Thank You Price, CJ, Mathews, Memo and Millsap. I am not a Price fan but I am
changing my mind. He played under control most of the time and had 9 assists.
The above 5 players came up big when needed. 1/4 Boozer and 1/2 a
DWill and the rest of the team still stepped up and grabbed this victory. It is
impressive. The Jazz do have heart.PHO had an easy night of it. DEN
did not play defense and just got beat. They looked like the Jazz on a bad
night. Someone has to play D on Amar'e tomorrow. Koufos and Fez will
have to play and come thru if Boozer can't go. Millsap will foul out. Hopefully
Okur continues hot. Maybe AK can play but not likely. PHO torched
the Nugs with 3s. They also out rebounded them 52 to 34. The Jazz
can win without Boozer since Amar'e torches Boozer. Someone else will have to
score Boozer's points. Koufos, Fez and Millsap can rebound and play
D but they are not great scorers. DWill has got to have his game together. What
thank you to the guys who stepped up, i vouch for that. CJ Miles, Wesley
Matthews played theyr'e socks off and really hustled and played all ends of the
court. Millsap seemingly got every missed shot and played like the hungry
Millsap of 2008-2009, Okur after missing games came to play and the 3s early
seemed to demoralize and stun the Warriors. Korver did well also, Koustos gave
a good 5 minutes or so, DWIL could direct and did not need a monster game. The
Warriors were off with the 3s tonight luckily. As happens a lot up there Ellis
and Curry can shoot you into a game or out of a game. What an
incredible night,. To watch the "thuggets" stunned reaction in the bench, the
self doubt is creeping in, and they do miss Karl. Dantley seems too passive and
out of his realm to hold that ship up. Grigovich should have been named coach
but he probably did not want it.My goodness sports fans 830 tomorrow
ESPN 'JAAZZ TICKET HOLDERS' MOVED TO 830!!A win and we would be #3
no worse Dallas winning division does not matter, NO LAKER BRACKET YEAHHHHHHH
I think the best thing is now:Fine, Dallas can beat the Spurs. We
beat PhoenixWe play Portland and although respect the opponent
see no worse than a 6 game series victory. Unless "our boy" gets
outcoached..This means in Round 2 we play best of 7 vs Dallas
assuming they knock off San Antonio. Dallas is beatable at home. Even if they
win 1 here, The Jazz might be ready to take 2 out of 4 there. You can overcome
them I think even without Home Court...Worst case San
Antonio-Dallas will have a battle in the pits and it will be a 6 or 7 game
mental and physical battle. That series with a fresh Parker is like acquiring a
new player and could be huge vs an older guy like Kidd. Maybe we will see an
upset there who knows.Unfortunately the Lakers have Ok City who is
fading somewhat and they are so young that the Lakers will likely roll them in 5
games//However, round 2 would pit LA vs Phoenix or Denver that could
be fairly interesting, if "fairly officiated" would be somewhat interesting...
I do not think that LA will roll OKC. Nobody wants to draw OKC. LA is not a good
road team and OKC can get hot.Beating PHO is big problem. The loss
of Boozer hurts on offense. The loss of AK hurts on defense. DWill
has to have a better game than at GS. The Jazz were missing 16 mill worth of AK
and 13 Mill worth of Boozer and about 1/2 of 16 Mill worth of DWill and still
won. PHO sliced up DEN with ease. However, their record against
Western play off teams on the road is not that great. Will the Jazz
have enough fire power and defense to hold them off? A 2 or 3 seed
against POR is a much better match up than a 5 seed against DEN even if DEN is
not playing well. The Jazz do not match up with DEN.
Maybe Kirilenko can pull a Willis Reed and shock and stun all of us, lift the
building, players fans and coaches, and prove his $18 million by playing
tonight. We need him to win, the place will go ballistic.. The season could
be determined a success or failure by one game- either you get a beatable
Portland or open up in Denver Saturday Night or Sunday. Besides, Kirilenko
would ave to be ready by Saturday anyway. TNT does not start coverage until
Sunday. My guess is because the Jazz will try and avoid Sunday home games, that
Saturday Night on ESPN if we win would open up then Portland so AK has little
more time to get ready anyway,Come on AK47 Wow Us!
There is a mistake. If the Jazz lose they will not be playing Denver. The
Northwest division winner gets the 3 seed not matter what so the Jazz would play
Phoenix. TNT got it wrong last night as well when they kept saying Phoenix could
be the 3 seed, they can't because the 3 division leaders get 1-3, and LA is
ahead of Phoenix.
