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  • todd from santa ana
    March 14, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    The Jazz choked again on the road in the pressure. This game was lost in regulation. Kirilenko getting offensive foul was a killer. Up 7 with :55 left, Miami missed a shot and f/t and twice kept possessions alive with offensive rebounds. Then 2 3s, Okur and Korver, you score the first 8 of overtime and still find a way to lose., the ironic thing is Wade did not beat us in Overtimes, O Neal, Jones did as much. Brewer defending Wade well. Okur and Boozer played no defense down stretch, Okur i thought played too many minutes, he was gassed at end. Deron was at fault too with couple turnovers. He did force 3rd overtime with shot. Again Miami wins with effort and defense. Gut wrenching loss. Now we have to win at Orlando and after tonight back in 3rd place in division and 7th overall. It is going to take a lot of heart and fortitude now to come back in Orlando.

  • TIRED OF MEDIOCRITY!
    March 14, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    This game is a measuring stick for the Jazz. The couldn't put away an inferior opponent, despite having 2 seemingly overwhelming leads. Dwayne Wade is amazing, but the Jazz are so much better as a team, or at least should be. I've never heard of a team with so much talent be so unable to dominate. The bulls won six championships on the back of one person, AKA the great one, and Stock and Karl had only Hornacek who showed up on a daily basis, yet they owned the league minus the finals for two years. They would've killed for the talent we have now, yet this team can't get it done. Take away Kobe and there is not another team in the west as stacked for success as the Jazz. I am so frustrated with them I could scream. NO MORE EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put you game where your mouth is, or give up so we can get a lottery pick who will play the full game.

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    I'm so mad I could choke bunnies!

  • SO DISAPOINTED
    March 14, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    I am actually bleeding from all pores from the pain of this one. Why oh why must I suffer at the hands of this guy time and time again?.....WHY?

  • Fedor
    March 14, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    First, the NBA sucks. DWade moves and they call a foul. Second, nice hands Boozer...enjoy that raise. Third, DWill has to take that last shot in 2OT, not dish to Booz for a 9 ft fade away jumper. Forth, how can AK and Knight play nearly the same amount of minutes? I know AK had foul trouble but Sloan has to get him more involved. Korver is showing some serious heart lately...watch his +/-, it is consistently good. The Jazz are headed for a first round match up with the Lake Show or Spurs. We can't win on the road...we don't have the heart. I hate him with a passion, but DWade has the heart of 10 Jazz players.
    A team with heart doesn't give up 7 and 8 point leads with less than 2 minutes left. This is the most frustrating loss I can remember in years. Yes, the sky is falling. Yes, all hope is lost. I hate loving this team.

  • RefsSuck
    March 14, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    Once again just like Atlanta the officials control the game and make the Jazz lose the NBA has become nothing but a popularity contest with a circus side show! Stern needs to step up and pay attention to what is going on!

  • spencer hintze
    March 14, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    how about the jazz try to win a good team on the road, boozer is worthless

  • Miles
    March 14, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    Todd you have lost it. Brewer defended Wade well? What game did you watch? Wade had 50 points. In a three overtime game on the road CJ plays 15 minutes, AK 20 minutes and Millsap 25. Jerry is a joke. Wade goes for 50 and CJ sits on the bench while he torches the Jazz. Nice job Jerry. Boozer plays 45 minutes and is out of shape. Jerry is clueless. Every time the other team has a scoring 2 guard, we get lit up. Kobe and Wade love playing the Jazz cause they know Jerry won't guard them. Jerry is more concerned at stopping Joel Anthony inside than containing Wade. Yes, Joel Anthony who can not even shoot the ball. Jerry once again can not coach on the road. Stay in Utah next time and let Phil do the coaching on the road.

  • Bill
    March 14, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    All long time Jazz fans EXPECT things like this to happen. That is why it is best not to get emotionally involved with this team. After all, while Jazz fans are sick over a loss like this, a guy like Boozer who will jump ship at season's end for any team who pays a penny more will continue collecting his millions. And you care more about the Jazz than he does. Better find a hobby or the Jazz will cause you to stroke out.

  • Russ Miles
    March 14, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    Jazz are the best team in the league!

  • CJ Kevin
    March 14, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    The Jazz are the best team in the west!

  • Parkit
    March 14, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    The Jazz need to quit talking about being an elite team and learn to play like one. It was panic instead of poise when crunch time came each time. Williams is more concerned about the spectacular play instead of the open man down the stretch.

    The Jazz will be a playoff team mostly because Phoenix is in free fall. But, they will also be eliminated in the 1st round. Then this team will begin a painful makeover due to poor contract choices.

