First,Before we boo hoo for the Jazz playing 19 games in March,
consider this from ESPN: "The Los Angeles Clippers closed out a grueling
stretch of 20 games in 31 days with their first five-game winning streak since
2006."Second,Corbin, the Jazz are suffering the
effects of that 4 overtime game because you played 5 guys 50+ minutes while your
opponent used 2 for 50+. You didn't trust your bench, and it cost you that
game and at least 2 since.
Sad game to watch...makes me want to dismiss my optimism last week about Harris
finally becoming a viable answer for the Jazz at point. He definitely is not a
complete enough point guard, especially when he can't hit open jumpers. His
old coach Kiki V., who coached him in NJ, said Harris is not the same player
because of numerous little injuries over the past few years. Hayward and Burks
were missing their open jumpers, too, so the Clippers looked like world beaters.
The Jazz are tired, but their weaknesses on defensive play and outside shooting
just looked more glaring. If they go for North Carolina's point guard
Marshall in the draft, who is a great floor general (but a weak defender and
shooter), they must bring in at least two solid shooters, with at least one with
good length for the small forward position.
I wouldn't blame our recent losing on the brutal schedule. All 30 teams
have brutal schedules too. If you take a look at it, Tinsley was running the
backup point during the recent winning streak. Now Watson is. The players
respond much better to Tinsley, the offense runs smoothly and we compete. With
Watson it's like last night, the night before that and the game before
that. The lack of defense from the starters especially the center
and point guard positions is another major problem as well. Big Al becomes
little Al on the defensive end of the floor. Little Devin is easily rubbed off
from by picks and screens. It all makes for bad defense from the starting unit.
When Tinsley ran the backup point the second unit was able to score enough
points to help offset all the points the starters give up on the defensive end.
We're not making the playoffs with these current player rotations. All I
can say is I hope we end up with a good draft pick out of all of this.
@ rationalI agree. Corbin not trusting his bench has most likely
cost us the playoffs.
I could not watch this until late last night. The fact is you guys are
observant because it is clear the Jazz turning point of the season was Atlanta
Loss. Corbin refused to send a message and bring in Kanter and Favors until
well later in the First Quarter. After 5 Minutes the way Game was going, it was
clear changes were needed. Jody, Memphis is in a stretch of 7 in 9. They are
still winning. No excuses. Against a good shooting team, Corbin like Sloan will
not guard 3s. It is tiring. It is also tiring to See CJ do nothing at the #2,
He clearly has to go, did nothing until the game was over. It is becoming more
clear the Jazz are unlikely to make the playoffs. Too many ups and downs. If
the Jazz are going to improve this roster, Paul or Al will likely have to be
dealt. We definitely need to look at a new Point via Draft. Keep most of the
youth. Benching Tins for Earl was beyond silly.
@ Mr. CorbinThe last 10 games: 6-0 with Tinsley efficiently running
the backup point guard duties. 0-4 with Watson struggling to get anything going
at all. Clank, clank, clank. Whats up Mr. Corbin?
See I'm not alone in my thinking. I totally don't "get":A) Running the starters into the GROUND during the quadruple OT when
other folks had been playing very effectively, and the starters had CLEARLY lost
their shooting legs, however valiantly they fought on.B) Just
sending Tinsley suddenly back to oblivion when the chemistry of his unit was
going so well - and leaving him there during the following collapse of
cohesion.C) Continuing to start CJ - when putting Hayward at the 3
and Burks at the two would inject energy, ball movement, slashing and purpose
into the starting five (even granted there could be match-up problems in
particular situations). Nice kid and gifted athlete, but while also intelligent
and glib, a head case on the floor who consistently makes decisions resulting in
3, 4, 5 and even 6 point plays - for the other team! (e.g., a bad foul after a
bad shot or a turnover followed by more bonehead defense, wrong shot that
results in a fast break for the other team - over and over and over.) And D) Which Devin Harris is which? There were those great flashes during the
March mini-run, but....???
It would be instructive to go back and check how many post-game interviews this
season began with "We've got to come out with more energy. We
can't let ourselves get down so far in the first quarter".So -- if they all know this is a problem, what remedies have been tried?Suggestion: Let each game go 3-4 minutes. If it's obvious that
some starters are not playing with energy, sit them down right then, before
(like last night) the game gets out of hand. I'd rather be 20 points down
because of inexperience than 20 down because the team on the floor is dogging
13 games remain. The Jazz will have to go 9-4, possibly 8-5, in order to make
the playoffs. 6 of the 13 games are on the road, including twice in Portland
and once in Houston. Yes, the Jazz now need to win at least half of their
remaining road games to have a chance at the 8th seed and a date with the
impressive Thunder.It is starting to feel like Coach Corbin is
falling more and more into a routine. I had always thought it was a
coach's job to figure out who the shining players were at the time, and
play those who give the team the best chance at a victory. Instead, we seem to
be falling into set roles and not maximizing our chances at victory.
A "BIG" ten four to all of you commentors above!
Tinsley has shown that he can help the Jazz better than Corbin has given him
credit for. I think that Harris can still be a good fit for the Jazz but We
still need a better starting PG in the future. We also need some one to shoot
the three ball for us. It would help the Jazz bigs so much to have better
shooting. Every one needs to remember that the Jazz are young and it will take
another year for the Jazz to truly show what they have.