i agree with most of the posters here...Al as good as he is on the low post on
offense...its the exact opposite on D...he plays matador defense...he is too
slow and doest really try hard...he says he does...but he really doesnt...and
its kind of frustrating...i hope the jazz...trade him...if not..dont resign
him...use the space for some players that can actually play D...i'll try to
swing him for Anderson Varejao...or Larry Sanders...if we get Larry Sanders...we
could start Favors...and Sanders could anchor the D for the second unit...with
Kanter with him...Hayward has his ups and downs...but i think he owns the second
unit right now...and is more comfortable playing with those group of guys...as
he strung together good numbers the past few games...i rather commit to them
having huge minutes...than to see them leave...and get the shot that they
want..and explode...wesley matthews anyone?
Al Jefferson is a guarantee to get beat late in games with the pick and roll.
Teams know he doesn't play defense and that they can get by him anytime
they want.As long as the Jazz believe it's a moral victory to lose
close games to good teams they will never be better than middle of the pack.Sad how far the ownership has allowed the team to fall. Corbin needs to go,
I'm already tired of hearing how great they played yet lost. What I would
give to have Sloan back on the bench.
Give this game to the referees- they made a bunch of bad calls at the end, all
against the Jazz. The interior defense lost this game in the 4th quarter-
Jefferson played like he was afraid of Griffin.
The game was no surprise to me. Again, the Jazz could not defend a younger,
quicker team. I felt that the Jazz tried harder on defense, but hustle and
character does not defend a quicker, more athletic team. What the Jazz lacks and
obviously not valued in the pre-season was the need for athleticism. The
quicker, younger, more athletic players are able to defend. However, the Jazz
seem content with signing older players that are either 3-4 years past their
prime, D-league players, and players that no other team in the NBA wants. With
Favors injured, defense is the first thing that suffers. The Jazz organization
seems to be in a delusional state of mind thinking that they can be competitive
with the elite teams in the league by putting together the hodge-podge they have
collected this past off-season.
The Jazz continue to be near unbeatable at home. They are playing lots better
as a team this year. Jefferson has been great. However, the pick and roll are
aimed directly at him. He has a good attitude. Corbin needs to use his coaching
skills to take Jefferson to the next level. He could dominate but won't.
The next question then is whether the Jazz should invest maximum denaro or use
his expiring contract as "cap relief". If Jefferson could just move his
feet on defense, the Jazz would win the title. After paying him in the 100
million range, you would think that Corbin could force him to do some aerobics.