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  • i can't stand...
    March 17, 2009 1:00 a.m.

    brevin knight. get price in the game and get some energy into the team. one high flying dunk or three pointer gets the team going faster than anything knight has to offer.

  • THEeyepatch
    March 17, 2009 6:47 a.m.

    Atlanta and Miami are good teams at home and they should win. Those teams showed heart against a team[Jazz] that was a 12 game winning streak. The Jazz need to put those loses behind them. Wizards are cupcakes, but if the Jazz are not focused the [Wizards] might look like the '98 Chicago Bulls. Go Jazz!

  • Cupcakes?
    March 17, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    THEeyepatch says the Wizards are cupcakes...I seem to recall the Jazz lost to them already this season...the Wizard's first win of the season if I remember right.

    The Jazz displayed their lack of heart in the crunch at Miami when they blew regulation and the 1st OT, then simply gave up in the 3rd OT.

    They didn't even make the trip, mentally, to Orlando so they shouldn't be too tired from that.

  • Hugh G. Hater
    March 17, 2009 8:30 a.m.

    Why is it that the 800lb gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about is the energy the team has with Boozer on the bench?

    Bench Knight and Collins and let Price and Koufus get some playing time.

  • HintZ
    March 17, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    You can leave the Jazz.............,but you can't leave the Jazz alone!

  • leaders take note
    March 17, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    "Hopefully we're back home that will be enough," Williams said when asked how, after playing 111 minutes in two weekend losses, the energy-sapped Jazz can summon what it takes to rebound tonight.

    Why couldn't he have said what needs to be said. "We need to show some toughness" or "character" or "heart" place any disposition in the blank. If he is the leader now is the time to call it to the team's attention.

    Sloan can only say it so many times, in so many ways, then it becomes mundain. Leaders will take his lead and start saying it also. Then the team will start doing it.

  • JazzFan4ever
    March 17, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    Everything will change if they get back on track tonight.Patience and hustle on the road will do wonders for them.They will be ok just go out and love the game again now that the win streak is off your back.Go play, just go play 15 games left 15 more potential wins have fun and enjoy them.Boozer you can love the game again it's time to play.Patience and hustle, patience and hustle.

  • Illinois Jazz fan
    March 17, 2009 9:30 a.m.

    I also want to know why Sloan doesn't put Ronnie Price in for D Will. When Deron was injured Ronnie played like a true point guard now the poor guy sits almost all the games. Sloan needs to play Price more he's got a good outside shot and alot of speed but he needs more playing time to keep up his skills. Sloan did the same thing with Collins when he stepped in for Boozer now he sits on the bench most of the time.Harpring is getting less and less playing time also. Sloan shows no loyalty to the guys who play tough for him.

  • Dave
    March 17, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    I watched Boozer specifically on the last two road games on the defensive end of the court and I've never seen someone so worhtless, pathetic, or lazy in all of my life. How can Sloan continue to tolerate that from Boozer. Even when he hit the three jumpers in a row v. Orlando, at the other end he gave up three straight baskets. I've never seen him take a charge or really work hard and it will eventually kill the Jazz in the playoffs. It is too bad that the rest of the team gives it their all and Boozer drags them all down by his pathetic defensive play. Dump him, please!!!

  • Road Ride?
    March 17, 2009 10:29 a.m.

    I'd call it road kill. As in dead. Brain Dead from Jerry on down.

  • BJ
    March 17, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    I am with Dave on this. No one has mentioned that the Jazz won 12 in a row WITHOUT Boozer for most of those games - and then lost 3 in a row WITH him. The team chemistry changes with him in.

  • arturo
    March 17, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Maybe some time in the near future Coach Sloan will get it that Boozer is totally worthless on defense.In the Orlando game he looked like he was selling tickets to watch Howard dunk on him. Made no effort to try and stop him.I feel bad that the majority of the players try playing defense and they hang in there with a chance to win the game until Coach Sloan insists on putting Boozer in during crunch time.The Hawks should send "Boozer" a thank you card for the nice illegal screen and the bounce of his foot. Korver was hitting the majority of his shots in the miami game but who takes the last shot..Boozer" ...I wish Deron would quit giving it to Boozer and just shoot.

  • EnReekey
    March 17, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    Jazz no play goot on thee roat. No havy zzshob for me. Yack Macksen is pritty goot guy!