No, if the jazz lose they would be the 5 seed and have to play the nuggets. The
division leaders always have home court advantage but aren't necessarily the 1-3
seeds. So Denver would get the 4 seed with a jazz loss and we're stuck playing
Not sure how they could mess up that badly and think that PHO could get the 3rd
seed. Clearly, #3 will go to either Utah or Denver as the Northwest Division
Leader. Come on, TNT, you're better than that...
said that "EatSleepSki13" is correct
RE: EatSleepSki13 @ 8:25am:I stand corrected. From NBA.com:"Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team
with the next best regular-season record, with the seeding of these four teams
determined by regular-season record. The playoffs seedings of Teams 5 to 8 are
based upon regular-season record. Ties are broken pursuant to the rules set
forth below."So, Phoenix COULD get the #3 seed, and IF they do, then
Utah plays Denver on the road. Right...? :)
If the Jazz lose they have the 5th seed. Now if the Jazz win:
William - we need you tomorrow. Yesterday was the first game that Williams was
awful and the Jazz pulled it out in a while. Price is crazy, but he saved us.
Williams in wins - FG% 49.9%, 3pt% 41%Williams in looses - FG% 42.5
3pt% 26.5$ The important game that no-one is talking about is Golden
State at Portland. Golden State is the fastest paced team against the slowest
paced team. Portland. Had Monte Ellis shot the ball well the Jazz loose that
gameThere are 5 options. Best case - San Antonio and GS
wins on the road. Utah 2 seed playing Portland 2nd best case - Both
Dallas and Portland wins at home. Utah 3 seed against Portland - second round
no home court against Dallas3rd - Dallas wins and GS wins. - The
Jazz move up to the 2 seed but play San Antonio. 4th - Dallas wins
and GS wins. Jazz play SA as a 3 seed. Worst Case - Jazz Lose - and
they have to play ever series on the road.
How about my man Sap?? D-Will bad game id usually followed by a great game. Jazz
will be fine if everyone brings their "A" game to the table..
I stand corrected. I didn't believe Denver would loose 2 of 3 coming down the
stretch. THANK YOU Phoenix!!Also, Thank you Wesley and Paul. This
post-season is going to be fun to watch and I'm more than excited for the
seasons to come. We'll see tonight how we handle back-to-back games when it
really matters. I'm a believer. Go JAZZ!!!
A guess a couple years ago they changed the rule that the divison leaders had to
finish top 3 becasue the the spurs and Mavs had the top 2 records but played
each other in the second round so now they have changed it so the divison
leaders only have to finish in the top 4, which would allow Phoenix to be the 3
Utah is favored by 6/6& 1/2 points. Given the injuries that is interesting. Does anyone know if DWill's fingers are okay? What is the status of
Boozer? Is AK capable of moving laterally? Is Okur stiff?
Tonight's game against the Suns will be exciting. It is almost like a playoff
game that we need to win.
blauchJazz would not be 2nd seed if Dallas wins, as in your 3rd
scenario. If Dallas wins they have a better record than us.Also, if
I remember right, while being a division leader can move you up in the
standings, home court advantage is still decided by your record. If a team is
4th because they win their division, but the 5th team still has a better record,
the 5th team gets home court advantage over the 4th team.The only
way the division affects home court advantage is if the two teams are tied. Any
division leader owns an automatic tie breaker over a non division leader.If Jazz lose - they are 5th seed and play 4th Denver.They also lose the division to Denver.If Jazz win - and
Dallas wins - Jazz are 3rd seed and play Portland no matter what
(because SA lost to Dallas, Portland gets 6th win or lose).If Jazz
win - and Dallas loses - Jazz are 2nd seed and thenif Portland beats Golden State - 2nd Jazz play 7th San Antonioif Portland loses to Golden State - 2nd Jazz play 7th
Koufos If you play tonight make sure you box out. You can help the
most by rebounding and playing intelligent D on Amar'e. If he only gets 26
points instead of 44 like he did on Boozer it will really help. Every rebound he does not get is another possession for the Jazz. If the Jazz
get more possessions than PHO they will likely win. If DWill, Price
and Mathews can hold the TOs down that is also a key. PHO is a
finesse team. Play physical and play smart. Set hard screens. Contest the 3s.
PHO will carve up the Jazz from outside if the 3s are open. This
should be winable even without Boozer. Just tighten up the D and play hard. Make
it an Eastern Conf playoff game.
