It is obvious tht there is something wrong with Hayward's mental focus. Right
now, he just doesn't fit in. When he passed up an open shot that could have won
a previous game from in close and passed it with no success, I knew right away
that something is wrong with how he fits in with the team. He passes the ball
and never gets it back. In that case, he should shoot when he has the chance.
Everyone else is. Look at Millsap's assists. He scores but he passes. That
cannot be said about most of the other players. I watched various highlights
and saw right away that the Jazz do not block out on defense. When they played
the Mavericks, every Jazz shot in the paint was contested by four Mavericks with
plenty of boxing out.
oldcougar - I don't think it is Corbin telling Hayward to pass up open shots. I
think it is Haywards recent shooting success that is telling himself not to
shoot. His 3 pt percent is abysmal. Look, I'm one of the biggest
Hayward fans around. I know he does more for the team than hits the stat sheet.
He is a player that helps everyone on the floor be better. However, if he is
going to be the kind of player the Jazz need to build the future on - he needs
to start stepping up in close games and showing himself to be a threat on the
I think Hayward shoot take more of his open shots...it's obvious he's instructed
to play his role and get the ball to the designated "shooters." But he
passes up so many open looks. I believe he translates instructions to
"pass, not shoot" as coach's lack of confidence in him and thus he is
gun shy when he actually must take a shot.
In the overtimes, it would appear to have been smarter for Coach Corbin to play
the player who was 4 for 11 rather than the player that was 1 for 9 (especially
whereas CJ was very "cold" on offense early in the game, but had
become pretty "hot" on offense by the time he was taken out in the
second half)--just sayin'.