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Published: Tuesday, March 17 2009 12:26 a.m. MDT

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Lewis

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

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

The Truth@ Magnus

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

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

@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

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

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

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

@ 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

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.

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