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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 11:34 p.m. MST

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ImaUteFan
West Jordan, UT

Dear Coach Corbin:

PLEASE teach your team how to make free throws. You make half the free throws your team missed tonight, you win the game.

Thanks,
Jazz Nation

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Now the Jazz are finding out what it means to NOT have a superstar.

Was there one in last year's draft? Who knows, but Kanter isn't one and doesn't look like he'll be one any time soon.

Is the trade deadline past? Harris is a dud at PG. Has no clue how to run a team.

When Barkley recently said the Jazz won't make the playoffs for a few more years, I didn't agree with him at the time. Now I'm beginning to. This team just doesn't have a go-to guy. Can't win close games consistently without one.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Observations from tonight's game:

On Griffin
1- He is incredibly athletic
2a- I've never seen someone with such a limited offensive arsenal score so many points. His only real move is catch-on-the-move, heading-straight-to-the-hole
2b- Thanks to Chris Paul, he gets the ball heading-straight-to-the-hole
3- He is actually kind-of soft an whiney

On the Jazz
1- The Jazz are softer than Griffin. Never knocked Griffin off his line to the basket one single time. Never knocked him down. Not once.
2- Griffin would never have scored 30+ against the Bird Celtics, the Magic Lakers, the Malone Jazz, the Maurice Lucas Blazers, the Detroit Bad Boys, or any team Dennis Rodman played on. They would've point a body on him, and floor burns on his body.
3- I would've liked to have seen Favors and Kanter on the same time as Griffin. I suspect he would've gotten roughed up more.

toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

There is merit in not a GO TO guy. However, AJ is closest to be able and fill this role. I thought he was not fed the rock enough in the 4th Quarter. The Jazz 3 point Defense for the most part ok with recognition. However, there were some breakdowns with Chris Paul. Shame tough loss. Kanter, Gordon and Favors had good games. Favors did not play Griffin badly, he certainly dominated Paul Milsap. The fact is the missed free throws. ALso the calls that all went the Clippers way. In particular the acting job by Blake Griffin in the final minute when they called the stupid foul. The Jazz played hard. It was a good game. The problem is more often than not the Starting Point position. Like the Lakers when lose usually poor point play. Devon Harris is a nice guy. I do not expect DWIL. However, this position could cost us the playoffs. That is with an erratic shot, average defender, shaky jumper and foul shooter.

toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

Also a decision I scratched my noggin with (NOT MENTIONED) was the foul that put Devon on the line with I think like 5 seconds to go. The score was 105-103 Denver. In a decision, that I clearly do not get, Corbin ordered Harris to make 2nd Free Throw. Now, the Jazz had no more Timeouts or even a 30 to move the ball to 1/2 court. So of course, Billups allowed to catch the inbound and buries 2 more Free Throws. Now the Jazz trail 107-104 and need a 3 with like 3 Seconds with. So basically, I reported on Des NEws Chat, the Jazz would basically have time to heave a 1.2 Court shot. There were no CHRISTIAN LAETTNER moments. You also figured the Clips would foul so we could not even get the shot off. Sure enough that is what happened. If I remember Miles was fouled. Made the 1st, missed 2nd then on purpose...Problem time ran out and we lose....Now we need these next 2 games badly.....

ohplease
springfield, il

In his entire career, Chris Paul has never once come close to putting up 30 plus points on Deron
Williams!

SCCougar
LEXINGTON, SC

I'm not worried. The Jazz are leaps and bounds ahead of where most people predicted them at the beginning of the season. They should be right there when playoffs roll around. Fun to watch!

ThatsSoUtah
Fredericksburg, VA

@WhatsInItForMe

The Jazz may not make the playoffs this year, but I think they have a good chance next year. They'd have a much better chance this year if the west wasn't so stacked with awesome teams. There are sub .500 teams making it to the playoffs in the east and there's not a chance of that in the west. How well the Jazz are playing without a superstar makes me believe that they could go from good to very good with minimal roster changes. They are extremely close to being a pretty dang good team.

Hugh G. Hater
Swat Lake City, UT

Time for the Jazz to get serious about a point guard.

JP
Chandler, AZ

The call at the end of the game on Millsap was questionable, but there were a few fouls in the first half against CP3 that weren't called and should have been. It wasn't the officiating that killed the Jazz.

Miles said "We put ourselves in a position to win the game." I would argue that they put themselves in a position to lose it. How does an entire team shoot that poorly from the free throw line? They're bad enough I expect teams to adopt a Hack-a-Jazz strategy any day now.

