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Published: Saturday, Jan. 22 2011 8:00 p.m. MST

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Longmont, CO

Well there was finally a starting lineup change tonight. I was a little surprised it was Hayward in place of AK.

Meadow, UT

I thought the key for the Jazz to be a top four team in the West this year depended heavily on the coaching staff either developing Fes or integrating Elson into the team chemistry or both.Another key was how good was Okur going to be when he returned after recuperation from a rather serious injury. So far none of these situations have panned out. At the start of the season and a little beyond,it looked as though the combo of Fess and Elson might give the Jazz enough of a "big man" presence inside to lift the Jazz into a top knotch Western Conference team,but that has surely come to a halt. The question is why hasn't this happened. Is it coaching or lack of desire or playing time for these guys. Is Sloan motivating these guys right or is it Laziness on the part of the aforementioned two guys. I'm thinking it's a combination of both.It appears to me that Fess hasn't really improved his game one iota from the first few games of the year and often looks confused when on the court.I think the Jazz need a trade.

the boonies, mexico

Just sick!

Worland, WY

This is really starting to get old. I feel like on all 4 of these games are actually the same game. Lose the 1st quarter, and every other quarter as well. The starting line up change did not do much at all. Same lack of intensity and horrible shooting. We are sinking fast this is pretty bad. I am considering not even setting the DVR anymore. Next up LA, my guess is that it will play out just like the Boston game did. Not sure how we get back on track?

Nevada fan
Washoe Valley, NV

I have kept my mouth shut long enough (so here it goes) I believe Sloan is the one that pulled the trigger on the Hayward pick and I believe he has become the coach's pet. He doses not bring that much more to the game then if Fes was to get playing time or start. At least they wouldn't be able to drive to the basket untouched. The issue about setting screens, boxing out etc is on coaching plan and simple, and if you ask me from the coaching staff right down to but a few players they are all lazy! Good luck in Dallas D'Will you deserve a better team. Dump CJ, Okur, and Hayward.

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

Well now it's on coach if you cannot prepare player to game you are not deserve to manage. At least once be like Jets Rex Ryan inspire not criticize or humiliate. There is reason Jerry never won anything in his entire career.
All Jazz players have talent just need right touch sadly never expect from current coach.
Nothing to add who played better or not...

Pocatello, ID

Where are those people who were so glad to get rid of Korver? Ya all complained Korver could't guard anyone. Well Heyward and Bell can't shoot nor can they guard anyone and both are turnover prone. I would take Korver over these two dunces any day.

Hurricane, UT

@ Nevada Fan

The rebounding and screen setting is all about EFFORT, and right now the Jazz are not giving any at all. It's like everyone expects someone else to go get a rebound. You can't teach effort, it has to come from within the players.

Santa Ana, CA

You wonder if there are internal issues we do not know about. Although suprised Gordon got a chance, he did not take advantage of it and went back to his days here. Afraid. Once he finally got the ball he had chances to shoot but did not.

The Jazz had a lot of sloppy turnovers. CJ now has stunk 4 in a row. He still I feel should be starting and that might be the biggest change needed.

Also now Price had a DNP and now Fes sits again even when we were getting pounded on the boards with Hawes, Brand and friends.

I predicted this would happen 0-5 trip and now 1 1/2 games out of first.

Okur looks terrible

Why was Fes not used JERRY

Nevada fan
Washoe Valley, NV

@ Knight Rider
I agree, and I also think that a NBA player should not need to be told, coerced or whatever you want to call it, but they do need ( per AK Fan)to be inspired, even if it takes 2 days.

Sandy, UT

I am so bummed! Is it time for a team meeting and getting down to the nitty gritty on expectations and true desires? Coming up...national TV with the Lakers...getting embarrassed or bouncing back? I see hanging heads, defeat posture, surrender. That is not the Jerry Sloan way. Where is the "fight your way through adversity" and "see what you are made of" and "make yourself a better player"???? That advice has brought me through a couple of surgeries and other dreadful stuff and I don't make the big bucks. Come on, Jazzboys, you are bigger than this and more talented. Figure it out!! We neurotic fans are still behind you and want you to succeed. Hold your heads up!! Enough of this pity party.

Go Jazzboys!! Bring on the Lakers!!

Salt Lake City, UT

I would LOVE to ask D-Will candidly what he would suggest doing. Trade? New Coach? New starting line up?

