Much better tonight! HOWEVER, the reserves need a lot of improvement when under
pressure. They almost gave it away.I hope the ref apologizes to
Evans for taking away the dunk of the year! That was INCREDIBLE!
hey somebody needs too tell frontrunner's Johnson72 and Snailblazer that
portland didn't win the preseason championship. How embarrasing to play all your
best players in hopes of a win; and come up short against Utah's young third
stringer's.They(portland) still couldn't win with utah's nine turnovers in the
fourth; at least set your best players down and don't advertise "you're
trying too win the game". OUCH!
Serious question, Aae Jazz writers, fans, and front office still up-tight about
Wesley Matthews? It sure seems that way.Congrats Utah on a better
"game" and actually deciding to show up. Here is my final
western conference predictions and playoffs now that the pre-season is pretty
much over:1. OKC Thunder2. Dallas Mavericks3. San Antonio
Spurs 4. Los Angeles Clippers5. Los Angeles Lakers6. Memphis
Grizzlies7. Portland Trail Blazers8. Denver Nuggets------9. Phoenix Suns10. Minnesota Timberwolves (I think they're going to
surprise a lot of people; they are young which will help them, and they have
Love as well)11. Houston Rockets12. New Orleans Hornets13.
Utah Jazz14. Sacramento Kings15. Golden State Warriors
portland trail blazersUTAH 92 portland trail blazers 89.92-89.You will never hear the end of this loss.Ever.Enjoy
Portland Trail Blazers | 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2011 Sandy, UTSo
the Jazz pulled all of their starters halfway through the third and gave their
young players late game experience while Portland played their starters the
whole game and on to the very last second. The Jazz still won and yet you seem
to think Portland still going to make the playoffs.I guess it's
possible... ... if everyone else only plays their second and third stringers.
yep Portland will make the playoffs and Utah will not. Thats right cowgirl99
I thought we watched some interesting combinations out there tonight. At times
they clicked pretty good. I thought the offense flowed pretty good when Tinsley
was running the point. Earl Watson seems to distribute the ball as well.
BlazersYep, Blazers will make the playoffs and then be a 1st round
exit, which is their destiny for the next decade.All I have to say
is LOL.Jazz have top caliber young guys and will get 2 more this
year from this stacked draft. Then in about 3 years, we are actual title
contenders.Not perennial first round exits like you guys.Thanks for the entertainment after every Jazz game and for letting us rub in
how mediocre your team is and always will be :).I'll take the
lottery this year to get us more top caliber guys and get to actual contender
status in a few years over Blazer mediocrity any day.I guess you are
content with that, so enjoy :).
its an ugly win....im a bit disappointed on Hayward...im high on the guy and
expect a lot...hope he improves....
Who is going to distribute the ball? Tinsley had 3 assists in 13 minutes while
Harris had only one assist in 25 minutes? Need a pont guard.
I think the Jazz need to ditch Harris and Bell they are not good enough to be on
the starting line up. They need to earn there place on the roster. Bell is a
great leader but a horrible player. With all the Talent the Jazz has up and
coming you think they would let Bell go. Okur is fine cause we need the three
point threat. Tinsley and Earl can handle the Point just fine.
@Portland Trail BlazersAre Portland fans and front office still uptight
over drafting Sam Bowie and Greg Oden? It sure seems that way. Congratulation on
finishing the pre-season 1-1. We all know how badly Portland wanted to win this
game and finish undefeated.
Funny stuff here tonight...For one thing Harris is better than Tinsley and Earl
and we need games like 10 points from him. He started well. Sure more assists
will be needed and keep the turnovers down, but he looked to pass more in my
opinion. Earl is excellent but LIMITED MINUTES. He wore down in the 2nd half
of last season when DWIL was dealt. Evans? We know about the incredible dunk,
he needs to develop a jumper. Expect little time from him again as Josh Howard
is here. Hope Jeremy really develops. Favors was still a threat around the
basket offense and D. CJ had a controlled game. AJ bounced back. More energy.
They gave up still open 3s but it was better. The rotations were better.
