Okay Sloan where is your beloved Boozer plays defense. AK got very good offense
2nite. Only jazz who knocked down trees. 2 of 2.
In his post-game comments, I think Sloan was too harsh on Kirilenko. Does Sloan
publicly criticize Boozer, for example, on nights when his defense is lacking? I
can't remember it! AK scored 20, had 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Sloan
didn't start him, but he played 32 minutes, including the entire 4th quarter. I
liked AK's postgame comments. So far this year, I'm pleased with him (despite
very high salary) and in my opinion coach should not focus on the negative with
his *public* comments after AK clearly had a good game. Tell AK *personally*
next practice something like "Overall you played well last night, but stay
between your man and the basket more often." It makes me wonder if Coach Sloan
resents AK's salary... if so, get mad at management which agreed to pay him that
much. True, I was disappointed with AK's performance the last few years... but I
believe he is still one of the few who can get impressive stats in FOUR
different categories... on nights when he is given enough minutes, that is.
Boozer's defense has improved, Jazz fans are just too blinded by hatred to see
it. Bosh had to take 25 shots last night.AK has improved a great
deal too, he's looking pretty good this year. It might be a mistake to start
Matthews, but seems like it worked out okay last night.
16 mil gets you this? The man is literally scared to death of contact! When he
drives to the basket all hell usually happens, nothing good! He flays around
throwing the ball at anything that will get him away from contact. Absolutely
not worth the big bucks, but more like around 5-6 mil per and no more. He needs
a different team that is more helter skelter like Phoenix and Golden State. He
just doesn't fit this offense or defense. When did you see him set a hard screen
last? Never! Send the softie somewhere else!
AK is clearly head and shoulders above Matthews as a player! Not sure why an
undrafted Rookie gets the starting minutes when Andre sparks the team! Matthews
can spark the team by coming off the bench!
its not his fault management structured his contract like this. when we singed
him, all of you were on board. AK always does well on +/- ratings so why all
the hate. maybe if we played him at 4 he would be an all-star again.
Agreed he is super soft on defense. He struggled to get through a lot of pick
and roles from the raptors last night. And normally he doesn't score a lot of
points so it was strange to see him doing so well. But he takes the oddest
moments to score. He'll drive to the basket one minute then take a god awful
three pointer the next. He is highly inconsistent and I don't think meshes well
with the strategy Sloan works hard for. The only reason he gets the big bucks
is he was the only decent player we had a few years ago and the owners were
desperate to keep some talent on the team. Now I feel he's a bit of an
albatross on our team.
AK is better to come off the bench. Starting him makes the second unit weak.
Starting Matthews with other scorers works out better. Brewer needs to be a
bench player too. CJ will be the new 2 when he is healthy. Brewer is going to
THE REASON KIRILENKO HAS A HARD TIME STAYING IN FRONT OF HIS OPPONENT IS BECAUSE
THE OTHER TEAM SETS SCREENS FOR FORWARDS. Actually every team in the entire
league set picks for their forwards outside of the Jazz. The only player the
Jazz sets picks for is point guards. AK is so efficient in getting to the
basket it would be nice to see a pick set for him.Could you imagine
at the end of the game against Cleveland the Jazz had someone outside of AK
throw the ball to AK at the top of the key. James is guarding him and the
teammate who being guarded by Z come over and sets a pick on James. AK then
drives the ball against Z and scores the easy layup If the Jazz want
AK to bet better the Jazz need to set picks.
Why is everybody talking about money? it's not your money and Ak did not steal
or mob somebody. Jazz give to him. NBA is business so happens good , bad and
With the ABSOLUTE VOID of any shot blocking and rim protection this team has we
can not afford to gamble on defense.Just stay in front of your
man.That is why Matthews has such good defensive stats. He is
possibly the best defender on the team and I don't think it is a fluke. He very
much believes in Jerrys philosphy of staying in front of your man and bumping
him which lets him be more physical and not have to defend with his hands.I have a DVR so I rewatched some of the plays as Matthews guarded his
men. He moves his feet well and RARELY lets his man turn the corner to get to
the basket. He fights through screens or recovers from being screened very
well.If you were to rewatch the game and just watch Matthews
defensive assignments, AND HIS HELP DEFENSE, you would see that he is one of THE
BEST defenders we have.OUTSTANDING DEFENSE MATTHEWS!!AK
has been shooting from outside really well lately too.All the
improved perimeter shooting has allowed Boozer to become the beast he used to be
Which player on the team gets to the line the most? AK. That is not an
statistic that suggests an unwillingness to accept contact.
