Every Jazz fan should now be a Rockets fan.
This was a nice win for the Jazz. It all comes down to Wednesday night.
It's always hard to know a teams motivation on the last game of the year.
You know the Jazz and the Lakers both want to win but it's hard to know how
hard either Houston or Memphis will be playing. If I had to bet, I would think
the Lakers have the best chance to advance because they are playing at home and
they were able to handle the Spurs without Kobe. The Jazz have been beatable on
the road all year but they have won 3 in a row on the road. I'll root for
the Jazz to make the playoffs but I think it will get ugly for the Jazz if they
Very sad situation for the Jazz. They go out with their heads held high. However
with ten free agents, this may not mean much. Neverthless, the hope is that Mr.
Miller with his great business sense will figure it out and do what is best for
the Salt Lake community. After all, that is the real story of the season. The
team represents the "hopes and dreams" of the community. Big Al has come
so far since the death of his grandmother. However,, this is a business and the
"well has a bottom to it". I believe that AJ is worth resigning but not
at the amount of money that he is asking. In the home game against the Wolves,
Favors was +16, Foye +12, Jefferson +4, Millsap -14. That should about tell the
Where has this kind of effort been all year? If they played like this all year
we wouldn't be in this position! It seems every year it comes down to 1 or
2 games to get into the playoff's. If the team played with this kind of
heart all year we would be in the top 3 or 4! I'm afraid Houston will not
beat L.A. Wednesday, and once again we will be thinking what should have been!
Interesting stat from the box score: DeMarre Carol: 7mins= 6 points. Paul
Milsap: 32mins=7 points.
Doesn't matter which team limps into the playoffs. Utah would be swept in
the 1st round, and my now Kobe-less Lakers will only win one game before
goin' fishin'....My only consolation is that Boston will
also exit soon.....
Millsap is always going to struggle when Al is in the game! The Jazz could not
make a three out of Thurl when we got Malone. They could not make a three out of
AK after his all star year at the four when we got Boozer. When Boozer was hurt
Millsap was a 17/17 guy. Now we have the plodding AJ plugging the middle for
Millsap. You are right, Millsap will never get better WITH AJ on the team. The
worst thing anyone in this organization could do is resign Jefferson. If they
do, say goodbye to Favors and Kanter. Some of you guys.. It just isn't
about points scored. Jefferson is the worst in the NBA in plus minus. Millsap
wasn't much better because he is in the paint with Mr Jefferson. Notice how
the second unit, (no matter who was in it came back in every game this year)
Because Al Jefferson was on the bench.
fortydam--I don't think that any knowlegeable Jazz fan alive would try to
tell you that Al Jefferson is a great all around player and that his defense
should be forgiven because he scores a lot of points. But to discount his play
and what he has meant to the Jazz in 4th quarters of this season would be even
more silly and that's what you seem to be doing. How long have Jazz fans
cried about not having a scoring big man? Also, this guy is a pro's pro. He
tutors Kanter and takes defensive lessons from Derrick Favors. He wants to win,
wants to improve and has no ego. I want big Al on this team next season and for
seasons to come.
So how does AJ on the floor account for Milsap going 3 for 10 over 32(!)
minutes?Sure maybe he gets less touches but 3/10 is pathetic for a
starting jazz bigman.
Everyone who thinks Houston is going to fold, they won't, they are fighting
for the 6th seed, if they lose they will be 7th.
Looks like that unimaginable loss to Toronto earlier in the season could bite
the Jazz in the trumpet.
Paul Millsap is not a go to player. Al Jefferson is. Millsap is a nice mid level
player, but nothing more. Anybody who says the jazz would be better off with
Millsap instead of Jefferson don't know basketball.
I would rather see the Jazz get the experience of four playoff games, even if
they are all losses, than get another 1st round pick in a weak draft.
Actually, RSL, if Houston loses to the Lakers, they are going to be the 8th seed
and the Lakers will be 7th. So Houston should be very motivated to win that
To: ImaUteFanThanks, I didn't realize that, I just knew that
Houston had something to play for.
@BrahmabullThe question is who will fit better with Favors and
Kanter next year and beyond--assuming management intends to sign one and let the
other go. Millsap is only a mid-level player, true, but he is a very good
mid-level player that can mesh with almost any team because he can contribute
without setting the entire offense to get the ball in "his spot".
Keeping Jefferson and Mo means more of the same, which is not good enough.
Playoffs or not, next year let's turn it over to the "Core 4" and
try to keep Foye and Carroll to go with a pg and a big from the draft.
dhsalum, thanks... it was much better said that way...
The bad stretch at Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland has made it difficult on the
Jazz. That is in the past though. The Jazz have to beat Memphis. Houston can get
hot from downtown and if they do that, they could knock off the Lakers. Going
right down to the wire like last year. Making the playoffs will be helpful even
many players will be gone next year. Hayward, Burks, and Favors need this
playoff experience. Too bad Kanter is hurt.Go Jazz!
@fortydam and Dhalsumi agree with you both...Al Jefferson...posts
decent numbers...but hardly a factor for most of the year...Al Jefferson would
only be a good number 2 player for a good team...and i am thinking Houston would
probably make him an offer during the season...and have Thomas Robinson groomed
for a few years...Since Mchale has already worked with Big Al when he was with
the wolves...I think...on the draft...we could find a role playing Big...the
problem we now have is at PG...the only thing that comes to mind...is to sign
Jose Calderon for a short term fix at PG...or...we could experiment on Alec
Burks as PG...but still sign Calderon...and waive Watson...Jeff Teague is a
restricted free agent...and i doubt if we could sign him...also...the most
important thing is...Rick Adelman might leave the wolves...this gives us a
chance to get a good coach...there are still others that we could get to coach
the team...but that coach needs to be a teacher and a mentor for the core 4
kakashi.. Always right on!
@ ImaUteFan- Houston may be very motivated to win the game, the problem however
is Stern and company are motivated for the Lakers to win. They would much
rather see the Lakers in the spotlight instead of the Jazz, even with Kobe out.
So don't be suprised to see another game like the other night, where the
Lakers had nearly 3 times as many free throws as their opponent. I think it was
against GSW. @ fortydam- I agree, "kakashi. Always right
on!"@ Jim Mone -(Associated Press) I didn't realize Al
Jefferson was from Spain. (Nice Editing).
"Biggest game of the year is the next game. We put ourselves in the position
to have a chance and that's all we can do," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin
said.Wrong Coach, Biggest game of the year was the second game back
in November when you lost 88-86 to New Orleans. The biggest game of the year
was Dec 3 when you lost 105 to 104 to the Clippers at ESA after blowing a 10
point lead in the forth. Biggest game of the year was March 4, when you lost 109
to 108 against Milwaukee. Biggest game of the year was March 8, when you lost
89 to 88 against Chicago. To summarize, the "biggest game of the year, is
every game you play." That is the difference between a champion, and the
attitude "that's all we can do".