Not playing Gaines when Sloan should have WAS a mistake. This kid needs to be
out there long enough to get comfortable so that he can score. He's missing
nearly all of his shots because he's pressing. Sloan should give him a chance to
prove whether the Jazz should keep him.I was disappointed in how
little Kyle played, considering how well he shot. Not that he needed extended
minutes each time he got on the floor, but he should have been on the floor more
minutes overall, especially late in the game. NO ONE ELSE could shoot last
night. Sloan should have recognized Kyle was ON!This team is so
discombobulated from so many line-up changes that they can't even concentrate
enough to make simple layups. It'll be after the All-Star break before this team
can get any continuity going, if that soon.If Sloan has any smarts,
he'll put Matthews back as a starter and bring Miles off the bench. He might
even benefit from starting AK over Brewer. AK plays better when he plays more. A
Brewer-Miles relief duo could provide a good back-up spark.
I have given up all hope on this team. I can't remember a Jazz team more timid
and inconsistent. It wouldn't matter if Williams could play the Jazz just don't
have what it takes to win tonight. NO NEED TO EVEN WATCH THE GAME JAZZ LOSE
Oh please!!If a player does not have a regular lineup on the floor
with him then he can't make layups? What planet are you from?Zack
Randolph missed multiple point blank layups--I'm sure it was due to their coach
having the wrong lineup on the floor with him too. Good grief what a ridiculous
statment!!Blah blah about Gaines. People act like this backup is
going to make all the difference. He is a backup for pete sake and in our
offense the backup is not required to come down and dominate the ball every
possession. All he has to do is initiate the set with a pass and then step
aside. Everyone is required to move and pass which does not require the PG to
do everything.You are making mountains out of mole hills.Price really competes but he is basically a disaster at running sets in our
offense. He is too willy nilly and in the first half he had us looking like a
street ball team.
I wonder when Sloan will address AK's playing time? 19 min???? That is
retarded - after he recorded almost 5X5 in 28 min? it is obvious to everybody
that AK should play at least 35-40 min a game, but no Sloan prefers to destroy
talent by sitting it on the bench.
I, too, wonder about the AK situation. I love Sloan but the lack of playing
time really gives me some doubts.
I think you are missing the point about Gaines. This guy was playing in only
his 2nd NBA game, while trying to learn the team's system. He has a 10 day
contract. If the Jazz really want to make an honest evaluation of him (which I'm
guessing they do, given the injury situation with DW and Price), then Sloan
needs to go ahead and play him those few minutes. Ten days isn't much time to
prove one's self... especially if Sloan isn't going to give him a chance. With
DW out and Price hurting as well, they might as well make the most of this
short-term signing and see what the guy can do. There is the 'confidence'
factor to consider as well. I'm not saying Sloan should baby the guy (like he
does with CJ), but come on... playing his first couple of NBA games, the nerves
have to be there... and a little morale boost from the coach probably wouldn't
Everybody I was watching the game with said as long as CJ doesn't get the ball
on the last play the Jazz should have a decent shot at overtime! Well... CJ
gets it and jack-knifes a terrible off balance shot, only to get baptized by
Gasol! I wasn't even that disappointed because I almost expect it at this
point.Kyle should have taken the shot OR CJ should have just pulled up for
a jumper when he was open.
Calgary Jazz...I agree with you completely. AK plays well when he
gets consistent minutes. I also think he plays better at the 4 than Millsap!
You'll notice that AK's near 5x5 was a result of playing the 4 spot that night.
He can be down in the paint where he can block and alter shots and get rebounds.
I would say cut Memo and Millsaps's minutes and get AK in the game!!!To those that say AK needs to be traded.... his salary is too high and NOBODY
is going to take it. So we've got him for another year and a half. Let the guy
Will serve out his ten days and then the Jazz will audition someone else.
D-League stars don't shine in the NBA very often. Remember Almond Joy?
There are alot of things that need fixing. Starting AK or Korver, when healthy,
would be a good start. Everyone plays better when they have more minutes tho.
How does one fix that? The answer must be a trade. CJ is the most likely