Excuses about all of the injuries don't cut it with Sloan, team
Hopefully what was said by B Knight lit a fire under some people. Considering
what this team has been through so far we are in great shape. We all know that
Denver is gonna be better but ultimately will choke down the stretch. Portland
scares me just a little bit with how much talent they have but we have already
took the Blazers in both those games at the ESA so if we can just still one on
the road that would be SWEET. I still believe in this Jazz team. Try not to
dwell on those bad losses(there has been a few) and let's support this Jazz
team, Let's make a run and put some fear into the rest of the league.
Talk about lowered expectations -- it's about as good as it's going to get this
At this point we are one game better than last year and that is without Boozer
for much of the year. Thanks CJ for making us a better team. You are the
difference maker at this point in the season. Everyone else with the exception
of Koufus were playing minutes last year. CJ is the difference this year. Give
him the credit he deserves. Your my man CJ.
I love CJ too, but I don't think he needs to be congratulated for the one game
improvement--he needs more to be encouraged to become better and tougher on the
road. This team absolutely needs CJ and (both) Ronnies to become spitting, snot
snorting studs every single night.
The only way we get past the Lakers and Spurs will be defense. When's the last
time you saw the Jazz press and get steals. I say rotate Koufos in as much as
possible while assuring a playoff spot and see if he can change our anemic d.
CJ has my love, as do all the Jazz players, but he doesn't deserve that much
credit. His PER this season is a measly 12.50 (well below average the league
after of 15.00). Much more credit should go to AK, Memo, and Millsap, who have
stepped up significantly. Compare their PERs this season to last season. Each
of them are having banner years, while this is only Mile's 3rd best season (out
of 4) when it comes to PER. I would also venture to say that Koufos
(who has a PER more than three points higher than C.J.) and Brevin Knight have
been larger difference makers than C.J. Both have added something we have lacked
in the past. Koufos gives us a hustling big body to clog up the middle &
dynamic scoring. Knight gives us veteran leadership and far superior execution
of the offense on the second team than Hart or Price.Until C.J.
steps it up on defense and starts rebounding,he's just a (replaceable) role
Hopefully the second half of the season, will go much better than the first.
Last year at this time, it was a disaster. Now everyone is thinking if we can
just get healthy we will be right there? Yet our record this time is about the
same as last year. If Matt is getting healthy? he will start eating into CJ's
minutes! you can see Jerry starting to turn to his veterans, cause the young
guys aren't getting it done. @ Miles if CJ was so great and he was having a
solid night against Dallas, why didn't Jerry play him in the 4th qtr? here is
your answer, CJ is not a winner yet....meaning he's not doing the little things
that help you win games beside jacking up shots! It doesn't matter what you say
on this site....it only matters what Jerry thinks of his game! The only thing
that is going to save this season is if Booz, despite Jazz fans issues with him,
comes back healthy right after the All-star break so we have everyone back and
more depth inside!! And or D-will plays out of his mind!!
C.J. is a good asset to the Jazz team, but to say that he deserves the credit
isnt a completely true and deserving comment. I got the impression that the
whole bench is really stepping up with the rest of the team. The Jazz have a
good future, and they need to realize that when a situation goes bad, they need
to think about it and turn it into a positive one. To finish, I would like to
drop two quotes that I feel hit home.1."If you accept the
expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the
outcome."2"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence
wins championships."My high school coach says that "Take all of your
failures, take all of the times that you messed up or made a bad decision. And
turn them into a positive situation that you can use for the future. The Jazz
know what to do and how to do it, all thats left is to grit their teeth and get
As much as I hate to admit it, we need his offensive presence. His ability to
command double and triple teams and create his own shot is vital to our offense.
I am with Sloan Lover that I hope he comes back healthy and hits the ground
The real "Miles" appears to be back today! Sheet!
Sloan Lover: Did we win the game at Dallas? NO...Your boy Jerry kept CJ on the
bench and how did the game turn out? Bad example.......CJ plays good and Jerry
keeps him on bench during 4th quarter....You must really love Jerry to stand
behind him on that one!!To Nah: Koufus a different maker? How many
total minutes has he played this year? Not many......To Yack: I'm
CJ deserves zero credit considering when he has been on the floor for 876
minutes this season the Jazz have outscored our opponents by -1 points.
