There have only been 10 other games in the past 25 years with the same/better or
worse 3%'s for both teams as there was in the Miami game, same/more #attempts.
All 10 cold teams lost too. Even not factoring for attempts the
record is 5-34. Give both teams average % and the Jazz win by one. Rebounding
numbers are fairly meaningless for any one game, tho obv this is becoming a
problem. 3% is a huge correlation to winning for any one game, no matter how
much Sloan harrumphs about "toughness".He's not using his
bench right anymore, overplaying the starters, Fes was missed, Z had his best
game in years, and LBJ was a net 0 in +/-. Whatever.That said,
while there were anomalies in all four of these losses (like OKC's 30/31 FTs),
it's become a bad pattern. Two desperate teams tonight. Orlando had a 30min
players meeting after getting whupped in Portland last night. Jazz really need
this one & tomorrow to get back on track. Tall order, Dallas is still
rolling. PAYBACK TIME!
This is truly DWill's team now and it reflects his personality not Boozer's.
Boozer play hard at home. It made a big difference. DWill often
plays hurt and sometimes he plays to many minutes. We are all very
familar with him walking the ball up the court. That is a clear signal something
is wrong and the team always struggles (previous years and this year) when he
walks the ball up. Watson is not the ideal PG. His shooting could be
better and more prolific but he is better than previous years. I
actually like Price now he is not playing PG. The Jazz have always
lacked effective consistent outside shooting. That and rebounding are big
weaknesses that need to be corrected. KOC has done a good job of
fixing past year's weaknesses but the Jazz are still deficient in 3 point
shooters. Bell should improve. CJ has always been somewhat erratic. DWill can be
erratic but I would prefer to have him shooting from the SG.
If the Jazz can hit open jumpers early, the defense will have to guard them and
wont be able to pack the paint,we might get some rebounds, it will give us a
chance tonight. Lets hope the Jazz can shoot a high percentage from the floor. I
also think tempo is going to be key. Keep a fast pace, dont walk the ball up the
floor, push, push, push!!!GO JAZZ!!
Uh, the Jazz are NOT struggling on defense. Sure they mess up badly on certain
possessions but overall they are a dramatically improved team. Look at all the
defensive statistics and we are among the top in the league in many.Yet here we have with expert Jazz fans complaining about defense.Our offensive execution and turnovers down the stretch against the Heat was
clearly the issue.Deron is in a funk and until he gets over it we
will continue to lose some games.He pushed the ball erratically and
NOT consistenly. We dominate when he runs and gets early offense. When he does
not run we stagnate and all our baskets are grind-it-out in nature which is not
ideal with all the new people who do not execute as well in the half court.Anyways, Deron is either injured or distracted because he is not the
same player we have watched or weeks.If he slow jogs or walks the
ball up the floor then just plan on another possible loss until he changes he
mode of attack. I think he may also just be tired out from carrying
the scoring load every night.Need Memo.
Um, it's number of losses.
Be afraid. Be Very afraid. Why? 3 point shooters all over the place are
coming into town tonight. Let us hope the Magic are tired from last night.
Then my feeling is they will be out to play well coming off a stinker. I do not
see Vince Carter scoring 6 points again. I do not care if Howard scores 35,
have centers use fouls like Elson make him go to the line if the game is close.
Fes would have been huge tonight....Howard can score his 30, limit the others.
Portland accomplished this last night. Will Sloan and his
Sloanaholics focus tonight on stopping 3s? I doubt it...
I have to say the crowd isn't what it used to be. Lots of empty seats and not
enough noise. Just for the record the Jtix thing supposedly wasn't going to
raise prices but not from what I've seen. The minimum price is the same but most
games are more expensive.Also the Jazz have played some really tough
teams at home but they managed to beat Miami and Orlando on the road. The
turnovers against Miami were horrendous in the 4th quarter. They had the
momentum at the start of the 4th and chucked it out of bounds.
No mystery is right. The Jazz are struggling on Offense too. Teams are packing
the paint because they dont respect the Jazz outside shooting and why should
they? Until the Jazz can be more consistent hitting open jumpers, look for teams
to kill us on the boards. Keep working hard, go Jazz!
Rebounding is a concern, I don't understand why we are having such a problem
with rebounding. Rebounding like defense is discipline and effort, everyone
needs to put forth more effort going after the rebounds.CJ is a concern to
me too, if CJ plays well the Jazz usually win but if he doesn't shoot well we
struggle (if we're playing a good team). I wish someone would talk to CJ and
convince him he needs to adopt a pre game workout / shooting program like Ray
Allen or Reggie Miller. If he would I'm sure it would help him become more
consistent.Good to see you Bugoff.I hope Fes returns soon, he makes
a bigger impact than alot of people give him credit for.Sloan needs to use
his bench more, if the starters & CJ struggle at all, there needs to be
someone from the bench to step up but Sloan's not giving them a chance to
develop and be that contributor.Sloan really has a problem with giving
young players enough playing time, he doesn't like mistakes and he wants things
run his way. Hustle players like Mathews or Milsap are the exception.
Bugoff is right about Watson...I find myself waiting & hoping that the Jazz
will not be too far down when Watson enters...that is we we seem to roll (RP is
instant energy as well). I also like Deron @ the 2 with Watson pushing the
ball. Will can still facilitate things while not have to work so hard to get
the ball up. The old Celtics use to have a couple of gaurds to bring it up and
it didn't matter which one brought it up court. But when Will is
pressured...Watson is the KEY.
Bench players always play better at home. Unfortunately Jerry is choosing not
to use his bench for the home games. There is where the problem starts.Second, it is the crowds fault if the Jazz are losing at home. They are
the difference-makers because the court is the same no matter where you play.
The crowd in Utah needs to step up during the game and bring more energy.
The Jazz tend to play the best when they have 2 PGs on the floor. Utah's offense can get disrupted by smart coaches who know how to disrupt the
Sloan offense. That usually focuses on altering DWill and alters the
effectiveness of the offense. Disrupting DWill is not the only
problem but it is a problem that can be fixed.Move DWill to the SG
for more minutes and have Watson play more PG. DWill can still run the offense
from the SG as needed. I expected this team to be .500 at Christmas.
They are doing much better than expected. In former years they were
Jeckel and Hyde but for different reasons. Now they are better on
the road and in back to backs. This year they have a different set
of problems. However, those should fix as the year progresses. If
they play smart and with enough defensive intensity they will win 2/3s of their
games. Unfortunately there are better teams at the moment and more consistent
teams. Sloan will have to figure out how to keep the offense running
while improving the consistency of the defense. The biggest problems
are on offense.
There is no mystery here. The Jazz are struggling on defense. They are failing
to stop teams in the open court, which is largely caused by silly passing and
ineffective outside shooting. They must go inside and stop this nonsense of
perimeter play. Watson and Price must be given more playing time.