Jazz's win streak halted at 10

Kings use pressure to rally past visiting Utah


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  • Re: Quit Crying
    Feb. 10, 2008 8:03 p.m.

    You'd be completely right if you exclude the times the Jazz got shafted by MJ and co. in the Finals.
    The officiating was terrible.

  • Jase Harp
    Feb. 9, 2008 6:26 p.m.

    This seaons is amazing. Go Jazz!

    Beans beans the magical fruit the more he they lose they more Jason Hart.

  • Quit Crying
    Feb. 9, 2008 4:27 p.m.

    the Jazz have benifited from "home cooking" more than any team in the league, particulary during the Stockton and Malone years. Quit crying fans, the jazz have gotten a ton of help over the years. And to be honest, 90% of the calls that went against the jazz were good calls.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    Kings: 50 freethrow attempts
    Jazz: 23 freethrow attempts

    Is it me, or do the refs always seem to favor the opposing team to the Jazz?

  • Anoymous
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    No defense again from Boozer or Okur in the Sacramento game. They just can't stand around and watch the opposite team go to the basket time after time, but they do. It's painful to watch. Korver had his woes as did Kirilenko and D-Will. The Jazz need Brewer back as soon as possible. Price does a good job when he's in. Hart? Who's he? Tonight's game against Chicago should be an easy win. Did I just say that or what? We'll see won't we? GO JAZZ!!

  • SloanNeedsToGo
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:08 p.m.

    As usual, I decided to blame this loss on Sloan. I am serious. His team will never play great defense, because he lacks the plan. He undermines the players who plays goo defense [AK, Brewer]. So players have no reason to play good defense. Sloan loves it when players foul the opponents. Any Sloan's team will have high fouls/game [because he thinks fouling is playing good defense]. He thinks Collins is a good defender. Collins cannot guard any decent PF/C in this league. So Jazz opponents game plan is simple: swarm Boozer, play zone defense, run to basket and Sloan is lost.. Whenever Sloan gets ejected Jazz actually does very well [because his assistants are somewhat sane].

  • Booze drinker
    Feb. 9, 2008 2:19 p.m.

    Boozer is shooting like a drunk booze hound!! what the duece!?

  • JazzKK
    Feb. 9, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    Sorry to harp..... but again to the 'why argue over 8 minutes of back up point guard time', what if DWill CAN'T play? With the injuries in the last couple of games, it's never been more clear that basketball is, in fact, a contact sport, and players do get injured (and sick.... how many times have we heard the words 'flu-like symptoms' in the past few games as well?). So, even if you don't think '8 minutes' matter much (which I disagree with to begin with), then I guess you will just keep your fingers crossed that DWill doesn't get sick, injured, have a family emergency, etc., etc.

  • Ol'Pro
    Feb. 9, 2008 2:04 p.m.

    It was unraveling at the 2:37 mark in the 3rd with a five point lead.

    SlowN made two substitutions, one was OK , the other a set back again.We all saw what the result was,among 18.4 seconds of nothing,a air ball to close the quarter.

    You'd think,someone with over a thousand wins would be in-the-know how to react,cure something as that! As it was said earlier, it looked as SlowN was on valiums.

    As a youngster, it was taught to play within the rules,not to worry about the officiating. To reach down,discipline your self into better composure if things would be unjust .

    Last night,the Officiating was........not!

    As Brenden said;Ref's allowed them all the time in the world,on two occasions without a time out,but Millsap got cut and they jumped right on the time out call.

    SlowN did nothing,said nothing,was he in a stupor? He called every play in the 4th, result......17 point hole,one time out?

    Yes, players are playing the game, but you'd best do as instructed or else there comes the dog house.

    A couple of breaks,better time and substitution management and it could have been a win for the guys.

  • JazzKK
    Feb. 9, 2008 2:08 p.m.

    Why do people argue about 8 minutes of back up time? Well, for one thing, it is more than 8 minutes and for another, it DOES matter. The Jazz need a point guard that can come in, and either hold his own and run the offense effectively or actually HELP in the game. Price has shown for some time now that he can do this, while Hart hasn't. Simple enough? Moving on.... I agree with Cory's comments regarding 'D up Korver'. ESPN highlights? Are you kidding me? Korver has been solid defensively (a surprise to some maybe?). If there is anyone who needs to be more consistent on defense, it is Boozer. He has shown he can step it up, but it just isn't always there.
    Ugh, the officiating. Like others, I usually try not to blame losses on poor calls. I tell my kids that there are going to be bad calls, some go your way, some don't. Good teams rise above this, and find a way to win anyway. But the officiating in this game was just plain awful):

  • JAFO
    Feb. 9, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    Misses # 12 do you even have a clue? Hart kills the momentum of the game. Games are often won or lost on momentum. 8 minutes is a lot of time esp. in close games.

