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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 10:11 p.m. MST

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Boise Bill
Meridian, ID

Devin Harris needs to go. Air balls and missed free throws are getting old.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

The bench should have sore butts after this disappointing loss. Maybe they deserve more time there.

FresnoJazz
clovis, Ca

This loss goes on the coaching staff, mainly CORBIN... You have Favors, no offense, Hayward- no offense, Bell-no offense. 3 of the 5 playing cant shoot...It was obvious in the 4th Q and in the 1st OT, that we were struggling to score. Miles and Howard, should have been in the game instead of Hayward and Bell. I don't know what the coaching staff was hoping for. BOO wasted game. And yes we do need a new point guard, I'm hoping we can trade for Mo Williams.

Boise Bill
Meridian, ID

Fresno- you it it right on!

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

I know there are going to be a lot of frustrated fans and a lot of negative comments on here. This is a frustrating loss. I called the Bill and Spence show today and told them I was worried about this game. 4 Days of rest, and no Big Al worried me. Here are some observations:

- I know everyone is going to blame Devin Harris. His free throw shooting hurt us, but what about Gordon Hayward? At least Harris put up 24 and 6. Hayward was awful and I don't know why he was even on the floor.

2- Why did Harris sit the whole second quarter? The Jazz blow a lead, and Harris who was on fire sat until the last 3 minutes. I think Ty is doing a good job, but I did not like that move.

3- Earl Watson made the knuckle head play of the game. Down the stretch the Jazz are up about 5, they steal the ball, he tries to get cute on the fast break. He turns it over, then Toronto goes and hits a 3. 5 point swing right there. Earl has played great this season, he was terrible tonight.

4- Despite blowing the lead the Jazz were up 9 with 7 minutes left, and 3 with 17 seconds left. Calderon got a stand up 3 pointer? How does that happen?

5- The Jazz shot way too many jumpers and their offense was stagnant most of the second half. Their defense looked like last year's defense. They could not have stopped Greg Ostertag out of retirement the way they played defense.

6- So let's put this one behind us. It was a bad loss,. but hey, the Jazz won in Denver, that was not expected. Let's go steal one in Dallas, take care of Sacramento, and the Jazz will make up for this.

AJCfan
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

I don't know how everyone else feels about Devin Harris, but I personally feel that Earl should be playing more minutes. He just knows and runs the offense better than Devin. He's more of a true point guard and that is what the Jazz need right now. I admit that I didn't see the entire game, in fact I only saw the two overtimes, but Harris has yet to impress me and going 2-6 on free throws in the 2nd overtime certainly hasn't helped his case. I have yet to see him come through in the clutch for his team. Not that all the pressure should be on his shoulders, but he is the one who directs the offense.

Overall the Jazz played hard and that's what we should want to see as their fans. Toronto just made some incredibly lucky shots and we couldn't hit a free throw in the clutch to save our lives.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

Boise Bill, you go right after Devin Harris who scored 24 points and got the Jazz the early lead. What about Hayward?? Jazz fans are unfair some times. Even the great Michael Jordan missed a couple clutch free throws from time to time. Harris played well tonight.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

@ Fresno Jazz

Put Howard in who was 0-5 tonight, coming off an injury and all rusty? He was very ineffective tonight. That was expected, he was out for a while.

I do agree though, what was Hayward doing in? Why was Harris on the bench the whole second quarter when he was in a zone.

Again, I think Ty has done a fantastic job this year, I did not agree with many things he did tonight, however, sometimes coaches are heroes for decisions they make, sometimes they look not so heroic.

My lineup at the end of the game would have been:

1-Harris
2-Bell
3-Miles
4-Millsap
5-Favors

The reason I think you have to put Raja in is he did go 3-6 tonight with 11 points, but his defense, and Burks is a liability on defense and has an iffy outside jumper. I am not in love with Raja Bell, but considering the way Hayward was playing, and Josh Howard coming off an injury, that's what I would have done.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Hayward needs to realize he is getting paid to produce on the basketball court not on the x box!

