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Published: Monday, Nov. 30 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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That great that the Jazz are grading the players on D. It will be interesting to see if CJ will put in the effort and work hard enough to get back into the rotation or starting line up. This is what he needs, to show him scoring isn't the most important thing in the game.
I'd like to hear how Fes compares to Okur and Booz.

This may be a real

turning point for the Jazz. There will be some per pressure to play better D and there is daily accountability. Sloan is taking D seriously and not just talking. Further, the players can SEE what they did wrong and will fix a lot of things on their own.

It would be nice to know the roster ratings top to bottom and the relative rankings on boxing out, keeping you man in front of you etc.

The Jazz may not want to make that public but just keeping a record of daily/weekly progress will make a big difference over the course of 82 games.

Mathews can shoot especially when open. But having a perimeter defender to go with Brewer and AK gives a little more flexibility to the rotations. Mathews is one more tool Sloan can use for winning.

Sloan seems to be doing a lot more coaching and for the most part better coaching. His rotations are not on auto pilot. We will see if that kind of coaching continues when he gets everyone back? Is it because of the injuries or is it a real change.

How about a coaching evaluation for each game?

the Mailman

Would this guy even be on the roster if CJ and Korver didnt get injured, and will he just sit on the bench when they come back?

Sorry for not getting all warm and fuzzy but lets see how this 'new defence' goes against some of the better teams..

The last post was a good one, lets see how the coaching is when Sloan gets some options back, cos right now he is being forced into these rotations.

I fear it will be the same old story.. hope im wrong but i know im not. The next slump is just around the corner.


briiliant articles.


Very interesting article, thanks!

I was pretty convinced that Matthews would end up in the D-league as soon as Korver and CJ got back, but now I'm not so sure.

The Jazz defense has definitely improved since the season began. I've been impressed with Booze's effort. Its fun to see!

The Truth

I think other players on the Jazz roster would be good at Defense if that was their only ticket to staying in the NBA. Could Matthews be the reason a SG or a SF hasn't lit the Jazz up for 40? I want to see him against Kobe. I'm also back on the BOOZ BANDWAGON after his monster effort versus the Blazers. Well at least until the end of the year or the trading deadline when he's gone. He certainly making Jazz management look foolish as long as he keeps playing this way and stays healthy.


One statistic tells the story. In the first 8 games, the Jazz gave up an average of 103 points per game. Over the last 8, in which Matthews has started, they've given up just 94 per game. Certainly, the improvement is obviously not all due to him, but he seems to have provided a strong defensive effort that has either motivated or shamed the other players into focusing harder on defense. If you watch the game closely, you'll see much better defensive rotation by all players on defense - except in the OKC game. Even Boozer is doing much better defensively.

Would Matthews be on the team if the others hadn't gotten hurt? Probably not, because of finances more than anything, and because he wouldn't have had a chance to prove himself. But things happen for a reason, and something is certainly working defensively. But this is just the defensive spark the Jazz needed?

Will the Jazz revert to old ways when the others return? Yes, if we go back to the old system, with Brewer at 2 and Miles at 3. This system works - let's keep it this way!


Here it is in black and white,Matthews doesn`t need to score a bunch just keep playing the tough defense..I`d hate to be in Korver or Miles shoes,I think he should get lots of their minutes if and when they return


The two rookies have really benefited from the Jazz injuries. Time will tell if the team will benefit from seeing what these rookies can do.

They both seem much more mature experienced than most rookies.

Once again, the Jazz 2nd pick comes through. Naysayers can eat cake! The Jazz brass know what they're doing.

Hopefully, New York stays near the bottom this year, then we'll see some more infusion of talent for this already-deep team.

Love the fact that they're paying someone to spend hours dissecting each game from a defensive standpoint. This can only help with more wins against the better teams as the season progresses.


Matthews will have Brewer's contract spot next year. Matthews can actually hit a shot from more than 3 feet from the basket.

