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Utah Jazz: Sundiata Gaines hits game-winner at buzzer to beat Cavs

Rookie buries buzzer-beater to propel Jazz past Cavaliers

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  • Re Miles
    Jan. 16, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    you are CLUELESS

  • Korver
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    had 2 of the 3 best plays of the game. His limited minutes were great. His defense seems much better.

    Sloan still puts him in to close. That says a lot about the overall talent of Korver.

    CJ is not a bad player. He is a streaky shooter and not helping his cause with a low percentage. Sometimes he plays very good defense. Sometimes he rebounds and assists.

    Many of us would just like CJ to be a lot more consistent in effort and shot selection.

    Mathews consistently plays good D. Some nights he is on offensively and some nights he kind of disappears. However, this is his rookie year. For a rookie he is doing great.

    Gaines seem to be able to shoot and defend. He needs experience at point.

    Price is playing better than last year.

    If the PGs run the team at the right pace and Sloan keeps the wings in who defend, take good shots and assist, the Jazz can weather some weakness inside.

    The team is more stable when they get good D, the right pace and good outside shooting.

    The Jazz have no real go to guy at the end of the game.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Anyone else turn off the game with 40 seconds left and the Jazz down six? I found out the Jazz won the next day. Glad there are replays of the final seconds all over the internet.

  • CL
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Come on Miles, Korver didn't have much choice, give him credit for hitting a GREAT shot, one he probably wouldn't hit again if you gave him 10 tries, still it was a great shot.
    Miles, you need to realize alot of people hate CJ but alot of people like CJ and those who like him realize his potential(like me)but be truthfull and realistic. CJ isn't playing great, OK at best and not close to his potential. I just want CJ to hustle, play tough, aggressive etc. if he would, he would be able to come closer to playing to his potential. Then you would be able to crow and spout about how good CJ is. Right now you just make people laugh with your comments. If you want to help CJ get the word to him to develope a work ethic & pregame routine like Ray Allen.

  • to natalie from ohio
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    That was hilarious- I got a great laugh out of that one. I mean the cavs shoot 50% to the Jazz's 38% the first half and the Jazz clamp down defensively in the 2nd half but it's because the cavs played their worst. How funny! I mean all those phantom foul calls in the 4th quarter every time someone looked at Lebron James wrong, the no-call travel, etc. The cavs had more than enough help (with the Jazz missing 4 or 5 free throws themselves in the 4th even) to win, but the no-names for the Jazz wanted it more tonight.

    BTW, Gaines' shot and Korver's shot were both amazing and worthy of highlights but I was real disappointed that ESPN didn't show Korver's block of Lebron on the highlight show, or as a top play. Every time Lebron does that to someone it's all over the network, but a slow white guy comes from behind to block his layup, and it's nowhere to be seen.

    Way to go Korver!

  • BTW
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Deron Williams, #8 is our boy. He will figure out a few things he needs to improve; he is going to get better mark my words. All of you that are throwing him under the bus should be seriously ashamed of yourself. We lose him we're screwed. Gains and Price don't have near the talent DWill does. DWill get healthy buddy we need you.

  • D-Will rocks!
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    I totally agree with Enough is Enough. I am so sick of everyone bashing D-Will. He is the best thing that happened to the Jazz since the stockton and malone era. He deserves to have true fans!

  • Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    @Hanging Chad: Finally someone with a post that understands how the 2 for 1 works. CJ is the most brightest star on the team. He allowed the Jazz to get the ball back and for Gaines to even have an opportunity to take the last shot.

    If you want to complain about taking a bad shot, look at Korver. Shooting the ball behind the basket. That was horrible shot selection. At least CJ could see the basket from half court when he took his shot.

  • Clutch
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Gaines and for that matter Matthews have something that most of the Jazz players do not have (especially Boozer) and that is they are not afraid to play in clutch situations. Boozer at the end of a game is like a deer in head lights. The Jazz need go to guys in clutch situations.

  • Fred in NJ
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    No doubt that Price, or even Gaines has better lateral moving ability, meaning better defense in one-on-one and pick-&-roll situations. D-Will is vulnerable on opponent's pick-&-roll. He has improved a little bit after the Olympic, but not so much of this season.

    Let's live with it. We need his star power (on the rise) to win on the road. Energetic plays from Price and Gaines can work very well at home. They energize the crowd and then the crowd energize the team. But this won't not work that well on the road and we need star power, just like what LBJ, D-wade, and Kobe do in every single game, taking over the game when in clutch.

    Boozer, who is not Karl Malone, is proven to be not effective when facing long, athletic zone D (Hawks, Thunders, Lakers, Boston, etc.). D-Will is our only hope for now. I am not saying he is THE MAN already, but at least he has shown us some potential to be THE MAN. I am fine with trading D-Will, if you can find us a better PG in the market.

  • Oregon Man
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    "what a great contest!" We have some more tough ones coming up so I hope tonight's last second win against King James, will pump up the confidense zone, and walk through the next ten games. We are nipping at the heels of denver and portland so we have to keep up the energy factor and be the team we should be. go jazz..you guys go!

  • Yanken
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Slown is going down! You know! Brevin Collins>>>

  • Lol at natalie
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    The cavs at their very worst and the JAzz at their very best huh??? Yeah you are right, the jazz playing without their main Pg and without their best defensive player and they were at their best. Shooting horribly for the entire third quarter and then having a massive rally with their bench against King James and his startes and they had to win on two amazing shots. MY gosh they truly were at their best huh?? But then again i guess they have to be when garbage like LBJ ENORMOUS travel at the end there didnt get call. Get real woman. The jazz didnt play their best, they played harder and they came up with the win. Deal with it chica

  • ENough is ENough
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Ok this is directed at all the D-will haters on this board. What on earth is wrong with you people?? Deron is arguably the best PG in the league and he puts up the numbers to support that claim!! Honestly some of the suggestions that Price and Gaines could run this offense better is just ludicrous. Yeah Deron needs to start pushing the tempo more, thats not arguable, when he pushes it he scores a lot and the jazz do better as a result. And his defense is not as bad as you people claim. He plays defense just as much as everyone else does on the team. I just love how most of you guys saying Boozer is the key are hating on D-will when i guarantee that you were hating on Boozer this summer. You bandwagon fans are jsut the worst. But please, keep complaining about D-will. Maybe you will get your wish and he will be traded. Then you can see him kicking our butts up and down the floor when he comes to Utah wearing a different jersey. Go jazz and go all true Jazz fans

  • Chuck Nunn
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Sundiata Gaines nails the game-winning bucket after signing his second 10-day contract. Y'all think he might stick for the rest of the season? Folks who bash the D-League, take a look, because this is what it's for, developing guys and keeping them close at hand for NBA teams to utilize -- and another D-League success story is under way with "Yada"

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • LeBron's Traveling
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    It's getting out of hand! Is anyone else enraged by the fact that lebron could catch a rebound inside the 3 point line, feet planted, then step both feet back behind the line without taking a dribble!? Go watch the highlights on espn.com you can see it very clearly. The game would have been won much easier by the jazz if even this one call was made. (Though there were many)

  • Natalie from Ohio
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    Yes, the Jazz did play well... and unfortunately the Cavs had WAY too many turnovers and played horribly. But it's still nice to know the Jazz had to play their very best, to beat the Cavs at their very worst.