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

Tough loss. I was at the game. Playoff atmosphere. The energy in the arena was incredible. There was even a fist fight between a Jazz and a "Clippers fan" Sorry but do Clippers fans exist? A bunch of band wagoners who cannot name for than 4 players on the roster. Anyhow, here are my thoughts:

1-Missed foul shots got them again
2-The Jazz built a 10 point lead, and then became jumpshot happy
3-That charge on Millsap was ridiculous at the end, Griffin was flopping back before any contact even occurred.
4-I cannot fault the Jazz effort, they brought it, they just played a good team. It is weird to say that about the Clippers
5-Where does Chris Paul get off hitting so many jumpers?, Great point guard but has never been a great shooter
6-Big mistake by Jefferson giving Griffin the and 1 at the end

Overall a good game, both teams wanted it and played like they wanted it. All I ask as a Jazz fan is for the effort, to be competitive, and grow as much this year as possible. More experience for the future. GO JAZZ!

rabbit1
delta, ut

why do jazz fans freak out so bad about losing a great game. it was a close hard fought battle. we should be happy we are doing so well in a season that when most so called experts said the jazz would be at the bottom of the west. yes foul shots hurt us. chris paul shot the ball real well last night and guess what. thats sports. the jazz played thier hearts out and so did the clippers and it was a great game. too bad this time the jazz came up just short.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Another good game from our Jazz team, effort and energy was there for the most part all night. Harris really pushed the ball in the first half, but slowed down too much the 2nd. Howards shot just isn't there yet but it will come soon. The only negative as I seen it was free throw shooting. Bounce right back tonight guys.

QBU
OREM, UT

Refs as good as gave the game to the clippers with the charge called on Millsap because of Griffin's flop, Millsap made the layup, instead it goes the other way and the clips hit a jumper. 4 point swing. Huge call. You have to let them play in a game like that. Don't let a "superstar" take the easy way out. Make them earn it. Thats what truly makes a superstar.
Aside from that, we still could have won the game with free throws and defensive rebounds. the clips got way too many 2nd and 3rd opportunities late in the game. You cant stop a team like that 2 and 3 times/possesion

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

The Jazz need to things to be a legit contender:

1- A great point guard (ironic, huh!)
2- A truly rough-and-tumble tough guy with a big body. Milsap is mentally tough, but doesn't have the body to back it up. Jefferson doesn't push anyone around.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Great game to watch, tough game for the Jazz to lose. The two biggest things to me that could be the reasons we lost were free throw shooting (terrible) and allowing the clippers so many 2nd chance opportunities, also terrible. Alot of good things to be happy about though, Haywards toughness was good, Favors 2nd quarter was good, Miles was OK, Big Al was tough, played well, the whole team played hard and tough, that is a good thing. This young team is fun to watch, I usually really like it when Favors and Kanter come in, I think the future with those two bigs is bright, they will only get better. Injuries could hurt us tonight. The team is young but there is pretty good depth and talent. Go Jazz.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

This team is definitely giving off "mixed signals". Whenever the "power pups" are in the game the (+-) ratio goes way up. That could be because the other team is also playing their second team. Both are very good rebounders. There is no doubt of big problems at point guard. There is also no doubt that Watson is playing way better than Harris but is still below the caliber of Paul. The "heart of the squad" is Millsap. Jefferson shoots like he a "popcorn machine" Numbers say that "Sap" doesn't get the ball. Eventually, Jefferson has to go to make room for the "junior Jazz". The Jazz have a rough 15 game schedule in February with 9 road games. At the end of that time, a lot more will be known and then it's trade time.

mdp
Bountiful, utah

Harris is at best an undersized 2 who cannot defend his own shadow; he is weak at the point and brings everyone else down to his level. Watson is far better at the point, but still only a good backup. Id like to see the Jazz try Hayward at the point; he passes well, is smart, and at least tries to defend.

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

While there were a few frustrations (backcourt that can't make free throws or outside shots being a continuing concern), you have to admit that the game was fun to watch, and most games this team is not only fun to watch, but exceeds expectations.
I particularly love watching Favors and Kanter regularly box out and make most, if not all, of their FTs. I wish Kanter would jump to play above the rim, but his moves and muscling under the basket are impressive.
At the beginning of the season, Harris said that Corbin had told him that how well the team did this year in large part depended on him. Too true.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Josh Howard was useless last night. Why did Jerry Jr. play him so many minutes? CJ should have gotten the bulk of the minutes and the Jazz would have easily won that game. Instead he plays Howard and Hayward way too many minutes with little production. I guess Corbin likes the letter "H".

Millsap got outplayed by Griffen big time. Millsap was a step slow all night on defense. I like Kanter and Favors. They play great defense and Favors has good offensive moves, he was just shooting short last night.

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