Miami was playing back-to-back nights and was without Chris Bosh, but hey, they
are the HEAT, right? So, even though the Jazz hustled and fought their way to a
pretty good lead at the half, Miami was going to come back and win it in the
end, right?WRONG!! WOO HOO!! GO JAZZ!!
This could or could not be a huge win for this organization. A loss in a game
we were better most of the night, could have led to a 6 game losing streak for
this young team. We have the next 5 on the road. Wade and Lebron put on a 2nd
half clinic. However, I do not know if Miami even gets to the finals how much 3
players can do. The rest of this team still not great. Corbin again did not
defend the 3. Battier had a field day but Spolestra made a mistake sitting
Shane so long in the 3rd Quarter. I would hope we go 3-2 on trip and come back
at .500. The Jazz tonight showed mettle. Corbin subbed smart..1 at a time, and
rode the young guns in the 2nd quarter. AJ should have been fed more than he
was vs Anthony. He had his way. The Jazz played the final 1.2 minute smart.
Take the 2. Get a little lucky when Wade missed 1-2 FT. Then AJ did not force
the shot. He fed Harris leading to 3 Point Play
Lastly. James had to be selfish on that last shot. I am stunned he gave it to
Haslem. Even though he can hit that mid range Jumper, I will every time be
happy he takes the last shot there and not the stars. This was a good win.
Good Energy. Nice 1st half by Kanter and Burks especially. Gordon came on well
offensively. The Jazz need to play with this kind of spirit every night...
I especially enjoyed the 2nd quarter when the line up of Derick Favors, Enes
Kanter, CJ Miles, Alec Burks and Earl Watson played some serious basketball on
both ends of the floor! It was a beautiful thing to watch! Hope Corbin saw it!
Great effort.However, the defense on Lebron was awful in the fourth
quarter.Also, the Jazz's offense seemed to go away from what worked
in the 1st half in the2nd half.Kanter was solid and Hayward
seems to be doing better. Burks also answered the call again.
Good win. That being said I take issue with the way Corbin handles the 2nd half
Substitutions . The 2nd line seems to do really well in the first half but not
so well in the second half. We can't afford to have only bench players on court
so late into the fourth quarter. Devin Harris was playing really well tonight
and was tearing apart the Heat and he was taken out midway through the 3rd and
didn't return until 3 minutes left in the game while the Heat erased our 15
point lead! Also Hayward found a really good offensive rhythm and was taken out
when in full stride and was brought back in cold. We could have won this game
by a good 15 or 20. Same thing happened with the Spurs and the Timber-wolves
Holy smokes! Congratulations to Big Al for a great pass to win the game. Even
Harris was surprised. He then hit the big shot. LeBron is from another planet.
He as 8-8 in the fourth quarter with another 2 baskets in the final minute of
the third. This is ten in a row down the stretch when the "heat" ws on.
That is what makes it surprising that he passed at the end. No doubt that he
would have been fouled and then hit the shots to win. Hard to figure. As Clint
Eastwood stated in "Heartbreak Ridge", we have a dilemma. Kanter played
very well in a short entrance with a "gaggle of rebounds" and midrange
jumpers. In a shorter appearance, Favors was up to the challenge and played very
good d. Sorry, but youth has to be served. The trio of Jefferson, Harris, Miles
are noticeably upping their game just before the trade deadline. At least be
aware of why they are playing so well the last several weeks. The question
should be if they will continue after March 15. The puppies, including Burks,
are playing very well. They actually deserve more time. Eventually, the trio has
to go. The best bet would be to do it now and then cultivate other backups for
the new frontline.
From someone who has faithfully watched the Jazz from their very first season in
SLC--this was a big one. I have been repeatedly saying that, although this is a
team that will struggle this season, it is not for lack of trying and I think we
are soon to see a team that doesn't just keep games close until the final
minutes, but consistently finds ways to win them. Devin Harris continues to find
his way and contributes big time again. CJ Miles was amazing off the bench. The
second unit absolutely "bullied" the best team in the NBA during the
first half. Make no mistake about this team--they are getting better and they
show tremendous character. We were lulled into thinking they were better than
they were with an easy early schedule. They are in the thick of it now and it
will be games like last night that will galvanize them into a team that not only
thinks they might win, but expects to do so--even on the ugly road.
Labron passing up a game winning shot is not amazing. THe East All Stars
wouldn't even draw up a play for him to win the game. Labron is a great player
but he is not a clutch player. Surrounded with some of the best in the league he
will still not get a ring and if he does it will be Dwayne Wade that gets it for
RE:arizona uteYou don't watch much basketball do you?
That was a fun game to watch. It's been awhile since we've seen that from the
whole team. I disagree with the comment that Corbin left the second unit in too
long. That was the unit that kept these guys in the game. I thought Jefferson
was going to blow it. Three bad plays in a row in the last two minutes, got
Miami the lead. Everyone take notice that teams go right to the rack
when Jefferson is in the game. Kanter and Favors push the game away from the
hoop. Then it's up to the perimeter defenders to do their job. Battier was wide
open all night because the Jazz were doubling the ball on Wade and James. When
Corbin pulled the double off James to guard Battier, James went nuts, like he
does with all single one on one defenders. I hope that C J continues
his better play, but I'm worried a couple of these guys have picked it up
because of the trade rumors. They would have to be reading the same stuff we
are. Great team defense Kanter, Hayward, Howard, Harris, Watson,
Favors, and Burks.
CJ and Harris want out. For that reason they are playing better basketball.
You can't blame CJ for wanting out. When he gets his minutes and touches, the
Jazz win. Who cares what his shooting percentage is. All that matters is the
Jazz win when he plays. Corbin tried sitting him earlier in the year and the
Jazz started losing again. Now that he has his confidence back, I am sure Jerry
Jr. will mess it up.....Pleass Please trade CJ. He talent is wasted while Bell
plays the minutes.
fortydamOREM, UTIf the second unit was keeping us in the game,
explain how we blew a 15 point lead in the 4th quarter. I'm not
saying the 2nd unit doesn't do good things or that they are always left in too
long. I'm just saying that the past number of games they have performed poorly
when inserted as a whole unit in the 2nd half and that it cost us a number of
games we should have won ie New York, San Antonio, Minnesota and almost
tonight.I'll say again that Devin Harris was having a really special
night and we underutilized this when we had him sitting on the bench for an
entire quarter in the 2nd half.Gordon Hayward had an amazing 3rd
quarter but was also put on the bench for a full quarter with Miles instead who
did do much with the time.Yes guys need to rest but both these guys
were taken out when they were in full momentum and Corbin just let the air out
of them when we should have been blowing out the best team in the country.