I have not looked after the last couple of games (when AK has even been playing
better) but as of a few games ago:With AK on the floor? The Jazz
PLUS 4.With AK off the floor? THe JAZZ MINUS 24!!You people
can babble on all you want about AK and his weaknesses (every player has them)
but this team is UNQUESTIONABLY dramatically better when AK is on the floor/The are a defensive ABYSS without him!!!
you are rightif sloan would use him right ak could shine every
gametalk about negativity, the guy had a great night offensively and
all he comments about is his defense, i hope he said the same about the others
How is AK softFirst of if your frequently slashing to the hole allot
like AK does, trust me your expecting some contact cause your going to the hole
where the big guys are at but hey AK still goes there, and this is why he
gets free throws hence the contact.And normally he doesn't score
allot of points maybe but so far this year hes been on fire just like the old
AK47.And how is he super soft on defense.... what categorizes a
person to be soft on defense.. is it the steals he gets a game, or maybe its the
blocks he gets a game, ooo so he gets screened you ever play basketball screens
are not that easy to get by. inconsistent on offense so your saying
just be one dimensional, yea ok that a work. did you even realize his shot
percentage this year on threes and twosthe guys on fire plus the amount of
assist he gets, so by looking at the per game stats and the +/- ratio Id have to
say he is very much consistent!!
Why is it all or nothing ?? Its like AK did this so you cannot talk about that.
He is a good player. The bottom line on this issue, is he does keep
making stupid mistakes. Thats right not just mistakes, but STUPID mistakes. I
just want to ask him sometimes what he is even thinking. Re: Its
trueI agree with everything you said.. The matthews stuff was great.
Best defensive player for sure. I watch him alot. He is always helping. He seems
to see the whole floor while playing defense. Maynor is a stud as
well. Very poised. These two just know how to play. I think these guys get
enormous amounts of credit !! What makes these two good is not out of this world
athletic ability, but how smart they are. So sick of the stupid player.All and all the future looks bright. The rookies have been a breath of fresh
air for everybody. Thanks Maynor and Matthews.
miles defense was fabulous last night,
...the plus/minus comment.I think criticisms of AK are fair for
sure. He does plenty of things that annoy me ie. getting
stripped/flailing/gambling on defense.He should do less of the
gambling in my opinion. He gets to the FT line a decent amount in comparison to
the other soft sissies Booz and Okur so I won't fault him for driving into the
paint to flail/get stripped although it is tough to watch him finish.BUT in the bigger picture AK is valuable to this team overall and we would
simply be a defensive disaster without him as evidenced by the veritable layup
drill that occurs every time he sits on the bench!!On an unrelated
note--I'm glad Okur is out tonight. He is the biggest sissy on the road. He
just vanishes. Hopefully Fesenko can keep his head in the game/stay out of foul
trouble against the Spur BIGs and give us some quality minutes tonight.Leave Matthews on the floor to replace Okurs outside shooting and send Fess in
to bang for rebounds.
Plus/Minus comments are just dumb. They tell nothing about an individual.
There are 5 players on the court, not one.
Is this the same guy who says chemistry is not a big deal? Yea OK I
think we all stopped listening to your opinions a while ago. But maybe it
wasn’t you.... anywaysBut just to let you know +/- says how
productive a player is while on the floor compared to the rest of teammates
preferably in taking care of the ball. This is not only derived from
steals and turnovers but also from assists, field goals attempted and free
throws attempted and then there is a formula that they use to get the +/-
ratioSo I’d say they are not that dumb but then again it is
you speaking, so I guess there are exceptions to that word.
AK is my favorite player to watch period. i love him gambling on everything. he
moves like a cat. if it doesnt work out the effort is always there. he seems
more focused this year and if he keeps improving like i think he will, we are
all in for a good time watching him. keep it up AK 47, i want to see another 5 x