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2nd-year pro has career night to lead Utah in win

Published: Friday, Dec. 30 2011 11:52 p.m. MST

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toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

Jody have a good flight to San Antonio, bring us back a win to start the New Year. Many stepped up tonight in the absence of AJ. Many people including me have been a bit down on him but we need AJ. Still, it is good to have options. I was happy (at least tonight) with Corbin. He went with 11 effectively. He did not Punish I think so much Devon but pull him for a different look on Holliday who was burning him and many others around the league also. Favors, Kanter, Gordon, Millie and Harris had good games. CJ had his moments. Hope he learned from the bonehead foul with :29 left that put Philly on the line. Fortunately, Philly missed 3 of out 4 foul shots down the stretch. ANdre I 2 and Brand 1 for 2. The thing is Corbin coached well. Philadelphia is a good young team and it took a good effort to beat them. Now we will see tomorrow how far we have come, going into SA against those veteran Spurs and the play sets. Patience and effort will be needed on D and to run offensively and make SA play up tempo.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I think the Jazz would be better off without Jefferson on the team. He stops the offense and play little defense. Favors plays hard. Jefferson does not.

Harris needs to play hard all the time. Not take nights off.

Bloodshy
DRAPER, UT

It was nice to see good play from the core that makes up the Jazz' future. Hayward, Kanter, Sap & Favors all looked good. Burks got a DNP unfortunately. Harris also looked good for the Jazz, though not as a 1--he really played best when acting like a 2. Howard was solid for us. He's a legitimate player. As always, CJ & Bell were worthless. Not having Al in the rotation was actually a real plus. The guy is a massive black hole on O & too slow to be effective on D. The Jazz need to unload CJ/Raja/Al before next season. Those guys are a net negative for the team.

Most competitive lineup right now (starter/backup): (1) Tinsley/Harris (2) Hayward/Burks (3) Howard/CJ (4) Sap/Al (5) Favors/Kanter

scodyshootfight
KC, MO

I just realized tonight how BIG and THICK Derrick Favors is. He is filling out, and all I could think about last night was, "This guy is going to be Dwight Howard with a much better offensive game." Seriously, mark it down, the Jazz won the DWill trade even if it was DWill for Favors straight up. Favors will be BETTER THAN HOWARD (yes, I said that...BETTER THAN HOWARD) because Favors is almost as good an athlete, almost as big, but actually has a jumpshot, can make free throws, and has scary low post moves. Very excited about this guy.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Ten-rour to your comment on Jefferson C.J., but your man Miles isn't the sharpest tool in the shed for a veteran after 6 yrs and making dumb fouls like at the end of last nights game. C.J. & Bell need to join Jefferson on that flight out of town also! I'm hoping Ty will give more playing time to Burks(DNP last night) and Evans when he can and that Howards physical conditioning will allow him more minutes soon because he is going to be key for us this season. Overall not too bad of a game by our youngsters considering whats went on this year, so keep up the effort because without that you will never get better.

scalman
Temecula, CA

Jazz were lucky and just good enough...that's a winning combo they will probably experience much more of this year. Good effort by many players. Great to see Favors hit some jumpers and play big in the post.
CJ: I disagree with you that Jefferson doesn't play hard...I just think he is not a heady player and too often doesn't pass out of situations when he can't get to the rim or get off a balanced bank near the basket. I do agree he should be traded, but maybe he can teach Favors a lot more while he's still around. Also, if Favors happens to get hurt and with Fes no longer here, that would put too large a burden on Kanter.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The Jazz have a sound foundation with Favors and Kanter. There are big problems with the rest. Sap has always played hard. Jefferson is expendable. It is obvious. Harris had three assists as the PG. He is not the team leader as supposed. The Jazz need to clean house of the remnants from problems with D-Will and go on to bigger and better things. The primary focus should be on obtaining a team leader at PG. The pieces are starting to fall into place. They just need to have the guts to "pull the trigger" now.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Congradulations to coach Corbin and the Jazz. It was good to see them play hard and get the win in their home opener. The Jazz looked much better out there tonight than in the two priors. Heres some observations:

Derek Favors is the real deal! Yes and I agree if the trade was straight up Favors for D Will we come out ahead in the long run. Favors can play either the 4 or the 5. We probably need him more at the 5 so him and Milsap are not competing for minutes.

