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Published: Thursday, March 3 2011 12:16 a.m. MST

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josemb
navotas, philippines

oh... if only the jazz has this mindset early in the season; the "every game is a must-win game" attitude. but they usually come in the to start the game playing non-challantly. those 3-4 winnable games that they took for granted earlier.

scalman
Temecula, CA

The more Hayward, Fesenko and Watson play, the better the Jazz are defensively. Granted, all three struggle at times to score, but in the end, I think the Jazz win more games.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

There were very serious defensive problems before Harris and Favors.

Now it will take some time for both to learn the defense. Closing with Harris is probably necessary and his late game defense will improve as he plays more.

Favors plays pretty good D and he is better than Fes or Elson on offense. None of the 3 are closers.

AK, AJ and Millsap are pretty much set as the bigs who close. Harris is probably better than Watson for closing. The big question mark is Bell, Hayward or CJ. Corbin has been playing match ups and that probably is the determining factor.

As far as playing Fes, are the Jazz better off with Favors or Fes on the floor in most situations?

Fes can be useful when paired against big traditional Cs but Favors is a good defender (will get better quick with playing time) and also an offensive threat.

I think playing Favors is smart unless there is an obvious need for Fes.

When the Jazz start winning 1/2 of their games then I will worry about the playoffs.

DEN's style (mostly adlibs and universal plays) absorbs new players quickly. The Jazz style does not.

duke5
vancouver, wa

Do or die?

The Jazz are already dead!

TravisRyu
West Valley City, UT

At the beginning of the year I was really excited for the Jazz. We got Big Al and Raja Bell and figured these guys would be able to pick up the Jazz system quickly. Unfortunately I was wrong and soon grew tired of the Jazz and their woes. Then a shock happened Sloan quit retired and it was Coach Corbins time to shine and that was cool but it was still bleh. Then a huge shock happened the Jazz got rid of their All star point guard Deron Williams. All of the sudden I wanted to watch the Jazz new guys and Im glad I did. I believe that this team will gel and the egos will be less public. I am excited about what this team can do and I fully expect to see them in the play offs and probably in the 2nd round of the play offs.

SnipeHookyoFace
Farmington, UT

Jazz Starters should be: Harris, Hayward, AK, Millsap, and Jefferson. Hayward has been playing awesome defense lately. I wouldn't even mind seeing Millsap come off the bench to keep the offense running, since Miles is have a mental breakdown of some sort.

It's fun to see them compete again....

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Yeah let's play Hayward, Fes and Watson a bunch of minutes and see how that turns out. Between the 3 of them they wouldn't be able to score 20 points a game while giving up 50. Sorry but in the NBA you have to score points to win beyond playing defense. Defense is only important if you can score too. Has to be a balance. Beyond that, Watson, Fes and Hayward are not that good.

When Corbin wakes up and realizes that he is not Jerry, then this team might have a chance on winning some games. If Denver beats them, pack it in because they are not a very good team without Carmelo.

Play Favors more and Millsap less........

SoCal
Trabuco Canyon, CA

Hey, where are all of you Jazz fans that said as soon as they get rid of Coach Sloan, the Jazz will go on a 20 game winning streak?
The fact is...that Coach Sloan is a disciplinarian and the players respect him and play within the system. As much as Coach Corbin is a good guy and was a good player, he does not command the respect of the players. If he did, then his Jazz team would be undefeated under his leadership, Not, nearly win less.
The Players are all "professional Players" they get paid a lot of money. They need to suck it up and play like Coach Sloan has taught them to play. Win a few games!!

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Don't worry So Cal this team will respect coach Corbin and play for him, and you will also see a better and different approach to today's basketball schemes. The one thing I can't stand is why the NBA let's a funky network like TNT set the game times of games like tonights. Starting at 8:30 to 9pm our time is 10:30 to 11pm est, and just how many people in the largest populated region is going to stay up until 1am watching basketball on TV? This is ridiculous, either start the 1st game at 6:30 or 7pm est or just televise 1 game. Ridiculous!

