Maybe last year if the Jazz blew a 23 point lead that went down to 1 in the 3rd
quarter, I would have lost confidence we can win. This season, I have more
confidence in this group.Sloan, to his credit, I will give him this
has done a very flexible job with not set sub patterns. Tonight he went with
Price, then Watson.I thought Jefferson was good again down low. In
response the other night to Doug, Jeff does not need to score 20 and 10 every
night like Booz did for us to win.If AK, Millsap, Dwil score the way
they have the last couple games, we have more balance and everything does not go
thru first the Power Forward.Millsap looks comfortable more so with
Snooz out and is nailing those mid range jumpers.I thought Francisco
did a nice job bothering Toronto with his length.CJ was key as he
will need to be all year. Tonight his 3 barrage gave us separation and momentum
to carry us to a large lead in the 4th quarter.Toronto had success
with Andrea, Weems and Derozan slash and jumpers. Luckily, they did not focus
I am liking the combo of Millsap/Jefferson. It still feels like the Jazz are
needing one more player. There is no great backup at the 2 for Bell. I am not
sold on Price most nights.I am not sold on Memo helping out either.
Fes needs to start making himself available to play.Dwill should
play that way every night. For some reason, he doesn't.And CJ was
the Man once again. Need I say more!!
Toranto is more likely going to be last place by end of year. Sure was a nice
win but this IOU is going to have to wait till we face the Suns but keep on
CJ is doing a great job coming off the bench and hopefully that will continue.
Other than him the bench seems to be getting a little thinner now. In the
pre-season it seemed we could score with all kinds of combinations of players on
the floor but right now without CJ we don't seem to have a lot of help. Ronnie
added 11 points last night but there are times he doesn't see much playing time.
I think the thing that will help the bench the most while waiting for players
like Hayward and Evans to improve will be having Memo come back. Memo doesn't
even have to be a big time scorer with Jefferson and Millsap in the game but if
he can just be a nice contributor it will then allow us to have AK and CJ as
solid bench players. We're getting better though!!
@Todd: I don't think Price spent any time at the point last night. All at the
two. Jazz should do this because of the energy Price brings. But can still play
the point if needed. I think Watson will get better.
We are very thin at the 2,Price is smallish.CJ is the only real off guard we
have off the bench.Last year we were over loaded(Matthews,Korver,Brewer)Unless
Williams gets hurt we don`t need 3 points.Keep one and pick up a 2.GO Jazz,and
yes,nice game,Millsap`s the man!
I just love the culture of accountability that Big Al brings to this team.
Jerry has got to love it! Jefferson is a refreshing burst of grit and energy
that is not looking for photo opps. He has the blue collar-go earn your
paycheck-kind of approach that will always bring smiles to Utahns and to Sloan.
I want to adopt him and bring him home; I am sure that he help with dishes too
(though the food bill would be staggering)!
Beating the Tornoto raptor is somehow payback for an IOU for losing to an
in-conference rival PHX Suns?I hardly think so.We won't
be battling the Raptors at the end of the season for anything. We
will be battling the Suns for some type of playoff position and that lay-down
loss at home to them will come back to haunt us in the end.You know
it will.A win is a win for sure but losing to Denver and PHX in
pathetic fashion hurts both in the season series against each team and gives
both of them confidence against us.
I can't agree more, 'Source! We all know how close it is in the Western
Conference at the end of the season. Think back to last year. We lost the last
game of the season to Phoenix which dropped us from like 3rd to 5th or
something...If it comes down to the wire like that again this year,
the Denver or Phoenix loss could really bite us....
The Jazz have a tough, but exciting road schedule coming up. I think the team is
playing well, except for Hayward and Watson. I know both of those players are
capable of having big games, yet both of those guys are struggling right now. We
need Hayward to be productive every game and every night and every possession
for that matter. I think Price should come in the game before Watson at this
point. Keep working hard!GO JAZZ!!
Sloan played Price Exclusively at the shooting guard. Millsap and
Jefferson have a lot more potential than Okur and Boozer. Really the Jazz's
only problem is depth (it will be better when Okur gets back). Their strongest depth possession is Small Forward (AK and Miles). Considering
their best 6 players are, Williams, Bell, AK, Millsap, Jefferson and Miles. The question: Is AK going to be able to get some minutes at Power
Forward or is Miles going to be able to get some minutes at Shooting Guard. This games was really tricky because Toronto had Bargnani at Power
Forward and Barbosa playing Shooting Guard. Hence they had Price playing
Shooting Guard. AK went in at Power Forward, but Bargnani scored easily on him.
AK played 27 minutes and Miles played 25 minutes. Considering they
are 2 of your 6 best players - they will need to play more minutes. Against OKC - AK played almost the entire game at the 38 minutes (every minute
that Durant played). Which only left 10 minutes opened for CJ - who was able to
swing to Shooting Guard possession in that game for 15 minutes.