My hunch is that D-Will is keeping his tongue tied. I just wish they'd give Price more time. That guy has HEART and I wouldn't care what mistakes he makes because he was the only player the Jazz had who literally fought the Lakers.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

At least Fes can set a screen, play some defense, and block his man off the boards. This small front line seems alot like Nellie ball. The line up change seemed like a diversion from the real problem of lack of a true center. The power forward experiment at center is getting horrible results. What was it Einstien said RV.

Bell is not working out at the 2 guard either.

Elmo, UT

@ Vince like you really can't help yourself from throwing up sick. The Jazz are pathetic right now. Hopefully this is just a down time and they will bounce back.

The Final Word
Alpine, UT

It is comical reading all the comments about all these backup and role players....like they are suddenly going to make a difference to win games.

The problem is this: Deron is supposedly THE leader on this team and who is following his supposed example to play better?

Nobody thats who. So what kind of leader is he when nobody will follow all his pouting and grumping?

Millsap? Too short and his stats are dropping every month and he is completely AWOL the last 4 games in a row.

CJ? Sloan will need to go back and get the diapers out for this guy who clearly can't manage to string consecutive performances together of any value.

The starters are stinking it up. Unless your starters are willing to put in the effort you won't be winning games. Hayward, Price, and Fes are all just filler if the supposed starters can't beat the worst teams/lineups in the NBA and that is exactly what happened.

Wizards, Nets, and Sixers? They all stink but they put the boots to our starters.

These players are learning they can't win one on one.

Use Sloans system or fail boys!!

Lehi, UT

We are starting 3 forwards and a washed up shooting guard and we expect D-Will to carry the load every night. How long can this go on? I am so bummed out on the play at shooting guard, Bell doesnt shoot, drive, assist or rebound. Starting three forwards is terrible because all three are decent around the rim, but cant hit buckets from outside. When one player decides to drive to the hole, everyone else stands around watching, instead of following up for a put back or a possible dish off/assist or rebound. I would rather cheer for Otheus Jeffers then Raja Bell. I say make some trades, dump salary, bring in fresh legs. Lets go JAZZ, snap out of it!

Santa Ana, CA

It is difficult with Raja Bell he is very likable, by the way I got banned from team site for expressing my strong opinions. However, no Fes means no rebounds, Paint patrol or any Defense

Once again he is not the second coming of WIlt but I guarantee he is more effective than Okur Or Elson tell me would you rarher have Elson pop in jumper every now and then get 2-4 points and nothing else?

Or someone maybe with 0 points, 5 or 6 boards maybe a block and thwarted maybe good 4 to 6 points that would have scored otherwise?

Be the judge

Roosevelt, UT

Re Id fan, here I am glad to get rid of Korver, relieved and still thrilled the Jazz pulled the trigger on that. Whoever his replacement Bell or Hayward or water boy or whomever. The Jazz proved they couldn't be successful with a one dimensional part timer. Whoever the replacements they can dribble and pass and don't wilt under pressure. I watched him miss 3 open 3's last week in one game and was so glad he wore another team's jersey.

Mr. Alpine said it right without starters that are willing to really take it to the rim the JAzz are doomed. It doesn't matter how many Elsons or Fesenkos or Prices are on the bench.

The Jazz have a player who makes 17m annually and is playing like one who makes less than 4m and would be good trade bait.

I am glad my last name is not Sloan as I would be pulling my hair out. This team is not working together and so the game is not even fun to watch anymore.

What about getting Ostertag to be the commentator, he is great and fun to listen to.

Murray, UT

Why doesn't Price play? He's the perfect embodiment of what this starting lineup needs.

Gordon Hayward should NOT start....he's no Wes Mathews...

And why is the statistically best player on this team always benched?
I'll never understand this system...

Ogden, UT

Memo to KOC. Next time offer more than the minimum qualifying offer to W. Matthews! DUH. Raja recap. 3 Points PH76ers. 4 Points Celtics, 4 Points NJ Nets and 5 points LA Clippers. 16 points in the last 4 games. Average 4 PPG. You have got to be kidding me! W. Matthews has scored 18.5PPG the last 4 games. All you had to do was extend him a legitimate offer and you didn't. He wanted to play for us and you offered him pennies on the dollar. Hungry and talented and we watched him walk out the door. You fool you gave Ostertag, Kirilenko, and Miles wasted money but not him. Choke on it.

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