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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 1 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chico

"I'm a Marquette boy. We're tough"

I couldn't agree more with #23. That reverse layup nearly looked like #23 from the finals years. If Mathews and Brewer continue to play this way and Boozer keeps his financial aspirations set high this team could beat everyone.

Fess will be key though. we need 15 solid minutes a night out of him.

The hustle is important

but the defensive grading system and the outside shooting are killing teams. The Jazz have been shooting around 60% but in the last 3 games the spacing has been great. The outside shots have been falling and the inside is very open.

Some night the Jazz will struggle from the outside. Maybe the hustle and defense will carry them on that night.

Mathews will only get better and should light a fire under CJ. When Utah plays DEN they should have a fresh AK and Brewer to guard Melo all night while Mathews guards the 2. Maybe Maynor or Price can stay in front of Lawson?

Mathews and Brewer can tag team Kobe. Too bad we don't have an answer for Gasol,Odom and Bynum.

The Jazz can win with defense and outside shooting. They still have some match up problems on the inside with the best teams.

However, Sloan is starting to create a defensive culture. Something that should have been done last year. The Jazz finally have some depth so Sloan has a little leverage with the Vets.

Amazing how getting one or two players who fix your weaknesses create wins.

Go Jazz

Reverse

His reverse in the game last night was awesome! He can finish at the rim. What's not to like about him?

He finished with 17 points and only took 7 shots. That's productive!

B.R.

@ Chico
Man you Marquette boys ARE pretty tough. You, D Wade, Wes Matthews. They say the Marnquette girls are pretty and tough too.

Chico Fes is the real deal. I agree we need 15 or more minutes a night out of him depending on matchups. I think with games like he has been having lately Jerry Sloan will begin to trust Fes more and more. It's good to be a Jazz fan this festive season!!

Hustle, Energy, & Effort

Some players have "it" and Matthews is one of them.

Sure he is still learning and will have some nights where he has a rough go but it is clear this kid has poise and a very good Basketball IQ.

As you examine the differences between these 4 year College players and all these young punks who come out early it is very clear what is better for the NBA and for our team.

We have Matthews and Maynor show up (Matthews totally undrafted and they look better than alot of guys like CJ who we have coddled for years and still have seen nothing (except posting on the internet boards).

To get a talent like Matthews undrafted you have to take your hat off to the Jazz Scouts. They scored on this one it looks like.

jazzman72

It looks like Brewer will be gone next summer. You picked up a nice gem jazz!

Anonymous

Diving on the floor is how players get injured...why does Sloan think it's so macho? I'd rather have a player play smart and avoid diving after a ball that's almost impossible to get. Is one extra possession worth a nagging injury all season? It's stupid.

joe

anonymous you dont have a clue dont even waist you time on here if you dont understand hustle anymore than that......

Miles

CJ is still a better all around player than Matthews. Matthews is doing a good job filling in.

RE anonamiss

diving after loose balls tells it all... the differemce between a winner and loser.and a guy that knows hoops and a clown

Re: Miles

I have been CJ's second biggest fan behind you. He has what I believe is a lot of potential based on glimpses or moments that he has had.

However I will tell you as his second biggest fan that you are wrong. Mathews ALL AROUND is better right now. CJ is a good defender, Mathews is a great defender. Mathews is as talented right now as CJ has been. CJ has the potential, but so does mathews

@ the hustle is important

"Too bad we don't have an answer for Gasol,Odom and Bynum."

Hey buddy, We do have an answer for all those guys.

He weighs 310 lbs. has a 7'4" wingspand and goes by the name of FESS.

I've watched him shut down Yao Ming (completely), Andrew Bynum, Marc Gasol, Chris Kaman, Greg Oden, and I've seen him really slow down Tim Duncan.
He just needs the time on the floor

rvalens2

Matthews = Harpring

I'll take him over Miles right now. He's barely a baby in the Jazz system. What's he going to be like by the end of the year or next season?

Sloan isn't going to bench him in favor of Miles; unless Miles can come in and blow the rookie away. And I don't see that happening.

Instead, I see Sloan using both of them and splitting their minutes to keep them fresh out on the court. However, that's only going to happen if Miles starts defending and playing up to his capabilities. Otherwise CJ will be the one coming off the bench to mop up the leftovers.

To hear Sloan talk about Matthews the way he does is HIGH PRAISE indeed!

*****

Oh and Kudos to Fesenko, he's finally starting to get it.

Keep improving Fess, we are going to need you when the Jazz play LA, San Antonio, Houston and Denver.

Anonymous

The Jazz just need to sign Matthews to a two year contract with an option for a third year, and trade CJ. Miles has TONS of potential, but potential isn't anything unless it is realized, and Matthews is using his potential and is realizing day by day what he can do in this league.

I'm glad Sloan is playing the rookies more this year than any other. The rooks are definitely showing that they got what it takes.

nick

I like to earn some credit, I was hoping they were going to draft him in the second round but they didnt. Then when they signed him to orlando summer league I wanted them to sign him and a bunch of you guys were saying no way. Then I said he should make the team over Dupree and Harris and many disagreed. i then said he deserved more of a chance once the guys got hurt, now he starts and is arguably the hardest competitor out there, best defender and can slash and hit the three!!!!!!

No more guaranteed contracts

Notice a pattern here? Wes Matthews is hustling & working hard since he does not have a guaranteed contract. Boozer is finally working hard since he has to audition himself to the league when he walks from the Jazz next summer to get another contract. Guaranteed contracts should be eliminated. It can & usually does ruin a player’s motivation to work hard & improve. The rest of us in the real world do not have guaranteed paychecks.

re:anonymous

Tell me the last time ANY NBA player was injured diving on the floor for a loose ball.

Please tell us...even a single instance.

You are a ridiculous negative complainer who obviously will go to any length to find fault with a Hall of Fame coach.

You keep up your complaining and Jerry will keep on teaching basketball players what they need to know to be better at their profession.

Fes

I like Fes and also like the way he is playing a progressing. However, Fes even when he plays well can not guard Bynum, Gasol and Odom all at once by himself. I was just watching take NO apart. All 3 of the LA bigs move very well and also move their feet on defense.

Fes has a long ways to go before he is Dwight Howard.

RE: Fes

Are you saying Dwight Horward can guard all three at once? Fes did a good job on Bynum 2 years ago. However I agree he will need some help Who Boozer? Okur? Koufos?

Hawaiian Fan

Hey did you see on ESPN that Miles and D-Will were BOTH ranked in the bottom ten defenders in the league. That surprised me for D-Will, but I think he makes up for it because he does so much. Miles on the other hand has no excuse. He's not bringing the ball up and initiating the offense every time down the floor. Once he's back we'd better see a big improvement on D, or he won't be getting any playing time- and nobody will want him in a trade either.

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