Utah Jazz rally from 18 down, beat Clippers in 2 OTs


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  • the27guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    I think the comments about giving Elson and Fes more time on the court to preserve Millsap and Al are interesting. I agree that tons of minutes are not good for our big guys, but this team is only going to go as far as the chemistry of Millsap and Al will take them. Time together is the only way they'll build that chemistry.

    So, what do you do? Risk injuries by playing them too many minutes, or risk a lack of chemistry by not giving them adequate time early in the season to promote unity and chemistry. I don't know the answer... so I'll just trust Jerry's judgment.

  • the Mailman Melbourne, Victoria
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    @ B Russ

    Good call about Fes needing to play more to help his development as a player and also to preserve Millsap and Jefferson a bit more.
    Unfortunately Coach Sloan is a one dimensional and inflexible coach which means he has his ideas on Fes his rotaions and will not change them much - regardless of the benefits these changes may bring.

    As he has stated before, he'd rather lose than change the way he coaches. Seriously, what hope does a team have of meaningful success when that is the attitude of it's leader.

    Jazz fans, don't expect any different and you wont be disapointed when the inevitable happens.
    Middle of the road regular season team and an early playoff exit.

    23rd verse, same as the first.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Re Todd: Your right Houdini has been neg alot lately.
    I also agree that this team is better than last years team.
    It's a little like seeing and know CJ has alot of potential and talent, this team has more potential and talent on it than last years team BUT will the team be as inconsistent as CJ or is it just because they haven't had enough time to work the kinks out.
    I think the way they have been playing so far this season they will be lucky to come back home with 1 win on this 4 game road trip. Hope I'm wrong but that's how it feels.

  • cheeksallen43 Antimony, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    It made me laugh to read comments ripping CJ. Yes he didn't shoot the ball well, but everyone has a bad game. It just shows that people that make these comments obviously don't know sports and know that bad games happen and some nights you just can't find your shot.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    I am not completely sold on CJ. He has tried more on defense but he still lacks on his overall game. Ak is showing a lot promise I just wish D Will would get his butt back in shape. It not that he is hurt he is sluggish and can't seem to get the lift he needs or defense. We really need a 2 guard or switch Gordon to the 2.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Nov. 7, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    Did the Jazz win the game? At the end of the year no one remembers CJ went 1 for 13. They remember the win. He must have been doing something right for Jerry to keep playing him!! Kobe has plenty of 1 for 13's in his career and isn't he the best in the world? More importantly CJ made an impact on the game with his d, rebounds and assists

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Nov. 7, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    like i always say on my previous comments...it will be a very rough first half of the season...i wont expect them to get it going till mid december to early january...there are some questions regarding player rotations...getting a feel of everyone's game...its either they pick it up after all-star weekend or they should try getting more useable pieces...

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    I think the Jazz should have brought Brewer back instead of say Watson. It would have given us more depth, Why do they always have three point guards?
    If worst comes to worst they could have AK or Miles bring up the ball.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    9 points from the bench won't get it done on the road, neither will spotting the other team a double digit lead in the first quarter. I hope the whole team comes ready to play at Miami

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Nov. 7, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    Houdini, it was more "YOUR INFLUENCE" that I listened more than others, that told me the reasons to be more positive, but you have been more "negative than Me" in recent weeks.

    I will say this till I am blue in face. Yes CJ is inconsistent, still he will provide more consistent scoring starting. This should be adequate, he just needs to average 15 ppg.

    Colorman Mike Smith of the Clippers last night thought the Jazz lost too much with Korver and Matthews. He said nothing about Jefferson for Sleepie.

    I for one would take, the effort, the defense of AJ any day. He blocked 2 shots in a quick sequence.

    I will still take this Jazz Roster added with Okur back collectively over versions of the last few years....

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Nov. 7, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    Wow! Where's Korver? Not one good 3 point shooter on this team, not one! This is going to be an up & down season and making the playoffs to be one and done isn't going to satisfy anyone, but that more than likely is the reality for this year.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Nov. 7, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    Capt L you`re right it`s hard to feel good about this win.Seems like it was 4 against 12.Clippers,Warriors,Memphis and NO are all better this year and Houston will come around.Hope our bench turns it on and yes we are very very weak at the 2 with Raja(old) and Miles(miles) we are a middle of the pack team and anyone that thinks otherwise is delusional

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    I was at the game last night. Despite CJ's poor shooting, I would not say he had a terrible game. He came up with a couple important hustle plays that got the crowd into it. Also, he played solid defense when needed.