Still we cannot allow guys like Wes to get off, and hurt us with the Corner 3s.
Everything was fine. The last few minutes almost ruined it. Trap leading to
Turnovers and Portland almost came back. Although, Harris in Regular Season
would have been in at the end. Tinsley had problems handling the rock there.
Also Howard did not close on Wes last 3.Still better and we won!
I think the charge call on Evans was legit which makes the dunk even more
incredible. Ranks among the best dunks I've ever seen.
@ Portland TrailblazersThe fact that you put Minnesota at 9 takes
away all your credibility. They have like 15 point guards on that roster. Give
me a break.
By the way everyone, that was NOT a charge on Jeremy Evans. Gerald Wallace will
be hanging on somebody's wall on the receiving end of a monstrous dunk. The
poster will be autographed by Jeremy Evans. That was sick!
I liked what I saw. Some observations... 1)Raja Bell can be a valuable part of
the team but not so much on the floor. I hope he can be a good leader and mentor
to our young guys and fill in when they struggle but his minutes should be very
limited. 2) I hope Paul Milsap will accept coming off the bench and being our go
to guy with that unit especially in the fourth quarter. It is obvious that
Favors needs to play and Jefferson and Milsap playing together for extended
minutes makes us too week defensively. 3) I hope Corbin demands defense from
Jefferson, Okur and Kanter @ center and gives the playing time to those who do.
4) I think we are solid at point with Harris/Watson/Tinsley. 5) I like a
Jefferson/Favors/Howard/Hayward/Harris to start Kanter/Milsap/Miles/Burks/Watson
next With Evans/Okur/Tinsley/Bell to fill in when the others struggle and in
back to back games
I thought Jamaal Tinsley looked good last night. He runs the offense and is a
good passer. I am glad he is on the roster for some insurance. I don't think
he should see a lot of time, but if Harris gets hurt, or Watson, it will be nice
to have him there. Josh Howard also showed some glimpses of his past. Jeremy
Evans is getting better too.
Bell should take the place of Hornacek and become a coach. Neither of them is
functioning in their current role.I am not sure that Corbin giving
Bell minutes will rejuvenate his career or his moves or shot that are missing
from his game.The young guys should get better as they get used to
playing together and as they get more time in actual NBA situations.
@ Portland TrailblazersYeah Portland will make the playoffs, and
exit in the first round like always.
Portland Trail BlazersYour conference predictions look like a wish
list instead...and I bet you still leave cookies and milk for Santa...however,
sometimes it is better to live in a fantasy world...Merry Christmas
Preseason thriller, headline writer can you look up the word hyperbole then
avoid it in future headlines. I don't even bother reading the articles or
watching the games till the playoffs. Preseason thriller, that is a classic.
Exhibition games are just that; they mean little. All they are for are to sort
out some of the players. The crowd will probably be indicative of the season;
sparse. The only times the game had any excitement was with Evans' dunk/charge
play and the last second shot defense against Portland for a possible tie at the
end. I did like Kanter's hustle. Jefferson will be a liability on the
defensive end, as is Mehmet; Hayward is going to be a project; Josh Howard will
be a plus, as well as Tinsley. The jury is still out on Harris for me. I can
see how this club will be a project.
No sloan, so yea they wont do much. Ever heard of pre-season?
We're going to need to have patience this year, I'm not happy with Harris at the
point, he looks to shoot too much , he needs to be the facilitator. I didn't
like Favors and Big Al in the game together, Favors couldn't ever get the ball,
Big Al is a black hole. CJ has played well but I didn't like his body language
at the end of the game, with the players on the floor at the end he needed to
take charge and he didn't. I just hope GS finishes 8th or 9th worst in the
league, so we can get their pick this yr. This should be a very strong draft.
Like we've all been saying since the day the Jazz didn't match the offer sheet,
we should have kept Matthews. Hopefully the Jazz brass learned their lesson and
can hang onto unheralded young players like Jeremy Evans. He will be an
excellent player even though he doesn't get as much attention as the other young
players. Hopefully they can all develop. If the Jazz don't make the playoffs
like predicted and GS is at least the 22nd best team next year then the Jazz
will have two lottery picks for the 3rd year in a row. It's all based on
potential but if the Jazz can develop all these young guys, we'll have a pretty
good team for a long time.
