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Utah Jazz not giving up on playoff hopes

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  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    March 23, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Watson has backed his mouth up with his play on the floor, something I hope all Jazz players can do. Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk. Talk is cheap, we all can say the right things and maybe say them at the right moment too, but we all know that actions speak louder than words. Show and prove Jazz! Some guys like Raja Bell for example, talk a main course but their best play is a cold hordurves. Sad but true. Odds are stacked against you right now Jazz, how will you respond?

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    March 23, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    I can't see this game ending in anything but a blowout. OKC is very very good. Elite.
    Hopefully Hayward, Evans, and Fes get some much needed minutes

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 23, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    They should..........

  • Jazz Cop San Francisco, CA
    March 23, 2011 2:42 a.m.

    I'm dissapointed with the quality of bball we are seeing because this is still a 70 mill roster, but i am giving them a pass this year because of all the turnover, still 70 mill+, you'd think they'd make the playoffs regardless.
    they have the pieces but there are major chemistry issues, and fixing them isn't as easy as just taking someone out of the lineup, we have a code here in utah that must be followed, and some traditions should be followed especially if they allow us to see some humanity in this business. One thing sloan showed is that loyalty pays off in the end, even if it may seem ridiculous, you don't take a starting job away from someone who has worked with much passion to get where he's at. Corbin must take better control of the playbook, he must establish what jazz bball is, if it's what we saw the last two games i'm passing.

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 23, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    I agree Jazz-Nation , I have been happy with Watson's effort, but Bell is washed up. Just hope all players that go on the court have a red go and be proud to wear the Jazz uniform. 2 things I do ask to do is protect the ball (minmise turnovers) and rebound , rebound.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    March 23, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    The way they are playing and coaching I thought they all ready did give up on the season. If thats not true then they are really bad.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    March 23, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Corbin is defending the small, out of position, defenseless, front line of Jefferson and Milsap. Jerry was dead wrong on using this lineup and Corbin is apparently lost on his own and reverting to Jerry's philosiphies to try and get by.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 23, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Old Houdini has been thinking...might be time to move on.After 25 years a Lakers fan,over 30 a Jazz fan,I think I`m done,it`s been fun rattling your cages,especially miles,capt and golfboy the newbee. Make you`all a deal,send Millsap and AK down to Oak City(it`s alot closer than SLC anyway) and I`m gone...deal??? anyway I don`t like the direction this team is going and if Kakashi is right,in 3-5 years OKC and Portland will be at the top.Actually I think this franchise will fold it`s tent and be gone within 3 years

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    March 23, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    The jazz just need to tank the rest of the games this season so they can get two top 10 picks in the draft...their core of guys (Harris, mil sap, jefferson, Hayward, favors) are very solid and if the jazz can get two solid rookies then they'll have a bright future! I think they need to let ak and price go at the end of the season and hopefully they can draft either Irving or walker for point and maybe Harrison barnes too....all in all in has been a crazy year and Im ready for a fresh start.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    March 23, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    The Jazz are a typical lottery team at this point. I can't fathom the continued message board comments about the Jazz contending for anything but a lottery pick. This is the decline mode after the slow rise which culminated in the two Stockton-Malone title games in 1997-1998 seasons. All you band wagon fans who apparently are bailing and looking around at other teams to root for, and say you were always a "Laker" fan or now a "Miami" or a "Chicago" or a "Boston" fan makes me sick. Stick with the Jazz and realize in this current world of "Have Gun Will Travel" NBA, it is only going to get worse going forward. I will always be a Jazz fan as long as they are in Utah. I grew up in the Los Angeles area, so I naturally became a Laker fan when they moved from Minneapolis in the 1950's. When I relocated to Utah in 1972 I became a Utah Stars fan, and then a Jazz fan when the Jazz relocated from New Orleans. Abandoning the Jazz in not in the cards for me or any other loyal fan. Hang in there Jazz fans.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    March 23, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Houdini: I hope you don't pack up and leave, and I don't think the Millers will give up on the team that fast. The new CBA will hopefully help the small market teams and make things more competitive.
    It is discouraging to have your team struggle but that is part of life, we all have to deal with ups and downs and the Jazz are rebuilding now and everyone has to be patient and hope for the best. I find that there are alot of fans that have very little patience. The Jazz/KOC has put alot of nice pieces together and if Favors, Hayward and Miles can step up along with Big Al, Paul and Harris (or his replacement) this team will be OK. We'll have to see if Corbin can be as tough and competitive as Sloan was, questionable but we need to give him some time. He's got some good players, hopefully some leadership can immerge and chemistry develop.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    March 23, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    Even with everything that has happened this year, the Jazz aren't that far from actually making the playoffs. If you look at the teams above them and their remaining schedules, it appears that Denver (47 wins, estimate), Portland (43-44 wins, estimate) and Memphis (43 wins, estimate) are all probably in the playoffs, with New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix and Utah all fighting for that last spot. However, all of the last 6-7 teams--even Portland and Memphis--have pretty tough remaining schedules, so anything could happen. 42 wins probably gets one of those last four teams in--New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix or Utah--but its possible that none of those four teams will get to 42 wins, based on their remaining schedule. Based on the Jazz's remaining schedule, they most likely will win only 4 more games. If something happens, and they can win an additional two games, for 6 wins total out of the remaining 11, they could still make the play offs--and if they could win 7 games they are virtually a lock for the playoffs.

