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Published: Wednesday, March 20 2013 11:50 p.m. MDT

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Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

There is no hunger with most of the starters, the bench has to do the work to get the job done and the team needs coaching help. Winning teams have winning coaches. Sorry Greg and Co.you better make major surgery. Forget the playoffs , bench the non performers, and get ready for next season. Almost any team making the playoffs would eleminate the Jass under present conditions anyway. Goodby Al and Millsap, we need to bebuild.

DougC
San Diego, CA

jazz management. please please face the reality and start playing young guys. Kanter only played 5 minutes and Al J played 42 minutes. Are you kidding me? What can he do better to earn his playing time? 20-20 game and couple of good games don't prove that he can play? I guess corbin wants 35-35 game from him to prove that he can play

ex patria cougar
Tokyo, Japan

Dear Utah Jazz Ownership,

You have fielded a team of mediocre players who are happy to collect a paycheck and are content to go through the motions of pretending to care. It is difficult to be a fan of a team that appears to have thrown in the towel, even though admittedly the towel wasn't really worth hanging on to.

I will now go back to eating my sushi while wondering how on earth anyone could actually manage to sit through an entire NBA game.

jazz4ever
San Mateo, CA

Ty says: " I'm proud of the way we fought back and the way those guys laid out there. ". Sorry but I feel Ty is too much of a players coach at this point. He is still trying to say positive things and motivate these pro's who need to lay it all out there from the get-go in pretty much all games from..oh..say since about 20-30 games back!! I am still optimistic (have to be as a fan, right?) but the players as well as the coaches are not showing any kind of spark that says they will make the playoffs and if they do give some fight there. Especially disappointed with the coach talk which fits in better for a College team with freshman learning to play hard. With such a soft approach/attitude, jazz will always be a mediocre team.

John Wicks
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice going Corbin. Game was a bore to watch. This just goes to show that Burks should be starting. Foye has gone south. This group has begun their vacation. The Jazz fans deserve better but I don't think management really cares. It's such a shame.

coleman51
Orem, UT

The summer acquisitions that Kevin O'Conner lauded as making the Jazz a better team have finally come to haunt them. They have essentially become worthless acquisitions along with the Jazz veterans who abandon the defensive end of the court. Teams that are younger and more athletic are destroying the older Jazz players and their swiss cheese defense. A lot of money was spent on players that no longer can play with a younger, more athletic NBA. All I hear from the Jazz play-by-play announcers is how unfair the referee's are in the NBA and other whiney excuses. The Jazz management better soon get a grip on reality or they will lose their fan base. They can no longer sit and lie to the fans about how good the Jazz are if it weren't for a few bad breaks. The core of the Jazz are the young players and they better get some good, young, athletic players to surround them or they will destroy the franchise.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The previous comments "hit the nail on the head" and say it all.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

It seems that Hayward gets lots of credit but perhaps was part of the problem. First half the Jazz were busy waving at Houston as they scored, and Haywards contribution ...5 points. Coach might need to have Hayward play a half before the other team arrives and before the first tipoff.

The Jazz could use some help right now as far as a go to player, it seems however it was more important to KOC and Co. to show Raja that he cannot speak out against the coach, thus keeping him on the roster, saving no money....none...and then having the team be short a quality player in this stretch. Revenge is sweet isn't it Kevin?

So far that move has cost the team games, and if you cave it will cost the coach his job. Those short sighted selfish decisions are coming home to roost now.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

Coach, Tinsley plays 5:44, Kanter plays 5:07. How do you even explain giving Tinsley, who has hardly played recently more time than Kanter, who was the best player on the team when you were forced to finally play him due to injuries. Next, Marvin Williams plays 20:49 minutes and gives us 2 points. How many times do I have to remind you he is a bust. Remember Demarre Carroll coach? He is the one player who brings energy and he hasn't played a minute in the last 2 games. Demarre will play hard for no other reason than he wants to showcase himself to go play for another team next year that will be glad to put him on the floor. After you mismanaged the first 3 quarters then finally got Favors, Burks, and Hayward trying to win the game, you team them up with Jefferson and Marvin Williams. If you would have played Kanter and Carroll the last quarter with Burks, Favors, and Hayward I think we would have had a chance. If Trump was running this team instead of Greg Miller coach, you would be fired!