    And LeBron James is not a "self-proclaimed king"...he earned that title (and continues to) as he shows the world and the Jazz that literally NO ONE can stop him. If LeBron wasn't such a team player, he would have dominated the game in the first quarter and single-handedly beat the Jazz by at least 20.

  • @hanging with chad
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    There is a lot of venom on these posts but you will find that anywhere--it's not right in the grand scheme of things but hey whatever, right?

    About your comments regarding that shot...sure I can see the whole two for one but not an ill-advised brick from 30-40 feet. No one, I mean no one wants that shot to be taken. CJ is good and has a lot of "potential" talent but he is not that good at the end of a game. I agree with many others, he needs to grow-up and stop being selfish. I don't care if he is still young, for he has 4 years of NBA experience under his belt and he is definitely getting a grown up salary of $3.7 million. What a joke, for now anyway.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    Quick! sign gaines to a 100 million dollar contract that ties us up for 7 years.

  • @ Lonster
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Have to be the cynic huh? Don't compare Korver's shot to Lucas's 70 foot "two hand shot." Give me a break. It is what it is dude. Leave it alone and be thankful for heck sakes. I will bet you anything he could hit that shot again??? A little "luck and timing" are all part of the game. Even there greats would concur with that.

    And tomorrow we win that's the spirit huh.....

  • Sneaky Jimmy
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Go Green

  • green
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    The jazz definently need to change their uniforms to green.. they are so much better looking. and they play great basketball in green

  • Lonster
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    John, I agree with you about the dull, powder blue unies. I thought the Jazz had a winner a number of years ago when they went to the logo with the copper-colored ring and other classy colors. Why they dropped that color scheme in favor of the crummy light blue is beyond me.

  • Bennie
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    I was so happy with the win last night. There are three memorable games that I have seen with the Jazz and they have all been mentioned. John Stockton's shot putting the Jazz in the finals,last night's game. But the game that was amazing was the one that took placed years ago in the old Salt Palace the Jazz were behind by 9 points with 27 seconds left. Most of the fans had left the building and missed the amazing win. That game that I stayed and watched taught me never to leave a game early; because you just never know.

    Bob in Boise great comments.

  • Hanging Chad
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    Wow. Still a lot of venom on these posts. Take a chill pill. Great emotional win.

    To Miles haters: why did CJ take that shot with 40 seconds left from 25-40ft? I agree it was not the best shot, but I think if someone were to ask him he was trying to pull a DWill two for one. By taking the shot with more than 30-35 sec the Jazz would be guaranteed to get the ball back again. That being said I think that he could have taken the next 10 seconds to find a better shot for himself or someone else and still had 30 sec on the clock. Right idea but poor execution.

    I liked how Sloan let the squad ride for most of the 4th quarter with Wes, CJ, Sundiata, Boozer, and Sap. They all collectively engineered a great comeback.

  • Lonster
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    Don't give short shrift to Korver's behind-the-backboard shot that kept the Jazz in there the last 10 seconds; I imagine Jerry saying, "What the...!" as Kyle took it, then immediately, "Great shot!"

    Sometimes these last second shots work for you and sometimes against you. I was at Jazz/Lakers years ago at the Salt palace when, with the Lakers down by a bucket with a second or two to go, Maurice Lucas (after a timeout) took an inbounds pass at 3/4 court, turned and heaved a 70-foot, two-handed shot --- Swish! The Lakers were all laughing because it was such a ridiculous, and lucky, shot. Lakers won in overtime.

    So enjoy Gaines' shot today, because tomorrow...

  • John
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    Gotta keep the green uniforms. The pansy looking powder blue is awful.

    Also have to change the colors on the floor of the delta center. Something that is less feminine looking.

    Nothing wrong with feminine, ladies, I love it, but not on NBA players, and certainly not on the floor of the arena.

  • Best Regular Season Home Game
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    Was last night the best regular season home game ever at the ESA (Delta Center)?
    I can remember Stockton racing down the court with just a few seconds left against the MJ and the Bulls and making a layup with time expring, but I think that was at the Salt Palace?

  • Korver Shot
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Gaines would not have had the opportunity to take the game winner if Korver had not have hit that INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT H.O.R.S.E. shot from behind the basket.

    Degree of difficulty 10!!

    You have only seen LeBron and Kobe make a similar shot to that this year and I think that Korvers was yet even at a worse angle than theirs.

    I was reading on a Cleveland Blog that a guy was sitting directly in line with Korver and the basket and he said he thought it was better than LeBrons last week. That coming from a Cav homer!!

    Nice shot Korver.

    Gaines with THE shot though.

    This dude with his bald head and build kind of remind me of Derek Fisher. Fisher is now a swear word in this town and I agree but Gaines looks like he is quality!!!

  • FANS AND CJ
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    FANS - What's up with all the weak Jazz fans that leave the game early? To avoid 5 - 15 more minutes of traffic? To get 5 - 15 more minutes of sleep? I really thought we had the best fans in the NBA, but, last night, I changed my mind. I'm not sure which NBA team has them, but it's not the Jazz. Think how much louder it would have been if everyone stayed?

    CJ - Obviously he is pressing on the Offensive end, but he's the Jazz investment and hopefully he will still learn. HE IS STILL THE YOUNGEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM. HE HAS A LOT OF UPSIDE AND TALENT IF HE COULD JUST GET IT IN CONTROL.
    IF CJ CAN GET IT GOING, THE JAZZ WOULD BE SCAREY GOOD.

  • brother down under
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:26 p.m.

    I have been a huge/loyal Jazz fan and wow, what a win. Credit to Gaines bigtime for taking that shot and getting nothing but net.

    Now, I agree with JAZZ FAN. Gaines took and amazing/clutch shot but PLEASE DON'T FORGET WHO GAVE HIM THAT OPPORTUNITY. KORVER'S SHOT WAS FREAKING SICK. W/O IT WE DON'T HAVE A CHANCE. KORVER YOU'RE A STUD AND I'M SURE HE COULD DRILL THAT SHOT AGAIN; ITS LIKE HE HAS PRACTICED IT MANY TIMES.

