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
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.
Observations from tonight's game:On Griffin1- He is incredibly
athletic2a- 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-hole2b- Thanks to Chris Paul, he gets the ball
heading-straight-to-the-hole3- He is actually kind-of soft an whineyOn the Jazz1- 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.
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.
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.....
In his entire career, Chris Paul has never once come close to putting up 30 plus
points on Deron Williams!
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!
@WhatsInItForMeThe 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.
Time for the Jazz to get serious about a point guard.
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.
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 again2-The Jazz built a 10 point lead, and
then became jumpshot happy3-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 Clippers5-Where does Chris Paul get off
hitting so many jumpers?, Great point guard but has never been a great
shooter6-Big mistake by Jefferson giving Griffin the and 1 at the endOverall 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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I could not be any more happy than right now... Way to go Lak'' Clippers? My bad
just great to see the Jazz lose is all.
@ rabbit1Couldn't agree more. Teams lose. It happens in the NBA.
Milwaukee beat Miami last night.@ rationalCouldn't
disagree more. Other than Gasol, Griffin, Love. Name 5 power forwards in the
league better than Millsap. I would be interested to see that. I am not even
convinced that Bosh is better, I think he is a bigger name, but he is soft.Now Jazz fans. again, I tell you, I was at the game. It was a playoff
atmosphere. The Jazz played hard. The fans were into it. The Jazz lost a
close one. Here are some interesting stats:-The Jazz gave up 12
offensive rebounds, the last one Williams got really hurt.-The Jazz only
had 10 turnovers-The Jazz were outrebounded 50-35-The Jazz missed 10
free throwsYou see where the game was lost. Free throws and
rebounds. Despite the rebound the Jazz played hard. Credit the Clippers were
their effort too. It's not like the Toronto game where the Jazz let up, the
Clippers are a quality team and they played hard. Let's hope the
Jazz bounce back tongiht, and avenge the home loss to the Lakers on Saturday.
I had a few typos in my last post. Sorry, went a little too fast.
@ CJ miles,Your posts are pretty predictable "Miles should be playing
more minutes instead of Hayward". I wouldn't mind seeing Miles get more
minutes, but not at the expense of Hayward's time. Miles has been inconsistent
for 7 years now, 7 Years!! And yet you're real forgiving there, but Hayward is
just in his 2nd year and if he has an off night you're ready to bench him and
give Miles his starting spot. I'm seeing some real development in Hayward and
last night he showed some toughness and grit I've never seen in Miles. I like
Miles and hope he truly becomes a great player because that makes the Jazz
better, but I'm sure willing to give Hayward the time he needs to become a great
player. Hopefully it won't take 7 years.
WhatsInItForMe! Kanter was a great pick. He isn't an instant superstar, and I
doubt you will ever get one to stay in Utah. The days of Karl and John are gone.
Kanter will be a force in the league, and if he was in the game we might not
have had six dunks in a row to start the game. AJ is the worst defender on the
team, maybe in the conference. He pulls is hands up on every defensive play,
even if he is five feet away to indicate he didn't foul. At least twelve times I
replayed several plays to my wife, where he didn't rotate at all on the pick and
roll. Everyone scores on him, and if you pay attention, teams go right to the
bucket when he is in the game. I know he is a gifted offensive player, but he is
a huge liability on defense. What good are you if everyone on the team produces
less because you cannot/will not pass. Watch everyone stop moving when he gets
the ball. And scoring fifty a night doesn't help a bit if you give up sixty.
@fortydamAgreed. Kanter was a great pick. He is 19. Kobe averaged
like 7 points when he was 18, and was airballing shots. Kanter need to go up
stronger and finish more, but he is a beast on the boards and a good defender.
Any offense at this point is gravy.
@fortydamYou showed several replays to your wife to point out AJ didn't
rotate. And she sat through that! My wife would have told me to take a hike if I
tried that. You've got a good woman there my brother:)
Did anybody really practice shooting free throws? I think the Jazz was
remembering the last game, got surprised, found themselves in a dog fight,
Corbin got shook and played people too long at a time. Jefferson got tired and
started short arming. The ball didn't swing to Heyward like it should have.
Millsaps got screwed by the officials but he was flatfooted in the early
dunkathon.I disagree with Genessy's statement that putting Heyward
on Paul didn't work, true Paul hit a jump shot but Heyward stopped the running
free in the middle and made Paul work for the shot he got. Remember Heyward is
the one that cooled Moe Williams off.If the Jazz can figure out how
to play against the big front lines they will not only make the playoffs but
make a run.
redcliffs.. I had to give her a glass of wine, and she drinks maybe twice a
year. It's the only way she will sit down and watch sports with me. Now ask me
why a guy would want that anyway! Maybe I'm the one that needs the wine! I think AJ would be great trade bait for a good point guard. Let
Kanter/Favors/Millsap take his shots. There are better big men (forwards) coming
out of this years draft, then there are point guards. I say use the trade
exception, or make the trade. If we're in this to rebuild, then lets do it all
the way. With Kanters and Favors defense, the offset in offense will be a wash.
They may need to D league a big guy to fill in for heavy foul nights. The Jazz
only have until the trade deadline to make a decision on Tinsley before his
contract becomes final. I still expect the Jazz to move before then on some kind
of trade. Anybody read the new team rule, 100 free throws a day in
practice per game miss by each player.
Okay, everyone. I'm still not sold on Kanter. I see him as an occasional
All-Star, but never a superstar. There's a real difference between those two
monikers. Not all All-Stars are superstars.I do like Kanter, and am
okay with him being drafted because there really wasn't any other obvious future
superstar big man available then. I hope he really pans out for the Jazz. But I
don't think he'll get much past being an All-Star.Until the Jazz get
a PG that can run the team, with Earl backing him up, and Hayward settles in at
the 2 spot (his best and most natural position as a pro), the Jazz' playoff
hopes are meager.Whatever it takes in filling the 3, 4, and 5 spots
to make those 1 & 2 guard positions work that way is what the Jazz need to
do.Getting a superstar at either the point or a front line position
is a must if the Jazz ever expect to make it to the finals again.I
still enjoy following the Jazz, and love watching the development of Hayward,
Kanter, and Favors. But, it's tempered with the realization that this team isn't
going very deep in the playoffs any time soon.