I dont know if I can agree fully. Granted he did get the ball to Al who could
have won the game with a layup, but it was after a confused scramble and to me
Hayward did not look very confident with the ball in his hands and decision to
be made with less than 10s to go. Jazz have a Achilles heel in their roster
right now with no sure goto guy or play(the old pick-roll!), since D-will left.
Also the final shot with 0.7s left was not handled well. Sure, it required
a miracle shot.. but it appeared the team had no idea what it wanted to do. A
couple of screens to atleast get a decent release from maybe 3-4 ft out of 3pt
line... would be so much better even if they could get the shot off in
time..rather than the blocked shot we got.However, overall I liked how the
jazz played and were coached. Slowly, getting a bit of hope that we may indeed
make the playoffs! :) The best bit about the coaching was how the jazz took
advantage of the mismatches consistently. Thats the jazz I like... Keep it
going Ty! and Millsap you are the man! Hope you make the all-star cut this yr.
If Hayward is going to become the star we all hope he will become, there should
have been no question in his mind that he should have gone up strong for a dunk
on that last play, rather than passing off to Jefferson. When he passed off to
Jefferson, he already had his man beat and was in the restricted zone, where
anything other than a clean block would have almost certainly resulted in a
foul.Would Kobe, Dwayne Wade or Lebron have passed off in that
situation? Of course not! They would have gone for the dunk and either made
the shot or been at the foul line to win the game at the line.That's
the type of mindset Hayward needs to get into--the same type of mindset he had
while he was at Butler, where he almost made the game winning shot to upset Duke
in the national championship game. He has the talent to make those kind of
plays and win games for the Jazz, but needs to gain the confidence to selfishly
take those last second shots--win or lose. Stars don't abdicate responsibility
for taking last second shots--they relish them.
Bell's ommment that anyone taking the amount of shots Bryant did should score 40
is just laughable. Kobe was and is one of the greatest scoring guards of all
time, and because opponents know he is going to shoot a lot, he has to use a
variety of fakes and good dribbling and body movements to get off shots. Still,
he hits at a higher percentage than most NBA guards, many of whom are passed to
with open looks and no one within 6 feet of them. Kobe does get the benefit of
some ticky-tack fouls, but so did Bird and Jordan.
Bell should eat his words about the number of shots Kobe takes. If Bell and
Kobe shot the same amount who would win? Shut up Bell, your man got 40 points
and sat you on the bench.Opponents of the Jazz fear only Millsap and
sometimes Jefferson. Nobody else on the team shoots well. Prior to coming to
the Jazz Raja hit 14-16 ppg, Harris averaged 12 ppg in Dallas, Hayward would hit
game winners consistently in college.the Jazz should ask themselves
who is the common denominator, who is the shooting coach? The same coach who
couldn't teach Fesenko to make 30% from the line, the same coach who messed up
AK's shot so he was ineffective on anything but a dunk.The Jazz
brought in Raja to be a 3 point shooter now have to use him as a defensive
stopper because they already have enough people to hand out programs. They have
a pg who can't even hit free throws in a game (Fri against Cleveland).the Jazz have turned into the shooting eunchs of the league. The Jazz need to
change or the new young players shots will be at peril.
For the most part they did ok but Hayward totally overpassed that game. He had
multiple shots he should have taken where he chose to pass...including the last
one he passed to Jefferson who demonstrated a complete inability to adapt to
Bynum to get his shot off.Our brilliant commentators babble on about
AJ's "unblockable shot"....which his little pushg shot. Uh ya, that
would be the same one that Bynum stuffed in his face all night long.Millsap took Gasol away from the hoop and put it on the floor and then went by
him. That is what a good veteran can do...adapt to who they are playing.
Jefferson was a complete bust the other night.Bells defense was a
joke. When your man goes off for 10 over his season average and he gets a
completely wide-open uncontested shot at the end of regulation....that is
pathetic defense. Bells arms never went above his waist on Kobes last shot.
Kobe flat out missed and if he had made it we would all be screaming at Bells
lame effort to disrupt the easy shot he got.Hornacek has proven to
be a lousy shooting coach.
Let's see, 14 of 31 is 45% shooting- not great, but not bad. If our guards shot
that well this year we would have beat the Lakers and blown out the close wins.
Well, hopefully that aspect improves over time.
ok settle down people. we lost to the lakers in ot. sure it would have been a
nice win but i am optimistic considering the drubbing they gave us in l.a. as
much as i don't like him, kobe is one of the greatest bball players ever. he
missed a shot to win the game in regulation and i don't hear anyone criticizing
him. hopefully we do start shooting a little better but at least corbin is
getting effort from a lot of guys. if we only had jimmer!
taking a page from predecessor Jerry Sloan 's "don't allow the defense to
set up" book...may work only with Stockton-to-Malonefor a youg
team, may be...a page from Frank Layden's "take a timeout to set up your
offense for good last shot" book will work better?
We were in overtime with a team who has won 2 championships in the last three
years. Did you really think our youngsters were likely to win that match-up?
More than anything, that was great experience for all of them, including Corbin.
I would rather see this happen here in the early regular season than later or
in the playoffs. We learned a lot of things about ourselves and we can build on
that next time it happens. I am encouraged that we played so well against a
really tough team.