    However, realistically, they will probably win only 4 more games--giving them the 12th pick in the draft.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 23, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Houdini....If you leave, I will have to leave too. I only come on here to see you!!

    Who quit the team this year?

    Sloan
    Dwill

    Any you wonder why this team is all messed up!! The two leaders quit. Losers in my eyes. I don't care how bad it was for Jerry. Pull up your pants and do your job. Dwill is a big baby. Wasn't getting his way so he quit too.

    I agree that Corbin is Jerry Jr. Can't make a decision on his own. Coaches just like Jerry. Too afraid to bench Millsap for Favors. Would rather lose every game than change up the front line who can't defend a 6' guard driving to the hoop.

    Time for Corbin to go. He is not head coach material in the NBA.

    Time for Millsap to go or for AJ to go. Can't keep them both. Neither can defend.

  • CocoNutzz Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    You guys actually think that Corbin would insert Favors into the starting lineup over Sap....Really?

    The season was shot once they traded away Deron. This isnt the same team. Its a bunch of new guys who came into the season having to learn a new offensive scheme, learn what other players tendencies are (where they like the pass, spacing, and chemistry) and than they have a roster change mid season and they have to go through the same things they did at the beginning of the season.

    You cant expect a playoff push when the team was in training camp mode mid season. Denver is thriving right now because they got back veteran players who know how to play in a system that isnt read oriented as the flex like Utah runs.

    Defensively is where the Jazz need the most improvement. The guys out there dont trust each other when it comes to help defense. If you leave your man to help your team mate someone has to help the HELPER not leave his man wide open for a 3.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 23, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Guys,dn won`t post my comment,but it has to do with Jazz management selling out,I think you can figure it out,hint...Florida Marlins

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    March 23, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Houdini & CJMiles: I don't think either one of want to abandon ship, sharing opinions and exchanging comments and ideas is too much fun. Especially when your getting too old to do anything else. I don't really think CJMiles(Dallas) is very old but Houdini is probably getting up there. Personally, I'm 60 and it has been several years since I've been able to play any hoops, so golf is the sport of choice now, especially now that it is warming up. The Jazz organization has spoiled us in some ways, as they have been able to keep a winning, competitive team for us to enjoy for a long time. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and have patience. KOC is trying to do a good job and he has lot of good pieces to build on. Let's just try to enjoy it.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    March 23, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Oh really? still trying to make a playoffs? I thought Jazz tanked season and decided not to play their best player. Need some excuse maybe.

  • cedar Holladay, UT
    March 23, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    this is how it is, we will really have fun draft day as we will get t.jones with the hight pick and with our 12th pick will be fun watching the brass get jimmer somehow with the second lottery pick and get tomic and we will have a ausome team next year with no injuries as we have had them all this year. we would lose all four playoff games with our injuries so best to have the high second pick and if we mad the playoffs we would lose the pick to minn.
    thanks.