    We are in for some very lean times as Utah sport fans.

  • magnus
    March 14, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    I can't believe the Jazz lost this game, just can't believe it. Up by 7, 55 seconds left, I'm thinking "this game is over"...

    Williams said it best, "we basicly put on a clinic of how to lose a game."

    Hopefully they learn from this.

    No way they win tomorrow, no way.

  • Bye bye Jazz
    March 14, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Utah does not have a superstar who can take over a game and score 50 points. Nor do they have the talent on defense to contain guys like D Wade and prevent them from going off and taking over the ball game. After the bitter 3 OT loss, Jazz will get torched tomorrow in Orlando. The season is over, Jazz will revert to 3rd place in the division and battle Phoenix for the last playoff spot. If Utah qualifies, they will be lucky to get out of the first round.

  • Agreed
    March 14, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    I agree with everything that has been said about the Jazz current and past chokability. Keep piling on the Jazz everyone.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 14, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    Three "losses" in the final minutes of two games when you're leading with plenty of points, then simply bonehead it to lose or get tied? Yup, the Jazz are not contenders THIS year. They can't close.

    Sure, they're playing well enough on the road to win, but don't. Nuff said about where this team will end up this year.

  • An Asian Perspective
    March 14, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    At the end of 1st OT with score tied at 115, why in the world did Boozer take a jumper with more than 5 seconds left on the clock? He missed the shot and gave Miami 5 seconds to win the game, though they didn't. I was shocked to see him taking the shot so early. That was very a poor decision, even if he made the shot. Miami must have been reassured not to give him a rich contract this summer.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 14, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    BTW, why didn't they ever bother to double-team Wade? It's obvious 1:1 defense wasn't working.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 14, 2009 4:56 p.m.

    If you've wondered why D-Will doesn't get much press nationally like CP3, it's games like the last two where he can't win with a lead that hurts him. As much as I like D-Will and am glad the Jazz took him over CP3, D-Will still has some maturing to do.

    He also needs to quit complaining to the refs about no-calls. They'll respect him more in the long run if he does.

  • Go Jazz
    March 14, 2009 4:57 p.m.

    Wow..there's some real team bashing going on here.
    Let's not forget that the Jazz played their collective heart out and were almost there, if not for a fluke.
    They ran out of gas in the third overtime. Maybe some fresh legs would have been a better choice, but Korver had the hot hand and who in their right mind would take him out? Unfortunately Korver didn't get a chance to shoot in the last overtime. The Jazz gave everything they had to win this game. They feel worse than any fan sitting at home! DWade is incredible, but he gets alot of help from the refs. He does seem to be untouchable.
    Now on to the next game. Hopefully they rise to the occasion. Go Jazz! You are awesome..True spirt!

  • Zach
    March 14, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    I regret to inform you that the Jazz lost 'cause they were stupid.

  • Kevin Russell
    March 14, 2009 5:07 p.m.

    If Miles played 40 minutes a game the Jazz would be in first place in the west!

  • Scotty Hintze
    March 14, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    The Jazz are OK, don't look for all of the negative! They should not play on Sunday, though! Sunday is the Lords day, it is the SABATH!

  • IDjazz12
    March 14, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    I know it was just one game but all I can say is that was plain stupid on players part and Coach players for not using there heads down the stretch and Coach for not calling a timeout to slow his players down.

  • Jazz are very predictable
    March 14, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    Jazz will most likely play Houston again in the playoffs, advance to the second round, and lose again after winning two home games and zero road games.
    Ho hum.
    Clear some cap space and sign a superstar in two years when some major free agents are available and make a run.

  • Miles no team player!
    March 14, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    How in the world could Miles help if he played more? He's had plenty of chances to show his stuff! Haven't seen anything too spectacular to warrant more playing time!

  • heart of champion
    March 14, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    the jazz totally lack the heart of champion.it is games like this one they just lost that build character. look at Lakers: win in houston and went on to win in San antonio the next day. something the jazz have yet to achieve.
    unfortunately, history contineously repeats itself with this ball club. they can't beat any team which has a Jordan, a Kobe, a Lebron , a Dwayne Wade or a Duncan. Every time, the Jazz lack an answer to a superstar. until then it's same old same old.

  • Ist Time
    March 14, 2009 5:46 p.m.

    This is the first time I have complained about the stripes, but I'll tell you what cost us the game besides dtupid play from Milsap and A.K. The CALLS and NO CALLS. This referee crew was the worst. D-Wade is an awesome player but does he need all of that help? Absolutely NOT!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    Q. Hands of stone + sellfish + heart of cowardly lion + "Matador of the key" ???????

