Rookie buries buzzer-beater to propel Jazz past Cavaliers
you are CLUELESS
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
@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.
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.
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.
"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!
Slown is going down! You know! Brevin Collins>>>
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Quick! sign gaines to a 100 million dollar contract that ties us up for 7 years.
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
The jazz definently need to change their uniforms to green.. they are so much
better looking. and they play great basketball in green
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.
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
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.
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...
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
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?
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 - 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.
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.
between Sundiata, Wesley and CJ? ..... 4 years of college experience.
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.
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.
how long is he going to "be young and still developing" this is his fifth year
genius,btw it`s quit not quick
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!
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.
wouldnt have made much differance if he was in he caint stop lebron. he just
coasted till the end.
LOVE THE GREEN NO MORE SICK BLUE
bob from boise, you're funny! And right on comments, too.
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
CJ is terrible...Launches a 35 footer in a close game...BONE HEAD!
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.
Great game, let's keep'em coming.
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
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.
CJ almost cost us our Gains!
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.
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
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
Does anyone in here like the Lakers other than that one guy. Didnt you guys get
spanked by the Cavs by like 20.
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 shotThe reason everyone dislikes
Miles is he shoots the ball to much and he just not a good shooter and his below
average defenseShots per minutes out on the courtBrewer 1 shot
per 3.8 minutesKirilenko 1 shot per 3.5 minutesMatthews 1 shot per
3.4 minutesKorver 1 shot per 3.4 minutesMiles 1 shot per 2.3
minutesWilliams 1 shot per 3.7 minutesBoozer 1 shot per 2.4
minutesMemo 1 shot per 2.8 minutesMillsap 1 shot per 3.4It 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
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
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...
@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?
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.
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.
wow did the jazz win the championship? this makes me sick. I cant wait to log
back onto here in June. Go LAKERS.
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.
Sign Sundiata to a real contract! He seems like a keeper.
PLYXPLYyour comment is a joke.I sure dont get excited playing checkers.you
have no clue of momenum in sports.Great job GAINES
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.
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?
send miles packin
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
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.
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.
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.
"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
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-yadaSun-di-ata
Sun-di-ata Sun-di-ata Sun-di-ata!
Offer Sunny-G a contract already.
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.
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.
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.
Unleash the power of the Sunny D!!!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
@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.
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.
other than that 45 foot brick Miles launched in the 4th we played great
cj is SELFISH,he only passes when he can`t get HIS shot off,a ballhog
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.
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.
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!
Miles-posted yesterday. Can't believe anyone supports Miless after that
boneheaded 3 in the 4thSeriouslyShots per minutes out on the
courtBrewer 1 shot per 3.8 minutesKirilenko 1 shot per 3.5
minutesMatthews 1 shot per 3.4 minutesKorver 1 shot per 3.4
minutesMiles 1 shot per 2.3 minutesBut 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 fieldOut 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
shotsTS% (more accurate)Korver 72.6%Matthews 57.6%AK 56%Brewer 52.6Miles 47.2%Rebounding RatesAK
-9.6Brewer-6.9Miles-6.5Matthews 5.2Korver 3.6Assist RatioKorver 24.4Brewer - 20.9AK- 20.6Matthews
11.8%Miles-9.8Miles is the worst Wing Player on the Jazz's
Team. He takes bad shots - he does not pass enough. He is also the worst
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
miles dunk was fine. It was the 40 footer he shot with 40 second left in the
game that kills me.
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!!!
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
he deserves an 11 day contract after that shot!!!
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.
Total team effort! Great game.
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.
@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!!
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.
cont....Brewer...dang would be nice if he could shoot! Ak...I
like him overall but his prformance to contract value ruins it overallI'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
Eric Maynor? Who is that? Deron is the best player on team. Stop calling for him
to be traded.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
I went to bed with 2 minutes left. I wish I would not have. GO JAZZ.
Hello Salt Lake. Meet Yada Gaines!Hey, when Charlie Barkley is
impressed with you, you've got to be good, right?
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.
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??
Who is Eric Maynor? Looks like Kevin found another gem in Gaines. Great game.
Hopefully AK and D-Will aren't out too long.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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
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. :)
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
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!!
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
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.
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...
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...
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!
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!
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!
right on CARLOS andAll those from r UtJazz winning team!!!!!!!
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.
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!
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!!!!!
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
Too many people left early and missed the miracle. Best game of the season
Amazing shot from gaines. Jazz have not had a shot like that since the stockton
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.
Great great game! Let's just enjoy this one!
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....
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
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 like1)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 bumCj---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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!