  • Misses number 12
    Feb. 9, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    Why do people argue about 8 minutes of back-up point guard time? Now if DWill could not play, then we would have something to talk about.

    Feb. 9, 2008 11:29 a.m.

    Jerry Sloan if you don't stop playing Jason Hart in the critical time of the games we are going to watch the real salt lake games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brenden
    Feb. 9, 2008 11:14 a.m.

    As usual, the NBA refs for some reason as scared to death of Kings fans. They allow them to take all the time in the world to help Martin after he gets hurt with no timeout needed as well as Garcia at the end of the half, but the moment a Jazzman gets hurt its either call a timeout or send in a sub. Too one sided. I say this not just because the Jazz shot 27 less foul shots than the Kings, but because any team that goes into ARCO Arena gets the shaft. Ron Artest only averages 2 fouls per game at home, but 4.5 on the road. Whats the difference in his playing style at home versus away? Nothing, just scared officials.

  • M55
    Feb. 9, 2008 11:02 a.m.

    It was as obvious as ever last night that the jazz need a defensive center. Although the jazz gave up a lot of open jump shots, the kings pretty much got to the rim at will. Sorry to say it, but Memo and Boozer are pretty weak on the defensive end. So who does that leave to clog the middle? Gee any way we could get Araujo back?

  • ID Jazz
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:53 a.m.

    Just one of those games where the whistle did not go your way but hopefully they don't fall back to there bad habits of poor defense. Collectively last night the whole team stunk defensively. Even in the Denver game how many dunks and uncontested layups did we see. We were just lucky to outscore them. Compared to the Denver game though the Jazz did not try to push the tempo, missed a lot of shots, slap at a player defense, whine at the refs. Not one player stuck out in my mind for playing hard and hustle except Price. We have seen this team before come out and look lackadaisical on both sides of the ball back in December. I know its only one game but, I hope they know that they are only 2.5 games out of first place but, they are only 2.5 from last place. Pathetic efforts like last night will have you fishing in April. If they would have lost to Denver the other night I could live with that because the effort was there. Its the no effort nights against below 500 teams that move you from 4th to 8th in seeding.

  • Chad
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    I normally do not say anything about officiatingas jr. jazz dad/coach/part time ref, I know it is hard...but I also spend some time watching games just to learn better officiatingand my son and I watch these games together, with tivo, to help him learn footworkstaying in front of you manetc.

    I know that does not make me an expert by any means, but I like to think I can look at things in a balanced way, and I can tell you that I turned off the game in the 4thnot because of the way the Jazz were playing, which was pretty soft and lazybut after watching 3 straight Jazz turnovers that should have been fouls called on the kings, followed by those same TOs turning into fouls against the Jazz when it was the Kings initiating the contact. We reviewed Kevin Martin and Artest a few times and my son said "Dad, if I do that in practice on offense, my coach calls me for the foul and chews me out" and he was right. Seldom does the officiating truly have an effect on the outcome...but this was one of those times.

  • Jazz Fan
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:47 a.m.

    Memo to BIGFRED: What fantasy world are you living in my friend? The Cougars are a collegiate team in a midmajor conference. They are going nowhere after the conference season ends. The Jazz are okay, but are going nowhere just like the Cougars....they are both just entertainment....just enjoy the games everyone. They are simply not athletic enough to challenge for any championship. Why do the management put up division, and conference championship banners in the rafters anyway.....that is a joke? Every since that happened, as with Frank Laydon's name on a jersey went up there....it has taken away from the meaning of the players who have their jerseys hanging up there.

  • IowaJazzMan
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:45 a.m.

    I forgot to point out that the announcer last night (for sacramento) actually said "Jerry Sloan is as mad as a WET ROOSTER"

    I laughed for about 2 hours. Cowtown, California.

  • IowaJazzMan
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:41 a.m.

    Hart...you did it again! You are terrible. 20 seconds left and you with the ball does NOT mean you hold it for those 20 seconds only to huck up a bad shot with your SWEET 25% shooting average. Man, we will continue to struggle as long as he's the backup.

