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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 8 2011 12:37 a.m. MST

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JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

You can't "teach height". Either Fez has potential or he doesn't. You have to find out. AK was the difference. How many shots did he take compared to the rest of the team? He takes about one fourth of what Williams and Jefferson, who play ping-pong with each other on the court. He also has a ridiculously high percentage. In Utah, basketball is not a team game. Williams and Boozer did the same thing. This is a "false positive" victory. This only hypes up hope and then the team crashes because they can't play together.

mick.mcgirr
Arlington, VA

@JBQ... are you kidding me???? The flex offense is one of the few offensive systems where every player actually plays an integral role each time down the floor. Watch the cross-picks, v-cuts, baseline runs, etc. Even if each player isn't getting looks, they are still responsible for the end result. And by the way, AK is shooting 45%, which is lower than both Big Al and D-Will.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

JBQ....That's how Jerry coaches. Two man game. Three others stand in the corner and watch. Could you imagine if Jerry's offense was actually built for all five players how good the Jazz would be?

The funny thing is I think Jerry's defense is builit for two players too. At least it seems that way the way this team defends!!

Dr Truth
SLC, ut

Deron & Jerry are right, this is the worst executing Jazz team in years on both ends. Even when the Jazz have numbers on the fast break they some how find a way to mess it up.

Every team in the league is running Al off a pick and roll. He guards it about as good as Shaq does. I will say that Al did get out on that last pick and roll when the Kings were trying to tie the game at the end, so obviously he can cover it when motivated. Can Al do that consistently in games is the question.

Lastly any win on the road in the NBA is a good win even in Cleveland, bring on Boozer and the Bulls!

Captain L
Provo, UT

Glad to see Fes get some PT and the more he gets the better he will get. Fes's difficulties (apparent clumsiness) are mostly a result of his hurrying & rushing his moves and shots, when he learns to slow down and not rush things he will look and play better. For that to happen though he needs more playing time so he can get comfortable and not be in a hurry. Sloan needs to play Fes more, it only helps the team and will help Fes develop.
Houdini: Good point about CJ, I have said many times that CJ needs to have a pregame workout like Ray Allen and that would help him become consistent. I believe your right, CJ probably plays video games etc instead of getting into the gym.
For the Jazz to beat the Bulls, they will have to come out and play like they did against Denver.
AK makes a big difference, good to see him back.

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

Remember last year in the Playoffs when Memo got hurt and Fes started for the Jazz, everyone thought that the Nuggets would roll right through the Jazz, Fesenko alters shots and changes the game! I think the Jazz need to start Fesenko and have either Big Al or Milsap come off the bench. We will need to get a shooting guard, we need perimeter play, we dont need to spend a fotune, we can find a shooting guard that is a bargain out there, heck, even Othyus Jeffers would be an upgrade over Price playing out of position trying to come off the bench and play the two. We need a shooting guard! Keep working hard, looking forward to the Cows Wed. night! Lets go Jazz!

Idahoan
Burley, ID

Trade Memo to Houston for Martin. They need a big man and we need a SG who can hit the three. The down side to Martin is his defense. Memo has not been a great defender and his contract it to big for a #2 center on any team.

The perfect trade would be to get Matthews back but as it was last summer, the $$ don't fit the Jazz.

evanston
Evanston, WY

CJ is horrible. He needs to go. now.

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

Why is CJ horrible? CJ can fill it up quick and his contract is only 4 million, which is a steal! CJ has carried the bench all season long, yes he has taken some bad shots, but who cares, who hasn't? At least he shoots the ball and is athletic enough to get to the rim. I swear some Utah jazz fans would complain if Michael Jordan or Larry Bird was on this team and shooting to many jump shots. I dont see anyone bagging on Price? I admit Miles is a streak shooter, but he has a ton of talent and adds so much value to this team. We need a real shooting guard coming off the bench, Price is playing out of position trying to play the 2.

