Utah gets chance tonight in Minnesota
I would be elated if they finish 8-7 away. If we can finish 52-30 only 2 games
worse than last season, it would be at worst 50-50 change of getting crucial
home court although to avoid Lakers, we either have to win this division or
finish 6th which I feel is a more realistic goal-6th
One game at a time was Stockton and Malones mantra. You do not heat that out of
Williams or Boozer at all. They are always concerned about the past and future.
Just one game at a time and lets see where the chips fall at the end of the
trade miles,start korver,fire sloan,sign the ball boy
miles to the dleague,korver allstar,harpring retirement,
According to Fuego Caliente Hoops--The Jazz will climb the ladder into the 5th
seed. Boozer will show his allstar form with 20 double doubles down the
stretch.Rockstar Basketball website has the Jazz winning their
division and starting the playoffs at home.I love this team.
I didn't know they allowed internet access inside padded rooms.
I see comma man and Houdini haven't jumped on the Jazz bandwagon yet. Hey guys,
you had better jump on soon because it's filling up fast if it's not already
I'm also a Jazz fan but choose to be realistic. They will likely qualify for the
playoffs but will once again get eliminated somewhere along the way and it will
be try again next year. It's a decent team, above average but they are not
championship level. Perhaps in a couple years they might get there if they keep
the nucleus of the team together. If Malone would have had half the moxey in him
that Stockton had, those guys likely would have won a championship or two.
Malone never played well under pressure.
I think Sloan should spread the minutes more when we have back-to-back sets. We
are a deep enough team that he should not play any one player more than 30
minutes the night before another game. I think he could manage the team better
knowing he has a game the next night. I know his opinion is they are
professionals. I am a realist. Professionals get tired too. Less minutes the
first game would equate to more wins the second night.
All you Sloan haters don't know anything about the game. Had he had any sort of
center over the years he would have won at least 3 championships!!
had no heart
Anything better than that will be a bonus.
So I was just looking on espn at how much each player makes. It makes me sick
the Millsap is the lowest paid player on the Jazz. Lets get him so Money or
we'll loose him. It seems Boozer should have some extra money he should be
I have part of my stimulus check left over, not doing much...Can I send Millsap
my extra 50 bucksto keep him in the chips, so he is happy? What isthe Jazz mailing address?
Y'all should check out that Fuego Caliente, fine sports reporting, and the
hottest latina bloggers you have ever seen.I say the jurry is out on
being a title contender. It will depend on a few things...Can they stay
healthy?Can they win on the road (at a minimum win over half of their
remaining road games)?Can they play decent team defense with Boozer in the
lineup (before Ak went down they were top 10 in efficiency and allowed under
98pts a game)? If the answers are all yes then I think you have to
include them in the conversation.Boston, LA, and Cleveland are no
question contenders. Orlando and San Antonio are second tier contenders right
now, they are good, but good enough to beat one of the other 3? Maybe. Then you have a group of teams that could join SA and Orlando in tier 2
because they have the pieces and talent to be a contender but haven't performed
or aren't performing now at that level. I'd put Utah, New Orleans, Houston,
Portland, Denver, and maybe Atlanta in that category.The 5 game trip
in march will show alot.
I would agree that there are a lot of questions on whether the Jazz will rise to
their potential. They are going to have to win on the road. Further, their late
March and April schedule is harder than most of the teams in the west. SA has injuries. POR is young. I am not sure the PGs at HOU can handle a lot
of pressure. DEN has problems at the moment. The west is very volatile. Who gets
what seeds depends mainly on injuries. If the Jazz start playing hard defense on
the road they might get the number 2 seed. If they don't they might barely make
the playoffs.It is pretty much up to the Jazz but they now have the
depth and versatility to win most games if healthy and even most games if minor
players are hurt. Sloan can sit players if they do not defend.
However, I am not sure that he will. Who knows how long it will take
for Boozer to get good. At least he rebounds and tries to play defense (steals).
firstname.lastname@example.org email me, i need to know where you find all this
stuff gee whiz, i was wrong Jefferson is out for the year i have not paid
attention to the Wolves, this is huge because he has hurt us. THis should make
Carlos life easier and everyone needs to give this guy 4-5 games to get back on
track, yeah i have newfound enthusiasm the way this team has played-i would
agree depending how far and how high the Jazz finish, depending, i would
consider Sloan coach of the year. The key is avoid the Lakers long as possible
to do this we need to win this division that would answer all of these
scenarios? Go HAwks tonight! Can we make up 3 games on Denver? Magnus or
someone maybe you can review Denvers schedule, is it doable? i know we play
them twice right? I know we have not gone into the "big easy yet"
Have any of you ever played pick-up ball or intramurals with a big shot blocker
on your team? Having someone like that cleans up a lot of mistakes by the other
players. You can play more aggressively on D because you have that safety net
filling the lane. The Jazz are missing that with their current roster. They may
be a decent defensive team if they play with effort every night, but they will
never be great with their current personnel.On the other hand, they
can be great offensively with their personnel. If they are top 5 offensively and
even top 15 defensively, they should be able to go far.
Todd and Magnus sitting in tree.......Lot of love between the two of you.