    Last people--Stop commenting on Miles posts. He wins every time and loves it when he can feed off you all. The dude is "special" so give him a break. Just don't react to his ludicrous nonsense. It's a complete was of time, seriously. Just let our special friend ramble on and treat him like he doesn't exist. His posts don't exist neither does he. Just don't play his game b/c like I said if you do he wins every time. Think about it....It's like getting upset/frustrated with an attempted conversation with someone with Alzheimer's dementia. You can't get mad at that.

  • what's the difference
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    between Sundiata, Wesley and CJ? ..... 4 years of college experience.

  • plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I stand corrected, you guys are all right. I'd only seen a highlight of the shot and read about the dance on the table, then went home last night and watched the whole game and ya'll are right, what a great moment, I wish I would've been there for it.

    for the record, I know he'd never hit a shot like that in his life, it was supposed to have some sarcasm in there so while I know you're offended, I promise to lighten up if you do.

  • @zzaJ and Jazz Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    I completly agree, the shot by Gaines was clutch but the Korver shot the player earlier was incredible. He was at least a foot behind the basket when he made that shot and was falling out of bounds.

  • Re; "quick" picking on miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    how long is he going to "be young and still developing" this is his fifth year genius,btw it`s quit not quick

  • zzaJ
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:21 p.m.

    The other subplot of the game was Korver and Lebron. First Korver blocked Lebron, and then he (Korver) sent another message with his shot from behind the board challenging, if not matching, Lebron's own shot (some days ago) from about the same spot. Go JAZZ! ..let's beat Denver!

  • Quick picking on miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    He's young and still developing.Is he the best guard probably not, but I do think he is improving and will make better decisions as time goes on.

  • ak
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    wouldnt have made much differance if he was in he caint stop lebron. he just coasted till the end.

  • JAZZ FAN
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    LOVE THE GREEN NO MORE SICK BLUE

  • yoda
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    bob from boise, you're funny! And right on comments, too.

  • yada yada yada
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    love that the rookie pre-visualized his clutch play. love his thrill of victory scorer's table move. can't believe some posters here want to pull Yata off the table toward the agony of defeat. enuf with your buzzkill yada, yada, yada. Celebrate or go home.

    hope Fanzz just ordered a truckload of #15 jerseys!

  • blauch
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    One more thing about Miles.

    He has taken 184 jump shots and 12 free throws. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE.

    Miles shoots one free throw every 15 shots. He is one the biggest chuckers in the NBA








  • Re: Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    Give it a rest... not only did Gaines HAVE to take that shot (clock expired as the ball went through the net), but when he was asked by the media after the game, he said the play was originally for KYLE if he had a shot.

  • CB
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    Caught the last quarter of the game, watch them get their 10 point lead and then lose it...So discussed that thought we would ignore the last 3 min. but couldn't stay away.... came back and saw the Jazz fight their way back, loved Kover's 'back of the board' basket which lead them to fight even harder to gain control and that final shot was to die for...and it probably sounded like that was what was happening with the screams that resounded around our family room. Thanks for a super ending from a great TEAM!

  • Bob in Boise
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    Just so you know, Gaines did not play in the "sticks" before being signed by the Jazz. He played for the Idaho Stampede in the capital city of the state Idaho.
    Aside from the game itself, the most exciting moment for me was watching the shot of the Jazz bench emptying after the game winning shot by Gaines. Boozer and company looked like a group of NCAA Tournament Cinderella winners. The expressions on their faces told me that they really cared about the game. I understand that one game does not a season make, but some games do cause teams to change directions. When was the last time the Jazz were five games above .500? It seems like they have been back and forth, up and down, for the entire season. This could be a defining moment for them. A last second shot against an NBA elite team is not too shabby. I thought LeBron had almost single-handedly grasped the victory from the Jazz. The Jazz deserve credit for not quitting. Yada should be Yoda, the force was definitely with him!

  • from idaho
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    I loved the game. Felt a lot of different emotions all the way through which is what a game does for fans. I love to watch the Jazz regardless of who is on the court. I feel bad when they lose and wish they would have played better. I am elated when they win, been that way for many many years. Wish everyone didn't have to micromanage the coach and players after every game. Just enjoy it. None of the players on the team want to lose nor do the coaches. Count yourselves lucky to be able to see a game instead of having a real life encounter like in Haiti. Love to all real Jazz fans, those that don't just jump on and off the band wagon.

  • Brad Mons
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    CJ is terrible...Launches a 35 footer in a close game...BONE HEAD!

  • Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    Houdini I know you love me but stop writing posts for me. I can do that all by myself.

    First, go look at the stats from last night's game.

    Second, look at all the wings stats.

    Third you may notice that CJ had two assists and two steals.

    Fourth, no one else showed anything better in more minutes.

    Fifth, Stop being so childish and pretending to be me with your posts.

  • THEeyepatch
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    Great game, let's keep'em coming.

  • Henry Drummond
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    What a storybook ending! The only thing that would have made it better would be for Sandiata to have dropped to one knee and proposed to his girlfriend on national TV

  • King Black @ Cj
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    No first off CJ has never hit a game winner in his career, in what 4 years. Gaines did it while being under a 10 day contract.

    Ohh and if Miles hits threes everyday how come he was 0-3 from three mans land last night.

  • Don Bermans
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    CJ almost cost us our Gains!

  • Jazz fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    The shot by Gaines was amazing, but the greatest shot of the game has to be the one from Korver. Are you kidding me?! He shoots up over the backboard while falling out of bounds and it goes in? Without that shot the Jazz don't even have a shot to win.

  • psychonurse
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:16 a.m.

    I hope Sloan/D Will wake up and smell the roses. Jazz play better and it is more fun to watch when they run instead of walk up the court. D Will is still the best but needs to figure out how to keep the energy level and tempo up. GO JAZZ

  • reply to dave
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:12 a.m.

    Deron Williams got past delonte west on one play. I remember a point in the game during the second quarter when delonte west had 11 pts and 7 of them were against deron williams.We will see if delonte west or deron williams makes it further in the playoffs. loser

  • Captain to haha
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    Does anyone in here like the Lakers other than that one guy. Didnt you guys get spanked by the Cavs by like 20.

  • blauch
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    Miles - It not that he missed the that shot (probably a 28 foot 3 pointer) that we are mad about. It's the fact that HE TOOK THE SHOT. We were only down 4 points had he driven the ball the the rim and tried to get contact and maybe score 2 points we are down 2 with 40 seconds left. There is still time to get the ball left. It was a horrible shot

    The reason everyone dislikes Miles is he shoots the ball to much and he just not a good shooter and his below average defense

    Shots per minutes out on the court
    Brewer 1 shot per 3.8 minutes
    Kirilenko 1 shot per 3.5 minutes
    Matthews 1 shot per 3.4 minutes
    Korver 1 shot per 3.4 minutes

    Miles 1 shot per 2.3 minutes

    Williams 1 shot per 3.7 minutes
    Boozer 1 shot per 2.4 minutes
    Memo 1 shot per 2.8 minutes
    Millsap 1 shot per 3.4

    It is the highest shots per minute on the team (even higher than Boozer) but he has the lowest fg percentage.