  • bddefense
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    Check me if I'm wrong... because I'm really pulling for the former Wolverine - but don't you think
    Ronnie Price is about to win the backup point guard spot from Hart?

    More energy, more active on defense, better shooter, better athlete - is it just a matter of time? Will Price force Hart to the bench before March? How can Sloan ignore what Price brings to the court much longer?

  • Perplexed
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:38 a.m.

    I didn't know the Big Blue Cougar club played basketball. I thought you all were supporters of the WONDERFUL Y.

  • Art
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:26 a.m.

    Don't blame the refs. You must drive towards the basket to get the fouls. Who on the Jazz can do that consistantly. Then there rebounding, Okur cannot rebound standing out by the three point line. By the way when was it he won the opening tip off? Need a good big man that can jump. Too often he is not the 'money' man. Agree Hart doesn't fit.

  • Cory
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    I agree that these were some of the worst refs we've seen this year, and thats saying a lot. When there is a slight difference between free throws it's one thing but by my count Sac attempted 50 freebies to Utahs 23, that's just a joke. You can't possibly tell me that's fair. One of the sound bites that slipped through the announcers mic was Sloan yelling at the ref after a ticky tack foul saying something like "you better give that to our guys", with a swear word thrown in for good measure.

    In response to "D up Korver", you obviously haven't been watching many Jazz games becuase Korver has been playing very solid D since he got here. Don't pay attention to what ESPN shows you, since when have they been objective?

  • magnusius
    Feb. 9, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    The reason the Kings had more free throws than the Jazz were they were attacking the basket. How many times did John Salmons drive the lane, and get fouled or made the shot, again (exact same thing happened last time the Jazz played in Sac-town). We can't blame this on the refs. The Jazz would of gotten the same calls if they did the same thing. And as for Jason Hart, why? That play with seconds left in the quarter, with Andre Wide Open on the wing, who has been lights out from the three, and Jason Hart stares at him, waits for the clock to go to about 1 second, and then shoots it, pretty much air balling it. Pathetic! No more Hart, the Price is right!!!!

  • go jazz!
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:58 a.m.

    why jerry Sloan keeps playing Jason Hart when he had Ronni Price playing much better than him!!!!!!!!!!!
    put him on the bench much much time!. That might keep the jazz winning more games!!!

  • If Hart Plays again.............
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    .......... I WILL NOT RENEW OUR SEASON TICKETS! I AM DEAD SERIOUS. I will go to the Utes or Theatre or something else. Who would pay $400 a night to watch your team lose 8-10 points everytime that bum enters the game.

  • fouls
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:41 a.m.

    So the refs missed a couple. But, this is not the first time that the Jazz's foul first, play defense later philosophy has hurt themselves. This is the same way they took a few of the losses in December. The Jazz foul a lot.

  • Why
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    If Boozer did not miss two consecutive shots when Jazz was down 0ne point in the 4th, it would be different. Also if Sloan had timed out when things started to get out off control, it might be different. Kings score ran from 6-7 up to 15-17 in 3 minutes. AK missed a couple quick shots and a couple easy turnovers in that span.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:43 a.m.

    Good thing Fes is down in the D league getting
    real experience.

  • Hart Out? Price in!
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:33 a.m.

    When are the Jazz going to give the backup PG role to Ronnie Price? Jason Hart is shooting like 32%. I don't think I have ever heard of an NBA player on a teams rotation while shooting so poorly. And the shoots he misses are like border line air ball to front rim. It's clear that Ronnie Price can run the offense. He can also jump out out of the gym. Doesn't make sense to me.

  • woodywoodslide
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:17 a.m.

    You didn't get that on woodslide land did ya? Jazz are rolling. They should win five or six or nina more in a row now. Refs were horrendous.

  • The Queens
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:12 a.m.

    I don't know what it is, but I've always ALWAYS been nervous when the Jazz play the Kings. Like trying to win in Madison Square Garden, the Kings seem to have the Jazz figured out.

    Feb. 9, 2008 9:01 a.m.

    I am in the cougar club. They are better than the jazz.

  • Doug
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:59 a.m.

    The King's coach kept Douby in the game for the entire fourth quarter because he sensed Douby was in rhythm. Douby does not usually get minutes in the fourth quarter. This time, starters Martin and Bibby never left the bench during the fourth quarter. The King's coach didn't blindly follow his rotation chart.