    A. Boozer - correct!

    Q. Who steels $11.6 mil?

    A. Boozer - correct, the very same "I'm get'n a raise" Boozer.

    Q. Who owns a house in Miami?

    A. Boozer - Correct again!

    Q. Who will opt out?

    A. Boozer - Wrong. The correct answer is: This Jazz fan.

  • Stupidity Abound
    March 14, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    The Jazz indeed put on a clinic on how to lose a game at the end. But my goodness, I get so sick of officiating when I see homered games like this.

    Lastly, Boozer is a loser. Why is he taking the final shot? Love D-Will, but he needs some help. I thought the jazz gave up in the 3rd overtime.

  • But for a D-Will
    March 14, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    jumper rimming out at the end of regulation or a missed free-throw somewhere along the way, the Jazz would have won the game and the tone of the remarks in this section would be completely different. If the Jazz score one more point somewhere along the way all y'all would be "great win on the road; team has heart; huge victory;" etc etc. Too bad all you see is Jazz this and Jazz that - you missed enjoying one of the best games of the century. Korver finally playing up to potential, but Flash was the best man on the court. What a great game. Too bad the Jazz lost; what a GREAT GAME!

  • Re: But for a D-Will
    March 14, 2009 6:39 p.m.

    But that's the same kind of game we want the Jazz start winning.Those are games that separate excellent clubs to mediocre ones. Those are statement games you want your club to win at all costs...
    Yes, if the Jazz won, we would be applauding the effort, but they didn't show any heart. Up by 7 with 55 seconds remainig and they lose a game which already appeared to be in the bag ! ... and you want us to be mute about it?

  • IowaJazzMan
    March 14, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    GRAB A REBOUND!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! I love it...Jazz all tied up, 3.5 seconds left and the give the ball to...BOOZER?????????? Jazz deserved to lose. Simply pathetic.

  • AK Fan
    March 14, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Bandwagon... Stop whining. Jazz didn't finish the job. Coach need more involved in last seconds. Malone chocked so new generation ...to be continued...

  • A.K. & Milsap
    March 14, 2009 6:48 p.m.

    Where oh where are your brains? You don,t need points with a 7 point lead and 55 seconds left. You need time off the clock.

  • TXindep
    March 14, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    2 questions: 1. If you are up 7 points with 55 seconds left, couldn't you just dribble out the shot clock, not even take a shot, make them pass it in from your baseline, be able to set up your defense, and win? Certainly better than missing jumpshots and letting them get on the run. 2. Can Sloan's system work without an inside scoring center? If you slow the game down just to end up with a jumpshot from a guard, then the miss leads to an easy basket on the break the other way. We shoot fewer, lower-percentage shots while they get lots of easy break away dunks. I don't care about this game, but the team is obviously missing a piece. Korver is playing awesome and Brewer does defend pretty well. D-Will is amazing. But we need to keep Sap, offload Boozer, and get a scoring center. Not sure how you do that other than lucking out in the draft, but this mish mash of role players just seems to rely too much on lucky bounces and refs in the final quarter.

  • Pathetic
    March 14, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Come on Jazz fans, QUIT BLAMING THE REFS FOR LOSING THE GAME! Jazz lost...because they are a very talented and AVERAGE team who can't win on the road. Grow up...face reality.

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  • EL HEAT?
    March 14, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    How long has that been on Miami's jerseys?

  • don't blame the refs?
    March 14, 2009 7:13 p.m.

    don't you remember that they work for stern the master of coverups? he had a ref that said that he cheated and you think that blaming officials is wrong? Maybe, we should just be like baseball and say well because this player juiced you have to play twices as hard to win. So in the nba because the officals call games in favor of the stern stars you just have to play better.

  • mao vancouver
    March 14, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    you can tell were boozer the LOOZERS Tiny lil heart is its in the same place he has his home Miami he gave them the game Ostertag had better hands Bozzer sucks :)

  • bozo
    March 14, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    felt left out of the game so dwill gave him the ball in crunch time and three turnovers, being blocked, and a shot with 6 sec. left on the clock were the results of bozo. Why didn't we trade him?

  • Jazz Cop
    March 14, 2009 7:23 p.m.