  • The Truth
    March 17, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    @BJ I agree with the whole chemistry thing, When Booz is in the game, D-Will/the coaching staff go to pick and rolls and post ups and the rest of everyone is watching the D-will/booz show. AK and Booz don't co-exist which was the one of the main reasons for the melt down from AK because he wasn't getting the ball. When Booz plays,Milsap and AK's minutes go down which in turn hurts the Jazz defense/hustle. I like how Booz selfishly jumps over and or yells at teammates so he can grab rebounds that would otherwise land in his teammates laps. Once this past weekend, I almost fell off the coach when Booze jumped all the way accross the opposite lane on a missed foul shot so he could grab the rebound right in front of Okur who was standing there ready to grab the rebound. It was so pathetic. If Booz is really committed to being here, he needs to lead by example when it comes to offense,defense and sharing the ball. AK always tries to make plays for everyone, Booz generally only makes plays for himself.

  • Mike
    March 17, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    Howard dunks on everybody, not just Boozer.

  • Spencer
    March 17, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    Boozer (and Jonathan Tavernari on BYU - but that's another issue) bugs the crud out of me! He is SO stinking lazy. He blew it for us in the playoffs last year. He fumbles the ball, misses layups, and stands in the same 4 foot radius on the court when on offense until he gets the ball or has a chance to set a pick so he CAN get the ball. His inconsistency leaves me disgusted that Millsap and AK have to sit on the bench and watch him play more minutes. He has NEVER been the "All-Star" that people expect out of him, and I highly doubt he will ever play the play he's never played.

  • howard dunks
    March 17, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    loved watching everyone... not just boozer give dwight howard a little slap on the wrist and then proceed to watch him raise up with fury and dunk it like a man trying to prove something.

    hopefully they watched some film and realized that if they are going to foul then it should be done so the guy doesn't make the shot. these guys sure do make it easy for the other team to get 3 point plays and put us in a hole pretty easy.

    buck up and show some heart and toughness!

  • Cowboy Joe
    March 17, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    The Jazz are now in 7th. With their tuff road schedule remaining I look for the Jazz to finish 8th. Right now they are only 1 game ahead of Dallas. This off season the management needs to grow a pair and do something drastic. They have the talent and good players, but inorder to become an elite team they need a major trade or coaching change. Jazz lovers don't reply and say "Sloan is the greatest coach", and "The best trades are the ones not made." I am tired of good, I want great. Let's hope the Jazz can be the 6th seed. That will be their best chance to advance.

  • magnus
    March 17, 2009 1:20 p.m.

    Anybody see San Antonio lose to OKC last night?

    Here's the problem with the way you guys are watching the Jazz, you are looking for the bad things.

    It's like when my wife is in a bad mood, I can do a million things right, and break my back trying to please her, but as soon as I do that one thing that is annoying her or give her the slightest reason to be mad at me, nothing else that I have done matters at all. The only thing that matters is that I somehow screwed up that thing.

    That's exactly what most of you guys are like. I am as dissapointed about the road trip as anybody, but the Jazz did alot of good things and should be better for it.

    Utah has 7 home games and 8 road games left.

    The home games should all be wins.

    7 of the 8 roadies are against West playoff contenders.

    The Jazz control their destiny, if they learn how to win tough games on the road (and I think they will) then not only will they prove they are contenders, but they will probably win home court.

  • The Miami game...
    March 17, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    I am still bent over the Miami game. Millsap and Kirilenko should have been left at the airport to find their own way home. Those 2 morons cost the Jazz the game. There is no excuse to lose a game like that. Yeah the refs sucked, big deal, it never should have come down to that. PERIOD. Now the Jazz are coming home where of course they will win, because they are mentally weak, they can win at home but on the road I even hold my breath if they are playing the Clippers.

  • Lewis
    March 17, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    TRY PLAYING DEFENSE ON THE ROAD! THEN MAYBE YOU WILL WIN SOME MORE GAMES! HOW DO THEY NOT GET IT???
    BY THE WAY, WE SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED MARIO CHALMERS AS A BACKUP TO DWILL. THEY COULD HAVE EVEN PLAYED TOGETHER IN THE BACK COURT. INSTEAD WE ARE STUCK WITH ANOTHER TALL SKINNY WHITE GUY THAT'LL RIDE THE PINE FOR A FEW YEARS INSTEAD OF SOMEONE THAT COULD ACTUALLY COME IN AND CONTRIBUTE.

  • comma man
    March 17, 2009 3:47 p.m.

    fire sloan,trade williams,dump miles,hire my mamma to play,

  • The Truth@ Magnus
    March 17, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    Magnus the eternal optimist. You kill me sometimes. Here we are half way through March and you still think the Jazz are going to win their back to back games and on the road against winning teams. Anytime you have to say IF the Jazz can learn to win on the road, they can be championship contenders, they aren't. Although the using the wife as an example of burnt JAZZ fans is classic material.(LOL)

    Championship contenders at this point aren't asking IF's when it comes to winning and winning on the road. They are saying we can win anywhere against anyone and we have proved it by doing it. With the Jazz schedule, I look for them to be slightly above .500 the rest of the way and lucky if they can pull off a 6th seed or higher. Only a month to go and we will see if you are right or not. OKC aside, SA, unless they make a major collapse is locked into the 2 seed already.