    Honestly, Do you see the problem with this?

  • Miles Re Thoughts
    Jan. 15, 2010 11:02 a.m.

    What`s the big deal.Gaines hit a shot,everyone mobs him like he`s a hero.CJ hits shots like that everyday.This d-leaguer shouldn`t even be on the team

  • Sokol
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    As I see it, Sloan made two top knotch decisions.
    He saved that time out and put Gaines in at the end..
    Man, Kirilenko is a combination of Greg Oden, Marcus Camby and Darko Milicic...
    People should start to wonder if he, Kirilenko, is a hypochondriac like Tracy McGrady..

    Yes, I would say, other than Stockton's shot, it was the most exciting ever...

  • Jazz Cop
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    @AK LOVER-There's a big difference between dwills contribution and ak47's contribution. Dwill is the most important offensive player, it doesn't excuse his laziness on defense, but his laziness on defense doesn't make him terrible, and it doesn't change the fact that the jazz need his effort on defense to be good, it just means his main contribution which we depend on isn't compromised. As for ak, his contribution is different, he is perhaps the best defensive player, laziness on defense for ak is like laziness on offense for dwill, but likewise, it doesn't change the matter that the jazz need offense from ak to be good; the jazz are really going to struggle if the players can't even provide their primary contribution. dwill, running the offense, millsap rebounding, ak being the ball hawk, boozer usig both hands around the rim, brewer cutting on easy scores--every player has a primary contribution, the role ak has is of considerable importance to the team. If ak really wants to be loved by the fans, why don't he bring his A game every night?

  • Dave
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    I was waiting for Delonte West to pull out some guns after Dwill punked him and made him look stupid. DWill pushed the ball alot in this game, the Jazz were just missing shots. The pgs for the Jazz couldn't breath on the other team without getting a foul. While the Jazz seem to play better team ball without Williams, could it be because they pull together without their leader. Gaines hit the game winning shot, but prior to that Mo Williams smothered him into turnover after turnover. Even Price couldn't overcome the smothering, but I think DWill could. I think DWill is also trying to play more team ball after seeing what it does while he's injured.

  • beat themselves
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    The cavs only lost this game by killing themselves. Mike Brown left lebron on the bench for to long to start the 4th quarter. Season high on turnovers. Jazz got all the calls in the 3rd quarter. lucky win by the jazz. they will lose to the bucks tomorrow.

  • haha
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    wow did the jazz win the championship? this makes me sick. I cant wait to log back onto here in June. Go LAKERS.

  • Hey, Miles Re Gaines
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Did you not watch the game or at least a replay of the end? Gaines had to shoot it. When he took it there was 1.4 seconds on the clock. Had he passed it to Miles, time may have ran out before Miles had time to shoot it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    Sign Sundiata to a real contract! He seems like a keeper.

  • IVAN
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    PLYXPLY
    your comment is a joke.I sure dont get excited playing checkers.you have no clue of momenum in sports.Great job GAINES

  • @ miles re gaines
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    CJ was being guarded by Lebron and we all know CJ was going to miss. The Cavs played the Jazz shooters well and forgot about the rookie and he made them pay for it. Gaines did his job to get open and CJ stood in the corner waiting instead of making things happen! Admit it CJ needs a lot of developement.

  • AK lover
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    I do love the games without Deron this year. He's getting scoring first but not leading others to play. This year you've ever seen that he loves 1 on 1 more, and this made the ball stop flowing. The most of time on court he's the lazy player to defense; he reserves all of his energy to score, and this attitude should not be kept by a franchise player. Allstar? The Fame Hall?
    His importance is definitely overrated this year.
    Maybe he's the most talent in Jazz, but he's not tough enough to be the one.
    For me, Boozer is the most important player for team system and league standing, and AK is the best bench player. But Deron? Learn how to be unselfish, OK?

  • Sign Gaines
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    send miles packin

  • Thoughts
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Great win in spite of Miles bad decision,(45 foot backboard rattler) does he even know how much time is on the clock? Does he EVER realize that someone MAY have a better shot? yes we won but not because of Miles,but in spite of his bad choices.It`s all about CJ, and getting His shot off

  • Williams who?
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    The Jazz have more energy and confidence with Williams on the bench. When is he going to stop blaming his teammates every time he throws the ball out of bounds and commits a turnover? Dude is no leader and as long he is playing point instead of 2, the Jazz will not improve regardless of who they bring in.

  • Jazz Cop
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    I don't expect the jazz to take the first opportunity to sign gaines to a longer deal, hes playing too good on tend day contracts, why mess with that right now?

    As I've said, the jazz aren't so strong they can afford to not start ak. Also, the jazz aren't so strong they can afford to not use every player who isn't terrible. I have a hard time letting this go because i think that not using the whole roster sends the wrong message, that we're good enough- that we don't have to take advantage of the bench. There is reason to speculate that this message tells the players that, individually they are better than the team. I'm using ak as an example who is sensitive to those kinds of subconcsious messages, who seems to reflect this, it will result in laziness for everyone.
    Thats why i won't let it go, if sloan wants to get the most of his players, he needs to use the most players he can. As we've seen, the end of the bench is not so terrible that they need to be sitting.

  • LVJazzFan
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    I just have to say it.... I watched it all, even though I had to be at 5 am. Awesome end and great games winner. One of the best finishes ever for the Jazz.

    Negatives to the game were the play of Milsap, the "king" rules at the end of the game and Sloan's inflexibility at the end of the game (and you are right, I would be condemming Sloan ir we had lost last night for not having doubled LJ or put in a shot blocker when the Cav's started their run).

    Positives were the wing play, the bench play and Booxer's and even Okur's play. Overall, a GREAT game.

  • Miles Re Gaines
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    "Yada" is nothing more than a Gloryhog,that last shot was drawn up for CJ,he was to inbound it and get it right back and hit the game-winner,Gaines stole his thunder,he`s not a team player only out for himself

  • Dave
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    Maynor who? I don't remember that guy. Since last night I've been singing a new song... how does that song go? They play in on the disc channel.

    Boom-di-yada Boom-di-yada Boom-di-yada Boom-di-yada

    Sun-di-ata Sun-di-ata Sun-di-ata Sun-di-ata!

  • wallofvoodoo
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    Offer Sunny-G a contract already.

  • Bill Dalew
    Jan. 15, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    The Jazz had just one two games in a row by over 20 points with Deron in the line-up and playing really well. So for the love, stop saying they play better without him. He did struggled while he was in tonight, but the dude should be allowed to have some bad games here and there. Everybody does. It's the teams job to pick it up when he's having one of these games and tonight they did that.