  • Jazzman72 Springville, UT
    March 23, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    There's no way they'll make the playoffs with how they've been playing, and with injuries to a lot of their key guys. Let's see how this team looks next year, with healthy players, hopefully two promising rookies from the draft, and a team that has been through a training camp together and knows the system.

  • zjtech Erda, UTah
    March 23, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Im tired of the Jazz just being an ok team. We want a championship we want to see a team like the 1997 or 1998 Jazz. So we get a few good draft picks but will they just turn out to be like Williams take us to a Conference Final and then move on? The Jazz are done for the next couple of seasons.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    March 23, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    If you don't believe the Jazz have tanked, watch a few more games.

    Corbin won't play the people that would make a difference so how can they win?

  • SoCal Trabuco Canyon, CA
    March 23, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    "Jazz aren't giving up on playoffs"
    This statement is future tense, The problem is past tense.
    They have already given up. It is painfully obvious whenever they play.
    When I say they have given up, I mean from the Top down. Starting with the Millers.
    It' painful to be a Jazz fan in Southern California.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 23, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Chicago has not been significant since the Jordan days back when Utah had Stockton and Malone. It took them all these years to build a team back to championship level or even playoff level. During those lean years, the Jazz were in the playoffs another 10 times.

    Now it's time for Utah to tear the team down, save some money and build it back up with young talent. The rebuilding could be done in two years, not 10 years.

    It's time for Millsap or Jefferson to hit the road. Can't win with both of them starting together. Time for Memo to retire. Time for AK to go play for New Jersey where he will never see the ball.

    This team will be rebuilt around Harris, CJ, Favors and some new faces. Jefferson and Millsap are not the players to build around as they can not defend in the NBA.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    March 23, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    The more I think about this season, the more I think that the Jazz have a quest to get 3 first round picks this year, instead of making the playoffs. I remember when we got lucky and drafted D-Will, hopefully we can pull some high caliber talent out of this draft class. Either way, the future is bright.
    GO JAZZ!

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    When Jimmer is the best player in college ball and Sullinger at OSU is the best big, you know the draft this year at best will be marginal for NBA talent. Contributors, but no "franchise" types. So, play to get to the playoffs and develop for the future by starting a defensive center (Elson or Favors) with Jefferson and CJ, add Hayward at the two and with Harris injured start Watson and sub Price with AK, Milsap, Bell and Favors, Elson as a second unit. Sorry Fez fizzed

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 23, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    What bothers me about this team is the following:

    There are 11 games left. I do not hear a player on the Jazz saying it's playoff time now for us. We need to treat the next 11 games as though it is the playoffs.

    What I am hearing is: We need to get better. Hopefully we can play better tonight. We need to turn this around. Perhaps we will get back on track.

    Come on......The Jr. Jazz team is more positive than you guys.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 23, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    i have always been a jazzfan...even the post stockton-malone era...sloan used to get a lot from his players...i mean...look at the line up when we had danny manning donnyel marshall and even jon starks...its going to take us a while to get back on our feet...the Jazz have been a model of consistency...the only problem is...the recent Jazz teams never really dominate...but still i enjoy watching them...and would still support them through thick and thin...that's what being a fan is about...im still optimistic about the Jazz future...because we have solid pieces to build upon...its not like we have nothing...i would really like for the jazz brass to deal harris...for Felton...if they do get felton...i hope they draft vessely and Jonas...Jonas would be the aggressive defensive big we would like (yeah...he is pretty aggressive for a european) and vessely could be a matchup nightmare at the three...that makes Al Jeff play at the 4...millsap coming of the bench with AK...CJ starting at the 2..and felton manning the point...

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 23, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    @Hellooo

    Favors is a PF...that means...Al Jeff would play C...CJ is better at the two...but i agree...fes is not worth it...and Jimmer is not the best college player...in my opinion...its a toss up between derrick williams and Kyrie Irving...but i do agree that its a draft of a lot of possible role/key players...not necessarily franchise...