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Published: Friday, Feb. 25 2011 11:30 p.m. MST

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Anonigma
Murray, UT

Derrick Favors guarded the pick'nroll really well. Totally shut down one of Indiana's plays

Harris is a good defender too...and hopefully his quickness earns more steals throughout the season.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

From what I saw, they both played great! Harris stepped right in and did a terrific job of directing the team. Favors looks to be a real steal. Next season, (if there is a next season) the Jazz may just look back at the trade and realize that this is when everything changed and they took a big step forward into becoming a real contender for an NBA title; instead of an also ran.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

this trade...A very smart move by management. Very smart. Their first game was a really good "watch" and win.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

I think KOC needs to be commended for even considering the trade that brought these two.

He takes a lot of heat but once in awhile he gets it pulled together. Either of these two are an addition to the Jazz. Devin plays at a high level and has a good backup so should be a good fit. Favors who plays defense is a good find as well.

As a team the Jazz will miss Dwill but the team had progressed as far as he could take it.

I am glad the new guys had a positive experience, it was helped a great deal by Millsap, Jefferson and AK.

Good job all around

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

It looks like we have scored a double with this trade already with two more to go with the first round draft picks. I agree if Favors would have waited to come out in this years draft he would be the #1 pick. Both of these guy play good defense and I'm lovin it.

nothegame
Saratoga Springs, UT

I was more impressed with Favors defense than anything last night. He also knows how to screen. I already know how good Harris is from watching him play all of theses years. I think from here to the end ot the season Jazz have to win with defense. George Carl said he would rather have 6 players that are in the top 10 at there positions than 1 super star, Hope he is right. We have at least 4 players in the top 10 at their positions. Still need a 2 guard.

JazzyMan
Meadow, UT

Yes,it's only one game and one win,but you have to be impressed with the way our two new additions contributed. I believe the Jazz can certainly make the playoffs as a low seed.With Favors,the Jazz have a bruiser,a physical guy with some talent,that in my opinion they've needed for a long time,especially since Fess and Elson have failed to help this team in any way,shape or form.Another critical Jazz weakness as many posters have pointed out is lack of outside scoring from the two and the three.Bell's effort on the defensive end and other intangibles such as taking charges,etc is nothing to be unhappy about.if Bell could get his shooting touch back,he'd be great at that two position.

Motappin
Sandy, UT

Great defense last night! Nice to see that effort on D that we haven't seen for a while (at least for the whole game). I think both these new guys will thrive here. Should be a fun rest of the season. Missing the playoffs would give us another high pick, but making the playoffs, even for 1 round, would give some playoff experience to some of these guys who haven't had much, if any. Plus they'd have some extra games to mesh, bond, and fight together. Either way it's good, but I hope they make some noise and actually get in the playoffs and show their potential. They'll still have some good picks if they do.

DH48
West Jordan, UT

I think it was a wise move, though shocking, from the Jazz management. Both players looked good Friday night and both help out where the Jazz have been weak. Yes, Darren has been a weak point for the Jazz of late.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

The Jazz have not played that good of interior defense in years. While Favors was in the game Al Jefferson seemed to flourish on both ends of the floor. Favors will extend the efficiency of Al and Paul (more production in less minutes). All year long it seemed that we played better when Watson stepped on the floor. Tonight Watson pushed the ball and when Harris stepped on the floor he continued to push it.

The players seemed to be more at ease. Both on the floor and on the bench. The only times we struggled were both times that cj entered the game. He is the weak link on this roster.

I am very happy about the trade. I did not expect to see such an impact by Favors this soon. He will be a very good big man for many many years to come. Even if he does not score he is very effective at shutting down the paint. Al Jeff & Favors are a big upgrade over Memo & Booz in the paint.

O'Conner received a most Favorable gift from the Nets. The real rewards will be in the future but we may even see the playoffs now.

deno22
Rexburg, ID

I was just thinking about all the big guys the Jazz have now, if Memo gets healthy then I highly doubt Fes or Elson will be on this team next season. And I doubt either will see much if any play time with Favors coming off of the bench.

Jazzguru
Provo, UT

I am still a D Will fan, and I think Jazz fans should appreciate the years he spent here and the dedication he showed. I will admit seeing him in another jersey hurt a bit. Good luck D Will! I wish him all the best.

Now with that said, I loved what I saw last night. I am not sure how many of you know this but Devin Harris hold the Guinness Book of World Record for running with a basketball from one end of the floor to another in 3.9 seconds. Google it and read more about it. He brings speed, defense and leadership. Favors brings defense, athleticism and from what I hear he has a good touch around the rim. I like the Jazz youth and athleticism right now. Welcome to SLC Favors and Harris we embrace you and we know you can help our team win. Don't forget we are fighting with a beat up Portland team, Memphis, and Denver. I think the Jazz could slip into a 7th spot. I hope they make the playoffs if for no other reason to get these players playoff experience to get better.

Jazzguru
Provo, UT

I also think the Jazz can put some nice lineups on the floor.

That is a nice defensive lineup. Big Al is one of the shot blocking leaders in the NBA, and Favors has the body type of Dwight Howard (and no I am not saying he is Dwight Howard, that is way premature)

1-Devin Harris
2-Raja Bell
3-AK
4-Al Jefferson
5-Derrick Favors
Another line up could be:

1-Devin Harris
2-Gordon Hayward
3-CJ Miles
4-Millsap
5-Big Al

That could give more scoring and you could even put AK in that mix

We also have Jeremy Evans who is young and athletic. I am so excited with our athleticism and size right now! I think the Jazz have a good future, now let's see what the draft brings!
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Observation-ist
Ogden, UT

Man do I miss Wes Matthews. Don't get me wrong. I am a Raja fan but looking forward, I would be just giddy if the Jazz could start Favors(5), Jefferson(4) or Millsap(4), Miles(3), Matthews(2), and Harris(1). With Okur(5), Jefferson or Millsap (whichever didn't start), Raja(2) and Watson(1) off the bench. I believe that lineup could actually compete.

As it is, we don't have a solid SG or 2nd SF for the rotation. After the Jazz let Matthews leave, I can't understand why they let Korver leave too (or Brewer for that matter). Perhaps Kyle wouldn't re-sign. But we went from a plethora of #2s to a drought (CJ's a better 3 and Raja is better off the bench).

Oh what I'd give to have Matthews back. Hey Wes, if you, by some miracle, read this, you're sorely missed!!!

Now I can't wait to get rid of AK's obnoxious contract ($17,000,000 this year), perhaps we can get a consistent SF and woo Matthews back (just hopein)

Go Jazz!

Lone Peak High School Fan
Alpine, Utah

cya dwill dont miss ya after tonight. have fun with the new team.... hahaha

apa
salt lake, utah

O.K. Thanks to D-will for everything!!!! You will be missed. Love you man..

Favors potential is exciting!!

Harris, Wow I really like that guy!! He will be an allstar again.

Greg and Kevin O, that was brilliant!!!

LCL
Lehi, UT

Nice win, but do you see the stat for 3 point shots? ZERO points! Where the heck are we going to get someone who can consistently hit the three?????

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