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Utah gets chance tonight in Minnesota

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 25 2009 1:04 a.m. MST

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todd from santa ana

I would be elated if they finish 8-7 away. If we can finish 52-30 only 2 games worse than last season, it would be at worst 50-50 change of getting crucial home court although to avoid Lakers, we either have to win this division or finish 6th which I feel is a more realistic goal-6th

odogtriever

One game at a time was Stockton and Malones mantra. You do not heat that out of Williams or Boozer at all. They are always concerned about the past and future. Just one game at a time and lets see where the chips fall at the end of the season.

Houdini

trade miles,start korver,fire sloan,sign the ball boy

comma man

miles to the dleague,korver allstar,harpring retirement,

Magnus

According to Fuego Caliente Hoops--The Jazz will climb the ladder into the 5th seed. Boozer will show his allstar form with 20 double doubles down the stretch.

Rockstar Basketball website has the Jazz winning their division and starting the playoffs at home.

I love this team.

@ Houdini, comma man

I didn't know they allowed internet access inside padded rooms.

SJ

I see comma man and Houdini haven't jumped on the Jazz bandwagon yet. Hey guys, you had better jump on soon because it's filling up fast if it's not already full.

Re: Magnus

I'm also a Jazz fan but choose to be realistic. They will likely qualify for the playoffs but will once again get eliminated somewhere along the way and it will be try again next year. It's a decent team, above average but they are not championship level. Perhaps in a couple years they might get there if they keep the nucleus of the team together. If Malone would have had half the moxey in him that Stockton had, those guys likely would have won a championship or two. Malone never played well under pressure.

Miles

I think Sloan should spread the minutes more when we have back-to-back sets. We are a deep enough team that he should not play any one player more than 30 minutes the night before another game. I think he could manage the team better knowing he has a game the next night. I know his opinion is they are professionals. I am a realist. Professionals get tired too. Less minutes the first game would equate to more wins the second night.

John Wicks

All you Sloan haters don't know anything about the game. Had he had any sort of center over the years he would have won at least 3 championships!!

Malone

had no heart

Sets up for .500 expectations

Anything better than that will be a bonus.

Jazz Fan BOI

So I was just looking on espn at how much each player makes. It makes me sick the Millsap is the lowest paid player on the Jazz. Lets get him so Money or we'll loose him. It seems Boozer should have some extra money he should be dishing out.

Sokol

I have part of my stimulus check left over, not doing much...Can I send Millsap my extra 50 bucks
to keep him in the chips, so he is happy? What is
the Jazz mailing address?

magnus

Y'all should check out that Fuego Caliente, fine sports reporting, and the hottest latina bloggers you have ever seen.

I say the jurry is out on being a title contender. It will depend on a few things...
Can they stay healthy?
Can they win on the road (at a minimum win over half of their remaining road games)?
Can they play decent team defense with Boozer in the lineup (before Ak went down they were top 10 in efficiency and allowed under 98pts a game)?

If the answers are all yes then I think you have to include them in the conversation.

Boston, LA, and Cleveland are no question contenders. Orlando and San Antonio are second tier contenders right now, they are good, but good enough to beat one of the other 3? Maybe.

Then you have a group of teams that could join SA and Orlando in tier 2 because they have the pieces and talent to be a contender but haven't performed or aren't performing now at that level. I'd put Utah, New Orleans, Houston, Portland, Denver, and maybe Atlanta in that category.

The 5 game trip in march will show alot.

@Magnus

I would agree that there are a lot of questions on whether the Jazz will rise to their potential. They are going to have to win on the road. Further, their late March and April schedule is harder than most of the teams in the west.

SA has injuries. POR is young. I am not sure the PGs at HOU can handle a lot of pressure. DEN has problems at the moment. The west is very volatile. Who gets what seeds depends mainly on injuries. If the Jazz start playing hard defense on the road they might get the number 2 seed. If they don't they might barely make the playoffs.

It is pretty much up to the Jazz but they now have the depth and versatility to win most games if healthy and even most games if minor players are hurt.

Sloan can sit players if they do not defend. However, I am not sure that he will.

Who knows how long it will take for Boozer to get good. At least he rebounds and tries to play defense (steals).

todd from santa ana

toddmintz@ymail.com-magnus email me, i need to know where you find all this stuff gee whiz, i was wrong Jefferson is out for the year i have not paid attention to the Wolves, this is huge because he has hurt us. THis should make Carlos life easier and everyone needs to give this guy 4-5 games to get back on track, yeah i have newfound enthusiasm the way this team has played-i would agree depending how far and how high the Jazz finish, depending, i would consider Sloan coach of the year. The key is avoid the Lakers long as possible to do this we need to win this division that would answer all of these scenarios? Go HAwks tonight! Can we make up 3 games on Denver? Magnus or someone maybe you can review Denvers schedule, is it doable? i know we play them twice right? I know we have not gone into the "big easy yet"

JJ

Have any of you ever played pick-up ball or intramurals with a big shot blocker on your team? Having someone like that cleans up a lot of mistakes by the other players. You can play more aggressively on D because you have that safety net filling the lane. The Jazz are missing that with their current roster. They may be a decent defensive team if they play with effort every night, but they will never be great with their current personnel.

On the other hand, they can be great offensively with their personnel. If they are top 5 offensively and even top 15 defensively, they should be able to go far.

Anonymous

Todd and Magnus sitting in tree.......Lot of love between the two of you.

magnus

@ Todd

After a quick look I would say it is going to be a tough task catching Denver unless they continue to slide. 14 of Denvers last 25 games are home games, the Jazz only play 10 of their last 25 games at home. Only 11 of Denvers last 25 opponents are over .500 as opposed to 13 of the last 25 for Utah.

Even if Utah wins both of the head-to-heads they would still need to make up another game over the rest of the schedule and on the surface that would appear to ba a tall task.

All of the other teams the Jazz will be fighting for playoff position (Houston/Portland/Phoenix/Dallas/NO) have a similar schedule to the Jazz in terms of difficulty of opponents but none of those teams plays as many road games or back-to-backs as the Jazz.

@ JJ

Totally agree. If you use efficincy stats for the offensive and defensive rankings the Jazz have been in the top 10 in both Offense and Defense for most of this season, and are currently ranked between 5-10 for offense and 10-15 for Defense depending on the system.

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