I think this is a good opportunity to watch our four big men and see who can
handle the pressure of the playoffs. Millsap played reliably as usual. (he
always shows up against excellent defending teams). Favors was solid defensively
and shows hes not afraid to play against the legend Duncan. Al played adequately
on offense but gets lost going one on one especially against great big men.
Kanter choked hard and so far hasn't lived up to being a #3 pick. He may
someday be good but not great.
What makes this loss even worse, is the real possibility that the Jazz will lose
four straight. Once they are four and out, the off-season does not look bright
for the Jazz either. Toronto and Golden State had a coin flip to determine who
would be the 7th and 8th pick of the draft lottery. Golden State won so they
will pick seventh. What that means in total is that the Jazz will be swept in
the playoffs, and will have lost two lottery picks in the draft leaving them
with no first round choices. This season then becomes a disaster with the worst
of all outcomes for the off-season. Unless the Jazz offer something very costly,
there will be no team that will trade with them so they can get a first-round
pick and build for the future. This might be sobering to some die-hard fans but
it is reality as to what the Jazz face.
I'm glad that Big Al is planning on watching a lot of film. There's
plenty for him to learn from his defensive performance in this first game. I
don't THINK his feet were nailed to the floor . . . but they might as well
re:coleman51Good grief you are negative. Sure the Jazz could lose 4
straight but the Spurs are the likely world champs IMO. They have more playoff
games with one player than our entire starting lineup combined!!We
all know, or should have known, going into this that all these young players
were not going to just mow through the Spurs. They still could get a win or
two. EVERY good team in the NBA goes through these same steps
before they get good. The reality is this team already has a load of young
players and if anything they could use more veterans stars vs more youth via the
draft. Corbin is already struggling to get all our young guys the minutes they
need as it is because we have so many.OKC was an absolutely awful
team and Durrant was a shooting % disaster before he got better and he was a
one-of-a-kind-talent.It takes time so quit acting like a team like
this should seriously be challenging the Spurs.They have loads of
veterans and allstars. We have young hopefuls. Come back in 3 years and we
will be pounding the Spurs into oblivion.
Still proud of this Jazz team. They held off a solid Phoenix team to get into
the postseason, and they're playing an exceptional San Antonio team.I don't expect the Jazz to defeat the Spurs in this series. Nobody
does. Game 1--the Jazz came out with fire and intensity, but it turns out you
need a bit more than that to defeat the level-headed Spurs. Corbin got
outcoached and most of the Jazz players were outplayed. Our defense still
welcomes opponents into the paint and Parker destroyed us when he
penetrated--either with his own shot or dishing it off for dunks.I'm going to enjoy seeing this team respond and improve against a very
talented Spurs team. The Jazz we've seen this season will be more ready
for Game 2 than they were for Game 1. This is way funner than watching
probabilities in preparation of a draft lottery!
Tyler.. Kanter is just a baby! His defense however was far superior to
Jefferson's and has been all year! Jefferson hasn't a clue how to play
defense. Kanter was out of basketball for almost two years. He did however break
Dirk Nowitzki's Nike Hoop summit record. He will be a great center piece.
If you are looking for Kanter to match big Al in offense, the Jazz will be
required to throw the ball to him every single play like they do Al Jefferson.
Jefferson has scored 49.2 percent of his shots this season, Kanter 49.6. So you
can do the math. One player gives up layups and stands paralyzed on pick and
roll defense, the other plays very good defense for a 19 year old kid. coleman51
you comments are right on! Iowa Jazz Fan 2 right on, almost, I think he's
always nailed to the floor. I think the best the Jazz looked was with Millsap
and Favors in the post. They were within four or five points with that lineup
the first half. Jefferson comes in, we are down 14 in five plays.
My job this season is almost done... Now I was totally surpised the team from
Utah made the Playoffs... Good luck to them.