    ESPN quotes Sloan as saying that the Jazz players were "outhustled." Maybe so, I think they certainly were "outcoached."

  • Quit Playing Hart
    Feb. 9, 2008 9:02 a.m.

    Jazz play Hart they lose.

    Sit Hart, play Price- Jazz win.

    Wake up Sloan. Hart is awful and kills Jazz momentum.

  • lenasty
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:52 a.m.

    Is magntetic north or true north. Refs were horrible. Thats enuf!

  • Free Throws?
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:58 a.m.

    50 to 23? I think that is 27 more free throws for the Kings and they only won by 14. The Jazz outplayed the Kings, but because of the terrible officiating the Jazz didn't have a chance. It was incredible how the Kings would drive to the hole and get foul calls regardless if a foul was truly made. Deron drives to the hole gets fouled and nothing is called; for example he came off a screen got the ball and Brad Miller was there, Deron took it into his body made the shot and nothing was called. All I ask is that the officials be consistent, if they are going to call a lot of fouls, make sure they do it for both sides. Honestly the game was decided on the free throw line and all the credit for the win goes to the officials. Didn't this happen the last time we were in Sacramento? I thought I was watching the same game. Its terrible!

  • donnytibby
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:50 a.m.

    Harps, Sappy, D'Wil and Price Kicked butt last night. The officials were bums.

  • Jazz Fan
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:28 a.m.

    I agree with Officials? The Sacramento game last night was one of the worst examples of being homered in recent memory...mystery calls galore. But the Jazz are an atrociously miserable passing team; in close games they were exposed. They also cannot guard slashing driving players. What in the name of Sam Hill are a Douby or a Salmon? Sacrament is a 'D' league teams as far a any NBA team that will ever be a playoff contender. Korver came back to earth. The Jazz seemed content to only shoot from the outside, other than D'Will's driving to the hole. As I have said in the past, the Jazz cannot lose to any sub .500 team in the league and be a contender for the title or even the playoffs the way things are shaping up in the standings. Sloan and Johnson must be scratching their heads again. The Jazz must finish off the next 4 games in the win column or they will be in trouble.

  • I make no excuse
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:27 a.m.

    I swear NBA officiating needs to be completely redone. Those officials were completely wistle happy last night, We could have won it, had we kept a little more composure, cause we have done it in the face of terrible officiating before but bottom line, NBA refs suck...except of course that charming DICK BAVETTA ( I hope thats how you spell his name)
    Good run Jazz
    Start another and KILL the bulls tonight.

  • Horrible.
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:25 a.m.

    The refs in this game truly dictated the pace of the game which caused the Jazz to be totally out of sync. The worst called game of the year so far.

  • danburtreynolds
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:28 a.m.

    to officials.

    One word, WRONG. The Jazz played slow transition defense with no help. The Kings were relentlessly taking the ball into the paint and were the more aggressive team, that is the reason for the depairity. Now, I will not deny there were some questionable calls, the Jazz flat out LOST the game, and when it counted (the 4th quarter) fell apart offensively (poor passing and settling for jumpers) and refused to play defense. I look for a strong rebound against the Bulls tonight, and starting another streak.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 9, 2008 8:09 a.m.

    I don't think the Jazz played with the same intensity that they have in the past few games. The Kings were doing whatever they wanted most of the game. They played well and we didn't---simple as that.
    Officiating was suspect, but a team has to play well enough to overcome poor officating.
    I didn't see the "spark" in the eyes of the Jazz last night like we normally see when they are really playing well.
    They did hit their free throws pretty well when they were honored to get a call from the refs.
    Hope they can come out and bury the Bulls, but they will have to work at it, the bulls took it to Golden State the other night.
    GO JAZZ!!!

  • Poof!
    Feb. 9, 2008 7:55 a.m.

    The Kings played a tough game. They were agressive and the backed the Jazz down. But I have to agree with Officials, every time that whistle blew, it was against the Jazz. A lot of that came from aggressive play of the Kings, but it seemed taking it the basket for the Jazz didn't yield the same whistle tooting impact as it did for the Kings. Well, the Jazz had a good run, now they have to gear up, for the next go round. Loose two in a row, and they drop several slots in the standings.

  • history
    Feb. 9, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    More soft play down low.
    Too many free throws for the Kings.
    December de ja vu.

  • Jimmy's Sneakers
    Feb. 9, 2008 7:58 a.m.