    Alot of the posts I've read are garbage. The jazz outplayed miami, and should've won, and would've won if the refs hadn't made at least three bad calls in the final minutes. That ball going out of bounds, off the foot of the heat player, and then heat ball, that was a back breaker. But it's indicitive of the favoring the refs showed miami the whole game. As well, the ak foul, it could've easily have been a foul the other way, so why call a foul, let alone one that gives the team free points? Unbelievable. And then if they're going to call fouls like that, why not call a foul when millsap went for the dunk? Again, it's hard to comprehend what the refs were thinking, and how they could've been so biased? Either one of those three calls goes the jazz way, and the jazz win in regulation. And that's just the last three minutes, not to mention the favoritism that was consistent through out the game, from the start, when the ball obviously went out off a heat player.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 14, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    Just to wrap up my thoughts, it's nice when you're on the side of the favoritism that goes your way, and it stinks when you're on the other side of it, and then you lose a game, that could've been won, and should've been won.
    However, there's nothing the jazz can do about the refereeing, sometimes the jazz are on the right side, so in the end, i think those things pretty much even themselves out. The thing is, the jazz played hard, and they played better than the heat. Miami isn't easy to beat at home, and they can score fast, and wade, in my book, after dwill, is the mvp. The heat play good defense at times.
    Even though the jazz should've won, they also could've won had they stopped the heat just once or twice more, in the final minutes. Normally, if a team has a 7 point lead or so, with less than three minutes, you expect the team to win, the jazz had that three times; and the defensive intenstiy in the last three minutes is an issue they can work on.

  • Couple of comments
    March 14, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    #1 the officiating is so frustrating I could just puke. I understand the home cookin. The Jazz get home cookin in ESA. But to so blatently favor D-Wade is maddening. He's good enough he doesn't need the ref's help. The officiating, especially down the stretch and in the OTs was so one sided I swore I'd never watch another NBA game...at least until Orlando tomorrow.

    #2 The Jazz simply gave up in the 3rd OT. I understand the empty gas tank...but it looked to me like they just gave up at the end.

    #3 I don't see them having a chance tomorrow against the Magic

  • the Mailman
    March 14, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    yeah the refs favoured the home team, so whats new!

    Sorry to say but its an all too familiar tale.

    We have talent to burn but we miss the crucial ingredient.. heart, determination, call it what you will but we dont have it.

    A prenvious post was spot on, Stockton and Malone would have killed for the roster we have now.

    I tell you Sloan has to take the wrap, we played like amatuers when it counted most, where was the direction and leadership?

    Oh well you got your 12 in a row, a likely 1st round exit, and more of the same next year.
    Heck, lets give Sloan an extension till 2020!

    At least i got the AFL starting soon and the mighty Hawks as reigning champs. Funny that, Hawthorn had 15 years of promise but eventual failure, the board bit the bullet and got a new coach, and in 4 years, from the very bottom, he built a championship side.

    You know, a title.. the thing you play for..
    not comin anytime soon for the Jazz..

  • tim donaghy
    March 14, 2009 7:45 p.m.

    Thanks for taking over for me boys, and keeping up the image of us nba officials!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 8:03 p.m.

    I seriously could throw up, with how that game ended. How in the WORLD do you lose a 7 point lead with 55 to go?? DRIBBLE OUT THE CLOCK and make them foul you! Please!
    Boozer's lack of effort is ridiculously apparent on the defensive end.
    I hate playing the Heat. We just can not get it done against those guys..

  • the Mailman
    March 14, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    @ Scotty Hintze at 5.10pm

    Hey dude where you goin that sunday is the Sabbath??

    Man its saturday, not sunday.

    Not sure what you been reading, oh wait, you must be Catholic or something. Say hi to Mary for me.

  • Hugh G. Hater
    March 14, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    Some thoughts.

    Another road game that should've been won.

    Dwil has no backup and he isn't a superstar that can take over a game and win. See: Kobe, Lebron, Dwade, et. al. Brevin Knight gives us no lift off the bench.

    Boozer cannot handle the ball.

    Sloan outcoached on the road again.

  • From Scott Hintze
    March 14, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    Sorry Mailman, LDS.

    Maybe we should spend some time together and we can discuss your future.

  • The Answer...
    March 14, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    Once the Jazz start scoring more points than their opponents, they'll be just fine. So c'mon Jazz, score more points.

  • Jazz ref scandal on this road
    March 14, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    trip come on stern I thought you were a lawyer get on the case of your NBA causing fraudulant refing.

  • The Refs
    March 14, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    did make some poor calls down the stretch that hurt Utah, however a 7 point lead should have been enough to absorb those bad calls. Great teams find a way to win, even when it seems like it's 8 against 5. Lastly, I don't agree that Utah just gave up in the 3rd overtime. They have been on the road for close to a week and even though they should have won today's game, I think by the time the 3rd ot started, they were gassed and Miami had the home support to pull it out.

  • to Brother Hintze
    March 14, 2009 8:42 p.m.

    First, shouldn't you be getting ready for your stake president duties in Manti tomorrow? And second, if you don't even know how to spell "sabbath," chances are you're not a careful observant.

