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Published: Saturday, Nov. 13 2010 11:01 p.m. MST

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toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

I am really glad Jody mentioned the 3 point defense. This for years has been my biggest complaint about Sloan.

It is improved. There are many reasons why.

For one, some teams do not look for this as part of the offense we have seen yet. Phoenix always had Grant Hill and Frye behind the line. Many teams last year always drifted guys to the corner knowing with a pass they would get uncontested 3.

However, the Jazz since Matt Harpring left has not had anyone consistent to recognize developing plays.

What I am noticing, is not every time of course, but recognition has improved.

Raja Bell has been an unsung reason. These are game intangibles he brings to the Jazz. Little nuances of the game that make us better and smarter.

He can guard his man and I have seen him either cheat when needed take 1-2 steps off his man toward the corner, or at least read it out of the corner of his eye.

I noticed Kirilenko and DWIl are improving in this area, and it is part of good smart team defense.

Again, we will get burned at times, but give credit to this group

So-Cal Jazz Fan
Palmdale, CA

Even if a lineup change was made, I'm not sure it would necessarily fix their recent trend to fall behind early. The thing of it is is that this Jazz squad has quite a few new guys to adjust to and they haven't had to worry about that as much in recent past seasons. It's true that coming from behind this much game after game won't be a sucessful formula forever, but I believe the Jazz will play much more consistently all 48 mins of the game come April/May. To sum it up, let's just give 'em some more time.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

not that hard to figure out. look at half time williams 2 points about every game millsap 6 kirlinko 6 . they don't start playing untill 2 half. only way i see to change that is ronnie price. then they would be wore out by 2 half. maby need to bring the bench in earlier

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Don't tinker with the starters Jerry, just pull them after the next poor start and put in someone that wants to play with desire, energy and effort. Thats all it is, this bunch starting are not taking it serious to start games and trying to earn their ridiculous salaries. Why do we have 12 players dressed? Let them come in and try to ignite things if the starters want to get lazy! These starts are not a good thing fans and I guarantee it will get this team in more trouble than they can handle if it persists.

Chukar
Rock Springs, WY

I hope they do not swap
Raja and CJ, Raja defense is too important and CJ is able to score better against bench players

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

I'll say one thing DWill starts slow thats why. Overall defense improved no question because they don't have to cover 2 slow footed matador I mean Booz and Memo(even Memo plays hard).

Nevada fan
Washoe Valley, NV

I thought for sure that they would lose this one GREAT WIN TEAM! Now for the critizism, 1st they need some shooters, 2nd there Gordon needs some D league time, and CJ man I just don't know about the guy. All in all its been great watching, nail bitting( I don't know if my ole heart can take much more), but again they need some shooters.

Fan WVC
Salt Lake City, UT

I think : Louisiana jazz man last statement is the fix. Bring the bench in earlier. Starters first 6 to 8 minutes. The bring in all the bench. Seems like AK is the best starter to play with the reserves. Beef in the middle would slow all teams. Fes please be smart about your fouls. Need to save 3 for second half.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

I hope they do not move AK to the bench.

For whatever reason he becomes way more inconsistent coming off the bench.

Certain games he may still have a big impact but overall we will lose alot if they make him come off the bench.

Clearly the existing players just need to come out with more intensity and focus. In most of these early blow-out situations it did not look like they were making alot of effort.

Deron needs to fire up his motor earlier in the game and get the rest of the group out running for early offense--probing the defense BEFORE it gets set. When that happens our defense improves as a result.

That is what he has done well in the 2nd half in all these come-from-behind wins.

Rick
Northport, NY

since I've been a HUGE N.O./UTAH Jazz fan since 1972 (when PISTOL was traded from Hawks), I have a "great" line-up change for coach. Get ak back on the bench, towards the end ! This guy throws more passes away than the whole team combined. He can't guard anybody away from the basket & many of his shots aren't even close (bank shot from beyond the arc near top of key ? ) His F.G. % for the year is at an ALL TIME CAREER LOW & he's wide open for 3's because other teams double Jazz KEY PLAYERS BECAUSE AK IS THE WEAK LINK ! ak does have great free throw form if that means much. ak was fine coming off the bench a couple of years ago & would be better with the other teams second unit ! Also ak did seem to play better when he's the center of attention on offense when Jazz better players are on the bench. Against bigger teams, start FES, against quicker teams start C.J.. But without a doubt, ak should be coming off the bench !

nothegame
Saratoga Springs, UT

Same as my last post. Not tonight, not tonight they just don't have it. Well wrong again this is just crazy. But they do need some outside scoring for sure. If i coached against the Jazz i would play a zone defense the whole game and make them shoot the outside shot.

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

I think if guys start slow they should be replaced befor things get out of hand. I would love to see the Jazz start knocking down shots early, I think the biggest problem is finding an early rhythm and hitting shots early and getting out rebounded in the first half of all these games has to be a concern. This is why having an AllStar PG and Hall of Fame coach gives us an advantage to be able to weather some storms, but guys need to keep working hard and I think those open looks will still be there, but they will start falling for the Jazz earlier. I know basketball is a game of runs, but lets get the momentum going early and keep your feet on the gas! Every posession counts!

GO JAZZ!!

ed
Los Olivos, CA

Who is pretending to be Todd on this thread? I want the real Todd back.

LKA
Tremonton, UT

I like Sloan's answer on the three point defense."They missed um." Good honest answer.And NO AK should not go to the bench. Players, Commentators, and Coaches all say AK is the glue that keeps this team together. A lot of what he does does not show up in the box score.Bell does a great job but I wonder if he will be the tweek thay are talking about.Jazz need to get some points on the board early..

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

Re Rick:
Your mind is little blurred. In 1972 Jazz wasn't around Utah. If you say jazz fan I'll understand. You talk about Ak sounds like hater. Man wake up cold war is over for long time. Deron is leader of the team AK is MVP. Everything you bashing Ak way off or just pure lie. One suggestion clear your mind.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

If they change anything to start the game, it would be Price for Bell. And I don't think Price is good enough to be in the starting lineup.

CJ is shooting horrible because he was to take the bulk of the shots on the 2nd team. There is no one on the court with the 2nd team who can score.

In the 4th Quarter with the starters, CJ shoots over 50% from the floor because he gets better looks in the flow of the offense.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Rick: AK's shooting percentage isn't all that bad. 43.8 from 2 pt range and a Great 57% from 3 pt range. Plus you need to realize AK does so many other things well that make having him on the floor very important. AK is the X factor, he helps facilitate the offense, his passing is second only to DWill and his versatility & length on D is irreplaceable.
Sloan has been doing a pretty good job this year putting the right players on the floor at the right times and it has made a difference in pulling out these wins.
CJ hasn't shot the ball that well but he is doing the little things Sloan likes and that is keeping him on the floor in crunch time. CJ like AK facilitates the offense well and that has made a big difference in the Jazz executing in the second half of these games they have made great come backs.
Hopefully CJ will start hitting his shots at a higher percentage.
CJ needs to adopt a pre game workout routine like Ray Allan or Reggie Miller , it would make a big difference.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

The slow starts have very little to do with Bell. They play great with that same starting 5 in the 2nd half. This problem has more to do with Sloan and DWill, they are the leaders and they need to make sure the team is ready to play at tip off.

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