JT Texas
Midland, TX

Was raja implying there are some nights to "take off"?

JazzRule
Bountiful, UT

@C.J. Miles

Actually, Denver is 3-1 since Carmelo left. They defeated Boston and last night they beat Charlotte by 40. So ya, they are a good team. Frankly, I think better off without Melo.

Anyway, will be a fun game to watch.

JazzRule
Bountiful, UT

@SoCal

I don't understand how you can say anything about Corbin. We don't know what he is or could be yet. Pat Riley wouldn't have a better record since sloan left considering everything going on.

7dawg
Norman, OK

Bench Bell....forever. He has had zero impact in games the last 2 months. We only need him in the locker room for veteran presence.

JazzRule
Bountiful, UT

Scratch that, the Nuggets are 4-1 since unloading Melo

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

I don't understand love affair with Hayward. He doesn't bring anything for now. He hustles yes but stats similar to Bell or even worse. No cure for 2. Before injury Price Watson combo was very effective .
Ty need match up. Smith and Chandler 2 good shooters contain them once shots not fall Denver will easily fold.

We the People
Sandy, UT

The following players must go:

Fesenko: Does he even have a single basketball skill?
Bell: Great guy, but his time has come and gone.
Hayward: Worst use of a lottery pick in Jazz history.
Okur: Great guy, but too injured.
Miles: Does the guy ever pass?

Dr Truth
SLC, ut

@CJ miles, man you are taking people to task lately. CJ is a mess since D-will left. I think they kind of got each other going, offensively, at times when they were together. Right now if CJ doesn't produce in a 4 or 5 minute stint, I'd go with Hayward. Say what you want about his offense, at least he plays hard! Seems like other teams have targeted Miles like Milsap, they go at him because he is foul prone/defensive liability. Fess= expendable. He is worth a million or two a year in order to play against the teams that still have tradtional centers in the league. Unless the two guard/bench improves with this team, you can go ahead and start visiting the draft websites. Tomic? let's not kid ourselves, this guy isn't going to save the Jazz for the forseeable future! It's time to play the draft lottery!!

Not So Fast
Salt Lake City, UT

Things that seem better now to basketball fans who don't know basketball: Jerry Sloan, Carlos Boozer.

Things that seem worse: Paul Millsap, playing young guys a lot, Fesenko (not sure he can even stay in the NBA).

Things I miss: Kyle Korver stretching defenses.

This isn't a playoff team but it is a young team that will have an infusion of draft picks in the next couple of years. Hopefully TCorb and his staff will help them improve and get them ready for the NBA.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I think Corbin has been told to loose as many games as possible. What else would explain the lack of minutes for CJ and playing Hayward at the 2?

Not so Fast: I agree with you on Millsap. He is an over-all liability to this team. Not missing Carlos at all. Nor Jerry.

Still would like to see Favors start and Millsap come off the bench. Also I would like to see CJ start and Bell never come off the bench. As far as Fes, forget about him. He has zero value.

The Jazz Truth
Draper, Utah

What happened to inside out? It's hard to hit a 3 or J when your on the run and getting the ball at an angle. Most people can't do that consistently except for Ray Allen. Our big men need to play inside out a little more. It's easier to hit a shot coming strait from a big than from a dish to the side because it keeps your shoulders square. Look how many times Boston kicked out and got wide open looks! Even Pierce knows when to dish on the block.

As good as AJ is playing he would benefit if he kicked out more instead of the wings clearing the side and literally watching him because nobody moves and we have no offensive rebounding when this happens. Don't get me started on the boxing out, my wife hears me scream it at least 10 times a game. It's not hard to turn around and check someone even our rookie Favors did it and I loved it!! Actually pressed rewind 3 times to watch him box out because it's been so long since Ive seen anything close to it. CJ you Stink!

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