This is a game in which everybody on the jazz came to play tonight. Dwill, Al
Jefferson, and Raja Bell espeically lit it up for the team. Keep up the good
work jazz and let's continue winning games!
When the Jazz play with the intensity and energy they played with tonight they
have a chance to beat anyone. Hopefully they realize that and can come out with
that intensity tommorow night.
We may mark this date tonight as a turning point to the season and I sure hope
so. Congrats to the team for showing character, fortitude, and fighting spirit,
literally, last seen in November and December.Fes and Hayward picked
on brutally for phantom fouls. In Fes case maybe the last 2. DWIL going into
JR Smith showed leadership. Watson had 8 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 1
turnover. Evans 3-4 good job 8. Raja picked up slack as Paul had off night
nailing 20 points and playing defense.AJ AND DWIL what can you say.
AJ hit critical shots in the 4th quarter to secure the lead. Dwil 26 and 12 big
3s in the first half and really challenged the Denver defense.Lets
hope this momentum carries into another tough game vs The Thunder tomorrow, a
big game. At least we moved up to 6 seedIt was good Jerry got on
the court, it was like a time capsule the days when it was really proud to be a
Jazz fan. This team tonight overcame much to win this game, congratulations.
Yeah I liked this game a lot. I'm glad D-Will took some time off for the
injury...gave a different perspective and they really need to go out and have
fun.If they play like they did tonight, then they're a sure contender. It
could even be better...but still a very good effort
Watson and Dwill playing together seemed to work.Not a bad game
against a good team on their home court.
@CJ Miles....if you have done your homework...you could be proud of
your boy...CJ has scored 13 or more points in 6 of the last 7 games...shooting
41% in those 7 games...the Jazz...are 19-4 when he scores 13 or more
points...this is how you prove your guy is doing something right...but...im
still not sold...he is still...just a role player to me...im just giving credit
where credit is due...i'd want aaron afflalo on a jazz uniform though...
speaking of giving credit where credit is due...lets give credit to Al Jefferson
and Raja Bell...they had a monster game against denver..
Deron Williams is an amazing player! Go Jazz! All the way!
The biggest lesson to learn from this win is that the NBA season is twice as
long as it should be.It's absolutely irrational to think that even
skilled and physically fit athletes at the beginning of a season can endure the
ridiculous riggers of an 82-game season and not pay an absolutely irrational
price in terms of their physical (and probably mental) health.I for
one am tired of hearing claims about how sports competition, when extended to
the extreme as in an 82-game schedule, builds character in players and is
therefore good for them.If in manual labor jobs companies were to
compel employees to put out the equivalent amount of grueling effort that
professional sports requires of players, labor laws already existent would
compel them to make drastic changes or go out of business.
Good anytime we beat the Nug puppies,Raja and Watson really helped out Go Jazz
Good win verses the Thuggets. Raja was good and was mature and cool when he
needed to be cool.
Effort, desire,fortitude, heart, intensity. Use any or all of the words above to
describe the prescription for success, and that finally came through for this
team last night! I totally accept winning or losing with this approach, but will
be on the winning side more than the other if they play with that mindset every
night. I agree 82 games is way too much but just think that if any of you were
making $200,000 per game like 3 of our players are is that asking too much? Go
get e'm every night Jazz.
@todd- do you really think this is a turning point? Everytime the Jazz have a
good game are you going to believe in them and then when they have a bad game
are you going to be their biggest critic and hater?This team will
continue to be up and down.I only saw the 1st and 4th quarter,
here's my thoughtsBig Al almost played like the big man we thought
we were getting. If he can do this for 20 games in a row, I'll finally be happy
with him.Raja finally showed up. This is the Raja I thought we were
getting, unfortunately this is the first time he has showed up. If the Jazz
want to compete, we need 15ppg from him. Not gonna happen.Earl
Watson- any one still want Earl Watson to start? He's good but DWill is
FANTASTICFes- I saw him in the 1st quarter, he's still a big goof
who Nene beat down the floor. If he wants more minutes, there is NO EXCUSE for
getting beat down the floor.
Strange set of events! This is the maximum that the Jazz can play even without
AK and Memo. Now, which team will show up at home against OKC. When D-Will is
good, "he is very, very good". When he is bad, he is still pretty
good. The problem is whether he can inspire the rest of the team like he did
tonight. Could there be any linbk to getting ready to play in the all-star game
and "shop his wares around". His first injured game on the bench was
very telling with all his "bling" which included giant ear studs, a
"sundial" Rolex, and a thousand dollar suit to say nothing of his
shoes. He looked like the perfect "pimp" without his fur coat. Thank
God somebody cleared this up before the next game when he looked like a
teammate. When the game wasw on the line, he even "pumped his fist"
about one inch. Come on. He's leavin' "on a jet plane". First stop
all-star. Last stop Dallas.
Deron proved tonight why the Jazz need him so badly! Big Al shows again why the
Jazz dont need Loozer! I mean does Loozer play defense like Big Al does? Again
Jeremy Evans needs more PT. JR Smith needs to be fined and suspended for 5 games
what a thug! Go Jazz D-will we missed you badly!
These fellows are splendid ballplayers. Terrific!