Virtually a push. When he is sitting on the bench, the Jazz have outscored
their opponents by 132 points (which is the reason the Jazz have won any games
this season) Maybe some of the Miles fans out there do not know that you need
to score more points than your opponents to win. Considering Miles is a good
offensive player, his defensive is really that atrocious The problem
with some of the Jazz bloggers is that you complain about the Jazz defensive but
you show so much love to bad defensive players (outside of boozer) Best Defensive Players - (what I looked at was the opponents PER and opponents
production on 82games)Kirilenko - and it is not even closeHarpringBrewerKoufas - shows promiseMillsapKnightWilliams - He is getting better as his quickness returns. He was getting beat
early and often when he came backKorver - takes a lot of chargesOkur
- although he is an awful at help defensiveBoozerPriceAlmondMilesFesCollins
@ Miles:The Jazz had a horrendous first half of last season. They
got rid of Gira Sick and then they started playing phenominal. They are one
game behind horrendous now. I will gulldaim gaurantee you that they will not
play at anywhere near the level they played at last year down the stretch. They
were winning (75-80% of their games). The Jazz will be gulldaim lucky to even
be in the playoffs. Now, just to put some light on it. The Jazz would be
better off to be a 6 or seven than a four or five. Why, you ask? Because as a
four or five you get LA'id out in the second round. A 6-7 gets San Antonio and
New Orleans in the first two rounds. Withe Milsap and D'Will at full strength,
that could be done. I wouldn't bet my cash on it but it is doable. This is how the west will shake down:1 LA2 NO3 SA4
DEN5/6/7/8/9 PHO/POR/HOU/UT/DAL (you tell me in what order!) Please
Jerry's Jazz be a 6 or 7!
one more thingLast year, the Jazz were the 2 best offensive team -
this year the Jazz are the 12 best offensive team - The Jazz defensive has been
a lot better than last year.
If you don't like my comment on how good I think CJ is for the francise, you
don't have to comment!! My opinion is not going to change. AK plays against
2nd stringers, his defensive should be better than Miles. Your stats mean
nothing to me. You should know that by now. I only care about wins and with CJ
in the starting lineup this year, we have more wins. last time I looked, wins
get you in the playoffs. Not stats.
I would rather have LA in the second round than San Antonio in the first round
on the road. At least we would make it to the second round. When was the last
time we won a game in San Antonio?We can't beat LA or SA on the
I love CJ. Ak47 is my favorite player. I am afraid of dwill. Memo is the best
3pt shooting big man in the league.
@@Pritty.Good.guy:San Antonio could be beat. If Manu gets scraped
up and breaks some bones. And Tim Duncan becomes paralyzed. But LA cannot be
beat by the Jazz. They are too deep and to powerful in the post! Jack
Nicholson could beat the Jazz with that old guy that sits by him. Just the
lights in LA are enought o beat the Jazz. Did I say Derek Fischer! He has the
mental edge on all of the Jazz. That includes O'Donnel and Sloan!
The Jazz couldn't beat their way out of a wet paper bag on the road! Hey are
you really Good Guy Gary?
@ pritty.good.guyTotally dissagree with teh sentiment that the Jazz
won't, or can't, put it together like they did last year. In fact I
think they are more likely to put it together than they were last year. Last year two things happened that helped them take off, Memo got his
game back after struggling for the first half of the season, and Giri went away
for Korver.This year they have had so many things go wrong it's hard
to even compare but let me give you a list of things that I think will add up to
a strong finnish...Williams is finally back to 100% after strugling for the
first half of the season (26 pts, 9.5 asst, 3.5 TO over the last 4 games),
Boozer will be back in the lineup mid Febuary (17th, to be exact) and play the
final 29 games, Millsap will come back from his injury and 100% by the end of
January.My prediction is that the Jazz will struggle for the next
few games until Millsap comes back and then they will improve every game from
there on out.