    Jimmy is disappointed but not surprised the Jazz lost that game. Sacramento is better than their record, especially now that they have everyone back and healthy and the Jazz have never played well at Arco Arena. Also Jimmy believes that Ronnie Brewer is more important to this team than he gets credit for.

    Tonight the Jazz start a new streak against Chicago, who is suffering through some injury problems.

    BTW - is anyone else surprised that Jerry only has 3 T's so far this year? Jimmy believes that that has to be an all-time low for him heading into the all-star break. Elias can you confirm that?

  • Matt
    Feb. 9, 2008 7:47 a.m.

    Sloan has really calmed down lately... either he likes these young guys more than he lets on, he's just really happy Ostertag is gone, or his new wife gets on him every time he gets a technical!

  • Jazzman
    Feb. 9, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    I knew the Jazz would lose the Sacramento game, they should have lost the previous game in Denver too but they lucked out. The Jazz will come back to earth now, no more 10 game winning streaks. They now have the three point shooter they needed with Korver, but with no interior defense and Gasol now in LA and Shaq in Phoenix, the Jazz are doomed to fail once again.

  • Great Scott...
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:31 a.m.

    Jason Hart comes back and the Jazz NEARLY lose to the Nuggest, and then this game they actually did lose. I'm just sayin'... He does well quite a bit...but...the streak. Go Jazz! I'm sure Hart will do better.

  • B
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:22 a.m.

    Agreed. Whatever the reason, the refs were TERRIBLE. Normally when a team loses by 13 or whatever it finally was it seems silly to blame the refs, but they just made one terrible call against us after another and another. I don't blame the guys for getting frustrated.

  • Sinan
    Feb. 9, 2008 3:04 a.m.

    I'd asked a question "which team will be able to stop the jazz ?" and answered "jazz". Yes, finally it happenned and Jazz stopped herself against the Kings. I feel sorry to lose the game but i know any team can win because here's NBA. No team can win all. On the other hand, maybe it happenned better for the Jazz, 'cause the player were under stress when to lose. Now, no more stress and i'm sure they'll play better for the next. There is no problem..GO JAZZ

  • Jason Hart
    Feb. 9, 2008 1:54 a.m.

    Ha ha ha ha ha........

  • bad officiating
    Feb. 9, 2008 1:48 a.m.

    Yes. But you have to over come that on the road for a good play off seed. Thats the way it is in Sterns N B A . Boozer and Memo are back to soft D,.... again. C.J. blew his chance,..... again. Korver was just a spot up jump shooter that couldn't hit. Not much to his game tonight. I am tired of saying the same things over and over about Hart. You all know it's a joke any way.Price looked very good again. It's good to see him get play time. We missed Brewer's quickness and defense tonight, he's important for setting the tone and it helps for when Korver comes in. We really need a big man stopper just let Hart go to use his roster spot for agood big. You can't go in to battle with only 3 4 and 5's combined.(Okur, Boozer,(softies),and Milsap) What were they thinking letting Araujo go with out replacing him with a good big. Instead they signed Hart. Well we had a good streak and I'm sure we will regroup. But the West is tough and we need a good big man.Please no more Hart. We don't want to pay for that.

  • D up Korver
    Feb. 9, 2008 1:25 a.m.

    I didn't see the game, but on the highlights on ESPN, in every one of them Korver was falling on his rump "trying" to D-up Kevin Martin. He made Martin look like frickin' Jordan out there. Let me tell you one thing, you better start playing some dawgone D Korver. Or this will be the first of many losses the Jazz have in store for them.

  • NBA refs are the worst in sports
    Feb. 9, 2008 12:45 a.m.

    It's a little easy to see why the jazz lost. Sacramento shot 23 more free throws then Utah. If that's not one sided calling I don't what is

    The jazz made 19 and the kings made 40, Take that away and utah would have won 85-77. Pathetic simply pathetic. NBA I expect you to officiate, not give games away

  • Officials?
    Feb. 9, 2008 12:25 a.m.

    How did Jerry Sloan make it through that game? This was some of the most "homered" refs I've seen all year. That mysterious 3 second call on Milsap at the end of the 3rd period was strange? I love my Tivo. The Kings at one point were shooting 3-11 from the field during the 3rd quarter but had something like 28 free throws. This trend continued through the 4th quarter.

    The jazz played well considering the pathetic officiating. I felt completely ripped off, the only reason I continued watching this game was to see Jerry Sloan get ejected, it was as if he was on valium?