@ ToddAfter a quick look I would say it is going to be a tough task
catching Denver unless they continue to slide. 14 of Denvers last 25 games are
home games, the Jazz only play 10 of their last 25 games at home. Only 11 of
Denvers last 25 opponents are over .500 as opposed to 13 of the last 25 for
Utah.Even if Utah wins both of the head-to-heads they would still
need to make up another game over the rest of the schedule and on the surface
that would appear to ba a tall task.All of the other teams the Jazz
will be fighting for playoff position (Houston/Portland/Phoenix/Dallas/NO) have
a similar schedule to the Jazz in terms of difficulty of opponents but none of
those teams plays as many road games or back-to-backs as the Jazz.@
JJTotally agree. If you use efficincy stats for the offensive and
defensive rankings the Jazz have been in the top 10 in both Offense and Defense
for most of this season, and are currently ranked between 5-10 for offense and
10-15 for Defense depending on the system.
that the Jazz have to play team (help)defense. He did not come right out and say
it but the Jazz really do need a big shot blocker. They have one in
Fez but he is not ready. He fouls a lot, does not have the offensive moves and
probably does not know all of the plays. However, he can rebound and sometimes
block. K2 at times has done some blocking.Sloan could use them but
on balance they may not be better options than a good active team defense.
Boozer actually is better on defense than many people give him credit for.
Korver ranks very high in 3 point defense, which I found very surprising.
One measure of defensive performance is the net number of points produced by
each player minus the net number produced by the player they are guarding while
in the game. AK ranks 9th in the NBA in net points at 11.5, DWill is
27th at 6.6, Millsap is 40th at 5.1, and Brewer is 56th at 3.5. Okur is 87th at
1.5, Miles is 180th at -4.4 and Korver is 184th at -5.0. This is thru current
games for this year. Overall the Jazz by this measure have some
decent defensive players and a couple of weak spots mainly C and the 3 position
when AK is not playing. I only found data for the first 200 players
so I do not know about the rest of the team. I think Korver really tries to play
defense. Miles does sometimes. I think Miles has more ability but usually does
not apply it yet. Okur will probably never be a great defender.
However, his offense on the low block has improved. So maybe his defense will
also improve. I will try to find last years numbers to compare.
@ Defensive PerformanceStatistical measures of defense are tricky.
For measurements of individual players (or combinations of players) defense I
definately think the +/- has alot of merit and prefer that over box score
efficiency methods. For team defense though, I think the efficiency methods
based on total shooting percentage, pace, turnovers, etc. are a better indicator
of where a team as a whole stands relative to other teams. A good
shot blocker would absolutely help the Jazz defensively, and I would love it if
the Jazz had a guy who could do that for them, but if the team defense is good
enough, and the offense is unstoppable, then I think they can get it done
will end up a 4th or 5th seed. I think they can beat any team in a 7 game
series with the exception of San Antonio or LA. Utah is still missing a piece
to put them over the top and it looks like after this season, they will end up
missing 2 pieces (when Boozer leaves).
Nobody wants to comment on the article? There's way more distraction on
the road, referees tend to call things the home team way, more often than not,
all the noise-I think the biggest distraction on the road is probably all the
noise. To thine own self be true.The noise and everything shouldn't
be a distraction, unless it's let made to be one.Okur 87 in the league,
good thing he shoots lights out, or else he wouldn't even crack the top 200.
He's key to the jazz success, when okur puts in a good effort, the whole team
feels it. By the way, it's easy to see when he has a good effort or not. He's
not a very good defensive player, and when his effort isn't there, because his
effort is inconsistent, the jazz really get abused. Most of the other players
are pretty consistent with their effort level, they have little ups and downs.
CJ would probably be the second most inconsistent, but he's so young, however,
what it looks like is he's putting effort into one part and not his whole
game.Okur, no exuse
may be better this year than last year but I have not found the stats. He and
Boozer are a team. They compliment each other. Boozer makes is easier for Okur
and vice versa. Okur had to try to carry the team with Boozer out. That is
asking a lot of Okur. He has picked up his scoring and he has adapted and added
moves with Boozer out. He had no real back up and some nights paced himself,
especially if he got 2 quick fouls. I think Okur did what he could.
Maybe we should be grateful. He was a back up at Detroit. He has done very well
for himself at Utah.Beyond DWill and Booz the rest of the players
are role players (AK is a generalist and maybe an exception). Many of them are
very good role players but you are asking a lot if you ask for more than their
normal role. In the first half the Jazz asked an awful lot of Okur.
Here are the plus minus rankings for the Jazz so far. 15th AK @ 11.0, 29th
Millsap @ 8.3, 92nd Korver @ 2.0, 108th Williams @ .6, 124th Okur @ -.3, 170th
Miles @ -4.8 and 184th Brewer @ -.6.4. I am sure that Williams is
playing much better defense now than he was earlier. Korver is a better defender
than most people give him credit. I am not sure what is with Brewer but this
year is much worse than last year. I think the injuries to both
DWill and Boozer have altered the sets and the performance at other positions.
I'd give anything to trade Boozer for a Delambert, or similar player...I'm not
the biggest fan of Kirilenko either. I don't think he's a bad player, but he's
overpaid, and although I like the idea of help defense, I've seen him go for the
block countless times to get his blocks while he leaves the other team's best
3-point shooter wide open.The Jazz are looking better though, we'll
see if we can pull it together for the final part of the season.