Kudos to Corbin for realizing the only way you can have big Al on the floor is
to surround him with 4 players that can actually defend. I hope we have seen the
last of the defenseless Milsap Jefferson tandem. Those two should never be on
the floor at the same time ever.( unless we are trying to lose.)
The Jazz seem to have a real balance problem, the best offensive players dont
want to play good defense and the best defensive player cannot score. The
starting team plays outside, which makes the bigs garbagemen and occasional
rebounders when they are lucky. The second team plays defense with energy buy
generally cannot hit long shots with consistency, but do well inside. IMHO they should not play Foye and Jefferson together because of defensive
problems, and they have to play Jefferson with Favors. The smart solution would
be to play Jefferson and favors with the distributors Tinsley and Howard, and
Milsap/Kantor with the outside shooters (MO,Marvin, and Foye).
Millsap is either injured or checked out (wanting to be traded) because he is
nonexistent on both ends of the court right now.Millsap and
Jefferson together are a defensive disaster. Denver 48 points 1st half paint
points?Jefferson won't defend anything and the problem with
keeping him is that his teammates get tired of helping on his man when he
won't ever help. Its contagious...or insidious if you will. Lazy defense
breeds more lazy defense.Unfortunately AJ is the only consistent low
post scorer. Favors is progressing but he will not be consistent for a year or
two. Same with Hayward...big game or two and then awol for a game or two but
such is life with NBA youth.Anyways back to the AJ dilemma. Keep
him and we will never be good defensively. Trade him and we lose offense. AJ
is also bad in the fact he rarely gets to the line. All his shots are fading or
push shots. You need a legit low post guy to get to the line. AJ is what he is
and he is not championship material.This team is near a crossroads.
Decision time is coming.
"Utah Jazz get defensive in win over Denver Nuggets"You have
to be joking right?How you could even print the word defense
associated with a game when the Jazz give up 65 (48 in the paint) in the first
half is beyond comprehension. I don't care if they played better in the
second half.The fact is that only due to some fortunate events at
the end of the game including Denver missing some completely wide open shots did
the Jazz squeak out a victory on their home court.The were dominated
and dunked on for most of the night and made to look like a bunch of princesses
on their home court. Sure a win is a win but what a bunch of sissies to have
the gall to get treated like that on your home court.Embarrassing.Clearly I am not the only person to have this thought
based on the total lack of comments on these stories. People are generally
increasingly disinterested in this mediocre defenseless team. When
you have losses to New Orleans and Sacramento not to mention barely beating the
hapless Wizards...well this effort doesn't really need much more
explanation does it.
Oh.......it's so hard getting through that first half. Just pretend that
it's the second halfwhen you start.
Corbin says "we need to be ready for 48 minutes". If I could just get a
nickel for every time I've heard that comment from someone on the Jazz I
could be making as much as Big Al. The 24 minutes or so the Jazz played better
defense was when some combination of Favors, Carrol, and Kanter were on the
floor as others have commented. I thought Hayward gave good effort on defense
even though he couldn't hit the broad side of the barn when shooting the
ball. Still I like Hayward in there because his shot will come back and he
always at least gives an effort to defend. I just celled the police department
and filed a missing person report for Burks. Hopefully someone will find him.
It was a good win for the Jazz, especially considering the absences of Mo
Williams and Paul Millsap. Wait, Paul played? He started the year off blazing,
but since Coach Corbin moved him to the three in the temporary line-up change in
DC he's been non-existent. As for Hayward, I'm starting to
cringe every time he pumps up an outside shot. Defensively he is a big asset,
but offensively he can be a detriment. If I were the opponent I would slack off
him until he can start hitting the three consistently. Its not good enough to
have a good game, then two bad, the Jazz need Hayward to show up consistently.
The Jazz had another player that was hit and miss, remember him, his name rhymes
with Me Ray.Al keeps doing what he's always done: scoring, playing
occasional defense, and not rebounding at the end of games. A crossroads
is coming and hopefully the Jazz can make the right decision.
If Corbin keeps putting them on the pine, they will shape up. Being one of three
teams undefeated at home ain't all bad.