  • @Anoymous
    March 17, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    This passed weekend games there was no DEFENSE from the Jazz in the paint.
    Boozer is useless around the basket. Sure he can make baskets and get rebounds but more often than not the opposite team is waltzing into the paint and getting uncontested lay-ups. He also yells at his teammates to move out of the way to get rebounds and if he isn't in a good postion he'll move to get one away from another teammate. That is so awful of him. It looks like he feels his job is to get rebounds and lay-ups only because they look good on paper or in the stats. He's taken rebounds away from almost everyone on the team at one point or another. I'm fed up with his posturing and odd ways. Jazz won without him and they can do it again. Milsap for is a better shot blocker and he muscles his way into the paint and gets lay-ups in traffic. He's a good rebounder too. Time to let Boozer go.

  • the Mailman
    March 17, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    @magnus

    I think most people here like you for your optimism and it is an admirable trait.. but my friend in life you also need to be realistic, and when you ignore your faults you will not address them, and hence they will remain uncorrected.

    So for you magnus i will point out the following:

    Yes we do have a talented roster, a young-ish team that should improve and a team that plays well at home..

    But we also have a team that made the conference finals 2 years ago and has gradually got worse, a team that plays below its potential, and a team that quite simply does not show character on the road.

    I would love to see the Jazz turn it around but reality is.. the team cannot be called a top side, ever, when they are virtual easy beats on the road.

    Coach Sloan has been a wonderful servant and i am loathe to criticise him but when a person has been in a job for over 20 years he is bound to get a little stale. We need a change or we will continue to be good, not great.

  • JAZZ NEED CHANGE
    March 17, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    THEY WIN 12 STRAIGHT AGAINST SOME PRETTY GOOD TEAMS IN THAT STRETCH, AND THEN PLAY LIKE SISSY'S THE NEXT 3 GAMES. THE JAZZ NEEDS SOME CHANGES FOLKS. IT'S AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON SLOAN'S FACE.

    NEW COACH
    NEW ATTITUDE
    NEW PHILOSOPHY (NOT PHIL JOHNSON'S)
    DUMP BOOZER ON HIS AZZ
    RESIGN MILLSAP LONG TERM
    START PLAYING SOME DEFENSE!

  • todd from santa ana
    March 17, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    the mailman: did i not say that 2 months ago, but as usual i was faulted and ripped apart for it. We need a Jerry Jones like Tom Landry. Sloan is a hall of famer i give him that i respect his life and accomplishments., but it is too long in sports the same thing is happening with Bobby Cox in Atlanta with the Braves-the message gets old and stale. A token not starting Brewer is dumb. Unless you go all the way and suspend him for the game like Frank Layden did Adrian Dantley, this is waste of energy. What would have been better if our leader had the team focused for Orlando and players to make wrong decisions, such as Miami and Carlos Booooozer famous "fall away jumper" like he is Jack SIkma. I wish we could get a Michael Cooper clone or someone that wants to play defense and coach that utilizes the right combinations-i put up with SLoan because no choice, he should get a sports doctor to have these players come in for mental analysis as to why "i fall apart on the road and i play scared"..

  • Boozer
    March 17, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    is a big time looser. Occasionaly he scores However he so weak on D and even on ball handling he is a drag on this team and the poor guy does not even realize it.!!! He never gets into high gear.

  • magnus
    March 17, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    @ the Truth

    I may be an optimist, but that doesn't mean I am out of touch with reality. The reality is that their showing on that 5 game road trip was dissapoint but it also was without question their best trip of the season, they easily could have gone 4-1 but lost two games in the final minutes.

    so I'll say this to you and THE Mailman...

    Another reality that you seem to be overlooking is that they were better last year than they where when they went to the conference finals, and this year they have played almost as well in spite of having their 3 best players miss an entire season worth of games.

    The roster that is playing now has played together all of about 12 games this season.

    So while you guys sit back and look at W-L record and say "well they are clearly going backwards" I'm looking at the REALITY of the whole situation and saying, "you know what I don't think we have peaked yet, and if we can just continue to improve, we may have a shot at this."

    Just watch and see...

  • checo from spain
    March 17, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Hi! from spain, jazz fan! from we thought here that utah must be 2 or 3 in the west, has a great game in the paint with Boozer and Millsap, best pg of the league along with C3P, D-Will, and please that Korver starting now! is the best gunner of the team and gives the most important extra to the offense, without doubt the 7 games on the road to be the true thermometer facing playoffs. Go Jazz and Go all spanish in NBA, except Pau Gasol in Lakers BEAT L.A FOREVER.