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Excuses about all of the injuries don't cut it with Sloan, team

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 20 2009 12:33 a.m. MST

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I still believe

Hopefully what was said by B Knight lit a fire under some people. Considering what this team has been through so far we are in great shape. We all know that Denver is gonna be better but ultimately will choke down the stretch. Portland scares me just a little bit with how much talent they have but we have already took the Blazers in both those games at the ESA so if we can just still one on the road that would be SWEET. I still believe in this Jazz team. Try not to dwell on those bad losses(there has been a few) and let's support this Jazz team, Let's make a run and put some fear into the rest of the league.

"Make the playoffs"

Talk about lowered expectations -- it's about as good as it's going to get this season.

Miles

At this point we are one game better than last year and that is without Boozer for much of the year. Thanks CJ for making us a better team. You are the difference maker at this point in the season. Everyone else with the exception of Koufus were playing minutes last year. CJ is the difference this year. Give him the credit he deserves. Your my man CJ.

Bob 2

I love CJ too, but I don't think he needs to be congratulated for the one game improvement--he needs more to be encouraged to become better and tougher on the road. This team absolutely needs CJ and (both) Ronnies to become spitting, snot snorting studs every single night.

DEFENSE

The only way we get past the Lakers and Spurs will be defense. When's the last time you saw the Jazz press and get steals. I say rotate Koufos in as much as possible while assuring a playoff spot and see if he can change our anemic d.

Nah

CJ has my love, as do all the Jazz players, but he doesn't deserve that much credit. His PER this season is a measly 12.50 (well below average the league after of 15.00). Much more credit should go to AK, Memo, and Millsap, who have stepped up significantly. Compare their PERs this season to last season. Each of them are having banner years, while this is only Mile's 3rd best season (out of 4) when it comes to PER.

I would also venture to say that Koufos (who has a PER more than three points higher than C.J.) and Brevin Knight have been larger difference makers than C.J. Both have added something we have lacked in the past. Koufos gives us a hustling big body to clog up the middle & dynamic scoring. Knight gives us veteran leadership and far superior execution of the offense on the second team than Hart or Price.

Until C.J. steps it up on defense and starts rebounding,he's just a (replaceable) role player.

Sloan Lover

Hopefully the second half of the season, will go much better than the first. Last year at this time, it was a disaster. Now everyone is thinking if we can just get healthy we will be right there? Yet our record this time is about the same as last year. If Matt is getting healthy? he will start eating into CJ's minutes! you can see Jerry starting to turn to his veterans, cause the young guys aren't getting it done. @ Miles if CJ was so great and he was having a solid night against Dallas, why didn't Jerry play him in the 4th qtr? here is your answer, CJ is not a winner yet....meaning he's not doing the little things that help you win games beside jacking up shots! It doesn't matter what you say on this site....it only matters what Jerry thinks of his game! The only thing that is going to save this season is if Booz, despite Jazz fans issues with him, comes back healthy right after the All-star break so we have everyone back and more depth inside!! And or D-will plays out of his mind!!

Jazz Overall.

C.J. is a good asset to the Jazz team, but to say that he deserves the credit isnt a completely true and deserving comment. I got the impression that the whole bench is really stepping up with the rest of the team. The Jazz have a good future, and they need to realize that when a situation goes bad, they need to think about it and turn it into a positive one. To finish, I would like to drop two quotes that I feel hit home.

1."If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."


2"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."

My high school coach says that "Take all of your failures, take all of the times that you messed up or made a bad decision. And turn them into a positive situation that you can use for the future. The Jazz know what to do and how to do it, all thats left is to grit their teeth and get it done.

Boozer

As much as I hate to admit it, we need his offensive presence. His ability to command double and triple teams and create his own shot is vital to our offense. I am with Sloan Lover that I hope he comes back healthy and hits the ground running.

Yack Macksen

The real "Miles" appears to be back today! Sheet!

Miles

Sloan Lover: Did we win the game at Dallas? NO...Your boy Jerry kept CJ on the bench and how did the game turn out? Bad example.......CJ plays good and Jerry keeps him on bench during 4th quarter....You must really love Jerry to stand behind him on that one!!