It's cute when two fanbases (Portland and Utah) argue about which team is going
to get the last playoff slot.
Utah is fighting not to be in last place in the west while portland could
contend for homecourt in the playoffs.Two franchises going in
opposite directions.Jazz title contenders in 3 years?! Let me ask
Miami, Boston, Chicago, Oklahoma City, both Clippers and Lakers, and New York if
Utah is a title contender in 50 years....
@ Doug10, wondering how you figure Hornacek isn't doing his job well???? You
sometimes have random, unsubstantiated comments on here.
@ JailBlazerSo you think Portland has a chance at homecourt against
Dallas, OKC, both teams in L.A and San Antonio? I thought Portland had educated
fans. Not to mention Camby got hurt again, Oden is hurt again, Roy is gone, and
Aldridge is your go to guy. Aldridge is good and all, but superstars for the
teams you will be contending with are Dirk, Durant, Paul and Griffin, Kobe,
Ginobili and Duncan (they are old, but still a good combo) Aldridge is not on
@ Portland Trail Blazer,Congrats on becoming the hedgehog of Utah
I could care less about the Portland Trailblazers. Whether they make the
playoffs or not doesn't matter to me. I'm sure going to enjoy watching this Jazz
team develop though and it's only a matter of time before they move up in the
west. Probably won't happen this year but the future is bright for this team.
Portland will try to sign Jazz players when the become free agents because they
don't how to spot talent in young players on their own. Hopefully the Jazz can
lock up these young guys with long term deals.
The last minute or so watching the jazz try to advance the ball up court or
throw an inbounds pass looked more like 'jr jazz'! Not enough time in the
two-a-days to practice under pressure?!?
To all those saying look to the draft next year, what exactly are you looking
at? Its deep at basically PF and that's it. Look at ESPN top ten draft board, it
has 6 power forwards being taken in the top ten. Now if Favors or Kanter is our
PF of the future then what good would it be to take one next year with a top ten
pick? Then look at the other options, Drummond is a C with 35% free throw
percentage (potential yes but over-rated in my opinion). Basically if the ping
pong balls fall our way we have a shot at Barnes but more likely we're looking
at Beal or Lamb. Both good role players but I don't see either as being a
franchise player. Lastly no point guards worth taking with a top ten pick,
unfortunately that's what we need most.
The Jazz are struggling to get things going. The Jazz are going to make the
@JazzFan86 - this draft has exactly what the Jazz need - a true PG. Check out
Kendall Marshall in NC and Myck Kabongo in TX. The fact this draft is C/PF heavy
is to the Jazz advantage as our picks will probably be in the 8-12 range which
is exactly where they could be.
Oh the leading scorer was the great CJ Miles. Hurry trade him while he has
value. I hear the NJ Nets need some players.
just have faith with this team...and expect to have a rough couple of
years...Once the Young Guns find their footing...teams should really watch out
for us...Kanter...is a rebounding machine....and loves the contact...Favors has
the highest ceiling among them...and could turn out to be the Main Man...Hayward
would be the Manu Ginobili of our team....does everything...Alec Burks would be
a great wing as well....let's all just have patience...and not to have too high
expectations towards them...just wait and let them grow....
Evans needs more PT, yes he can make a 15 foot jumper. He also needs to come in
with watson, they obviously have a great chemistry. Howard seems to have most of
his speed and quickness back but needs to prove he can shoot from perimeter
before he starts at the 3.
C Kanter 6'11"PF Favors 6'10"SF Evans 6'10"SG
hayward 6'8"PG burks 6'6"This could potentially be
Utah's starting line up one day. A couple years ago our biggest weakness was
that we weren't tall enough to be able to compete with the top level teams in
the league like the Lakers. I get goosebumps just thinking that this could one
day possibly be our starting five if they all pan out to be good players. Thats
a lot of blocked shots right there.