  • Hugh G. Hater
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Great shot by Gaines.
    It was good to see a miracle shot go our way once this season.

    However, the mood would be different if he missed.

    What would we all be saying? Sloan's rotations are still questionable. Why are other guards owning DWill? Is it a tempo issue?

    Price's ability to turn up the speed and get quick penetration is amazing. It is time to get these younger players more time and stop this "thou shalt play thy set rotations until 3 mins left in the quarter" attitude.

  • Annonymous Infinity
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    Without a doubt the 97-96 win last night with a game winning shot by Yata Gaines has to rank in the top 10 all-time wins by the Jazz franchise at the buzzer. Only John Stockton's shot over Sir Charles Barkley in the playoff game that propelled the Jazz to one of their NBA championship series may have been more dramatic. Gaines needs to be signed to a contract for the remainder of the season, no doubt about it. I like his personality and play.

  • C33
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    Unleash the power of the Sunny D!!!

  • Jazz Cop
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    If the jazz play hard, sloan doesn't have to be perfect with his rotations, and actually, that's what good coaches do, they get their teams to play hard, so in that sense,
    I'm with todd, i'll admit he has the team playing hard which is difficult and it's worth mentioning, and he's been coaching good,
    I've never really criticized slaon except for timeouts, rotations, and farm talk.
    I'm saying, the jazz have something right now, sloan needs to manipulate that and extend it over as many games as possible. ALready, it looks like ak lost much focus that was making us so good, the last two games, ak has not brought his A game, in the past this has rubbed off on teammates, and it doesn't take much for the jazz to be gutted. If ak, who we really need, is going that direction the whole team is going to go with him because the team is not strong enough to not follow ak down that dark road., it's a direction that they need to fight, so i withhold my praise until they truly have earned a good identity.

  • Houdini
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    I WAS gonna give miles a break today,but since you brought Todd and I up.....your boyfriend shot 3-8,not much else,unless you count 0-3 on threes,with one 40 foot clanker cj is a ballhog a gloryhog,he`ll never hit a shot like Yada hit,he`s weak

  • PurplePeopleEater
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Miles misses a key trey, Gaines makes a key trey. So what! That's how basketball goes.

    However, Matthews does out-play Miles overall, so should be the starter over him (and get more playing time) the rest of the year. Matthews plays much better defense.

    I don't think Miles will ever live up to his high school hype. It's a head thing.

    Gaines 10-day should be converted to a contract for the rest of the season. He's proven he can contribute as a #3 PG, even without last night's winning shot.

  • Nancy Workman, President
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    Holly Cow! That was awesome. Now they know the great feeling of winning. Now they will have more confidence in the coaches and their goals. Now they really seem to care and trust each other. Now they know what can happen when the trust and care about each other. Now they know what happens when they strive to be the best they can be. Thanks Coach Sloan. Thanks Kevin O'Connor and thanks Greg Miller. I love your style. I believe in all of you. And thank you for the JAZZ. Love it!

  • Yes!!!!!
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    Go Jazz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wow
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    that 4th quarter was amazing. first you get the spark from gaines when dwill went down then just when you think the jazz are ready to roll Lebron just unleashes, it was one of those times when you couldnt even be mad if they lost cause lebron was so unreal but Lebron aint got nothin on Gaines what a shot i cant believe they pulled it off

  • Jazz Cop
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    @credit-the players absolutley won this game despite sloan. the jazz got a lift from gaines and his contribution helped put the jazz in the lead, sloan should've awknwoledged, the jazz had a lead and price should've gone in no later than the four minute mark, just to give him a minute or two to get going. Gaines should'nt have been playing with cleaveland fighting like that to get in the game, it was alot. Korvers behind the basket shot was a great shot, but that's the players making plays. even though i thought sloan should've called a timeout on that play, i liked his feeling of letting the game play itself as i trusted as well that the jazz had momentum and a timeout could've put the jazz cold. @credit-i could go on, there's enough that sloan didn't do right to make an argument that he's a terrible coach, but I won't do that, not today.
    If he wants to help the team, he'll keep ak in the starting lineup and utilize the whole roster. However, a short rotation against cleaveland is a good idea.

  • Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    You got to love it. CJ takes a 25 footer and misses it last night. Then it became a 30 footer. Then a 40 footer. This story just keeps on growing and growing and growing. By the end of the day it will be a half court shot!

    @Todd: No one is taking you back until you admit that CJ is the best.

  • Todd
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    other than that 45 foot brick Miles launched in the 4th we played great

  • Re miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    cj is SELFISH,he only passes when he can`t get HIS shot off,a ballhog

  • Brilliant CJ!!!
    Jan. 15, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    Almost cost us the game!!!

    40 seconds left.

    19 seconds left on the shot clock.

    30 feet from the basket.

    Ya, this seems like a good time for me to get MY SHOT!!!

    What a clown.

    He has played for 4+ years in this offense and yet when there is a little pressure what does he do?

    The kid can not follow BASIC instructions from his coach.

    Pathetic.

    Have to give him credit for the jam and going in strong but on the replay he almost lost it out of his hand and it really was not much of a dunk but rather a push shot that bounced hard of the back of the rim.

    It was close to a miss.

    This guy has shooting on the brain.

  • RE: false hope
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Man you need to stay off of here with that bad attitude. The Jazz got two huge wins. Why not let fans enjoy it instead of bringing everyone down.

  • We missed it
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Man we left the game when there was like less than two minutes to play. We thought for sure we lost. We are standing out by trax, and the crowds were not coming out I was like I wonder if the game is over normally there are huge crowds. And my friend reassured me it was over. We get on trax, and the drive announces that Jazz won by 1. We are like yeah right. Then this couple gets on and sit across from us, and tell us we really did win. We were all just floored. I can't believe we left. I will NEVER do that again! But I am so glad we won! And I got my free gallon of milk! I hope we kill em tomorrow night! GO JAZZ!

  • blauch
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    Miles-posted yesterday. Can't believe anyone supports Miless after that boneheaded 3 in the 4th
    Seriously

    Shots per minutes out on the court
    Brewer 1 shot per 3.8 minutes
    Kirilenko 1 shot per 3.5 minutes
    Matthews 1 shot per 3.4 minutes
    Korver 1 shot per 3.4 minutes

    Miles 1 shot per 2.3 minutes

    But lets see who is actually making shots.
    Korver Fg% - 60%
    Brewer Fg% - 49.5%
    Matthews Fg$ - 48%
    AK Fg% - 46%
    Miles Fg% 39.8% from the field

    Out side of Gains - it is the lowest Field Goal % on the Team.
    I don't care who shoots the ball - I just want him to make it. Miles does not make shots

    TS% (more accurate)
    Korver 72.6%
    Matthews 57.6%
    AK 56%
    Brewer 52.6
    Miles 47.2%

    Rebounding Rates
    AK -9.6
    Brewer-6.9
    Miles-6.5
    Matthews 5.2
    Korver 3.6

    Assist Ratio
    Korver 24.4
    Brewer - 20.9
    AK- 20.6
    Matthews 11.8%
    Miles-9.8

    Miles is the worst Wing Player on the Jazz's Team. He takes bad shots - he does not pass enough. He is also the worst Defensive player.