Just one game. Let's not go nuts. The Jazz have been playing just below .500
ball for quite a long time now and now that the smoke has cleared from the
magical big east swing early in the year, we see a team that is capable, but not
much more. Remember we lost to a tired Houston team on our own home court before
going out to win last night and we still have yet to show opponents any reason
to fear walking into esa. I really like this group of players and I love Deron
Williams, but they have yet to gel and until Deron turns Big Al into the
All-Star that he promises to be, we will be riding a roller coaster. Go
I agree with JFFR . . . . THAT was the Jefferson we thought we were getting last
summer! A terrific performance! And the Bell! Now let's hope they both stay
around for a while . . . .As for Fes, it looked like he had his mind
on the Super Bowl and thought he was playing football, the way he crashed around
out there. He needs ballet lessons. Seriously. He could be so dominant if he
had the proper techniques . . . .
Problems do not start with D-Will period! Deron is the greatest thing to happen
to Utah since Stockton! Deron is the complete package. There is absolutely no
person in the league can guard Williams! As for the rest of the team Raja
finally showed who is he! JR Smith is a thug and deserves to be suspended for a
long time! What a piece of trash he is!
Lost in all of the observations and comments: After Raja frustrated Smith into
getting ejected, he went to work on Anthony. Anthony did not score one field
goal when Raja was guarding him. We could see the look of frustration on his
face, too. Even the smug smirk was gone.As other have said here,
D-Will and Watson on the court at the same time looked really good. Without the
ball, D-Will really does do a great job of using the screens. He pushed the
tempo last night and even played a lot of defense.
Until we can beat LA,SA and Dallas regularly, we are middle of the pack,love my
Jazz,but also realistic,NBA title goes through Boston and LA,other than Williams
we don`t match up with any of the top teams,Fes vs Shaq,Perkins,J O`Neil,Garnett
and Big Baby? Yikes!
Wow Jeremy Evans continues to impress!! The coaches need to play him 15-20 mins
a game, every night. Unlike Fesenko I think Evans will benefit greatly from
more playing time & the Jazz need to get out & run with a finisher like
that. Not sure what got into Raja but I hope he continues to bring his A-game
the rest of the season.
Gr8 win! D-Will is my favorite player in the league for a reason! Deron shows so
much passion, grit, hustle and desire to win, what a baller! When D-Will got in
the face of Smith after that hard foul on Bell, that showed me that this guy
does care about this team, despite the stupid comments you read from bloggers
saying that he is out of here on the first thing smokin', that is not the case,
ALL Jazz fans need to realize what a special talent we have and embrace D-WIll
as long as he is a Jazz-man, no more speculating on Deron Williams leaving Utah
the first chance he gets, because you dont know and until you see a player flat
out quit on his team, then you can talk about that player packing his bags, but
until then, lets support this Jazz team 100% When there is a D-Will, there is a
way! For only having one shooting guard on this team, Bell held his
own last night. I would love to see the Jazz bring in some help at the 2 guard
though.Keep working hard, GO JAZZ!
What a great game. I heard Deron admit after the game that his attitude lately
has been the worst of all. I'm glad he manned up to that, but he seems to be
over it now. The break probably did him good; he started smiling watching them
play from the bench when he was out. They had fun last night and it
showed. Great win guys! I'd love to know where the Raja haters are today. He
gave us a huge lift last night. He's been in a funk like everyone else but he
does a lot of intangible things for us when he's in. We missed the toughness
when Harpring retired, and now we've got some of that back at least. Let's get another win tonight!
Denver always dishes out cheap shots whenever they play the Jazz. It really
irks them when Utah beats them. It's been a great rivalry over the years;
however, it always comes at a price whenever these teams are oppositite each
other. Denver Chumpets are thugery at its worst. Sloan would never
put up with the cheap stuff with his own team and it didn't surprise me he
wantyed a piece of Smith in the end.NBA Offical, Gary Zielinski, did
a fantastic job of preventing things from escalating
I missed this one when i ask my friend who won he looked at his phone and said u
wont believe this the jazz won great job boys.
I rip on the Jazz when they do not play to theyre potential and Sloan makes
mistakes in judgments JFFR.I hope this is the start of something
good, like all of us I hope so but the team showed added heart to overcome the
refs and Denver and the like it reminded me of Nov/Dec. That is why
I am now hopeful
One thing I've noticed is that Raja's defense has been superb the last 3 games
or so.Against the Warriors, Monta Ellis was held to his first game
of the season without any points at the half.Against Charlotte, Wallace
didn't have a great game eitherAnd this game, he did good against
Melo and JR...plus got 20 pointsI used to be a Raja hater, but if he
can play defense like this consistently, he'll be alright
Thanks writing back todd.I feel like after a Jazz win fans are
feeling like 10's and then after a loss they are 2's or 3's. I'm pretty much a
constant 7 or 8 so I find everyone else annoying :) At one point in
this season I was a 9, these past few weeks I've been a six and a half. But
I've always figured Raja would come around and atleast look like someone who
could hit an open shot and I've figured Big Al would play better than the has
the past few weeks.
MAtch up . That is tough thing. Jazz matched up with Denver pretty good and
Nuggets as Huber said can't find ocean helped lot. With ball pushing Deron Jazz
have a chance to win. But without AK hard to match up .
Even as a Sloanaholic, I am confused that Fes does not play more. I just don't
see what all the critics here see. He shuts down the paint, moves well, passes
inside well, blocks out well, clearly frustrated Nene. Obviously, I am missing
something. I like watching him play, although I have to admit that I am not
@ed I can't see what you people see in Fes. Nene beat him down the floor
and got an easy lay up. If Fes wants minutes, that should NEVER happen.When he does get minutes, he can't run with the team. He takes goofy
shots and has bad hands. Watch closer (I wanted to be a Fes fan this year.
Honest. I was impressed that he lost weight and worked hard, but he's still not