LVJazzFan
Glendale, AZ

Devin acutally had the highest shooting percentage (8-12 fg, and 7-11 ft) and had the most assists in this game. I realize the bandwagon wants Harris' head, but who are you going to get for him? Earl has been beasting it, but he struggled this game.
The bench lost this game (including Watson) by letting the Raptors get back in the game.

Boise Bill
Meridian, ID

Jazz dazzle- it would be one thing if tonight was a fluke for Harris. He's been a horrible shooter ever since we picked him up. Have you been watching the last few games? He air balls at least two 3 point shots per game. Seriously?????? Doesn't he see what we all see- that they aren't falling and he should stop?

I wont argue about Hayword, but he's is still young and Harris is a former all star. You're talking apples and oranges.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

Hayward played awful, he kept fumbling the ball tonight and lacked confidence. Although I would have liked to see Burks get some more minutes (not in crunch time) I think Ty was trying to let Gordy get out of his slump. Not saying I agree or disagree but I think that is why Hayward was left in.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

Boise Bill. I have not missed a Jazz game in 27 years. I have seen every minute Harris has played. I just find it funny that certain Jazz fans single out players (Boozer, Harris, Jefferson) and then go after them when the Jazz lose, yet when the beloved Hayward or Watson or Millsap (I love those guys too) do something wrong, they just look the other way. Watson screwed up a sure fast break near the end of regulation by show boating, Hayward was down right awful tonight, and collectively the Jazz played bad defense tonight. Devin Harris is not the reason the Jazz lost this game.

ImaUteFan
West Jordan, UT

Pathetic effort at home after the 1st quarter.

The 3-point shooting on this team is abysmal. The airballs are utterly embarrasing.

Bad, bad loss tonight.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

I am defending Harris tonight. I will go on record to say I am not a huge Harris fan. I like him, he plays for the team I love, and I am as frustrated as every other Jazz fan about the blown free throws. I would even like to see a trade if the situation was right because I think Harris is a fine player, but does not fit the Jazz system. The Jazz need a pass first, run the offense point guards, and one who can set good off the ball screens. Again, I just think it is unfair to rip him apart tonight when there were plenty of other players who did not do their job tonight.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

I still think despite a bad loss, the Jazz have exceeded some expectation to this point. I only had them winning 18-20 games this year. I did not think they would have their 10th win until sometime next month. That said, I will have a hard time sleeping tonight. I know, I care way too much about a game, but I love the Jazz. I think we all need to understand this won't be the last time this happens this year. The Jazz are going to make mistakes with a lot of youngsters, and the loss of D Will. However, at least the Jazz are entertaining, and win some games while rebuilding. The Jazz are a proud franchise. The Bulls just barely got relevant after MJ retired. He left Chicago 14 years ago....

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Harris played good tonight, but not when it mattered. Besides whats this one game in twenty some, against one of the worst teams in the NBA?

We need a point guard! Do you guys agree?

Fresno fan
clovis, Ca

@ Jazzledazzle- I agree Howard was rusty, but he's a veteran and in a game like this i rather have him in than Hayward. Just seems like Hayward passes up on open shots and is hesitant with the ball...He gets to the rim and then passes up the shot. If anybody watched the game tonight, we had no go to guy besides Millsap. Nobody wanted to shoot, and when they did it was horrible.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

@Freson Jazz fan

You hit it right on the head. The Jazz were tentative to shoot down the stretch.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

What I am interested to see is how Utah plays the next couple of games. I will be watching:

1- Defense. The Jazz have played good defense this year, but tonight, they looked like the Jazz in recent years that could not guard anyone.

2- Hayward and Miles. Can Hayward pick it up? Can Miles continue to slash to the hoop?

There will be many other things I look at, but I just hope the Jazz do not have a mental break down and start back to their old ways on defense.

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