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Utah Jazz: After a couple of high-flying wins, Jazz fall to the Mavericks

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  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:30 p.m.

    David Stern, where amazing happens. Good job Jazz team!!!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    Good Job Favors! Go Jazz!

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    Good effort Jazz.

    Is it time for Harris to lose his role in the starting lineup?

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:18 a.m.

    I love the Jazz's attitude they did not complain about the missed calls and favoritism towards the defending Champs. Even tho we lost this you have to appreciate the toughness of this young team. The Jazz really need a 3 point threat in order to help out the Bigs. I also think that Dirk has some of the worst sportsmanship in the NBA. I think Charles is wrong on us needing three years to make the playoffs too.

  • the27guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:18 a.m.

    Worst officiated game I've seen in a LONG time.

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:08 a.m.

    Good effort for a young Jazz team.

    Is it time for Harris to be replaced as a starter?

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:29 a.m.

    Devon Harris is starting to anger a lot of people. For one thing he worries about his shot..One problem. Even Ron Brewer is a better shooter. ALways short it seems. When he thinks pass first, create and set up then more valuable. Earl was doing the job and should have played the whole 4th Quarter. Bringing him in Bell back there made no sense. CJ should have been on the court then. Gordon was awful defensively constantly late to cover guys like Terry and Marion. Very late and too far off the shooter and the 3s go up. He made some amends in the 2nd half the way he attacked the rim. Burks was good offensively but just as bad defensively as Beaubois just abused him and anyone else. Favors was picked on. Refs I see biased as ever, of course now the Jazz are a possible threat people worry again. AJ holds the ball too long and bad for us when he does. Good fight in comeback will say that.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:36 a.m.

    I was only able to see the first half, and it was telling when TNT's Reggie Miller stated that the Jazz probably needed a point guard who passed first instead of the shot-happy (and continually off-target) Devon Harris. I understand that Devon is deserving of a chance to lead this team from the point in the early part of the season, but I am confident that Burks could bring the ball up just as well as Harris and, most importantly, make a better entry pass or dish to Hayward at the 2 guard and Hayward could do his thing. Start Watson or Burks at point now, Jazz. I liked Jefferson's play a little more tonight...he seems more agile going laterally to get rebounds. Go Jazz.

  • ThatsSoUtah Fredericksburg, VA
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:40 a.m.

    Gotta love Earl. He seems to be one of the few guys you can count on to bring it every night. He doesn't take anything from anyone and backs up his team regardless. I don't care if he's second string, he should be captain of the team.

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    is it me or does devin harris air ball a lot of shots? and after watching that game, we need to get rid of harris

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    They could have beat those guys! Jefferson did his best jump out of the way in the paint to let everyone in. He even screened off his own teammates on several occasions. He is way to soft in the middle. He will not rotate on defense! We were down by two when he and Harris entered the game in the forth. This one go's to Corbin.. Harris should not have been in that game. Earl was as surprised as I was when he went to Harris during that critical ending of the fourth. Jefferson, Harris, and Corbin lost this one. They played bad in the first quarter, then brought that mess with them to end the game!

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    I'm tired of seeing poor guard play hurt this team.

    Just when Watson leads the team back Harris has to come in and lay goose eggs.

    Another winnable game. Corbin really needs to tighten up his rotation. Prolonged minutes for the starters when they are flat made it hard to win.