Sokol
Las Vegas, NM

A player like Fesenko points to Sloan's inability to
encourage a much needed big guy to guard the paint..
I think Fesenko would be good with either of our forwards Big Al and Smallsap.

jcrotty25
Meridian, ID

trade for arron brooks .. looks like houston has its point g .. in kyle lowery.. brooks avreged 20 points per game last year... so he gives us several things we need ... top flight speed and quickness to get anywhere on the floor and pick apart the defense(currently we have nobody who can do that) he can hit the 3 pointer decently ... and last but not least the dude can fill it up...also would add some much needes speed/decision making on the fast break..there is talk houstan will move him b4 deadline... work it koc

JazzMan
Centerville, UT

CJ's play has been PATHITIC as of late. I can understand being in a slump and not making a lot of your shots, but I will NEVER understand the lack of effort or intensity from a 23yr old being paid millions of dollars. And play defense for cryin' out load!

jcrotty25
Meridian, ID

Its so sad when ppl are forced to talk about a player who is borderline in the nba .. fez... thats how weak our team is... how is JFFR the only one who can see that..maybe he will someday be the best he can be and all you can say you are right who seem to be in love with him .. but is that really somnthing to get excited about when the best he can be is a slow tall player who avg... 9 points and 5.5 reb and 1 block per game......in a league that is more and more about bigs who are speed and quickness and athleticism- example blake griffen who is only 6'7 then the slow 7 footer.. come on ppl you are living in the past.. its not the 90's anymore.. wake up! besides dwight howard how many big strong ancor's in the middle are there.. most 7 ft tall players shoot outside and are 225 dripping wet..

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

Wow jcrotty
what did Fes to you. Maybe except you 2 guys everybody sees potential in Fes. Black Griffin is PF playing not so good team as go to guy no wonder he fills stat sheets every night. Centers don't need 3 point shots, more reliable dunk bank shots and hooks these are arsenal of bigs.
Jazz wins because of high % shots layups. Jump shooting team never won championship am I right?

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Here's to a very Fes-tive win tomorrow night! Hope Fes gets a chance to dunk on the Boozer a couple of times! Hope big Al is ready slam a few down on him too!

BillM75
Salt Lake City, UT

Fes gets minutes, does what he does, uses his size, Jazz win (albeit barely against a bad team).

Wonders never cease.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

If Fes were so good, why would Jerry not play him? You all say CJ is bad and Jerry plays him!!

jcrotty25
Meridian, ID

@ AK i have nothing against Fez i accually think he is a decent project and i think every team should have one big true center.. but thats just not what wins in the nba anymore.. who said anything about a jump shooting team i sure didnt.. but more and more it is other positions in the post and not the center doing all the scoring... i mean other then shaq what true center has been the intrigal piece of a championship team...dwight probably will win one at some point as the top player on his team as a true center but thats it.. detroit = center ben wallace 6'7" and rasheed wallace who was a shooter...celtics... couldnt win anything without garnett who was a shooting center/pf... lakers..gasol is a P forward who plays center when bynum is hurt..bynum second best true big in the nba.. but he was the fourth best player on his team.. his main benifit to the lakers was his shotblocking and rebounding.. it had nothing to do with his interior scoring.. it was his rebounding and shotblocking.. and those centers can be picked up off the street ie (cris anderson denver)

Captain L
Provo, UT

jcrotty25: It's not Fes's offense we need, everyone will admit his offense is very much lacking but it is Fes's defense and just his presence in the paint that the Jazz need. Our interior defense is terrible. Fes's plus / minus is one of the best, if not the best on the team and that means when he is in the game our team outscores the other team, that is what we want isn't it. It's not Fes's ability to score, it's his impact on the game, which is usually positive. I've said several times, Sloan needs to play Fes like he did Eaton, don't even worry about how much offense he can give, just use him to control the paint, intimidate and rebound. Any offense is a plus and just icing in the cake.
There aren't alot of players like Fes out there to pick from, Elson may be 7' but he doesn't have the impact Fes has, he is too skinny and doesn't bang and make people pay when they come into the paint.

Anonigma
Murray, UT

Fes is a big project and I think Jerry sees that so Jerry's just playing mind tricks with Fes to shape him into a good big man.

I mean, look how Jerry didn't let Fes play unless he made his free throws....against the Kings, he actually made some.

I wouldn't play Fess either. Other teams should just foul him every time he gets a shot...his foul shots were basically turn-overs.

Until he gets that into the 60% range and defends the ball not the man, he won't play big minutes

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