  • Houdini
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    YEHAAAAAA,This reminded me of when Stockton hit the shot against Houston..GO JAZZ!!!! we win!!! moved the ball,tough d,great team win,I love it

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    miles dunk was fine. It was the 40 footer he shot with 40 second left in the game that kills me.

  • zzaJ
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    Great game! I almost turned off the TV after Lebron's second 3-point, but I actually felt that the Jazz had a chance especially with the play of Matthews, Miles and GAINES! ...Wow! Jazz, Sign the kid! As for Williams(Deron), I think he tries to do too much sometimes. He also needs a little maturity, he gets caught up with the "image" thing ..if you know what I mean! He plays hard but he sometimes becomes almost obsessed with outdoing his man on a very personal level. I agree, he slowed down the pace of the game. In fact it was a totally different game when he was out. Until the rookies came in, the game was lackluster, lethargic and uninteresting ...Dead! Anyway good luck JAZZ!!!

  • false hope
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Some games the Jazz do play better without williams and the reasoning is that he doesnt play defense. Every small guard in the league with the exception of chris paul scores fifteen plus on him a night. Why do you think that the jazz have lost to minnesota twice already this year. Deron Williams does great things on the offensive side of the ball but he cant play defense. Hopefully he goes back to the olympic team this summer and learns from some of the best defensive players in the world. Dont get to much false hope jazz fans. A couple lucky games in a row dont mean a thing. We will probaly lose to the bucks tomorrow

  • Money!
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:43 a.m.

    he deserves an 11 day contract after that shot!!!

  • Nevada fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Awesome game! Give this one to Gaines and O'Connor. If the Jazz lose this one the blame goes to coaching. The team played their guts out, but to leave 2 large bodies and 12 fouls on the bench drives me nuts. Sloan should buy Gaines a house or a car for saving his butt. Enough of that need to enjoy this great win.

  • Monty Montana
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Total team effort! Great game.

  • utbuckeye
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:35 a.m.

    Last night was a great game and what a dream game for Yata. I guess visualization really works. Some have referred to this being one of the best buzzer beaters for the Jazz. Stockton's was the most important but not the best comeback. That happened in the Frank Layden era against the Mavs. The Jazz were down by (I think) 7 points with 28 seconds left in the game. I remember Bobby Hansen scoring and timeouts and before you knew it the Jazz were down by 2 points. Dallas hurried the ball in, Darrell Griffith stole the inbound pass and hit a '3' at the buzzer to win the game.

    Unfortunately, there was only a few thousand in the stands to enjoy it. Last night was 180 degrees different and once again in the Jazz favor. Last night reminded me to not give up, you just never know.

  • Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:23 a.m.

    @stocktontomalone: Do you even know what you are talking about?

    The defense was awesome for 3 quarters. I thought everyone contributed in a big way. That is how this team should be every night. Jerry needs to use the bench and stop overplaying his starters. Had Gaines missed that shot, all that would have been posted today is "Fire Jerry". No Gaines is not the Go-To guy on this team, but he was sitting on the bench so someone had to take the shot. Good of Gaines.

    Where is Todd and Houdini? Looks like a disappearing act by both of them!!

  • Miles
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    Whoever said Cj was selfish on that dunk your crazy...if he was selfish then the game he gave the pass to Matthews and Matthews got hung on that dunk because he should have gave it back not that was selfish...He made it thats what counts and got the steal. You guys wanna blame CJ for everything...Boozer forces so many shots and have some many turnovers.... Its not just CJ. The 5 players in the game in the 4th qtr is why they won not just Matthews and Price. It was because of all of them and Cj was on the court and made some good plays against LB...Bottom line is they won and it took all of them to do it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    cont....

    Brewer...dang would be nice if he could shoot!
    Ak...I like him overall but his prformance to contract value ruins it overall

    I've loved this team for a long time so I feel bummed out that the only two players I would want from this team are two undrafted rookie


  • jazz man 98
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Eric Maynor? Who is that? Deron is the best player on team. Stop calling for him to be traded.

  • DC Hilton
    Jan. 15, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    I agree with Credit. Sloan is a great coach, period. I see the Sloan bashers so often on this blog that it's nice to have them take a day off from constantly blaming one of the all-time greats. Great win last night.

  • Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    Great win Jazz! One of the most exciting games of the season and ... wait for it..... WHO CARES about a rookie jumping on a table? Greatest moment of this young man's life and we enjoyed the heck out of it with him!

    Way to go Sundiata! Congratulations!!!

  • Southern Utah Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    I don't get to many games living in Southern Utah, but i see the majority on T.V. Other than the game that Stockton hit the buzzer shot to send the Jazz to the finals, this game was the BEST.

  • Reminder
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    The game against the Cavs reminds me of the team from a few years ago, the year after Stockton to Malone. This was probably my favorite team, though they didn't make the playoffs because games were won by toughness and desire. 40-42 with a team full of d-leaguers. Matthews and Gaines remind me of that. They probably aren't the most talented but I like to watch the Jazz when they play like its their last game and this game was fantastic. Good work Jazz!

  • albert
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    I went to bed with 2 minutes left. I wish I would not have. GO JAZZ.

  • Deron Who?
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    Hello Salt Lake. Meet Yada Gaines!

    Hey, when Charlie Barkley is impressed with you, you've got to be good, right?

  • Fan overseas
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    Jazz is a better team without Deron. See? It can win more games when Deron isn't on the court (but with Maynor...) And, Boozer is the key player of offense and rebounds. (Defense? Even his heart for defense is better than Deron who is more selfish this season.) If money is the point, I do wish to trade Deron for telants as a better future.
    Again, Boozer is not the poison this season; but Deron is.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    Glad the Jazz pulled this one out. It really hurt to see the Cavs get the edge with the benefit of poor officiating on the Jazz home floor. Exactly how does James move from having both feet inside the three-point line to both feet behind it for a shot .... without dribbling??

  • jazzman72
    Jan. 15, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    Who is Eric Maynor? Looks like Kevin found another gem in Gaines. Great game. Hopefully AK and D-Will aren't out too long.