    Another great effort by CJ.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Poor officiating, yes. But it wasn't the officials fault we came out slow and let the Mavs crash the offensive boards.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    That was a tough loss, but should be expected with a young team just beginning to jell. More than likely coach can take some blame for this loss also, with player minutes not used very well. Harris, Bell and Milsap stunk up the joint last night and did not deserve the minutes they got. Oh well just another night in the life of the greedy NBA and the media(TNT) in this case. Why not have 1 telecast per night TNT, instead of starting games when everyone is supposed to be going or getting ready for bed. And those biased announcers they have, get out of here and don't come back please, not to mention the studio crew. Shaq is terrible and the others are questionable. Oh well, forget that one guys and move on because your future looks bright if you stay togetgher.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    ESPN has AP wire photos of the game that tell a story. Dallas played with a lot more energy than the Jazz. They played multiple defense. The Jazz during a timeout were led by Raja Bell with Hayward and Millsap as bystanders of the five. There are factions on the team which need to be addressed. In addition, Harris was 0 for 7 from the field with one assist. Jefferson and Millsap appeared to be the same height. Favors and Kanter are still the "power pups" and inevitable to push the others out. Millsap is still like Washington, DC, first in your hearts and last in the American League. Make Millsap the captain and trade the faction for a good point guard. Go Jazz!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    I suspect that Favors was not the only one caught up in the emotions of the game.

    Perhaps the coach was caught up in the emotions and put in Harris who had not hit one field goal all night ( he should have been in the stands not even on the bench) and Corbin inserted Bell (1 field goal)with 3 minutes to go, so now the Jazz had two ineffective scoring players on the floor.

    It is hard to beat the world champs with only 3 players. Burks and CJ were effective in the game as was Earl Watson yet the coach went with..... and left those three on the bench.

    Wonder how he will explain that.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Like many others, I thought Harris stunk it up last night, again. The guy cannot run the offense, looks for his own shot repeatedly. Watson and Hayword are the passers on this team.

    Its beyond me why Corbin took Watson out with 2 minutes to go when he had the offense cooking. The result was predictable: Harris launched bricks, the offense stalled, and the Jazz lost another game they could have won.

  • UkJazz W-Ton, Uk
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    a PG....

    a PG....

    My Kingdom for a Starting PG !!!!!!

  • HugeJazzFan Layton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    Ha - I loved this game! I think we proved a lot!! And Watson was the bomb when he went after Dirk who has got more anger issues than my first husband - which says a lot! He should not even be allowed to play in this league! One day the man (if you can call him that) is truly going to hurt someone - oh wait - he did that to Kirlinko. Such favoratism! But outside of the bits and pieces already mentioned, the team did well and proved that they are defintly a team to contend with. We'll pull it together the more Corbin continues to understand his guys and how to work them. I personally think he is doing a great job with a young team who no one had faith in. We are WINNERS!! Stupid refs!

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Earl Watson plays Jazz basketball.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Can someone who attended the game tell me if Favors toss "with force" actually went into the stands? Thats what the media is saying but on tv it didn tlook like it did.

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    It was a tight game either team played well enough to win, and made enough mistakes to lose. Some poor play and coaching does not excuse terrible officiating. On nearly back-to-back plays, the refs called a goaltending that was clearly out of the cylinder, and called traveling on a Favors bucket that was a standard spin move with no traveling whatsoever. That's 4 points flat-out given to Dallas in a game decided by 3. Beyond that, the favoritism to Dallas on other calls was so obvious. That's inexcusable.

    Since a goaltending call stops action like a made bucket, it should be reviewable at a timeout, just like a 3-pointer.

  • jrbigcat DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    No it didn't go into the stands. He gave it a good toss but definitely not worthy of being tossed from the game. It deserved a technical, but at the end of the first half Dirk smashed the ball into the ground and sent it bouncing 15 feet in the air and he was given a tech and nothing else. Never like to blame anything loss on the refs but they really took alot of energy from the game.
    Even with a loss though that was a fun game to watch! This team has some serious potential, and the best part is most of the exciting plays are coming from our younger players.

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    So the officiating was lousy, Dirty Dirk was his usual dirty self, the Jazz were not up to par in the first half, a young coach (in terms of how long he has been head coach) made some errors, and a young team learned a few lessons, BUT the Jazz were within 4 points of overcoming all that and beat the World Champion Mavs. The best is yet to come. GO JAZZ!!!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Corbin lost this game when he put Harris back in late in the 4th. That decision, and the one to even play CJ Miles cost the Jazz.
    It was so frustrating watching anyone Miles was guarding score at will. Marion scored nearly all his point on CJ and then Odom just made CJ look silley. CJ got backed down time after time and never gave any resistance. While Bell clearly struggles offensively at least he battled on the defensive end, CJ was terrible defensively last night.