Gordon Hayward can play any of 3 positions but preferriblly the two. He has excellent court vision, good passing skills, plays defense and is one if not thee best outside shooter on the team. Was very instrumental in the win last night.

Josh Howard will be an important part to this teams success. He is still a baller.

Kanter is not a bust.

Devin Harris had one heck of a 2nd quarter it was good to see Corbin sit him down which lead to Harris showing us what he can really do when he returned.

C J needs to play alot smarter.

akk2602
Sandy, Ut

I love our young players!!! Tire of watching Bell and Miles. Would love to see a Big man rotation of Jefferson 28-30 min, Millsap 28-30 min and a combo of Favors and Kantor 30-36. Start Favors and if he gets in foul trouble give the time to Kanter. If Jefferson doesn't give effort on Defense cut his minutes and let Favors gaurd the center who usually isn't as good offensively. I'd love a lineup of Favors/Milsap or Jefferson depending on match up/Howard/Hayward/Harris Second unit Kantor/Milsap or Jefferson/Miles/Burks/Watson. With Miles getting the least time

LKA
Tremonton, UT

Funny I did not hear anyone say that Bell should get more minutes. And CJ this team would be better off without CJ..

Dustin
Idaho Falls, ID

Perhaps Big Al should come off the bench instead of Millsap. While he might take a shot to his pride, he would be instant offense off the bench, and it would create major problems for other teams. Manu Ginobili did it for years, and it was incredibly effective.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

CJ has shown us what he can and will do already...Jazz should make a move. He is only capable of erratic play. Big Al still has a place, maybe off the bench.
Raja is a nice guy but he should join CJ in a sudden trade...he is not championship material either. Nice play for the rest...who are exciting the Jazz fans with last nights play. It was nice to see Corbin up off the bench doing his stuff. Good work coach. Now, go down there and spoil our nemesis.

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

Let`s not get crazy here,Jefferson,needs to learn how to play a team game,passing can be learned/or taught,he`s got nice o,and can rebound,Favors is still a project,will be up and down,Raja and especially miles bring nothing ,need to go,the sooner the better,give their time to Burks,Hayward and Howard,our future is Millsap,Jefferson,Hayward,Burks,maybe Evans/Kanter

ed
Los Olivos, CA

Question: What other GM would actually accept Bell in any kind of trade? His contract is probably a poison pill. We need to stay accustomed to his presence. He is not going anywhere.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Trading CJ would be good for CJ but not the Jazz. They already lack scoring as a team. His 10 points was the best of the bench last night. Stop the Burkes talk. There is a reason he did not play last night. You want to talk trade, talk Bell. He brings zero to the team.

Jefferson plays hard? Thats a joke. If he played hard, he would play defense. You don't have to be smart to guard your man and defend the lane. You just have to move your feet and play HARD.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Bell is a total waste of money and roster space.

Jefferson was a salary dump for the t-wolves, and should become one for the Jazz.

Miles will never be more than he is, ever.

This year should be all about giving the young guys experience, not about winning, and minutes given to AJ, Bell and CJ are wasted minutes.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

You can't find a cheaper deal than what the Jazz have in CJ for his return on investment.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

The Jazz should've stepped up for Matthews when they had the chance and dumped CJ on the spot. CJ will never be what Matthews became in one year.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

I love the Jazz. They got their first win vs a lottery team. Getting blown out by the Lakers and Nuggets is no shame for this team. Ty doesn't have the tools to beat the better teams in the league. 1 win 2 losses is about all we can expect at this early juncture. I am not going to rag on any of the Jazz players. It is what it is and let's get used to it. Stick with the team. The players are getting used to each other. Don't bale out on us you fair weather fans. A 25% shortened season will be difficult enough. Just enjoy it fans. Get off of CJ, Raja, et. al. They are okay. If they need to play somewhen else O'Connor and the coaches will figure it out. Go Jazz.

scalman
Temecula, CA

CJ: you're right about players needing to move their feet and be committed to stopping their man to play defense, but it's more that that. There is anticipation involved, too, which may be characterized as part of basketball IQ and a certain amount of quickness and discipline, too. I have not seen those skills too much in either big Al or CJ for that matter. Too me, Al is a lot like Boozer, since they both can play power forward and center and they both have a broad offensive repertoire and both play too much matador defense, but I have always liked Paul more than Al or Carlos because Paul plays both ways. You can't tell me, though, that Al doesn't work up a big sweat out there trying.

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