    I think Raja's age is a factor in his playing time. I saw a couple of defensive series where he smothered Eric Gordon, but I think that led to him tiring faster.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    It seems like this team plays better when they run the floor rather than standing around on the offensive end, while one or two guys run through the post. Lack of movement and taking jump shots when nobody is under the rim to rebound, and if someone is under the rim they are getting boxed out. Poor shot selection lately and not making the extra pass, or hesitating and not being fluid. The Jazz need to be more focused and much more intense throughout the whole game. Keep working hard! I love the effort Fes gave last night too. GO JAZZ!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    As the season progresses Fes and Elson are going to have to get more minutes or Milsap and Jefferson will wear out. Fes pulled down 3 rebounds, had 2 blocks and 2 pts in only 6 minutes of play. The Jazz need to see more of Fes, out there on the court getting playing time. You want him ready this year come playoff time. Elson has shown toughness and a knack for rebounding the basketball. His rebs. per minute are the highest on the team, he needs to play more too. Lets don't run Milsap and Jefferson into the ground when we have two very capable backups in Fes and Elson.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 7, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    Does anybody know why Coach Sloan took Raja Bell out of the game in favor of Miles? C. J. was 1 for 13. If he could have made even an average number of those shots we wold have won the game walking away. I don't see why they kept giving him the ball to shoot late in the game while Raja sat on the bench.

  • hare392 Delta, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    i think its still too early to tell about this jazz team. cj miles and AK are the x factors. its amazing we won with CJ shooting 1-13. but Ak played well. also sloan needs to play fesenko more he gives us hustle and toughness. 2-2 on this road trip would be good this early in the season. and rememeber golden state and the clippers are much better teams this year.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    Millsap sat a long while struggling at beginning guarding Kaman. He came back later to contribute. Last night the 18 million dollar boy was on with his shots. DWIL played a great game coming off a poor performance in Oakland. CJ miracle 3 proved to be critical in the final outcome. He got some big offensive rebounds with his hustle so helped even though the "1-13" from the field.

    DWIL though was the key driving us on to victory, answering Clipper scores repeatedly.

    However, we will not do well on this critical trip where I feel we need to go 2-2 without better performances from most of the others

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Even though it was a win it felt like a loss.
    Big Al still not in a groove, not hitting his little push/jump hook/ Weegie.
    CJ leaves me frustrated when he plays like he did.
    Fes played well and should have been given more playing time.
    D Will needs to come out and start the game aggressive and they probably wouldn't get in such a hole.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:33 a.m.

    I think we will continue to see this in the Jazz for awhile. They are going to be inconsistant looking great at times and out of sync at times until they get about 20 games under their belt. I think Jefferson is still finding his way and is missing what are easy shots for him that he will start making with more consistancy. Millsap has completely taken over Boozers role on the team and when CJ is on he fills the void left by Korver. I still can't wait to see the front line of Memo, Big Al, and Millsap on the court together. If we see some growth from the young players on the bench and get healthy we will be much better by the all star break. I know D-Will wants to get Big Al on that all star team but Millsap seems like the one going there now

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    Great shooting night Miles....WOW!

  • rattler Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    Must trade Miles, he's so unpredictable

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Jazz still have their old habit from last year by spoting the opposing team high double digit points right off the bat. They end up losing about four of five games when they do that. I see our CJ person has not commented as of yet. One for thirteen shooting from Miles!!?? That has to be his worst game ever. And yes Golden State and the Clippers ARE better teams this year. This year they are no longer a gimmie..

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Nov. 7, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    We watched from afar and hung in to cheer the Jazz on. How about a lot more of that attitude from those who live nearer to the homebase?

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Nov. 7, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    Nice comeback for sure, but the Jazz looked awful at times in the first half. And, more importantly, too much matador defense down the stretch by Jazz players. I can't believe that Fesenko wasn't playing more in a back-to-back situation. He can minimize drives to the basket, and Jefferson looked tired out there a lot. Also, Jefferson's isolation in the low post where he pushes up a one handed prayer push shot is not a high-percentage shot. I know it's early in the season and he is new to the system, but he needs to pass out of that situation more. I want to see Fesenko play much more at center, Jefferson much less at center and more at PF, and Milsap continue playing his good all-around play at PF for about 32-35 minutes a game.

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    Deron Still doesn't look like his old self. It looks like he is hurt.

  • UkJazz W-Ton, Uk
    Nov. 7, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    IF we play like we did on Friday it will be an 0-4 trip.....

    Whatever happens this trip, it should show good or bad what this jazz team is made of......

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Involve AK in offence you'll get better result. Harpring referring last 2 games give a ball >Ak sometimes. Jazz is in deron's hand.
    One thing I couldn't understand why shooting 3's instead driving to basket for high % shot.

  • jazz_man Fajardo, PR
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    A win is a win. A little off topic here I just found out that Ante Tomic singed a 3 year contract extension, will he ever play here??? If He's as good as they say he is then management should definitely consider buying him out.

  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    Pale Bear: The bottom line is the Jazz are willing to fight their way to get the win. Deron Williams was outstanding and even though it wasn't pretty they battled back in the second half. The teams like the Clippers and Warriors are different than last year but this Jazz team is much better than a year ago.

  • sportsjazzfan Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    GO JAZZ!!!!

  • Pale Bear Orem, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    The Jazz lost to Golden State and needed 2 overtimes to beat the Clips who were without Davis? Man, that's gotta hurt.