  • Stop Whining!!!!
    March 14, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    About the refs. If the Jazz had played smart they would have not blown a 7 point lead. Jazz fans act like everyone is out to get them. Good teams win games like that.

  • Coach17
    March 14, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    What's wrong w/ a couple of shot clock violations w/ a 7 point lead and 55 seconds to go? What's the worst thing that can happen if you just hold the ball for 48 of the remaining 55 seconds? Free throws? O.K., I'd take that rather than how that game was managed. Also, what was Kry-a-lenko thinking? Those were 2 of the most stupid plays I've seen down the stretch by any player, at any level. I wonder if he feels bad enough to cry about his performance today?

  • I called it
    March 14, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    miles plays over 15 minutes...we lose...again,he`s worthless and takin minutes from both Millsap and AK,I`d even prefer to see Koufos getting his minutes,until we bench miles we`ll never go anywhere he should be the 5th guy of the bench,which in reality means he should not play at all

  • the Mailman
    March 14, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    haha no thank Scott, ill leave it to the big man to handle my furure.

    Sorry mate, maybe my comment was a bit uncalled for, though you probably should know what day it is if your going to observe it.

    Goood to see the rockets get beat by the Spurs, some consolation for a rough defeat for the Jazz.

  • Stupid
    March 14, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    You dumb bells that keep saying sloan is losing games because of bad coaching, need to realize one thing and get it straight. This team practices constantly regarding these same situations. What have we got here, a bunch of idiots for players? What was Milsap and A.K. thinking in regulation with 7 point lead and them trying to score? What kind of mentality is that. Is that the coachs fault? Absolutely NO. It's the stupid mentality of the 2 players. Sloan can only tell how to play, he can't change their diapers during a game.

  • to Ref at 8:24
    March 14, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Which great teams do you know that overcome the refs ?????????? The Lakers? YOur crazy THe Jordan Bulls?? can you say push off The SA Spurs?? Did you see Horry check Nash the Kings v. The lakers??
    We shouldn't have to play mistake free to offset the officials the heat didn't have to the hawks didn't have to
    Until superstar biases end the nba should be called the WWFNBA
    give me a break other clubs are investing millions into their clubs why can't there be an unbias of officiating?????????

  • mhelal2
    March 14, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    I didn't watch the game, I followed it on line and I know it was heart-breaker, but c'mon people give them some break. it's obvious that the Jazz are trying to get rid of the habit of losing on the road. Breaking habits don't go away that easy.

    My only concern is that Jerry need to focus on playing certain group of players instead of playing everybody. AK has to be factor with team in order to go any where in the playoff and I think KK started to adjust to Jerry's system.

    It is good that these flaws showed up now, so the team doesn't fall in love with the way they play, they need to know that there is more effort need to be done to reach elite level, and I believe that they will adjust.

    Everybody remember what were the Jazz in the standings a month ago and you will feel good about the team.

  • AJ
    March 14, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    And you call yourself Jazz Fans? Get Behind your team! They worked their butt of today. 3 OT. I mean really....It was a hard fought game, there are always going to be questionable calls from the refs, part of the game. And why isn't Korver starting....?

  • todd from santa ana
    March 14, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    miles, if you read the comments correctly, I meant Brewer when on Wade played him well in "overtime". i should have been more precise i can see why you said that. Far as the refs, we know we always have to overcome the refs, and a friend of mine who is the most common sense, non emotional person you will meet, who is very successful business man believes the NBA is fixed, and he felt that way when Jordan pushed off Russell. Then again, the refs can do theyr'e damage best, when you give them that opportunity. AK to get an offensive foul with :50 left reminds me at times "being a mental midget". sorry ak fans..Carlos booooozer takes "the mightty world famous, world renowned fallaway", will not talK ABOUT the hands" Deron was guilty also.,You win and lose as a team. I do not understand the "choking on the road", at home-this team is as mentally tough as anyone, maybe the guys are too nice-now maybe why you needed someome like "the sheed" or a very strong leader which this squad lacks..badly../.............

  • Jazz Cop
    March 14, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    If the Jazz bring alot of energy to orlando, there's no reason they can't win that game. It's too bad, this heat game went into 3ot. The jazz are going to have to dig deep to find a little something extra for tomorrow against the magic. Out of the three games at the end of the trip, I thought the orlando game was the most winnable. Even with the 3ot I think the jazz can win if they can keep orlando from stroking beyond the arc; orlando is very beatable when they don't have that outside shot falling. The other key, will be to stop dwight h.; it seems like everyone is all over howard, about how great he is, it's more like, he could become that good, but right now? The magic are a streaky team, most of their players are overrated, lewis and nelson allstars? The magic haven't shown anything that makes me think they belong with the best. Their main problem is they shoot too many threes, and their defense is questionable. Live by the three, die by the three; so we'll see what happens tomorrow.