  • HugMe Logan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    My .02 cents:

    -As has been mentioned, Harris was awful. Confused as to why Corbin put him back in with 2 minutes to go. Why not give Tinsley some of the minutes Harris is getting.

    -When Kanter gets a rebound, he takes too much time to gather himself before he goes back up. Something, I am sure he will fix as he gets more experience.

    -We need to have a 3-pt shooting threat, but it was nice to see Burks make a couple of long shots.

    -Speaking of Burks, as was mentioned, Beaubois abused Burks.

    -At the beginning of the year, I was very frustrated that Bell was getting minutes, but not anymore. He brings some toughness. Great example for the young players.

    -Watson may be the MVP for the Jazz. Standing up for Favors was absolutely great.

    -If I was Favors, I would have been frustrated too. Next time, he needs to get in the face of a player who did was Dirk did to him.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Why is it that the smalles guy on the court (Watson) had to go after Dirk when he slapped the ball out of Favors hands? Favors just walked away when that happened, which I think is cowardly. He needed to do what Earl did, at least go get in his face. Our big guys don't have any mean streak in them, and it is costing us. When the smallest guy on the court has to be the ONLY enforcer on the team there is a problem. I like Earl, he has guts. But he needs others to do the same.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Dallas was smart- defend Jazz players within 10 feet of the basket, and let the outside shooters miss their outside shots, as they usually do. Although both teams struggled from 3pt land, Dallas was way better within the arc. The team can't expect the frontcourt to win every game for them- the guards and wings need to hit more of their shots (especially the open ones0!

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    I nominate Earl Watson to be the team captain. He was terrific and showed he could back his teammate with the Dirk fiasco. Plus his locker room demeanor and comments afterwards. How come Dirk didn't get a T for his slapping the ball away from Favors? Stupid!

    This game was fun to watch. These kids will only get better and will learn from their youthful mistakes. I'm loving this! Just, of course, wish we could have picked up the win, but more wins are coming.

    Go Jazzboys!!! Go Earl!!!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Plyxply: Funny stuff. CJ should not have been playing? Lamar backed him down once...That's two points. Hayward was abused all night long by Marion. Hayward couldn't hit a wide open jump shot. CJ was all over the floor last night making plays. Marion and Lamar are both elite players in the league. CJ was even guarding Dirk some. CJ was awesome last night. The only thing that kept the Jazz from winning was Jerry Jr. not playing him more!!

    Bell and Harris amount to zero offense. Beaubois, who is a nobody, abused the Jazz guards all game long.

    Watson was awesome too!!! Burkes and CJ outscored Bell Harris and Hayward in half the minutes.

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Does it look to anyone else that Hayward is afraid to take a shot? He looks confused and lost out there half the time.

  • adj_8 Logan, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Eric Bledsoe!!! He is stuck behind Mo,Cp3,Billups....Great young PG....Make it happen KOC!!!

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    miles,you need to take those 2-bit texas swap-meet sun shades off and look at reality.miles is the ultimate one trick pony...he scored 17 points, whoopee,it`s not a scoring contest it`s a game,you need to rebound,assist,steal and most importantly play defense,I say package Harris,who seems to have a terrible case of milesitosis,miles,trade exemp and pick for, do I dare...A D-will type pg

  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Earl Watson is the captain of this team!!! The way he stood up for Favors and stood up to Dirk was awesome. He is the defination what what TEAM is all about!!!!

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Impressed by Watson last night- it's nice to see someone stand up to others finally after sitting through boozer for so long who wouldn't stick up for any of his team-mates at all. I'm liking the toughness.

    Reggie Miller made a comment that slapping the ball out of someone else's hands is an automatic technical. If that's the case why was classless dirk not given one? Maybe because he already had one and no way were the officials going to call a second and toss the big superstar. I was happy to see him be pretty much ineffective most of the night though- maybe his knee's a bit worse off than people are letting on.