  • re-plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    Anyone who can make a shot like that after a game like that doesn't need your advice on how to celebrate. He can jump on the table, eat a pizza and make out with the Jazz Bear and I'll still be cheering! I would be so embarrassed if I were a fan who left this one early. Greatest finish I've ever seen as a Jazz fan in one of the strangest games I've ever seen! Thanks YADA!!!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    Haven't seen anything like this since Dick Nemelka drilled a 3 for the Stars to beat the Pacers back in, what was it?, 1970.

  • Credit
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Where are the Sloan bashers? At the end I thought of them when key foul shots were missed, turnovers were made, not boxing out on missed FT's, etc. If the Jazz would have lost, they would have been all over this blog. I wonder how many of them wondered why in the world Gaines was put in for the last shot as the teams returned for the last play. That's amazing how his detractors will NEVER give Sloan credit.

    What these so called experts never realize is that PLAYERS make plays, good and bad. I've never known a coach that has designed to play for failure. I've never known a coach that missed a shot, didn't get a rebound, or threw the ball away during the course of any game.

    I'm amazed at the Sloan critics, because they show their true ignorance of the sport or any sport. Most likely they never played the game at any levell. Well, may Jr. Jazz or church ball. That just makes my point even stronger.

  • Sloan does
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    deserve some credit for coaching. He needs to forget his set rotations. The wings and the team play best when he plays the best match ups in the wings and the PGs. The bigs rotations are determined by fouls to some extent.

    Sloan has done a decent job lately of playing combinations and staying with players who are making good decisions and cause the overall team to play better.

    I am beginning to think that DWill is a MAJOR problem for this team. He controls the pace and if he plays 40 minutes he tends to slow down the game and that loses games unless the outside shooting is consistently good.

    DWill has more talent than Price or Gaines but the offense suffers when he slows the game down.

    I am not a Price fan but he had a good night and seems to be running the team better than last year.

    It will take Gaines (a true combo guard) time to learn the offense and develop PG skills. In the long run he is better than Maynor. Maynor knew how to run a team and was good at it. Gaines is bigger, stronger, and a better shot.

  • Real Doug
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:30 a.m.


    Jerry,

    Good for you to have Gaines in there...

    Too bad CJ has to take the wrap for his bad playing and poor shooting choices.

    Good overall game with LeBron having to take a L on this one. Perhaps the Jazz will start strutting their stuff again on their home court.

  • Pace
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:19 a.m.

    Gaines and Price tend to run the team at a different pace.

    Over playing DWill often results in him walking the ball up which allows the defense to get set. The result tends to be TOs and poor outside shots and tough inside shots.

    The Jazz operate best in an optimum range of pace. If they are too fast which tends to happen against fun and gun teams they take bad shots, rush outside shots and have some ball handling issues.

    If they play too slow we are all familiar with the disrupted offense, the forcing of the ball inside for TOs and low shooting percentage.

    Defense is a major factor. The CLE shooting percentage was high in the first half and dropped like a rock in the 2nd as the Jazz played D. The D has much too do with the effectiveness of the offense. The Jazz tend to play with intensity on both ends.

    The Jazz play best when they get lots of fast break points to the basket. They are playing D and at the right pace when that happens.

    DWill and Sloan control pace (or at least should).

    Winning results from the right pace.

  • rdha
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    Wasn't able to see the game but that's awesome for the Jazz to beat one of the best teams in the NBA with one of the greatest players; LeBron James. Now the Jazz can strive to win most of their games. GO JAZZ!!!! GO GAINES!!!!

  • re: plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    Lighten up, sports is primarily entertainment. You wrote "for the sake of all of us long time Jazz fans..." Hey plyxply, don't presume to speak for us all. I'm a long-time Jazz fan too, and in my opinion, let the kid enjoy it!!! And guess what, so did his teammates (running across the floor towards "Yata" like it was a playoff game 7 win), and so did the fans (deafeningly loud and going bonkers), and yes, so did Jazz fans watching on TV. And if the kid ran across the floor and jumped onto the table in a moment of pure joy as a rookie who just did something so rare as a 3-point game winner with the buzzer going off before "the cowhide globe hits home"... well it's fine with me, and I'm guessing almost all Jazz fans.

  • Hooray for Gaines!
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    Sign Yata into the Jazz team! I like to see a good player added more power to the team instead of its adverse effect. Hopefully the "spirit" of Harpring's number 15 grow into Gaines' body. :)

  • Jordan Rules
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    Was that the same officiating crew from the 1998 finals?
    If Gaines does not hit that shot all you would hear about today is how great “King” James is and how Gaines and Price could not handle the defensive pressure of the Cavs.

  • Theagreement
    Jan. 15, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    Plyxply- I totally disagree...Gains deserved the table. 100% deserved it. That was the most difficult pressure filled game winner I have seen since Rex Chapman in '95. Th Jazz needed that one, and Gains was the hero. I actually liked the fact he got up there; I normally don't like that kind of show boating, but it was deserved this time.

    This is exactly what this team needs right now! Let's make a run at Denver!!

  • odogtriever
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:16 a.m.

    Oh please "plyxply"! The Jazz need EMOTION this year. That was just a young man overcome with joy because he finally MADE it! and I'm not talking about the shot.

  • Sandy Jazz Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    Without doubt, one of the greatest games and greatest comebacks that the Jazz have had in the post-Stockton era. The shot by Gaines is worthy of all of the praise that it has received - it was a true miracle, and one that was far more skill and determination than luck. LeBron's next-to-last 3 was luck. Gaines' shot was perfect, and evidence of a great amount of skill. The next contract he receives should be for the remainder of the year.

    But let's not forget everything that led up to this:

    1. First is the incredible, aggressive defensive effort by the "second team" Jazz in the fourth quarter, led by Gaines and Matthews. Even Boozer and CJ helped. But this was Gaines & Matthews'show. Their energy, their relentless determination, help shut down the Cavs for several minutes and let the Jazz rally.

    2. Ronnie Price ran the offense in an unheralded but calm and spectacular fashion. His clutch 3 was worthy of D-Will. And his finding Gaines at the last second contrasted with too many times the Jazz have choked in this same situation.

    3. Korver's miracle shot behind the board.

  • WOW
    Jan. 15, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    I live on the East Coast and couldn't stay-up..figures. Guess there will be less comments about Eric Maynor now. I still don't understand why the Jazz play better with Williams not playing...

  • Rexburg Jazz Fan
    Jan. 15, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    One of the objectives I like to see the Jazz accomplish during the season is beat every NBA team at least once, and in the final minutes I thought that wasn't going to happen this year. Thanks to a great shot by Gaines, it's still a possibility!

    While he's done a great job for a rookie that just joined the team though, let's not sing his praises too much just yet. He admitted himself in postgame interviews that he still has a lot of work to do so I say let's just support him just like all the other players and not take it to the point of giving him the keys to the city. After all, it seemed like a lot of people wanted to do that to Derek Fisher a couple years ago during the playoffs and look how that turned out for us...

