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Published: Sunday, Feb. 6 2011 7:26 p.m. MST

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OhYea
Delta, Utah

Not matching Mathews' offer from Portland sure sticks out as a dumb move now doesn't it? Now we have too many new players at the same time that don't know the system that are ok to good but no one that is very good to great. We now see were going cheap will get you. Chess anyone?

ouisc
Farmington, UT

I'm no professional, but here's my wish list.
1) Interior defense. AJ doesn't have to play Center 30 minutes a game. Get Fes in there--without him, we have little interior defense.
2) Rebounding. Having some interior defense will help with rebounding. Is there another way to improve rebounding?
3) Perimeter defense. Having a Fes in the middle will help our perimeter not have to sag so much. We sure leave a lot of guys open outside.
4) Improve consistency for role players, especially offense. Bell, Miles, AK--we need you every night, not just once in awhile.
5) More Evans and less Hayward/Bell/Miles.
6) A little more enthusiasm from Sloan will go a long way with such a young team.

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

I'm sick of this Matthews comments. Even he stayed at Utah he never will be player right now. Portland is SG team. Utah is PF team . Of course Matt shoot some trees some defense that's all, Sloan won't allow freelance like in Portland. Matt doesn't pass almost catch and shoot guy become.
OhYea if it was your money you'll understand. Yo thinking yo only smart one huh...

Captain L
Provo, UT

I'm frustrated with CJ's inconsistency shooting but I'm even more frustrated with his nonchalant, lackluster energy level on both offense and especially defense. His body language is terrible more than half the time.
Fes does need to play more, I can't believe Sloan can't realize how much of a positive impact Fes's presence in the paint has on the games.
I've said this many times before, Sloan needs to play Fes like he did Eaton, he needs to not worry about Fes on the offensive end and just let him impact the game on the defensive end.
Good defense energizes everyone and leads to fast break and early offense opportunities.

toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

Captain it is on dead ears. Fes will be gone after the season being released or not resigned because Jerry will never warm to him.

People want to blow these losses off still a majority.

What we are missing ia a perspective.

The Jazz had great offense couple times and got by on defense. However this is not just a slump.

The Jazz have lost 9 out of 12 and frankly showed signs of this before the streak started.

netmaster
Farmington, UT

What's wrong with the Jazz?

Big Al holds the ball too long and takes too many long jumpers. He messes up the offense too often.

DWill is still making too many turnovers. He needs to push the ball up the court more quickly but then he must not gamble as much as he has been doing ever since he joined the team. There is no need to make fancy passes. Just throwing a hard pass doesn't make it good.

Too many Jazz players are settling for jumpers rather than driving to the hoop. Going to the basket gets others in foul trouble, which lightens the load. One of the best ways to cool down hot shooting opponents is to make them play defense and get them in foul trouble. The Jazz are not doing that enough.

The Oklahoma City loss did not trouble me as much as some of the others because they were hot as pistols from the outside. When the Jazz were really good, the only way to beat them was to shoot a high percentage from outside. If you can keep the opponent shooting outside, you'll win most of your games.

Hubble65
Sandy, UT

Looks like another first or second round exit coming for the Jazz. The question has to be will the retain D. Will when his contract is up? My bet right now is no. That will mean a complete rebuild. Some think he'll stay if after the new agreement is done, the Jazz can pay him the most money. I don't think that is the case. D. Will wants a championship and I don't think the Jazz are doing enough to move towards one.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

I'm tired of hearing these Al Jefferson needs to adjust to the offense excuses because that's all they are. He's a professional athlete no reason for him to not learn the offense by now. Besides the Jazz have changed the offense to cater to him anyways. Anyone else notice the pick and roll or complete absence of it in the offense this year? Has Jerry Sloan gone crazy? The Jazz need to drop the excuses and start cracking skulls already.

Johnson72
Salt Lake City, UT

Win a game or 2.. That is about it, What else you expact them to win?