  • Go Jazz
    March 14, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Yes, I think many fans are wondering why Korver isn't starting! He hustles every night whether the shot is falling or not. He never gives up! Maybe he plays better coming off the bench, who knows, but he deserves to be a starter! His rebounding and defense is very impressive. Sloan must be teaching him some new tricks! Whatever it is he is getting some good minutes on the floor and making the most of it! He is one of the many bright spots on the Jazz team. Love the Jazz!
    They gave it their all today...until the 3rd OT that is. Just a few brain freezes! It's easy to look back and see what they should've done! Let's get past it. Hopefully they have something left for tomorrow's game! Go Jazz!

  • El Heat
    March 14, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    More like El Cheat...

  • todd from santa ana
    March 14, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    jazz cop, good points, this is in the top 5 today of the most difficult losses i can recall in 30 years of Utah Jazz basketball. The sad thing is the longer the game went, i knew we were going to find a way to lose. Again these are the issues "when you have to outscore" your opponents and play shootouts. Also, we were killed with Miami getting 2nd chance points off rebounds. I am going to level here--the Jazz had this team "buried" look how costly each loss is. Look up tonight dear friends right back #7 seed. Magnus and others "that just love this team". Then this team will find a way despite all odds and fatigue to win tomorrow night. I was going to mention this yesterday. I have liked Brevin Knight. Now though we have to adjust. We need young legs at the end of the season, At least someone who can penetrate and get to the hoop, or even though not a great shooter-has threat of hitting jumper. It is time Price is reinstated as the backup point and DWIl needs to be held to about 32 min game.

  • clover
    March 14, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    took miami triple ot to beat the jazz. @ home. With the refs calling "stern" fouls. yeah mistakes were made. but get over it. lessons learned. jazz are still way hot. time to burn. and maybe the jazz can't ever win against a superstar by one. to win a chamnpionship, maybe they need a dozen to beat the nba system and get it done. So. listening to you fool knockers who think the team's done and should quit, I say: crush the competition, step on their necks. and see what happens next.

  • ORG.
    March 14, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    I so happy that the jazz competed how they did.
    Everyone needs to relize the players are playing as hard as the can.Coach sloan is coaching the best he can.All fans should be thankful for what they are part of and quit complaning. when you except how the players are and how sloan coaches you wont be upset. FACE REALITY ENJOY YOURSELFS YOU NOT FACING REALITY OF YOU TEAM.NO OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS......

  • BP to Todd
    March 15, 2009 12:05 a.m.

    Todd: the Jazz did not choke "again." To my knowledge the Jazz have never choked like this before. Which is why I am not concerned about it long-term. It was a complete one-time glitch that has never happened since I've watched the Jazz (20 years).

    And despite how heart wrenching this loss was, there is a silver lining. Losses like these are huge learning experiences for Jerry Sloan coached teams. Jerry's teams don't become cowards or back down in the future because of these losses.... they instead come back mentally tougher and more focused toward perfect execution (in all facets of the game). Today's game had nothing to do with heart and ability to play, because the Jazz definetely had heart and played well the whole game. It was simply a couple mistakes made by a couple guys on procedural late-game execution stuff that most Jazz players get right 9 out of 10 times. It was a mental lapse that is in no way Typical. I expect an equally hard fought effort against Orlando, and if they get up with time left to go, you can be sure they will execute to perfection.

  • eagle id
    March 15, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    Has anyone ever seen a game where such a complete absence of basketball smarts was displayed? Play dumb and you look dumb. It should be fairly obvious that the calls are not going your way so take a deep breath and play a little smarter--like you had done until the final 50 seconds.

  • lighten up
    March 15, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    Those of you saying the Jazz played without heart weren't watching the same game I was. The Jazz looked pretty solid for 99% of the game and just plain ran out of gas in the 3rd OT. Yeah, there were some mistakes as the players pointed out, but it sure doesn't help to have the officials putting Dwade on a pedestal. It's like watching the Jazz play the Jordan Bulls all over again. The good news is that the Jazz look hungry going down the stretch. Now as Boozer returns to his offensive form, the Jazz are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs!