You are right - I ment GS wins for the 3rd scenarioThe key is Jazz
winAnd either Portland and Dallas both win at home or both lose at
home. I really would like to miss out on San Antonio in the first round.
The Suns were very hot shooting it last night. On a back to back they will
likely not be as hot especially on the road.The Jazz were not "hot"
last night but played well enough to win and role players stepped up--Okur
played well on the road which is wonderful for a change.You have to
believe we have the advantage in this game. Role/young players always play
better at home and Millsap has historically stepped up nicely when Boozer has
been out. He sure did last night.He will have his hands full with
Amare as he is on a tear but everywhere else I say we match up pretty well so I
think the Jazz get win tonight.We would be sitting pretty if we got
the 3rd seed and had Portland.I sure don't think it is unreasonable
to think the Spurs go in and beat Dallas though either. Ginobli is on fire
lately and the Spurs are much better. Dallas is less than stellar at home and
inconsistent lately.I SERIOUSLY DOUBT BOOZER will go tonight.
Millsap historically has a good plus/minus so not too concerned.AKs
back this weekend hopefully.
Forgot to mention another dynamic that should help us.Deron got in
foul trouble last night and consequently never really played as many minutes.
He had a bad game and he usually does not have 2 really bad ones in a row and so
I would expect him to bounce back nicely knowing what is at stake.Possessions were down in that GS game too so there was alot less running. GS
never even scored 100 points so it was a slower paced game which means guys
should not be as tired.Go Jazz.
Be a man Korver! We want you to get that record but make it legit buddy. You hid
from the 3 point line all night last night. Our team jacked up 18 three pointers
last night and you did not shoot one of them???? We have to win tonight. We need
good spacing in our offense. Spot up where you normally do. We need you to be a
threat from beyond the arc. Don't be the baseball player who sits out the last
day to win the batting title or Ricky Davis shooting at the opponent's basket to
get a rebound and a triple double. We want you to get the record because you are
the most accurate 3 point shooter in NBA history, legitimately. THIS GAME IS TOO
IMPORTANT. Personal records do not matter at this point. We can't be dropped to
the 5 seed because you are defering the 3's to lesser shooters.
jazzfiniga: They talked about this last night on the Bulls game. A couple
years ago the rule changed. The only thing a division winner is guaranteed is
top 4 spot, if a team does not win its division and finishes ahead like a
Phoenix they become 3. In fairness, many of us including me did not know the
Go Jazz! It is a huge game against the Suns today! Win and they will be 2 or 3
seed, lose and they will be 5 seed in the west! I will be there!
We have the tiebreaker over Dallas so if we win and they lose, we tie but get
the #2 seed via the tiebreaker. Denver holds the tiebreaker over us so if we
lose then we tie with Denver but get the #5 seed via the tiebreaker...
the fans need to be as loud as ever tonight it is 830 plenty of time to get
warmed up, missing 2 guys likely. Millsap, Price, CJ, and Matthews all need to
do what they all did last night? Where is Houdini and Miles
Except for the worst four or five teams in the league, the home team wins most
games in the NBA. If the Jazz don't win tonight, even if they're missing the
Big Three, they deserve the 5th seed. But I have faith in their defense, which
has improved tremendously since brilliant Sloan came with his idea to have every
player graded on every single defensive set. Once Deron and Boozer realized
what they were doing wrong, they worked hard to correct it. In Boozer's case,
the improvement has been stupendous. If the NBA's most improved player award
were decided on the basis of defensive play only, then Boozer would win hands
down. The rookie of the year in defense would be Matthews (for the entire
league). And the coach of the year would be, that's right, Sloan.
Houdini and Miles are afraid to signup for the new comments program it seems.Not only is Miles scared to play defense he is scared of the D-news
finding out his real identity!!The Jazz should win on pure emotion
tonight I think. The crowd will carry them. The Suns were jacked
up for the game against Denver and as a result I predict they will not be so
energetic tonight. They ran alot and scored alot.Deron missed
alot, fouled alot, and as a result rested alot. He should be ready to douse the
Suns with a good bounce-back game after last nights performance.I
say Booz will not be able to go tonight.Notice nobody is talking
about the results of that supposed MRI he was scheduled to get.They
don't want to inhibit fans from buying tickets for tonights game.Everything is always about money.
it is over dear friendsDallas is dominating the SPurs. It is cool
win tonight and get #3 seed and play Portland, not the worst case I guess
So We lost the homecourt due to horrilbe Kosta and Fez and no one taking an
outside shot! Great work awesome way to go.
sloan will not guard the 3look at your leader/////