We still need a 3 on this team. We either play a 4 or a 2 at the 3. CJ is not a 3. AK is not a 3. Millsap is not a 3. Brewer is not a 3. Not having a ligitimate 3 in one reason our defense suffers.

If Dwill would play some defense, we could hold teams to under 90 a game.


Matthews is Sloan's type of player: tough and hard nosed who gets the job done as opposed to a guy like Miles who is soft and unproductive.

Along with Boozer, Miles will eventually be traded. The Jazz need to get their financial situation readjusted also and moving those two will go a long way in making the Jazz a financially healthier franchise.

I am really looking forward to seeing how Matthews plays Kobe Bryant. I am sure he will take his lumps, but I sense that he'll get in Bryant's face as opposed to the cream puff style of defense we've been seeing from Brewer and Miles.

Plus, the Knicks keep losing and the prospect of getting a guy like Derrick Favors to replace Boozer down the road gets more likely: I like what has been happening lately with the future fortunes of the Jazz.

@the Mailman

Portland is one of the better teams. And what makes you say another slump is around the corner? (just curious)

re: The Truth

regarding Boozer

"He certainly making Jazz management look foolish as long as he keeps playing this way and stays healthy."

You must be joking. The Jazz management already know Boozer is a beast offensively. Don't forget they are the ones who went and believed in him and offered him the big contract to come here.

The injuries and the defense (lack thereof) are also what the Jazz have watched since Boozer has been here.

He has missed half of his games he was paid to play. The games he did play his defense has been poor.

Now, how is it that Boozer is making management look foolish?

We know Boozer is an undersized power-forward who gets eaten alive by the front line of our nemesis the Lakers.

Boozer is the same as he has always been. He is an injury waiting to happen and only an interview/microphone away from demonstrating what a selfish myopic person he is....again.


Its a layup drill when those two are in the lineup together.

One of them has to go.

Totally Embarrassing

What a joke.

A rookie shows up and punks a bunch of NBA veterans on the defensive scorecard.

This team ought to be truly embarrassed that with all their knowledge of the game they have that they can't beat Matthews at defense.

Especially Brewer ought to be ashamed. Brewer looks to be twice the athlete that Matthews is. He sure has a better body and looks to be stronger.

The more I type the more I realize that these other players are mostly gutless sissies who just want to pile up their offensive stats and not bother with defense.

Brewer needs to be gone. If Matthews can play better defense and we all know he can shoot and score OUTSIDE THE PAINT (unlike Brewer) there is really no reason to pay Brewer anywhere near what he wants to make.

If he wants to get real on his salary then maybe.

We need players who can make their man defend them on the perimeter and BREWER is INCAPABLE of that necessity.

Bye Brew.

Re Doc

You are right about Miles,soft is the best way to describe him,I`d keep Brewer and trade or waive Miles,Korver and Brewer are both tougher defenders


Not to be too technical, but the Jazz 2nd Pick (Goran Suton) was cut by the Jazz. Matthews wasn't drafted at all. I would be sure to check my facts before I started saying things like "naysayers can eat cake" and "Jazz brass know what they are doing". Actually, if anything, this proves that the Jazz brass don't know what they are doing.

Houdini: Memphis= problem

Kinda worried about a couple of match-ups tonight,Gasol/Memo is a biggee,I`d like to see Fes get some real minutes tonite,also Mayo/Gay are both good shooters,physically Matthews matches up better with Mayo at the 2,Brewer needs to come up big on Gay,which I think Ronnie can do it,we`ll miss ak tonight as he`s quick and long enough to bother Gay,I`m kinda worried about this game

Aggie Man

@ doc
I'll be interested to get your diagnosis on C.J. after he has been back playing for about a month or so.

RE: Worried

Randolph is another tough guy to check,it`s like guarding an elephant....a quick elephant with great post moves....I agree this Memphis team reminds me of OKC,lots of nice yong talent,we`d better come out focused...


Just a though, the jazz are way over the cap. An undrafted rookie gets paid even less than a 2nd rounder. If they didn't think he would get drafted maybe it was intentional to not draft him to pay him less money.

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