is a team-killler and I still believe it.
C.J. in Dallas are you sane and of good mind? Your kid and A.K. make the jazz a
"very" soft team. Neither player has an ounce of toughness and both
absolutely lack consistency. How can you be super one night then stink up the
joint the next 5 nights? I hope both players are traded before the deadline and
replaced with someone that has desire, effort, and heart, softies don't work in