jazz are fine dwill just has to remember that he saw the celtics win a
championship through d fense and start playing some D. Then with him leading by
example the others with follow suite. OH AND TRADE BOZO
re: MilesAnyone with a brain could determine that CJ is not the
reason for what success this team has had.Yes you are entitled to
have your obviously/statistically/logically incorrect opinion.Sloan
has been questioning all year whether he could even leave CJ in the starting
lineup because his results have been poor. Lets not forget why Sloan had AK
come off the bench--so they bench did not stink with CJ on it!! CJ gets the
benefit of playing surrounded by starters to take pressure off him so he could
perform.Everything and anything you look at does not indicate in any
way that CJ is responsible for this teams success.All that said, if
CJ actually did play both ends of the floor and work hard--this team could
become alot better. He has the talent and athletic ability but as of yet he has
not come close to meeting expectations.Scary.Any real
fan who has examined the Jazz remaining schedule and considered our current
situation KNOWS the upcoming schedule and the schedule to finish the season will
dash any hopes of a high seed in the playoffs--possibly even making the playoffs
Here's how I see the rest of the season playing out...The Jazz have
a tough stretch between now and the All-Star break. I think D-Will fully returns
to 2007 form and Millsap gets back to 100% while the Jazz go 7-5 putting them at
31-22. Boozer comes back after the All-Star break (100%, because otherwise he
wouldn't be back) CJ keeps his starting spot but only sees 10-15 minutes a game,
Millsap and AK come of the bench for 25-30 minutes a game an the Jazz settle
into this rotationStarters (minutes)Williams (35)Brewer (25)Miles (10)Boozer (30)Okur (35)BenchAK (27)Millsap (28)Korver (20)Knight
(13)Kosta (7)Harpring (10) With that lineup the Jazz
finnish 24-5, Going 55-27 on the season, losing the division to Denver,
finnishing with the 5th best record in the west and playing New Orleans in the
first round.It wouldn't surprise me if AK moved back into the
starting role after Boozer comes back, but he's playing so great of the bench it
seems woth it to start CJ just to maintain that production.
"At this point we are one game better than last year and that is without Boozer
for much of the year." As I remember Boozer was playing last year for most
of the time. What does that say about Boozer...maybe he should just sit it out
and look pretty for the rest of the season. It's Millers money that is going to
waste, not Boozer.
don't even bring up that ak plays against 2nd stringers as he's on the floor in
the 4th quarter against other teams' best players and he still is the best
defender on the team. And if Miles can't handle playing defense against the
other teams starters then perhaps he shouldn't be starting.What a lame
excuse, Miles.As for playoff seeding, I for one see the Jazz winning
the division still which puts them in ther rough position of meeting the Lakers
in the 2nd round unless they can get to the 3rd seed. Denver has a schedule
that's probably even harder than the Jazz's over the next month and they'll
finally start dropping some games.
The Jazz get healthy, which they will, they will have a better record than last
year. They are currently 1 game above last year pace. Magnus - 55
wins on Hollinger's playoff odds would put a team at number 2. The I really
don't think any team in the west besides LA wins 60 games - and I think that
they will be at 60 games. Anyway, the Jazz need to just plug along. Denver, San Antonio and NO are going to be the toughest but hopefully the Jazz
can pass them. San Antonio - 11 of their next 15 games are on the
road with games in (LA, Phoenix, Utah, Denver, NJ, Boston and Detroit) I don't think NO is deep enough team - Chandler and West are both
injured right now - if Chris Paul gets injured they will lose every game. Denver has played a tougher schedule, and have a deep team LA 60 winsDenver 55 winsUtah 54 winsSan Antonio 53New
Orleans 53Portland 50Phoenix 47Houston 46Dallas 42 Magnus as far as Minutes, The Jazz need to go to a lineup playing their
best players than
Who is O'Donnel? Could you be referring to O'Conner? A couple other guys on here
a while back kept referring to O'Donnel, Keith Suds or somebody like that.
Jazz looz on the road.
First, I like the Miles from yesterday and NOT the one from today. Whoever took
his place was far better. Let's all just remember how quickly a team can change
when injuries occur. This whole season could change in an instant for any team.
We should just hope our team gets healthy quickly and stays that way for a good
@ AnonymousHollinger himself said that his playoff odd simulations
tend to wash out the final team records, trending everybody towards the middle.
I bet all 8 playoff teams in the west have over 50 wins this year, just like
they did last year when the Jazz won 54 games and had the 6th best record in the
West, Phoenix won 55 and finnished 5th. The Lakers will win more than they did
last year, the bottom 6 teams in the west will lose more, and we won't know the
final playoff seeding untill the last game is played.I like your
points though.If I had to guess now this is how I think it will end
in the west#1 LA (62 Wins)#2 De (57 Wins)#3 SA (56
Wins)#4 NO (55 Wins)#5 Ut (54 Wins)#6 Ho (54 Wins)#7 Po
(52 Wins)#8 Ph (50 Wins)You're right about the minutes of
course, I would like to see brewer get some more 4th quarter minutes I think he
has earned them, but once everyone is healthy there will be a rotation and on
most nights the minutes will be fairly consistent.