To Nah: Koufus a different maker? How many total minutes has he played this year? Not many......

To Yack: I'm back

Anonymous

CJ deserves zero credit considering when he has been on the floor for 876 minutes this season the Jazz have outscored our opponents by -1 points. Virtually a push. When he is sitting on the bench, the Jazz have outscored their opponents by 132 points (which is the reason the Jazz have won any games this season) Maybe some of the Miles fans out there do not know that you need to score more points than your opponents to win. Considering Miles is a good offensive player, his defensive is really that atrocious

The problem with some of the Jazz bloggers is that you complain about the Jazz defensive but you show so much love to bad defensive players (outside of boozer)

Best Defensive Players - (what I looked at was the opponents PER and opponents production on 82games)

Kirilenko - and it is not even close
Harpring
Brewer
Koufas - shows promise
Millsap
Knight
Williams - He is getting better as his quickness returns. He was getting beat early and often when he came back
Korver - takes a lot of charges
Okur - although he is an awful at help defensive
Boozer
Price
Almond
Miles
Fes
Collins


pritty.good.guy

@ Miles:

The Jazz had a horrendous first half of last season. They got rid of Gira Sick and then they started playing phenominal. They are one game behind horrendous now. I will gulldaim gaurantee you that they will not play at anywhere near the level they played at last year down the stretch. They were winning (75-80% of their games). The Jazz will be gulldaim lucky to even be in the playoffs. Now, just to put some light on it. The Jazz would be better off to be a 6 or seven than a four or five. Why, you ask? Because as a four or five you get LA'id out in the second round. A 6-7 gets San Antonio and New Orleans in the first two rounds. Withe Milsap and D'Will at full strength, that could be done. I wouldn't bet my cash on it but it is doable.

This is how the west will shake down:
1 LA
2 NO
3 SA
4 DEN
5/6/7/8/9 PHO/POR/HOU/UT/DAL (you tell me in what order!)
Please Jerry's Jazz be a 6 or 7!

Anonymous

one more thing

Last year, the Jazz were the 2 best offensive team - this year the Jazz are the 12 best offensive team - The Jazz defensive has been a lot better than last year.

Miles

If you don't like my comment on how good I think CJ is for the francise, you don't have to comment!! My opinion is not going to change. AK plays against 2nd stringers, his defensive should be better than Miles. Your stats mean nothing to me. You should know that by now. I only care about wins and with CJ in the starting lineup this year, we have more wins. last time I looked, wins get you in the playoffs. Not stats.

@ Pritty.Good.guy

I would rather have LA in the second round than San Antonio in the first round on the road. At least we would make it to the second round. When was the last time we won a game in San Antonio?

We can't beat LA or SA on the road.

No pressure

I love CJ. Ak47 is my favorite player. I am afraid of dwill. Memo is the best 3pt shooting big man in the league.

pritty.good.guy

@@Pritty.Good.guy:

San Antonio could be beat. If Manu gets scraped up and breaks some bones. And Tim Duncan becomes paralyzed. But LA cannot be beat by the Jazz. They are too deep and to powerful in the post! Jack Nicholson could beat the Jazz with that old guy that sits by him. Just the lights in LA are enought o beat the Jazz. Did I say Derek Fischer! He has the mental edge on all of the Jazz. That includes O'Donnel and Sloan!

@pritty.good.guy

The Jazz couldn't beat their way out of a wet paper bag on the road! Hey are you really Good Guy Gary?

magnus

@ pritty.good.guy

Totally dissagree with teh sentiment that the Jazz won't, or can't, put it together like they did last year.

In fact I think they are more likely to put it together than they were last year.

Last year two things happened that helped them take off, Memo got his game back after struggling for the first half of the season, and Giri went away for Korver.

This year they have had so many things go wrong it's hard to even compare but let me give you a list of things that I think will add up to a strong finnish...Williams is finally back to 100% after strugling for the first half of the season (26 pts, 9.5 asst, 3.5 TO over the last 4 games), Boozer will be back in the lineup mid Febuary (17th, to be exact) and play the final 29 games, Millsap will come back from his injury and 100% by the end of January.

My prediction is that the Jazz will struggle for the next few games until Millsap comes back and then they will improve every game from there on out.

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