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Honestly I don't know why you reporter types even go to Jazz games any more. You could just copy and paste the article you wrote for the previous game...just change the name of the opponent.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

Stick a fork in 'em; they're done!

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

Here's another concern Jazz fans. We all keep talking about all this cap space we have this summer to dip into the free agent pool. Remember this, free agents have a say in what teams they want to play for, it's not just they will automatically come to the Jazz because we have a lot of cap space. Every player wants to play for a winner and have a chance to wear a championship ring. How many of the top free agents do you think want to play for a Jazz team that is unable to show any progression, even with 4 very high lottery picks that are wasting away? The best free agents won't want to come to Utah unless they see that management is interested in putting a great team on the floor and I just don't think that will happen unless they pay some money for a reputable new head coach. Just sayin!!

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

One of the analysts at last night's game kept pointing out that the Jazz perimeter defenders were constantly going under screens, giving the Houston shooters time to set and nail their shots. All night long. I'm very curious about whether this is the technique they are TAUGHT by the coaches. If so, why? What are the advantages to going under a screen? If not, why aren't the players that constantly defend this way benched, until they show themselves willing to fight over a screen?

How about it, Mike? Can you or Jody or some Des News reporter ask pointed questions like this of the coaching staff?

VeraLouise
Sandy, UT

What about Junkyard Dog? Is he injured or something dreadful? I am so bummed!!

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@ VeraLouise
Demarre is suffering with something dreadful. It's called bad coach syndrome. It's very contagious as it looks like the whole team has come down with it.

Queensland Jazz fan
Townsville Australia, 00

On the bright side, and I need anything to keep myself from eating someone's face off now as a Jazz fan, the Jazz have a very good chance of moving into 10th spot in the standings and with some luck a good chance of falling to 11th. Dallas is going to fight hard till the end of the season, and while I can see Portland 'giving a chance for their young players to play' (i.e. tanking a few games at the end), we are still in with a chance to finish 11th in the West.

I can't see the Jazz winning more than six of the remaining games, and 4-5 is still being optimistic, if having the lowest lottery pick is optimistic.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

i bet...a bag of Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos...can outcoach Ty Corbin...any day of the week...heck...even a rock can outcoach Ty Corbin...

Scandrus
Cedar Hills, Utah

@Iowa Jazz Fan 2, one of the reasons the Jazz guards go under the picks is to offset the defensive liabilities of Al Jefferson. Most of the time when they go under picks it is in a pick and roll with Jefferson responsible to jump out and stop the penetration of the opposing guards. Al is horrible at this and gets beat consistently so the Jazz are forced to have our guards back off the pick, go under the screen and try to stop the guard penetration and hope to make up for Al's defensive weakness. Going under the pick leaves the guard with a clean look at the basket and that is one reason the Jazz give up so many open 3 pointers. One other effect is when the guards go under the pick the offside defender often has to help and that leaves the corner three wide open. The Jazz are last in the NBA at defending the corner 3 and it is one of the highest efficiency shots in the game.

jazz4ever
San Mateo, CA

@Scandrus, nice analysis. I wish the reporters had asked this question to the jazz coaches also. I agree with you...that is probably the reason they go under the screen. corner 3 is indeed a very high efficiency shot in the NBA.
When favors/canter are playing...do you feel they should have switched strategy and gone over?
I wonder if the coaches even watch these things and change when things are not working out.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

Thanks, @Scandrus -- your analysis makes a lot of sense. Al is a costly asset . . . .

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