  • todd from santa ana
    March 15, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    bp: i am done harping on this do not worry, i am just bringing out some points, i did not say the Jazz do not have heart, beating Boston, Denver recently showed they do. But mentally this jekyll and hyde stuff on the road, these players seem to get very tight and cautious in crunch time, this happened with Stockton led teams as well. Most of the time, we would recover and win the game or win in overtime. I remember countless games over the years the Jazz led by let us 7 or more with 4 or 5 min left, not :55. To not get a rebound, champions fight thru fatigue, again what it comes down to is you have to "mentally" fight through fatigue and other issues and gut out wins. The reason is simple every loss is costly, especially in the West. I will say this-talent wise the only team in the west i would see us having a or should have problem is Lakers if Bynum comes back because he and ariza size,length, defense blocking shots. Every other team we can beat if we play smart and execute.

  • Gandalf the gray
    March 15, 2009 6:04 a.m.

    Who sucks so much my mom could beat him up? BOOZER
    Who is the worst player in the league? BOOZER
    Who might cost the Jazz the playoffs? BOOZER
    Who is awsome? ME (and Deron Williams)

  • K2 - DOUBLE-DOUBLE ?
    March 15, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    This loss is particularly hard to take! All the prattle about double-doubles the last several weeks, the Jazz will have another Double-Double to add to their record.
    As an avid radio-listener to hear this DOUBLE-DOUBLE MELTDOWN was disheartening; two different eight-point leads just vanish in seconds. And to add to the pain, had to listen to Hot-Rod give us his signature "Dwyane Wade!" after a made basket and then (heard over his microphone) the ring announcer's booming "DWYANE W-A-D-E !!!" was just too much.
    What do we loyal Jazz fans get in return? We were doubled up on the commercials stream. If the Jazz have any heart left they will DOUBLE and REDOUBLE their efforts today against Orlando. I'll try to listen. Go JAZZ !!

  • John Wicks
    March 15, 2009 7:29 a.m.

    That fiascal was the second worst choke in Jazz history. The first being Malone getting stripped by Jordan and I need not say more. Seven point lead with 50 seconds left is just not right. Bolerjack and Boone announcing as if the game was over. Those 2 clowns don't belong on the air. LHM probably rolling over in his grave. Just a terrible shame.

  • Coulda, shoulda, woulda
    March 15, 2009 7:48 a.m.

    Not good enough. Anytime, anywhere, anybody has to be the mindset. Until that changes, nothing changes.

  • Scott
    March 15, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    Can somebody? Coach Sloan why the heck do you keep on playing Brevin Knight. I do not understand this. He is the worst shooter that I have ever seen. Ronnie Price needs to be getting these minutes. I agree with most of the things said about Boozer but he would have never gone for a dunk like Millsap did. Boozer would have gotten alot of the rebounds that we did not get that they got 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances on. Sloan did a bad game at coaching this one as well as alot of games as long as Knight continues to get minutes. Do we think that this backup point guard is better then last year before Price got the job. I don't think very much. What a joke.

  • A Big Nothing
    March 15, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    miles had no effect on this game,just takin up time,why not give his minutes to Koufos and Price both will play hard, and try to help us win,miles not doing anything,scoring. rebounding. defense. NOTHING.. A BIG ZERO

  • Houdini
    March 15, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    miles plays less than 20 minutes tonight,at Orlando, WE WIN!!!!

  • Jazz Cop
    March 15, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    I'm going to have to disagree with anyone who says this is one of the most heartbreaking losses in jazz history, for real? Getting spanked by the warriors, was worse than this. Being maulled by oklahoma, was worse than this. This heat game, was a good game. The Jazz would've won, had it not been for poor officiating. The 3ot, after the jazz fell down six, the game was over; the way miami had been playing, the chances of the jazz pulling it off in the 3ot, weren't good. But, the jazz didn't choke this one off. Miami is one of the best come from behind teams in the league. They have wade, and they can turn it up on the defensive end; that's an equation that has proven to be good enough for them to account for about half their wins. Dwill hit a huge shot at the end of the second ot, which was as big as any shot that wade made. Despite the favoritism of the refs, the jazz still could've won. Atlanta turned it up on d at the end, so did miami, the jazz didn't match.

