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Published: Thursday, April 15 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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toddfromsantaana

the damage has been done, it cannot be made up. like 3 days more would have really made it nuch better.

Enjoy the flight to Denver

The Nuggets will not be satisfied themselves even though to be at home. They are in the Laker Bracket and not thrilled likely with theyr'e position either.

That will just make the Nuggets even harder to beat.

It may go 7 but Denver should win...


Sloan chokes again.....

SportzFan

So Todd. Were you coach of the year in your "semi-pro" league? Backseat coach of the year? Legend in your own mind?

CLEARLY you are JEALOUS of Sloan.

You DO know he PLAYED in the NBA? Was an All-Star? Had his number retired by the Bulls? Where did you play?

snakenamedjoe

Booz choked, not Sloan. I'll admit I would have played Fez and Koof more myself, to get them some playing time when it was obvious we weren't winning anyway, but Sloan did his best to win the game.

I don't want Boozer to come back. I don't want him here anymore, and I'd rather just see how the Jazz can do without him, so they can start seeing what needs to be done to fill the hole next year. Give Koof and Fez 24 minutes each and lose in the playoffs, but get them some experience so we can be ready for the post Boozer era next year.

Milsap played in every game, and deserves a starting role. Show him the respect he's earned.

evanston

i despise these two no heart players

toddfromsantaana

i despise a coach who will not defend a 3 pointer, Phoenix had 1-3 players behind the line every time down the court-that is garbage coaching. You can all it what you want, if Avery had ordered that I would have called him out on it also. Mark Jackson made reference during the game to no adjustments and letting these 3s go in (10 for first 19)

when they lose to Denver PROVE ME WRONG tell me how great "Jer is" THis team played as frazzled as a grade school team they were outhustled. The state is too nieve to hear the truth and cannot accept it.

rvalens2

Let's hope when they return that it's not in a suit sitting in the row behind the players on the bench.

blauch

Giving Kouf Minutes will not make him better. He is Never going to be a good player. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY FANS EVER CHEER FOR HIM. HE HAS LESS TALENT THAN COLLINS. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL.

The Jazz weren't going to win a championship - Most Likely Orlando will - but I would have loved to see them get home court.

Seriously The biggest weakness is the Jazz inability to take open jump shots with Confidence.
They just don't want to take them. They were open.
Sloan did not tell then not to take 3's. I mean Phoenix only defensive play was to pack it in the paint so when Williams drive, they triple team him.

Korver, Matthews and Williams did not want to take outside shot.

There is not reason they don't take 40 to 50 3 pointers in that game.

Jazz made 7 for 19 on 3 pointers - 21 points on 19 possessions

Jazz made 23 of 72 on 2 pointers attempts (including foul shots) - 65 points on 72 possession. That does not include the 10 blocks Phoenix. Really it was 82 possession.

Had the Jazz Just taken 3 point shots they would have 112 points.

the Mailman

Sorry but its the Nuggets to cruise home in 5, if we get lucky and pinch one.

A sure thing is this team knows it has no hope of going anywhere this post season. Its only a matter of time before they throw their hands up and declare it's all a bit too hard. Hey, when the coach makes excuses, why cant they..

Rhinosparky

How pathetic that you sit out with a muscle strain. In the BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR. Get the bum off of the team. The rest of the team gave up before the game when LOOZER gave up on them. I will not wast one more minute on this team untill he is gone.

Expert

I do think that there are some changes that need to be made, starting with the 29 million that was sitting on the bench for the most important game of this season. This one game was probably more important the the whole series that the suns will now be able to enjoy. I know many high school kids that would have played through more pain then the both of these two. They also do it for the only thing that we wish the other two would play for. PRIDE!

SportsFan

The Boozer era will end with a thud.

5th instead of 2nd

An opening round loss to the Nuggets vs a Western Conference final against the Lakers.

All because Boozer was too much of a whimp to play with a soar tummy.

Everyone knows Karl and John would have played, and played hard.

Is anyone surprised?

gdog3

Boozer and Kirilenko are returning for what? Risking injury or not, the return date was last night.

Homecourt against the Blazers vs. the road against the Nuggets. Preference choice here? Duh!

Laker bracket vs. non Laker bracket? Duh 2X.

Northwest Division title vs. second place? Triple duh as far as I am concerned.

I guess division titles don't mean anything anymore.

BYU plays in bowl games like the Jazz play in the playoffs. The end result is all to often the bummer though. Atleast BYU has the conference championship history. If that didn't matter then the Utes have the better history based on bowl WINS over appearences.

Bottom line is that division championships and homecourt advantage in the playoffs matters.

The Jazz are done. Boozer is done here. The latter is a good thing.

Unfortunately, this was the year for the Jazz to have a tiny window to slip through. The roster is going to be shuffled and when DWill's contract is up in a few years, he will be gone. Deron is a GREAT player but not worth the big bucks in my opinion. Mark my words now. Deron's longevity won't be Stocktonesque.

