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Published: Tuesday, March 23 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Re: steve

Fes was out with the stomach flu.

@Steve

Flulike symptoms

todd from santa ana

What I like and notice Sloan is doing this year is this team is becoming less predictable. The man has proven he has become more flexible with this roster and utilization of its talents.

I really hope that coincides with at least 2 if not 4 playoff rounds won

Jazz Cop

@steve-yeah, if you didn't know fes was sick you would wonder why because with sloan, its hard to get why he plays the guys he does. tonight, sloan did his best job. even the guys on tv were wondering what sloan said at the half? probably something like, you guys need some inspiration, then he put in the tape of him forearming the ref and said see, this is how you play defense.



c'mon Steve

Fes was sick man!

@Todd

I also have seem enough change in Sloan this year that I would support him if he can coach his way deep into the playoffs. He has made necessary adjustments.

The culture is changing. Greg is slow and cautious but Sloan does not have the blank check relationship with Greg that he did with his Dad. Greg relates better to the corporate types who should be running the organization and those types are gradually taking back power from Sloan.

In the long run the Jazz will be better.

I also think that Greg realizes that Sloan will not be there for ever. He has to be thinking in terms of eventually making a change. Greg also wants to win. He knows he has to do better than just get into the playoffs. He has the ticket sales to put together a winner if he can get the right combination of players for the right price.

One Question? Why didn't the Jazz struggle against a tall physical line up and the best defense in the NBA? Why do they have more trouble with LA/DEN than BOS?

CJ and Fess--The Commonalities

You can schedule Fess for a "stomach virus" every two weeks.

You can schedule CJ for a big game every 10 days or so.

Perhaps we could get some M.I.T. graduate to more closely study/graph when these two will have these events so that we can adjust our roster/expectations accordingly.

Fess, have you ever heard of washing your freaking hands dude? This guy is sick literally every 2 weeks--its ridiculous!!

re:Miles

Save your little petty lectures to everyone about CJ's greatness. We all know he has talent. We would love to see it more than once or twice every two weeks though.

You see what CJ can do when he makes an effort to go to the basket and play defense. Then we all get to scratch our heads for the next 10 days when he vanishes defensively and jacks shots from 3 point land while shooting 39% from the field.

I am not sure why he can't figure out what "works" for him because everybody else seems to know.

I can't wait till AK gets back so we can have some consistency again.

DEFENSE....FINALLY!!!!

The Jazz held the Celtics to around 40 points in the second half.

Very impressive. It is basically the first time they have played good defense in weeks.

Ever since AK has been injured/not playing healthy the defense has been virtually nonexistent.

The other thing I loved last night is how physical the Jazz were. If we had a committment to play like that against the Lakers we actually might be able to compete with them.

That is why Sloan was so happy with how the team played--the banged and played hard physical basketball.

It was beauteeeeful!!

I am getting a little verklempt just writing this!!

Jazz Cop

U got to give sloan credit for playing fesenko more minutes recently, it makes a huge difference when we play a true backup center when leading up to games like this. giving the backup center minutes to millsap and boozer isn't a winning strategy and so we'll see when ak comes back, if that pushes fesenko out of the rotation and those backup center minutes go to millsap and boozer, and some of the pwfwd minutes go to ak. i'd like to see backup centers getting back up center minutes, okur gets ineffictive when he's too tired, sloan has to be conscious of that. koufus has more hops than fesenko, and definitely more touch around the basket, but you can't argue with a 7'1 315 pd ukranian, and most guys don't want anything to do with fesenko because he's a physical mismatch on the blocks, it's a small thing, but it's huge for the jazz to have push in the defensive paint, every game.
ak needs alot of minutes too, the place where i'd cut minutes is mathews and start korver, but mathews keeps getting tons of minutes.

@Jazz Cop

That is the funniest thing I have read in a while. Sloan's rage!

I have been watching the Jazz

for 30 + years...that was one of the post game interviews...where Jerry was the least critical and the most happy I have seen...(I said one of the) He only has about 1 of these a year!

Mathews

is getting worn a bit but he needs all the experience he can get before the playoffs. Korver has experience he just needs to be ready.

If the Jazz have Mathews and CJ consistently playing well by the playoffs and Korver and AK healthy and ready they can make a run.

The Jazz can't beat LA/DEN inside so they have to use the SG/SF positions to beat those teams. Our playoff hope ride on those 4 players (assuming the PGs and PF/Cs perform as expected).

Mathews really needs a night or two or rest on his leg. That can't happen until AK gets back.

We have seen what Fez and Kouf can do if needed. They are very important if the bigs get into foul trouble or injured. Neither have the experience that they need but at least they rebound and score better than Collins. Neither make the offense run as smoothly as Collins but that will come.

This team gets up for the big games (or folds) but this year they are better at getting up for the big games and better on the road.

Something has changed this year.

Evanston

Where are thou Ak???? Still hurt. AK has no heart and is a huge waste of money. Buy him out and let him go play for his home country and then maybe he will learn to play with heart. All of you sing his praises. He has no heart and in no way is worth what he is getting paid. Please trade this guy this summer.

Miles

CJ had a major injury to start the season to his shooting hand. Korver had a shooting wrist injury last year and never recovered the entire year. Since CJ had that bad stretch of shooting he has become a much better team player. His rebounds, assists and steals are all up. His turnovers were not that high to start with, he has always been a good passer which is odd for a kid out of high school who didn't need to pass at the level.

