Collins is a smart guy, and his free throw shooting was pretty good in the
second half in helping the Jazz to stay close. But Sloan needs to put in Fesenko
for stretches of the game to help wear the Laker bigs down a bit, Koufos too.
The Jazz went from four points down to 16 points down when they went centerless
at the end of the first and start of the second quarters. The three of those
guys together with Boozer and Millsap can make a difference throughout the game
against Gasol, Bynum and Odom. It was good to see Boozer show some life and see
the guys fight back in the paint in the second half Sunday. Hopefully Memo can
come back in time for Game 3 in SLC.Peace out from the Jazz Oracle.
It really doesn't matter if Okur is healthy...the Jazz are dead meat!!! Jazz
will lose this series, what they need to do is improve on their 'D'.
It doeasn't matter if Okur is healthy...Jazz are dead meat!!! They will lose
this series if they don't improve on their defense and to use fouls smartly when
it is needed.
You people rag on alot of these players but the one I think has let us down on
both ends of the court is Brewer. He isn't even making his foul shots, let alone
open perimeter ones. His defense is way, way overated. I'm not too sure that if
I was in charge he would be in the future plans. This bunch is just not very
athletic quite frankly.
the Jazz had their chance to send a message the first minutes of the game. We
all remember the hard foul webber put on stockton several years ago. Thats what
the Jazz should have done with Kobe ....put him to the ground hard in the first
few minutes. Would it of changed the outcome....probably not, but it would have
been fun to see and would have set the tempo a little higher. Collins can't do
anything......hey, I have an idea....use all 6 fouls (and hard ones) on Kobe
when he drives the lane.
How easy it is to criticize a team when they are down. It wasn't so long ago
that the Jazz swept the Lakers for a couple of years in a row. I know you
weren't rooting for the Lakers then. Keep your thoughts to yourself if you want
to be that negative. Go Jazz
Okur says he is 65 to 70% this is the playoffs, you need to play.
Time after time you see good coaches playing some rookies or unknowns and making
difference in playoffs ( Powe in last year finals, Brown in game one..etc,etc )
our beloved Jerry on the other hand goes with "proven" flopping stiff instead of
big and physical shot blockers...please, take out the brooms and sweep Jerry
back to his farm where he belongs.
@ send a messageThat is a bad idea. You just don't do that to
players like Kobe or Lebron or Jordan. Because they almost always send a
message back, and it's usually on the scoreboard. If you'll
notice, all of the great "message" fouls were against guys that couldn't step up
and totally destroy them.Mchale didn't clothesline Magic, he
clotheslined Rambis.Webber didn't takeout Malone, he went after
Stockton.It would be nice if somebody on the Jazz was tough enough
to send a message, and even nicer if the resto of the team was tough enough to
back it up, but I'm afraid that right now the Jazz trying to "send a message"
would be alot like Somali Pirates vowing revenge on the United States, it's just
not a good idea.
the jazz can do it but will they? we need everyone involved 100% our bench went
from one of the best to not even talked about lets get nasty and get a win in LA
if we cant keep it together the jazz really need to look at boozers contract and
question his heart here in UT personally i love booz but i love my jazz more
come on jazz lets do this we know u can but again will u?
Somebody tell that Euro Softy to get off his bum and play.
I'm not rooting for the Lakers now, either. And I can't understand how you
interpreted my post as a negative one. I just believe that instead of going
nearly 14 minutes without a center on the court instead of putting in Fesenko
was maybe not the best move Sloan could have made. But in the second half when
the guys all fought harder in the paint and executed Sloan's offense, they had
more success. Sloan's a basketball genius, but he's not infallible, and I think
there's nothing wrong with pointing out a mistake, especially when I can do it
without calling for him to be fired. There are few men who could do what he's
done with a small market franchise to enjoy the success that the Jazz have, and
nobody could have done it better. But things couldn't have gone worse with
Fesenko in there during that 14 minute stretch, and they might have actually
gone better. But now that the Jazz know they can play hard inside against the
Lakers, expect the games to get a lot closer.Peace out from the Jazz
It doesn't require a hamstring to camp out behind the line and launch treys,
then play zero defense. Why couldn't Okur continue to do what he's done all
season without noticing any difference?
Utah Jazz all way tonite !!!, we are going to win no matter what, watch out Kobe
and rest of Fakers, I know deep inside my heart that Thursday series will be
1-1, i played basket my entire life and I know well the game, im resting these 2
days because my partner is at Disneyland, :>( but he will be back on Thurday
:>), also tio Mike and Dr. Jake told me my Utah Jazz will prevail tonite, GO
JAZZ !!!!!!!!P.D.: Sorry Jeff Young and Duran Ball, by the way the Spurs
wont pass the firsdt round, mark my words !Fonzie Lopez
Hammy when you say zero defense you must be talking about that matador of all
matadors the Booze. It was a disgrace watching his effort in game one. Okur has
done very well against the big bodies of the West in the play-off's the last two
years. He is not quick enough to guard the real athletes but the West has more
big boys at the C then athletic ones.
Consider the the fact that Boozer looks like a Matador because the guy that was
supposed to guard the player out front has lost him and expects Boozer who is
also assigned someone to pick him up. The result is if Boozer does this he is
not guarding his man and he gets a layup or Boozer gets a silly foul. And hey,
Hammy....it takes a ham to launch the 3's my man. That's the point may friend.
Okur needs his "hammy" to operate. And if he doesn't have full mobility he
would be worthless on defense. Do I need to say more? You need your hammy to
play in the league.
Jerry Sloan is a magician with the talent at his disposal. I know it took him
20 years, but now he is in the Hall of Fame. So let's kindly get off his case
and talk about the things that need to get done to make this team competitive.
The sheer length of the season makes it difficult on a team like the Jazz that
has vulnerable players and players who are injury prone. The team needs all of
its components to be successful, which it hasn't for extended periods this
season. I know many of the other teams have had the same experienc but most of
the other playoff teams have superior individual players. The Jazz work as a
unit and need everyones undivided attention.Go Jazz!!!!
That's a badge of honor for me, todd. ;)
To todd "Hater"To Chuck I respect your reaction and explanation well
done. Brewer and Ak have got to help the Jazz tonight. Both of
their guys aren't even defending them and they aren't holding their own on the
defensive end. W/o Memo we need Brewer and AK to step up and contribute on both
ends of the court. I also hope to see the Jazz defend the rim
better and not allow wide open layups. It's the playoffs time to defend the
paint. Especially players like Miles, Harpting etc that arent' getting big
minutes and can use all their fouls. You can't have D-will being your enforcer
really> what is the score? How is Collins doing? Chuck you might take a
"badge of honor" something might be better suited. I have followed SLoan a lot
longer than 99 percent of you back to playing. COntrary to all of you "it is
not personal" "it is 2009 business"
to play Fez and Koufos. Sloan and management know they are going to
lose playing Collins. They just don't want to admit that that Jazz are an 8th
seed because they did not develop/trade for the talent that they needed. There are times when Price should play also. He really helped last year.
The only hope the Jazz have is to put the best combinations on the
floor, for as much of the time as they can. Fez can contribute in 10 minute
spurts. Koufos can play better than Collins and probably better than Boozer or
Millsap at C. Sloan is a good Coach but he also does some things
that insure extra losses. He is like Boozer you put up with the bad
to get the good. Sloan is not quite good enough. Or at least he is
not good enough given the players the Jazz management give him to work with. Sloan has to have talented veterans to run his system. The Jazz can't
afford enough of them. Sloan won't play younger players even it they would help
the Jazz win. Koufos out played Collins last fall. We all saw it.
summary: Sloan Stinks