Matthews will likely get a chance to sink or swim in Portland with every chance
to prove if he can be a star or just another player.The fact is
Portland has a lot of problems. Problems to the point if Nate Mcmillian makes
it through the year I might be suprised. Also, Andre Miller stinks and is a
disease to that team, At deadline if they do not get better, I expect him dealt,
Matthews may have more opportunity to make name for himself...
I am so glad we dont have boozer anymore. He looked aweful last night. I
understand he is coming off of an injury but his defense was terrible. I love
the new jazz look and couldnt me anymore grateful for Jefferson. Peace out boozer, enjoy your money and watching the jazz in the playoffs while
you sit at your house and watch. Be careful you dont trip over your twinky and
break your hand again.
good to see the Bulls lose last night. Glass jaw Boozer is now their problem
and the Jazz are a way better team now. Bring on the Mavs!!
re: joe5You are right. Just like they say about teams
"you are your record". Well, in Matthews case he is his stats and
they are slightly above average.People are in love with the story
and granted it is a good one but his athletic ability is what it is. He was in
college for 4 years which means he is much closer to his potential already than
people realize.He is a solid player, a good team mate, a good locker
room guy, and a great story for sure but he is not the end-all-be-all that
people around her think he was.I am glad the Jazz made the decision
they did because that contract would have hampered decision making a flexibility
for years to come and I don't believe at the end of the day he would have been
worth either the luxury tax we would have had to pay OR the multiple other
players we could not/would not have been able to sign as a result of that
deal.Portland will have a long season and my guess is in hindsight
now he might have taken a bit less to stay.
Re: Observation-istI don't understand the man-crush on Matthews. So
far this year, he has had a very pedestrian 13.8 PPG on 46.8% shooting. He has
more TOs than As (1.67/game vs 1.2/game) and less than 3 Rebs/game. His PER is
15.63 (league average is 15.00).His +/- is nothing to write home
about either. In 18 games, he has had a positive +/- in 8 games and 0 in
another. His total for the year is -26.In short, Matthews is a very
average player. I like Matthews but he is not the difference between the second
round of the playoffs and the championship round. He is what he is; a hustler
who is carving out a journeyman career through hard work but who, if truth be
told, has a very modest set of skills.If you think differently,
let's talk about it again in ten years when we can look back on Matthews' career
for what it really was.
Only 2 minutes for Gordon Hayward? He is a home town favorite who could get the
crowd cheering for both sides, and only two minutes could be found for him? This
was a blow-out, deep bench minutes were up for grabs.
Indiana was on the second of back-2-back games, on the road, at altitude.
That's a tough assignment for any team, especially one that's young and
learning. That being said, I was most excited that the Jazz,
knowing the situation, jumped on the Pacers early and didn't give them a chance
to get their hopes up. That shows a maturity about the game that's exciting.
To echo a previous comment, I don't miss Boozer one bit. I'm a huge
Millsap fan and Jefferson is growing on me fast. I'm a huge Raja fan too but I
do pine for Matthews. Perhaps next year or two years from now, Wes will get
tired of playing for a loosing francise and want to come back to the Jazz. One
can only hope. Go Jazz.
If Boozer is reading the paper, one has to wonder what he thinks about how much
the Jazz has improved as a team with his departure.
I love to watch Watson & Will in the backcourt...I also like the way Will
& Jeff are conecting on the Pick & Roll...It does not seem to matter if
Elson or Fess get the call...they are both having an impact...AK 47 looks better
than he has in years...better than Booz or Memo (AK fills up the stat sheet) and
he is very active......I like AK taking it to the rim......Watson and Pogo Man
(Evans) seem to have a conection also...Sap and Jeff are pounding the
glass....our gaurds are picking up some boards also......nice to see Harwood hit
a J......love to se Raja's leadership on this squad.....he is a big part of our
tone and climate I think
what a slammin game by fes. oh boy.
The Spurs lost to the Clippers and the Lakers have lost 4 strait; the Jazz has
a lot of momentum after a 7 game winning streak. I am really proud of this team
thus far - much better than the beginning of last year. I was pleased that
Haywood was able to play and do well against his old favorite NBA team. Sure it
would have been nice to keep Mathews but CJ has gotten stronger and is similar
to him. I'll take CJ and Raja Bell over Raja. I am happy for his success in
Portland but Kevin has been lucky to bring in some quality veterans. Let's hope
we can get Mathews back after his contract is up just like Raja Bell.
Oh and I wouldn't mind more photos. MORE PHOTOS!
Good article Tim and Jody. I appreciate quality over haste and quanity. Good job
I like 7 rebs from Fes but what I like more is the idea of playing Dallas Friday
as a real measuring stick. No back-to-back, no tough road trip and no excuses at
all for Utah. If they really are more than just another good team in the west,
we will see it against Dallas.It isn't win and be great, lose and be
horrible, it is just a matter of a team competing start to finish against a very
good team. I do think D-Will kills Kidd with regularity but Dirk is
imcomparable. If he only rebounded like J-Kidd he would be finished, complete
player. Pretty good draft pick back in the day.
We need a quicker article as to the brillance of one Jody G and Timmy BAnyway, outstanding performance. Many things to note. DWIL was incredible
even more so if that is possible, Jefferson was outstanding and his explosion
helped break the game open. Millsap was fierce on the boards, held a taller
Mcroberts in check even though Paul lost couple battles with him he won the
war....AK did a great job on Granger forcing him out of his preferred offensive
areas.The bench picked up the 2nd time around to help wrap up a game
vs clearly a tired team. Watson the 2nd time in, was excellent hitting couple
shots. Paul leaving his man to block a shot was highlight for me. AJ 2 blocks
also. Watson added a pair of assists to go with couple steals.Raja
has been consistent. Fes would have been out again of rotation, but due Elson's
ear, did a good job. Hibbert made tough shots over him, but Fes 7 boards. CJ
was on and off, he did good but seemed short on lot of js lately.Indiana shoots lot of 3s but only 9-24 and no factor.
If Matthews stayed in Jazz probably doesn't have that kind of impact. Portland
is shooting guard team. Once Roy hurt he got chance. He looked like Ben Gordon
Yeahh, this team is already pretty good imagine how much better they would be
had they kept Mathews.
Wow, I wish the Jazz could have kept Matthews. The higher expense would
have only been a one year deal with Kirilenko's contract expiring. In fact,
Kirilenko could have reworked his contract or even accepted a lower level
extension to help get it done. Still, it will be interesting to see
how the Jazz do when their center is able to play.