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Jazz have lackluster outing in 3rd game in 3 nights

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15 2012 12:18 a.m. MST

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scalman
Temecula, CA

O. City is a very fast athletic team. One of these days, Burks will be starting in place of Bell and Favors in place of Milsap when the Jazz face this team. The Jazz will rebound Friday. The Jazz will be much better next year. Go Jazz.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The second team continues to impress in modified playing time. Eventually, Favors and Kanter hve to be handed starting jobs. They have that "lean and hungry look" of Shakespeare. Youth must be served. Jefferson took 19 shots to 9 for Millsap. Millsap 9 rebounds and Jefferson 5. Harris had 1 assist while Watson had 6. Watson is from UCLA and has very good fundamental training at point guard. Harris is from Wisconsin and does not. The problem is with the big money investment in Harris (17.8M for this year and next). The investment in Jefferson is even greater. That is the problem in a nutshell. Jefferson and Harris play "ping pong" with each other and Watson plays a team game. Somewhere, someone has to make the proper decision. Corbin has to stand up and be counted with support from management and make needed changes. You have to take the leashes off the "power pups" and either play Watson at point guard or trade for someone who can do the job.

Hugh G. Hater
Swat Lake City, UT

Get rid of Turnover harris!
Make a trade for a real point guard who can score and defend.
Give more time to Burks.

Why did the Jazz pick up Howard again?

The Jazz are getting destroyed by teams who play the zone and collapse into the paint, taking away all of the Jazz's scoring options. This team needs players who can break that.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

JBQ is spot on. Either Harris or Jefferson is enough to stagnate any offense. Were sitting here with both of them on the same team playing together getting starters minutes. It's been proven both last year and this year that this "will not" work. Were seeing it with our own eyes for crying out loud! We have to get rid of these two before any kind of rebuilding can begin. The trade deadline will show us what managment intends to do about this huge problem, if anything.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Take a week off "girls" and when you feel ready to play again with effort and desire we will call the NBA and see if they can schedule some games for you!

plyxply
SLC, UT

KOC has got to be held accountable for this debacle. First he and Greg Miller (not to be confused with Larry) force Sloan out the door, then he lies about it, and now he's stuck with a coach who can't motivate his players and players who don't respect their coach because of what KOC and Greg did to Sloan. The fault lies with KOC plain and simple.
And to top it off we still have the worst defender in the league on our team getting playing time, please get rid of CJ Miles, he's horrible!

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

"The Jazz trimmed the lead to three â thanks mostly to the early hot hand of Al Jefferson , who had 11 of his team-high 15 in the first quarter."

And 9 of his 18 shots. 18 shots to score 15 points. With Zero assists.

He isn't efficient. He's a volume shooter. Of COURSE he's going to be the highest scoring Jazz man when he consistently takes the most shots.

Even in the Jazz' "big win" vs Memphis, Jefferson shot 17 to score 21, Millsap 11 to score 16, and Hayward? 12 shots to score 23 -- that's efficient.

David Locke talked Monday about New Orleans being without starters who score 66 points per game. Guess what? Their shots stay when they are out. Other players took their shots and scored.

If Jefferson took fewer shots, others would score, probably at a higher rate than the .83 points per shot Al did. And they might even pass the ball.

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

The tattoos are apparently not working for the Jazz anymore than they are working at tattoo U.

John Wicks
Salt Lake City, UT

The starting five needs to change right away. I wonder if Corbin even has a clue. Package Harris and Miles and even Jefferson before the trade deadline. I would fire KOC right away if I were Greg but I doubt he has the nerve or fortitude. Corbin needs to stand up to the players and demand respect or he needs to send them to the bench. This season is turning into a fiascal and I as a Jazz fan am suffering.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

No wonder that Jazz got blown out. CJ only took 4 shots. He should be taking 20 on a night like tonight. How come you didn't show how bad Hayward played? Jerry Jr. doesn't know how to manage his players like a coach needs to do. When they start the game missing 15 of their first 16 shots, the bench should have been in much sooner. Harris is a waste of a contract. Favors should be getting 35 minutes a game. Millsap is only good every 4 games. Jefferson will never play defense, Kanter will. Burks has some potential but he is not the answer. Watson is not the answer at the point. good backup.

Harris and CJ can not attack the basket in Jerry Jr. offense scheme. The paint is clogged with Big Al standing there doing nothing but calling for the ball. Has he ever set a screen?

Johnson72
Salt Lake City, UT

Woot Woot, Way to go Thunder.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

Please explain to me how a team learns from a blowout. Why not play every day? It would have only taken 66 days to complete the regular season. Then get on with the playoffs; also every day; every teams included, not just 16. Come on Stern and Players Association.

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

How long will it take for the Lakers, Celtics, Heat and others of the top echelon teams to gut the Thunder stars?

ouisc
Farmington, UT

Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap average just over 2 assists per game, each. There are 4 players averaging more assists per game than AJ and Millsap--our 3 PGs and Hayward. AJ is not the "ball hog" that some folks want to label him as.

The problem is, who will our bigs pass the ball to? Millsap's FG% is 50.6%. AJ's FG% is 47.0%. Should these guys pass up the opportunity to drive? Should these guys pass up the opportunity to shoot the mid-range jumper? No and No.

Who else is going to shoot the ball? Hayward is shooting 42.5% (25.4% from three), Harris is shooting 43.5% (29.9% from three), Miles is shooting 38.7% (26.7% from three), and Howard is shooting 36.7% (20.8% from three).

On the positive side, Bell shoots 48.1% (41.8% from three) and Burks shoots 39.3% (33.3% from three) but these guys aren't taking the shots.

Coming into this season, we knew this Utah Jazz would struggle with shooting. Our guards and small forwards simply are not first options. AJ and Millsap are our best chances for a win.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

Corbin blew the game Monday night, leaving tired and no-playing people in the game. I didn't bother to watch Tuesday night. When players publicly complain about "not running the offense" it is the Coach's fault. How can you complain about being tired when you have people that are not playing enough to break a sweat?

Johnson72
Salt Lake City, UT

Why would Durrant and Co. show mercy?

ouisc
Farmington, UT

CJ Miles: you want your best shooter on the floor to set screens for CJ Miles and Devin Harris?

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

At the risk of feeding the troll, I am surprised that you raised your head after last nights embarrasing loss. However, it is really not any fun to argue who is better between the Jazz and Blazers when both teams are very mediocre at best.

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

How do you unpack the paint? Consistently make outside shots to force the defense to guard you on the perimeter. Although I don't watch all of the games, in nearly every one I have seen there have been several instances of the guards sitting 20 plus feet away from the hoop without a defender within 10 feet of them- and they miss that shot, over and over again. In fact, the defenders rarely make much of an effort to stop it- and they don't have to when you only make 25% of those shots!

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

don't know how many times millsap set a pick rolled to the baskett wide opean no pass. what he had to do was just take the ball and drive to the baskett with 3 taller players waiting for him. i don't care who the players are if they have 3 waiting you ain't scoring at a high percent. untill they get a systeam it don't matter who is starting they will have problems. the flex offance is played by high school teams.

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