CJ is starting to turn the corner and becoming a very effective player for the Jazz. Matthews and He have helped make this team better than last year's team. Other than the Lakers, we are as good as any team in the NBA. The Lakers are at a different level, just as the Bulls were when Stockton and Malone played.

The only thing that hasn't changed is Jerry is still running the show. I do have to say that even Jerry has been better at his job the past 30 games.

NGB

@Jazz Cop, Every week we seemed to argue on this Korver playing more or starting. This past game is a perfect reason why he shouldn't start and why matthews gets more minutes. 0 for 1 and 4 pts and 3 to's in 18 mins. He turns the ball over .2 more than mattews in 10 mins less time on the court. He just looked like garbage out there. Especially on that outlet pass, I was glad to see sloan pull him. Matthews gets high quality shots and that's why he plays, 3 of his baskets were right in the paint against the bigs and just pounded it in there.
His defense is why CJ is playing better lately, he's just what this team needs, they don't need a prolific scorer from the two if CJ and AK play like they have been lately, just someone who hits open shots and moves without the ball.

It was good to see CJ drive to the hole, he's just not shooting good from down town, even when he has good games. Some of the shots he made yesterday were ridiculous. Keep it up CJ!

NGB

@Jazz Cop, I do agree with you on the back center view you have though. Couldn't agree more that millsap and boozer are way out of position when they are on the court together. It's nice cuz we have two scorers and heavy rebounders, but we are so small and millsap usually is matched up on a guy 6'11 or 7 ft. That's a big difference when you're trying to score or work on the low block. We have got to at least give these backups sometime, even if its 10 to 15 mins a game, we can't leave booz and millsap on the court for too long. In the playoffs we will get exploited after 5 mins in that line up by decent centers.

I agree with what some of you have been sayin about Fes, he didn't seem sick 2 nights ago, you need to get over it like memo did last night and suit up.

I'd like to see AK back too, this is like last year with booz and a mild injury, milking time off. Hopefully he comes back with an attitude and brings some toughness.

Jazz Cop

@ngb-i disagree, stats don't tell the whole story, using stats to prove your point is a weak argument, in that case, i could use stats to make the point that anyone with good stats is also a better player, weak argument.

dude, mathews is a rookie, rookie. I use trends to show my point, if the slow starts aren't a concern for you ngb, then you have more confidence in the starting lineup than you should, the past 15 games or so, i'd have to say that about 2/3 of them at least, the jazz were down by the end of the first quarter. completely opposite of prebrewer trade, when we were rolling from the tip. can we roll with mathews? i think so, but come second round of the playoffs, if we make it that far, no. we'll be regretting we don't have a more experienced player handling that position from the tip. dude, come playoff time, mathews isn't going to be cutting it, he has too much going against him, rookie, rookie, and all that rookie baggage that comes with it, the wall, no respect from refs. etc.

todd on "brew"

I had some pity for Ron Brewer last night. He looked depressed, not his confident, energetic self. I realize he is new with Memphis. I sense his teammates like ball hog AJ MAyo do not trust him. He played very little and rarely touched the ball. reminded me of our schoolyard or park days when the uncoordinated lack of hops guys is picked last to field a team. Then that guy does not see the ball.

I wonder if this will turn out and give more credibility to the fact "Jerry system makes a player better" We have seen that with 3 guys most noticably, Eisley, Shannon, Keefe and I will mention Foster also.

I thank Ron for his 4 1/2 years. I ripped O Connor for many things but not this,. CJ is taking up a lot of the slack and dong many things more than Brewer such as knocking down shots

Jazz Cop

@ngb-i've had that take on the backup center position since last year, those extra big bodies make a difference, too bad the mailman doesn't come down to practice more often and teach our young players some of his tricks, he's the only mentor that we really have, and he'd tell these guys the things they need to hear, like, no ones going to respect your weak moves. but he's busy hunting and being a writer, too bad he's not around the team more. as for mathews v. korver, the only good thing i see happening is less wear and tear on korver, who isn't built for a lot of banging that more minutes would put on his body, so maybe thats sloans plan, just throw korver to the wolves int he playoffs like he did ak last year, we saw how that worked out. but, as far as you contend that mathews is better defensively, passing, i say that's myth. the team plays better with korver, recent trends show that, because korver has a better feeling for how to play.
@todd-good to see you give cj love.

NGB

@Jazz Cop, you're forgetting what role the two guard plays in Jerry's system. You can say all you want about Korver's shooting ability and what not, but he doesn't move without the basketball well and have to run plays for him instead of pounding it inside like we do. That makes us into a jump shot happy team. The reason we have been coming out with slow starts lately isn't because brewer was this amazing two guard and now he's gone, it's because we settle for jump shots hoping that we can get hot early. That's a horrible philosophy and you're not smart for picking that one with the streaky shooting jazz, you have got to be able to pound it in from the start, look at the games they've lost recently, bad outside shooting.

Yes, yes, yes, Rookies, Rookies, Rookies. Matthews doesn't get too many touches and he's remarkably smart with the ones he gets and makes decent decisions. If we lose in the playoffs it will be for lack of leadership from Dwill, Booz, AK, and memo.

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