I just don't see the jazz getting to 55 wins. Everything would have to fall into
place to get there with no margin for error. What we do know is this season we
seem to have the injury bug. I haven't seen any reason why this doesn't
continue. Milsap's knees are still a question mark..so is Booz's body? and our
road record isn't very good when healthy...24-5 down the stretch? I think some
people are going to look dumb in their predictions when it comes to the Jazz
finish, Let's look at their final road games
March/April.(Atl,miami,orl,port,den,no,dall,sa,lak) they probably go 4-5 at best
through that stretch. According to you, you have them winning all of their other
games? WOW!! Eternal optimist aside, let's be realistic!! 26-15 will get you to
fifty wins. Let's start there. The Jazz still have 6 back to back games in
March/April. What's our record this year in back to back games....you don't want
to know Jazz fans....Take off the Rose colored glasses people!
I think the doubters are going to be seriously surprised at how good this Jazz
team is when (if?)they get everybody back and healthy. With Okur,
Williams, Boozer, AK, Millsap, Brewer and Korver playing the majority of the
minutes and solid role players like Miles, Harpring, Kufos and Knight this Jazz
team is deep and good, really good. better than last year, and way better than
the record shows this year.In fact I'll go further and say that IF
the Jazz get healthy like I think they will by the end of the year, people will
be talking about them as the team nobody want's to play in the playoffs and the
talking heads will start to mention them in the same sentences as the Lakers
Magic Cavs and Celtics.Of course all of that may never happen if the
Jazz don't get healthy.You can call the glasses rose if you want, I
don't mind, I'll take the abuse if I'm wrong (just like I was about winning 60
games, stupid injuries), but don't forget to throw a little respect this way if
I turn out to be right.
Best player on the team,no doubt,just take a good look at his stat`s,without his
all-around game,we are probably the worst team in the league,he` on a par with
Kobe and LeBron,just say "Miles" and everyone knows who you`re talking about....
the one and only,the best player in the NBA
I agree with the optimist, there's no reason why things won't fall into place
for the jazz, if they get healthy, they probably would be the team no one would
want to play; right now, they're already a team most wouldn't want to play.
They've done a good job so far, better than you'd think with all that has
befallen. I'll keep the rose glasses on, and smile in the sun. I'm behind the
That's it... I've had enough of the losing. Here's what I want to see for the
next 41 games:1. Millsap: Don't let Booz take your starting spot. How do
you do that? Simple, beat the heck out of everyone. 2. RonnieB: Shoot one
mid range jumper for every two dunks you get. I like the addition of the jumper,
but go to the whole and hurt people!3. Deron: Take it to the whole like 30
times a night! You should never shoot less than 10 free throws: Oh and run the
pick and roll with Kosta at least 4 times a night, when he's in at center...
it's like a guaranteed 2 points.4.Memo: Just keep being Memo... but don't
be afraid to hurt people... I mean, have an attitude (Get a little more Harpring
in you).5. CJ: Dunk the ball! Everyone in the world thinks you're going to
shoot the 3... Pump fake, drive and show us some of that crazy athleticism.If the above things happen, the Jazz will contend for a title. We need
to collectively stop taking everyone's crap!
@ AdROCKI like it. Maybe a little tad on the creepy violent side,
but all good things.
@ magnusWhen AK Boozer Millsap and Okur are all healthy - Knock on
woodStart AK, Boozer and OkurSub in Millsap for AK
at the SFOkur, Boozer and Millsap on the floor at the same time. If you
have Korver and Williams on the floor with them. Then Sub AK in
for Okur and go to Millsap, Boozer, and AK and then sub in Okur in for Boozer.
This is kind of like when we played Harpring at shooting guard because we just
played our best players.
To Miles!!!!!What a joke, Miles the best player on theteam....That's not
the Jazz Team for sure!!!!You must betalking about the other Miles!!!!
Who are these bloggers praising CJ. If he was so good he would be getting
coverage around the league and on the net.Millsap earned it on the
floor. CJ can't earn it in the bloggoshere. get a life you luzers.
get real and put the igniter in the lineup, mr ronnie price. if price dont start
playing soon we might just barely make the playoffs. but if he plays like he did
last year backing up williams we blow denver out and win the division. get real
sloan and do the right thing free ronnie price.
jazz to me are flat. they show no emotion on the court, no spark. goin through
the motions. losing these "easy" games lately shows me that they are not
focused. hopefully the second half of the season, the team can get healthy and
get that spark of energy and high level play we saw last season.GO