Chas
Layton, UT

Al holds the ball until he is double/triple teamed. He is better going to the right with one defendent than two. Even then, what is his shooting percentage when he does that?
Here is my stats per minute of Jazz players
301 Millsap
295 Jefferson
245 Elson
192 Watson
183 Kirilenko
157 Williams
98 Hayward
79 Price
56 Bell
7 Miles
This was 1/27/11 stats.
It drives me nuts watching Williams walk down the floor and see the rest of the team stand around waiting for everyone to be in place. If that is Sloan's offense, that's the #1 reason he has never been coach of the year.
Seems like the top three are the only ones earning their keep. The rest have the potential to produce.
Those not listed don't have enough minutes to work up a sweat.

phnehme
La Jolla, CA

All you Fes lovers are hilarious....Fes was a free agent over the summer, could have been had for the Minimum...but 30 teams didn't want him!....and you blame Sloan for no playing him...he is lucky to be in the league...he is exactly what he is...a 5 to 10 min a night stop gap..anything more and gets completely lost...Al is a low post, back to the basket guy, the same type of player you experts have been saying for years we need. Yes the offense stop when he gets the ball, is that his fault???? Nobody is coming to his side of the court for inside out play or getting themselves in position to recieve the ball...next game watch, Al holds the ball looking for a cutter, a spot up guy or someone to work repositon with....NOBODY moves...

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

RE Stats,"Shorty Millsap" at the top,no surprize,but the great and wonderous miles at the bottom ? what`s up wit dat?

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

We are the only team in the league that has only one shooting guard. Having guys play out of position to help fill the void left by mathews, Brewer and Korver just is not working. Price is not the answer, Hayward cant play the 2 he is to big at 6'9, we are stacked at the 3, I expect the Jazz to make a move before trade deadline to either shed salary or improve the teams depth. last year the Jazz surprised everyone by trading Maynor and Brewer. I cant see the Jazz sitting tight with this group, no way we can beat any elite team in the West with this roster in a seven game series. Looking forward to the next month, no question some changes will be made.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

CJ is terrible in Jerry's system. He needs to go. Please trade him by the deadline. I can't stand watching him play in Utah where there are no screens set to get him open, no plays ran for him. Yet Jerry runs some plays for AK who can't even shoot.

Sorry but in today's game, running an offense for two players while the other 3 stand around is not going to win many games. Teams that are winning are doing it with more than two guys offensively. Time for CJ to go or for Jerry to go. The Jazz waste talent....See Matthews

Jerry you have lost 9 of the last 12, don't you think it's time for a change? Any other coach with the talent you have would have been fired by now!

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

miles is as much a 2 as a 3,really not much difference,it`s more a match-up thing,when miles is in with AK,Millsap and Jeff,miles is at the 2 spot,on most nights there is little or no difference between a sg and sf

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

miles,we finally agree on something,and the sooner cj goes the better,especially for my Jazz,he`s worthless,lazy,out of shape and has taken 6 years to develope into a below average,borderline role player,lets give Fes 6 years to develope

Sokol
Las Vegas, NM

I think Fesenko has been the answer since he came here. He should be starting, then let the chips fall where they may. Okur is too slow and I thought Elson would be better.
I guess management will never be held accountable or even queried about this hoops mess by the SLC media.
We may not make the playoffs....If that happens Wiiliams bolts and hopefully Sloan walks away..

govt rocks
Salt Lake City, UT

What's wrong with the Jazz? They don't have the right players in the right system. Pretty simple really. Identify their strenghts and try to take advantage of it. either the coaches aren't able to identify those strengths and take advantage of them, the players aren't as good as players on other teams, or the coaches are trying to run a specific system with the wrong players.

The Jazz will continue to be good, but not great, because they aren't willing to change. That inability is webbed throughout the organization.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I'm frustrated with CJ and because he doesn't play with fire, emotion, and energy, sometime I think it would be good to trade him, BUT that depends on who they can get for him, CJ does have alot of talent and so it would depend on who KOC could get in a trade that would make trading him a good move.
I know I'm not alone in seeing Fes's talents, Sloan has had a problem with Fes ever since he got here, Fes's goof ball, jokester attitude has rubbed Sloan wrong and he won't give Fes the Playing time he needs to develop. Fes's offense is far from polished but it could develop if he was coached right. If the Jazz have no intention of resigning Fes they need to trade him and get something for him.
Elson isn't the answer and neither is Big Al or Memo, so KOC needs to make some trades and bring in some players that can compete.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Houdini.....I didn't say that CJ was lazy and an underacheiver. I said as long as Jerry runs his old, disconnected system, CJ is terrible in Utah. I want him traded to a team that will use his talents and run him off screens.

Jerry could do so by running the high pick and roll while bell and he interchange on the wing with Millsap setting a back screen away from the ball. Why have three buys standing around when they could be screening each other? Makes no sense to me

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