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Published: Sunday, Jan. 9 2011 11:09 p.m. MST

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Bugoff
Houston, TX

Sloan may want to start CJ at SG or SF. He may also want to play AK more at PF on the second team.

SLC Dunk has a comment on the idea that a lack of speed and athleticism in the starters is causing the slow starts. The team adjusts by the 3rd and 4th Q as the game slows down.

There may be a thread of truth to that. However, it is not the only problem.

Rebounding should be a fixable problem. That alone would win a few extra games. Playing CJ is not going to fix that problem.

Hayward is still developing. He is not going to consistently fix it.

I think a lack of consistent outside shooting is a major problem.

AJ is making slow progress but he and Millsap have not meshed well yet. Neither are rebounding as well as they should.

The timing of the offense is off in the first Q as the Jazz figure out what works against a particular team and then adjust.

That suggests the offense is not working the same way it did with Boozer/Okur, Boozer/Millsap or Millsap/Okur.

It will take some more time to fix.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Notice who is in the picture? Yes CJ because he is the reason for most comeback wins!!

No need to start him. Jerry just needs to give him more minutes earlier in the game. To start the game,Bell and AK should play 4 minutes and then go sit down while CJ comes in and does his magic.

I am baffled why Jerry is so afraid to alter the starting lineup? They couldn't do any worse than they are doing now.

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

Watson could run the offence with DW at the 2,much like Derek Fisher did when we made the WCF`s.Bring Price,Raja and CJ off the bench with the second unit.Doesn`t relly matter who starts in todays NBA,it`s all about the final 12 minutes.

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

CJ with his 11 ppg,but terrible shooting % is the only scoring threat off the bench,if we start him and bring Raja in who`s gonna score on the second unit? If only CJ could be somewhat consistent.16 points one game 0 the next

klepsydra
Longmont, CO

Unfortunately the Jazz go as CJ goes right now. That mean inconsistent.

I like the idea of starting Watson at the 1 with DWill playing the two for the first few minutes of the game. Then replace Watson with Bell, Hayward, or CJ.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I know CJ has been sick lately, but one of the reasons Sloan may be taking him out, thus he's getting less minutes is he is showing signs of being gased. Last year when he got more minutes he looked gased, fatigue and out of shape. He has been fairly effective despite his showing fatigue but he shouldn't be so gased. He is usually the last one getting down court, he hangs out around the 3 pt line and doesn't move and cut & backdoor like he should. CJ has a lot of talent and offensively he could be one of the best but he doesn't play with enough energy, hustle and fire.
Mathews & Brewer didn't have the natural talent CJ has but they played with much greater intensity and hustle. Mathews is showing that with great work ethic and hustle you can be better than those with greater natural talent but who don't work as hard.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Why do you compare CJ to other players? He has his own style and way of playing. Just like you can't compare Kobe to Dwill. Or Dwill to Chris Paul. IT makes no sense. CJ is a good player in the NBA or he wouldn't be playing for the Jazz. The Jazz are one of the top teams in the world and he is a big part of why they are winning. So he must be doing something right. All you clowns just like to complain to complain.

arsphd
Provo, UT

The first unit is awful at defense off the bat. They seem to be afraid of picking up cheap fouls, so the opposing teams just have their way with them. They just need to up their defensive effort, if they pick up a few cheap ones, so be it. The bench can handle picking up the extra time.

Pick up the D, and the 1st Q won't be such a consistent disaster.

The Rocker
Bountiful, UT

@The Great Houdini, isn't it the truth? Great insight man. I think the finishers are every bit as crucial in the regular season as in the post season. You win as many games as you can regardless. I have seen over and over so many big and simple regular season games won by role players who come off the bench both verteran and young including rookies.
These are the players that build the teams confidence and take them to the next level or make them champions.
Look at all the super-teams and favored to win teams who have failed because of the lack of bench play.
I think Bell was a great addition but no doubt the SG position needs a hot shot starter. The Jazz have lacked this need for too long.
We kept hearing about how C.J.miles was the hope and he plays the SF position. Kevin O' Conner has never taken that position seriously. I really miss Darell Griffith. Thats the type of player I would like to see. Even a Jeff Malone would be awesome.

Frazil man
Cottonwood Heights, UT

My starting lineup change would involve one of the two big mans, Millsap or Jefferson. I think Sloan thinks similar and that is why he struggles with changing it up. Jefferson is still learning the system and may do better as a scoring option coming off the bench while DWill and Millsap get the offense rolling. Also maybe a 2 guard change up as well with one of the spunksters.

SnipeHookyoFace
Farmington, UT

When Okur is healthy, here's are starters. Not FINISHERS

Williams
Bell
AK
Jefferson
Okur (can work the inside/out) with Al and Okur

Watson
Price
Miles
Millsap
Fes

Then have Dwill, Miles, Millsap, and 2 others that are playing well finish games.

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

Start CJ for early offense. Raja bell is no starter, he kills us with his average defense and un-willingness to shoot the ball. If Bell was on any other team in the NBA do you really think he would be a starter? If CJ starts out cold or AK starts out cold bring in Air Gordan or Bell off the bench. Hopefully Memo can pick up the bench scoring load, and this team will start cruising. I truly think that CJ should not only start but get more minutes too. If the Jazz are not sold on making a change at the 2, than we are in trouble.

ricecakes
Murray, UT

CJ in as starter. AJ or Bell out--they are horrible.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

Personally, I like the rotation that Sloan has been playing. Great teams have the ability to rally for wins, but great teams also have the ability to win the games they're supposed to win. We're not quite winning what we're supposed to win. It just seems to me that we need to get tougher psychologically so we can be more consistent, 48 minutes per game.

  • 5:02 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011
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TenaciousO
Salt Lake City, UT

Start RP at the 2! He always provides instant energy which is exactly what they need. And his defense is pretty awesome even on bigger players. And if he starts playing too crazy you bring in CJ or Raja off the bench. Tell me how this couldn't help...

  • 5:19 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011
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LP Fan!
Alpine, UT

take raja out coach. he doesnt do anything when he starts

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@CJ Miles

i think you are funny...you compared CJ Miles with the rookie Gordon Hayward a few weeks ago...and now you are against him being compared to other players?...yeah right...is that hypocrisy?...i think your basketball knowledge is within the area of CJ Miles...you don't mention anyone else but the mediocre kid from your hometown

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