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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24 2012 11:11 p.m. MST

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forgetyourself
Layton, UT

if Paul is one of your best 3 point shooters on the team its time to trade for one. We did way better when we had Kover. You think that with a great shooting coach like Jeff we would not be better from outside the arc. If we want to make the playoffs we need a 3 point threat.

YoungBloodJazz
REXBURG, ID

The Jazz have lost a lot of games bc they aren't able to either make shots from 3-point range or guard the perimeter. It really is the achilles heel of this team. I remember in the recent Mavs game thinking if this game comes down to a three point shot that the Jazz have to make at the end, we'll lose. Then, Harris took one and air-balled it by 3ft. It was embarrassing after they showed clips of the recent game winning threes in the NBA. They are trying to downplay it saying they are an inside out team but that scheme only works if you punish defenses for crowding the paint by nailing threes on them; that's what made the Lakers so good in the past and that's what's working in places like Orlando and Chicago. You can't beat teams when you're exchanging 3's for 2's. You need to be able to make a min of 33% of your attempts as a team. The game has evolved and you need good 3-point shooters to be elite. Hayward has the most potential here and needs to get it together.

scalman
Temecula, CA

Good attitude by Hayward...his percentage should be much higher by the end of the year. Bet it would be higher now, too, if he was playing as a 2-guard and expected to shoot from the outside more.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Pavarotti cannot teach me to be an opera singer and Hornacek cannot teach shooting. History proves this point. Ask Ronnie Price who had scoring records in college but when he arrived in Hornceks care his shooting went south, as has Raja's HAywards, CJ's until late. Devein Harris used to be a threat as a shooter. Fesenko could not even make a free throw after working with Hornacek for 3 years.

Yesterday the Wizards made a change because the players were not following the coach. the problem is the Jazz are following Hornacek who has his own shooting style but has not worked for the rest of the team.

Corbin needs to make a change..or the team can wait and suffer

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

In any top notch offense, there is inside and then outside. You go inside and then when the defense adjusts, you go outside. This is obviously lacking. The best shooting guard around is Bradley Beal of Florida who will be "one and done" as Gatorade HS Player of the Year for 2011. The Jazz need a point guard. There also is no mention of the "power pups". Millsap and the "power pups" and a point guard and there is "no stoppin' me now".

es4
Park City, UT

Not to worried at this point. We are very young. Liking Coach Corbin and staff more and more...BTW...why not go inside first and use our bigs...percentage BBall. I say lets be nasty inside!!

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Scalman: What does Hayward playing the 2 or 3 spot have to do with his 3 point shooting percentage? Confused on that commment......

The problem is Harris and Jefferson. They don't know who to get players open looks. They are slow to pass because they are "Score first" players. There passes are too late and come after guys are standing instead of catching in motion and shooting.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@YoungBloodJazz - The Jazz have only lost 5 games this season, which is hardly "a lot" since they are currently ranked #12 in the NBA, ahead of the Lakers. The point is, they are still winning games without making 3-pointers, so I think their current attitude of "let it happen when it happens" is just fine.

This team has already exceeded a lot of expectations, especially here at home. There's even some buzz that if the Jazz continue to be successful Coach Corbin could be up for a Coach of they Year award. While I know we're only a 3rd of the way through a short/belated season, I think we've seen our team win enough games to say that he knows what he's doing. 3-pointers only win games when they go in. I'd like to us continue to develop our inside game and once we're a little more sure there, then we can focus on the outside. I agree that it's important to our game, but let's not force it too much and have it cost us.

3for5spotshooter
Sun Valley, Idaho

John and Karl had Hornacek..

every team needs a three point threat.

teams will pack it in if the threat is inconsistent.

the acid test will how the team will fare offensively will be determined the second time the team plays opponents.

In the NBA teams adjust defensively.

Refreshing though and fun to watch. I thought this franchise was headed back to the "Brown Bear" era.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

Here's my 2 cents worth on this topic. I believe the whole league average is down this year so far probably do to the late start and the small number of pre-season games. The Jazz shooting is bad, but ithere are other teams that are worse. Also, the Jazz haven't taken as many 3's, and when you start with a small number the percentage can change quickly. For example if you have made only 3 out of 10 shots you're only shooting 30%, but if you hit your next 2 shots the percentage rises rapidly. However if you're shooting 30% after taking 100 shots, hitting the next 2 in a row won't make a big difference. Because the Jazz haven't taken many 3's, if they have 1 big game and hit a high percentage, their average will rise quickly. Thanks to Mrs. Doran, my 3rd grade teacher for giving that valuable lesson about 50 years ago. Having said all that, I also agree though that the Jazz could benefit from picking up a great shooter!!

Dustin
Idaho Falls, ID

CJ, Hayward, Harris and Bell are all threatening enough that players have to head back out and guard them if they are open. I agree with Hornaceck. If we aren't making them, we would be stupid to be taking more.

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

A trade that sends out Harris and returns Mo Williams will cure the outside shooting ailment. Imagine, Mo tosses the rock to Big Al, who draws the double team. Al throws it back to Mo standing behind the arc, hitting over 50% of those shots, or passes it to a wing player who would be wide open (although probably only hit 1/3 of the time). Very tough to defend.

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

Possible 3 team trade to cure this outside shooting and the PG issue. Jazz give Clips their Memo Okur trade exemption. Jazz receive Mo Williams. Jazz give Lakers Devin Harris and Orlando Raja. Lakers give Orlando Pau and Bynum. Orlando gives Lakers DHoward, and the JAzz JJ Redick.

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

I forgot to mention that the Lakers take on Turkoglu's contract. I can't post espn trade machine link.

scalman
Temecula, CA

You're probably right on that, C.J. It shouldn't make a difference.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

The Jazz have and inside out game? More like inside out without the out. I think we are looking at this 10-5 record through rose colored glasses. These games have been mostly at home with a pretty weak schedule plus most of these games have been against teams with key players out. I think the lack of 3 point shooting is going to be our downfall as the season progresses and teams start packing the defense inside the way Dallas did.

There is a reason teams keep trading Mo Williams for next to nothing or letting him go for nothing, he is not the answer.

We do not want to make a trade that will help the Lakers, Harris might be a great fit for them.

Utahman4ever
FORT HUACHUCA, AZ

Two observations
1. Not being able to shoot them does not hurt the Jazz as much as not being able to defend them. For the last 6 or so seasons the Jazz have been horrible at letting good/great shooters get wide open looks around the arc.

2. I cannot help but think that if Burks would get more Playing time to establish his rythm that he would not light it up, he can't be worse than Haywards 9-35 or what ever it is

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