  • 4 against 5
    March 15, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    whenever miles is in the lineup

  • Anonymous
    March 15, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    Miles played less than 20 last night and they lost. Its your over payed main players who lost that game

  • Chukar
    March 15, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    DWill and Boozer or best players let this game go by,,,, that can't happen, hopefully the Jazz can still hold it together and or two BEST players learned something
    GO JAZZ

    Doubt the Jazz can win this game today
    GO JAZZ

  • Jerry Sloan ,PLEASE
    March 15, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    Don`t know if it`s pride thing but please just admit the miles experiment has NOT WORKED,Korver really gives us the best chance to win NOW,please think about it,we should all show up at ESA with "KORVER NEEDS TO START" banners,GO JAZZ...we will beat Orlando tonight

  • JazzFan4ever
    March 15, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    They will be just fine.Learn from it.Move on.Enjoy the next game.Don't Give up.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 15, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    jazz cop: I respect you sincerely, but I could not agree less. It is one of the toughest losses in Jazz history. Oklahoma City and losing versus those garbage teams were stinking performances. Yesterday was a game won several times over. Mentally winning that game would have given huge confidence to all, and kept us in 1st place. That is for one reason, the team we are playing tonight is far better and a lot more weapons. I can see now Rashard Lewis, Turg the 3s will be raining in, the excellent Rafer Alston dishing all night You say how the Heat rally and win games and they turn the d up---so what..? why did we not "turn" our d up. The people saying no big deal, "our boys" tried hard, I doubt you would hear this La and San Antonio. DOES ANYONE TRULY THINK in similar situation the Spurs would have lost that Game? Give me a break-of course not....The Spurs mentality is far stronger in that situation, because Parker, DUncan, Bowen, friends and Pop would have stayed relaxed, mentally confident and produce in the pressure-i dont get it...home, we have great resolve.

  • suds
    March 15, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    Amazing how everyone forgets that we just had a 12 game win streak. This is the NBA and you can't win them all. With all the injuries this year it is amazing the Jazz are where they are at. Enjoy it!

  • NL
    March 15, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    Pathetic performance by so called pro's. You can't blame the calls. The FIZZ had the game in hand but when it counts they failed to show up. Terrible decisions at the end cost the game. I have a difficult time watching the FIZZ, I feel sorry for Sloan he can't turn the TV off. One play stands out for me when a Miami player drove down the middle and the Utah FIZZ failed to challenge him but backed off like the parting of the seas. They almost escorted him to the basket in pure respect. I feel sorry for the multitude of FIZZ fans who support them with their hard earned money. I hope someday they are rewarded with a team that has the gumption to win and work hard. But then that takes courage and effort and they have to many players lacking. They want the money and more and will probaly get it, the losers are the fans.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 15, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    what is happening right now is beyond ridiculous. The Orlando announcers are commenting how horrible the Jazz defense is with wide open gaps down the middle, Jerry gets thrown out, Dwil doing nothing, Carlos playing horrible defense-12 game winning streak and all that effort now crashing down, 5 3s by Orlando, wow shocking...Will they score 120?

  • Jazz being embarrassed
    March 15, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    Not a very gutsy performance in Orlando today. They are being exploited for the weak defensive team that they are, and their offense is stinking up the joint. Other than that, great game guys. Get on the plane and go home. Jerry's "motivational get tossed" act isn't working today.

  • RE: Scott
    March 15, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    Because jazz fans beliwve Sloan is Coach of the Year, is the greatest coach of all and should never be questioned.

    Even though the real truth is Sloan is one the worst game-time coaches there is.

    But what can you e really expect from a "dumb jock" and farmer.

    Giving him title like "coach" doesn't change that.

    If he was so great at developing young player why is he sending them them away to orem.

    Sloan can't stand offense coming from the 2-guard or small forward postion, and has the system to prove it.

    though most champioship teams seem to be lead by those postions and not a PF (especally one UNDER 6'10):

    boston: allen, pierce, pf over 6'9
    spurs: manu, parker, pf over 6'9
    detroit: rip, prince, billups, pf over 6'9
    miami: wade, noname pf
    chicago pippen and jordon, pf? (first three pf over 6'9, second three a nonamer
    houston: drexler, maxwell, anderson, pf nonamers over 6'9
    detroit: dumar, isaiah, pf>6'9
    boston: bird, ainge, johnson, pf>6'9(mchale)
    lakers: magic, worthy, scott, silks, cooper pf>6,9(rambus)
    sixers: dr.J, toney, cheeks pf-nonamers








  • Blue
    March 15, 2009 8:58 p.m.

    The NBA has stated that it is "good for the NBA" for teams to win at home. Who pays the refs? It is really hard to win on the road and you have to really out play the other team to have a chance.

  • Anonymous
    March 15, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    when will boozer take the ball to the hole with authority instead of taking a 15 foot jumper every time he touches the ball even Okur drives more than him.

  • Anonymous
    March 15, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    its really bad when the jazz lose to El Heat are they even in the nba?

  • Anonymous
    March 15, 2009 9:38 p.m.

    maybe its time for the nba to start using instant replay. Each team could challenge three calls per half and lose a time out if the call stands. If they had this ten years ago the Jazz would have a championship and Jordan one less!