InsideView

I agree with SportsFan. I would like to know how many games Karl Malone played in with bigger injuries than Boozers sore muscle. The other thought I have is that I would think D. Will. and the other players who were (even though they had an off game) out on the court trying to put the effort in, would be soooooo sick and tired of LOOZER and AK and their whimpy attitude. I watched both of them on and behind the bench last night and neither one of them were cheering on their teammates and both of them looked bored. I am sick and tired of both of them and the little games they play. I am also surprised that Coach Sloan isn't totally fed up with the two joksters. Sloan comes from the old school where you played through the pain. I wish Sloan would go off on both of them. I am so sick of the two soft boys. Let's get rid of them.

toddfromsantaana

getting rid of SLoan would be the novelest idea. I dount Boozer or Kirilenko pulls this with Greg Popovich-anyone that does not agree I feel sorry for.

The Final Word

re: todd

What planet are you from?

you said: "i despise a coach who will not defend a 3 pointer"

Uh, coaches don't guard anyone...the players are supposed to.

Are you seriously trying to tell us that Sloan tells the players NOT to guard the PHX players shooting 3's?

Why did they guard them when we played them earlier this season and beat them?

If his system is so flawed how is that we are playing for a 3 seed and only 4 games back of the reigning NBA champions in by far the toughest conference in the league?

We have all seen the players guard better than they did last night IN SLOANS SYSTEM.

Besides the obvious fact we were outmanned with a good portion of our top talent not playing or playing injured, THE REMAINING PLAYERS PLAYING the game made a lousy effort at rotations and help.

Lack of player talent (too much sitting on the bench) and lack of energy/effort cost us the game.

Your logic is so bad it can't even be called logic.

As far as AK's and Boozers promise of return?

Too little to late.

Die is cast.

The Final Word

re: todd

What planet are you from?

you said: "i despise a coach who will not defend a 3 pointer"

Uh, coaches don't guard anyone...the players are supposed to.

Are you seriously trying to tell us that Sloan tells the players NOT to guard the PHX players shooting 3's?

Why did they guard them when we played them earlier this season and beat them?

If his system is so flawed how is that we are playing for a 3 seed and only 4 games back of the reigning NBA champions in by far the toughest conference in the league?

We have all seen the players guard better than they did last night IN SLOANS SYSTEM.

Besides the obvious fact we were outmanned with a good portion of our top talent not playing or playing injured, THE REMAINING PLAYERS PLAYING the game made a lousy effort at rotations and help.

Lack of player talent (too much sitting on the bench) and lack of energy/effort cost us the game.

Your logic is so bad it can't even be called logic.

As far as AK's and Boozers promise of return?

Too little to late.

Die is cast.

SportsFan

re: gdog3

It's common knowledge that alot of Jazz fans are also BYU haters (as seen from the reaction of a large part of the Jazz crowd anytime anything related to BYU occurs in ESA), so your little departure into the BYU-hating weeds while discussing the Jazz is no surprise.

Division championship lost most of their significance when the NBA went to 4-team divisions. Who really cares about hanging a banner for being the best of 4 teams?

NGB

Todd, Mark Jackson is about as good a TV announcer as Matt Harpring. Neither should be on television. I'd rather put myself thru the torture of listening to bueller and booner than listen to him talk about his personal life while the game is going. The Jazz didnt get out matched by 3's, they only made 10 and jazz made 7, it was the bench. Korver didnt show again and KK who had looked pretty solid the last few games got block 3 times.

Todd, the final word got you pretty good. Yes, I see what your saying, sloan does prefer instead of running at the three line and letting them penetrate, he prefers to approach to guard the penetration since we have no big man with blocking capabilities down low, but in the zone where they started draining threes is not the same concept.

Lack of players with a desire for greatness (booz and AK) was the real issue Todd, come on, be realistic, when you heard Booz and AK were sitting did you really think the Jazz would win?? if you did then you're more naive than I thought you would be

toddfromsantaana

we were outmanned NGB I said it was not all SLoan. The point is "when is it ever SLoan?"

Why did not the other players have heart in this game? We have won countless games at home in the past undermanned against Cleveland, Boston etc. Why cannot the Jazz stay with shooters-there is not one good reason. Lopez was not there so Phoenix is missing a key shot blocker and defender also. If the coach prepares and set the right mood then maybe what happened does not. Phoenix hit all 10 3s in first 3 quarters, 8 first half so it was critical. They missed last 8 in 4th, but game was already over.

Sokol

A few nights ago, ESPN rattled off the players that the Spurs have found in the draft....The Jazz must have the worst scouting staff in the world to select Koufos over some of the other available talent that year...The list of Jazz-KOC draft failures is endless...

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