    Keep your heads up Jazz- the best could still be yet to come.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    The officiating was right on the money. most posters here are just way to one sided, it was a great game and awesome to see the jazz lose at home.. I could not be any happier right now.

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Well Johnson72, I guess the replays were doctored then, because it showed a basketball clearly out of the cylinder when they called a goaltending, and nothing close to traveling on a cancelled basket by Favors. Also, an automatic technical foul should have been called when Dirk slapped the ball out of Favors' hands. The sportscasters backed all that up.

    These are three of the most obvious poor calls to anyone who was watching. Typical of the favoritism given to all stars and NBA champions night after night, that drives fans crazy across the country.

    Apparently this kind of crooked reffing is "right on the money" to enough fans that any change will indeed be slow in coming. That, plus the interminable time spent during free throws and inbounding, has me losing interest more and more each year.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Milsap and Jefferson need more respect from the refs. Everyone vote them in as All Stars and they will be more likely to get the calls they aren't getting right now. I'm not saying it is okay, just saying I am not expecting it to ever change. Everyone vote! There aren't a lot of days left, and we can vote once a day until the deadline.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    CJ was playing pretty well yesterday, and I would have rather had him take that 3-pointer over Harris. Watson should have never come out.

    I am not convinced that the refs beat us. In fact I was pleased by the perseverance of the Jazz every time the refs made an outlandish call, they usually came back with a good defensive stop and got the ball back.

    Our outside shooting lost us the game. There was not much else to blame but that. All we needed was a few more 15-20 footers to keep the defense honest, and we would have opened things up for Milsap and AJ.

  • AggieFan82 OGDEN, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    Not sure why favors was ejected from the game, but dirk can be a jerk all game and pout and throw the ball down and slap away and not get thrown too. worst officiated game all year. Too much favortism for the champs by the refs. They won this because of the refs, and coach corbin made a bad decision taking out watson in favor of harris in the 4th. keep watson in and we win the game, even with the refs against us.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Houdini did you actually Watch the game? CJ made some great defensive plays that lead to scores. He played awesome defense all night long. Hayward was afraid to shoot all night long. Plus is tiny frame got abused on defense all night long too. Harris, Bell and Hayward were awful last night.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Yep Miles watched the game ,your boy had a really nice dunk early in the game while Dallas was nappin,as far as the great d you saw,better get to the optomitrist (eye doctor)

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    Hoopshype has the Jazz shopping Harris on the market. He isn't on the same page as Corbin! Keep your fingers crossed, point guard help might be a trade away! C J did have a better night, that's not C J s problem. See if he can play two or three in a row. And those bashing Hayward need to be patient, remember C J his second year? As soon as Hayward gets his confidence he will be fine.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Let me preface this by saying the Jazz did not lose this game because of officiating, however:

    1- Dirk should have picked up his 2nd technical when slapping the ball out of Favor's hands. The only reason he was not given a technical is because the refs knew he would be out of the game. That is a not right.

    2- Kanter did not goal tend Terry's shot. It came off the rim.

    3- Favors tossed for throwing the ball? A technical sure, but getting tossed?

    4- Marion caught the ball at the top of the key and basically did a dance with the ball. It was about 5 baby steps. The crowd yelled for a travel. Of course, no call.

    5- Favors drop step on Dirk was a travel in normal basketball, but for NBA standards, like the way Marion took 5 steps at the top of the key, it was not a travel.

    I am sick of all star treatment. Dirk should have been ejected.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    I still think everyone should lay off of Harris. It is no secret he is not playing well, but the fans oughtt to try and rally him by supporting him than trashing him. I would not be opposed to a trade under the right circumstances, but right now folks, he wears our beloved Jazz jersey, and therefore I will support Harris as long as he plays for the team that I love.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Johnson72

    How portland doing?

    Yeah that's what I thought.