  • Re: plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Your comment is one of the most absurd I've ever heard on this blog. $100 says he has never hit a shot like that because he's only been in the league for five games (guess I won that bet). There is nothing wrong with being excited for doing something basketball wannabes only dream of -hitting a last second game-winning shot. This team needs some excitement and the Jazz always seem to be on the short end of the stick on last-second shots.
    Considering he was playing in the sticks a couple of weeks ago, and now he energized a team to beat the self-proclaimed King, he can jump on the scorer's table all he wants! Let the kid have his moment!

  • GregH
    Jan. 15, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    Great, Great shot by Sundiata and him getting on the table was called for! He hit the game winning shot against the Cavs after being in the D-League just 10 days ago. Just think of what kind of thrill ride you would be on if you hit that shot. Also, for the one's that are still ragging on Boozer saying we just need to do something, get over yourself! Boozer is actually playing pretty well, his defense is up and so is his assists. The man seems to be playing with passion and fun. Let's just see what this team can do it they keep together and stay healthy. I know Boozer said some things in the offseason that rubbed people the wrong way. But, those that keep bringing up the past are the biggest hypocrits acting as if they have never made mistakes themselves. Go Jazz!, Go Gaines and Go Boozer, keep up the work!

  • plyxply is wrong
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    I LOVED seeing Gaines jump on the table and celebrate with the fans. That was just AWESOME. He didn't just make a short little catch, he WON THE FREAKEN GAME with an incredible shot that sent me and every jazz fan into a frenzy.
    I love seeing Gaines go crazy like that. That just just happy emotion. He can jump on the table any time he wants to!

  • 97-96 GreatGame Jazzz~
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    right on CARLOS and
    All those from r UtJazz
    winning team!!!!!!!

  • Re: plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    Be quiet!!!

    You're not the one making a game winning three pointer. Until you do, don't tell him what he can and can't do.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    Who cares if he jumped on the table?? The kid just made the shot of his life!

    As much as I hope he ends up having a great career in the NBA (with the Jazz or elsewhere) he may end up not playing another game after this season. If I were him, I'd have done the same thing, plus take my shirt off and/or autograph a Jazz dancer's chest. It's sports! Celebrate a little!

  • Pleading!!!
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    I plead with you Jazz, keep the Greenies!! We win in them!!! Talk about one of the most fantastic/frustrating games, I thought we had it then we lost it then WOW, that is all I can say!
    I just want everyone to know I figured out the cure for the Jazz, where the Green jerseys and play on national tv all the time and we will always win! Haha, unlikely but it would be awesome!!!
    Wow I'm still in awe, my brother and I woke up everyone in the house haha!!!!!

  • Serves them right
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    I was at the game, I saw a few Cavs fans leaving with 5 minutes left when the Jazz were up by about 12.
    I then saw Jazz fans leaving when the Cavs were up 6 with 1 minute left.
    Greatest game I've been too.
    Glad I didn't leave early.

  • great game
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Too many people left early and missed the miracle. Best game of the season

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    Gaines!!!

  • Matt Tanner
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Amazing shot from gaines. Jazz have not had a shot like that since the stockton shot

  • plyxply
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    great clutch shooting, and while I realize it is actually the first time Gaines has ever done something like this on national television against King James but please for the sake of all of us long time Jazz fans, don't go jumping on the scorers table like you've never made that shot before....we don't need you acting like a receiver on a 6 yard catch on second and 1 pointing out the fact that he just did his job and caught the ball. Nice shot, get it signed by the team, but stay off the table.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    cont....

    Brewer...dang would be nice if he could shoot!
    Ak...I like him overall but his prformance to contract value ruins it overall

    I've loved this team for a long time so I feel bummed out that the only two players I would want from this team are two undrafted rookie


  • Woo Whoo!!
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Great great game! Let's just enjoy this one!

  • Johnny Allred
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    What a game!! This one has to go down as one of the most exciting finishes we've ever seen. Let's start working on a Sundiata statute....

  • stayed up
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    late game. but it was one of those you had to be there to see it because I can't explain it..

    Jazz did great except for the injuried list grew wiht dwill and AK? not surprising. b ball is all about the wrists and knees,..
    Good job diata good jog jazzz

  • stock2malone
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Way to go gaines! Thanks to tnt I got to see you play. The way you ran the team was a huge catalyst for the team turning the corner on cleveland and taking the lead. Huge last shot too! Maybe the jazz have too gems as rookies.

    Its hard to get too excited about this team though. There are a lot of players I don't like
    1)boozer. His antics last year rubbed me wrong and he needs to go. His fist pumping after everything is annoying. Seriously, wehy doesn't he dunk? He missed two layups he could have jammed and missed a dunk too. He's so weak inside. Please go away boozer. I know the frontrunners like you again but you are a bum

    Cj---is there a shot he doesn't like? Only good play I saw was the pass to mathews on the corner. Even his "big" dunk was selfish.

  • Wow!
    Jan. 15, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Sloan was gutsy to throw Gaines back in at the end.
    Even though Gaines led the surge in the fourth, that's great coaching to put your best shooters out there, even if you're not sure how they'll perform.

    That said, what a shot by Gaines!
    Pretty sure Maynor wouldn't have hit that shot!!!

    Congrats Jazz (now we need to make a trade so we can have some momentum that will last. Tyrus Thomas for Boozer? Sounds like a deal to me. We just need to do something)!

  • adamBADam
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    By far the best game of the season! Williams and AK get injured, Boozer fouls out and Gaines, who is on a new 10 day contract hits the game winner! Amazing! Keep it up Jazz! Exclamation Point!

  • Awesome Game
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    This win took every wing on the team and all of the PGs. Each made their own contribution on offense and defense. Look at the box score and the efficiency is in the wings/backup PGs. They also played very good defense late with a lot of steals and stops.

    James was impossible to stop late without AK.

    Great win. Great shots by Gaines and Korver. CJ and Mathews also had 3s.

    Gaines will only get better as he learns the offense. He can shoot, play D, has size and can go to the hole. He does a decent job of running the offense with little experience.

    I am not missing Maynor tonight.

  • Doug
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    3..2..1..ball goes up....buzzer....nothing but net!!! What a way to show you deserve more than a 10 day contract! Way to go Gaines!

  • Storybook
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    The team still has a lot to improve, but that was a terrific game. We got to see an awesome performance by The King and Gaines' three at the end was a perfect ending to the journeyman guard. Great game.

  • Ferg
    Jan. 15, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    I've been to hundreds of Jazz games and that was the best finish ever!!! I've never seen the place go that nuts!! Gaines!!