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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013 9:35 p.m. MDT

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Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

wow...no love for Hayward?....who put up an incredible stat line....double digit scoring roughly 8 assists and 7 boards...with 3 steals...although he shot poorly....he did it in just 26 minutes...give him an additional 5 who knows...a triple double?...if this is a sort of preview of what will happen in the season...and Gordon gets his shooting back....the guy could post 20 6 and 6 a night....but we all know this is pre-season...where a lot of bench players gets loaded minutes...but i think its a nice improvement from his previous years...where in his rebounds are under 5

dumprake
Washington, UT

Can somebody tell me why Marvin Williams is still on this team, he is one, big, wasted body/contract.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

my mistake he only had 8 pts....on 4-11 shooting....but the spike in rebounds is nice to see

jazzer
St. George, UT

Hayward was impressive with a stat line like that. I like what I saw tonight with the effort. It is only pre-season but still something worth seeing. I was back and forth at the first of the game to decide how we were going to be this year. When our bench came in and turned things around it gave me a boost in confidence. Let's hope we can be consistant and get better every game.

Go jazz!!!

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

That was impressive. Jazz looked great. I know it's preseason but it was good to see the talent the Jazz can put on the floor and it will be interesting to see how they can mesh as the year progresses. Trey is coming along and just will get better as his confidence increases. Last years core 4 all looked awesome. Burks definitely deserves to start over Jefferson in my opinion but I know it is important to have some fire power coming off the bench. What I would like to see however, and I'm not a coach I just play one online, would be having either Burks or Ian Clark start at the 2 and have the other one come off the bench. I was disappointed that Clark only played 5 garbage minutes because I have high hopes for that guy. Evans was a monster and if he keeps that up he will be a weapon for the Jazz. Keep it up men!!

joe5
South Jordan, UT

dumprake: Williams is still on this team because he exercised his player option. When the Jazz traded for him, they knew they would probably have him for two years. Personally I think he still has something to offer when he returns from injury. He's a class act on and off the court and he has some skills. He's not going to carry the Jazz to a championship but you can say that about anybody on the roster. Nobody is a top 25 player in the NBA.

All: I've been a naysayer all off-season and one preseason game isn't going to change my mind. But I saw some very pleasant and unexpected surprises last night:
- Great hustle and hard work
- Tremendous rebounding, particularly on the defensive end of the court. GS was one and out all night long.
- Great defense. Almost no points in the paint (GS spent all night shooting jumpers) and the strong interior defense allowed the perimeter defenders to stay home which made it hard for anybody to make those jumpers.
- Lucas. Not the same player I saw in Toronto.
- McGuire. Energy and hard work. Could be a poor man's DeMarre Carroll.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

As stated, so far, so good. Burke is the one to watch. He is the mover and shaker.

gehelmke
Bastrop, TX

I saw everything I've been predicting last night...hustle, defense,and everybody involved in the offense....Burke poerforming up to his capabilities....Hayward playing the epitome of the team game.....Kanter a beast under the boards....Favors guarding the paint....Evans proving he can do more than jump. It's only a pre-season game, but if they play them all like they played last night, they'll be in every game they play.

I hope the Jazz hierarchy, including Corbin, don't listen to those "wanna be coaches" Harpring and Bolerjack. Burke needs to be starting, with Lucas coming off the bench...not the converse of that....Don't lose sight of the fact that we are building here....Burke needs to get to know those guys, and those guys need to get to know Burke..... like Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili know each other. That's how good teams are built.

I did NOT like Hayward and Burks splitting time at the 2...Sit Jefferson and start Burks.

ed
Los Olivos, CA

Trey took 14 shots, last night. Stockton never averaged over 11.9 shots for his entire career.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@ gehelmke umm.. Corbin's line up obviously worked and you believe your line up is better?

Let's let the coach - coach?

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

This Jazz has very few offensive threats this year and points will be tough to come by until the guards learn how to play in the NBA.

I am more excited about the defense. All the guys on the floor are athletic and play great defense. Every shot underneath was contested and the Jazz got most of the rebounds on defense. Defense will keep Utah in games until the offense comes around.

It is easy to see that Trey Burke has talent but he can't jump over guys like he did in college. The Jazz will win 35 games this year.

SWWeatherGuy
South Weber, UT

Standard disclaimer: I realize it is only one pre-season game, at home.

I haven't been as excited for a season to start in many years and the Young Guns did not disappoint. In fact, they exceeded about every expectation I had and I have been very optimistic about their ability.

Is it too early to ask all the naysayers/haters to start eating crow?

That was the best team basketball I've seen the Jazz play in a very long time. Very enjoyable! How refreshing to see every player giving effort, playing defense, and most of all enjoying the game. I saw many more smiles on players faces than in the past couple of years.

No, they weren't perfect and there's a good chance they struggle to compete for a playoff spot (and, frankly, I hope they do) but they are going to be much better than most "experts" have predicted but they are going to be so enjoyable to watch and root for. GO JAZZ!

VeraLouise
Sandy, UT

I, too, am incredibly excited by last night's game. It was a good start, understandably against a tired opponent; but, nonetheless, better than I expected and all I hoped it would be. Jeremy looked good, John Lucas impressed me (I wasn't familiar with him at all), Burks had nice energy, the biggies looked buff (Karl will make them even buffer), etc. I am totally back with my NBA-Jazz "fix" and look forward to many pleasant surprises under the radar. I hope the other teams look past the Jazz and we bite them in the backsides, surprising everybody!

Go Jazzboys! (Finally!!!)

Wookie
Omaha, NE

Its preseason....

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ IndeMac:

Any time a team can score more than a hundred points a game, and especially while holding their opponent to under 80, I would have to say the points aren't as hard to come by as you're claiming. It's what the team does together as a whole that counts more than what individual players do.

Win or lose, this is going to be a fun team to watch. They play and compete hard and act hungry to compete. That's when it really gets fun. They did a lot of that in this game, which hopefully is a precurser to many more such games in the future.

Burkes is a stud and a class act for the way he handled his designated assignment of coming off of bench instead of starting. He comes across as a true team player when doing whatever is asked of him.

Unlike some of the more recent years, there will be multiple crowd favorites with this team. I'm now genuinely excited for this season.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

If you think about it...and we hit the lottery...we would end up having a very young and athletic team...poised to go deep in the playoffs in a few years...Add Jabari Parker...we get a legit scoring threat...Hayward would be the utility guy...pretty much like AK but can shoot...we got Burke to man the point....and we have Kanter and Favors...and we seem to forget we have Ante Tomic's rights....if we cant convince him to play for utah...might as well trade his rights...for a pick....Burks as good as he is...i know he is better of starting....but to me...if we do get Jabari...Burks get first dibs of the bench and average 25-30 mins...as a 6th starter...and could backup both Hayward and Burke....and we still have Ian Clark...and Raul Neto coming in next year...i know that's a lot of youth...but the growing pains would be worth it...if this team gets chemistry and play as a team...its a risk worth taking...

fastfox
Ogden, UT

Initially, probably like everyone else, I was upset about Burks coming off the bench. However if he can accept the role as 6th man, and be a Ginobili-type player for the jazz, that would be huge. Lets be honest, JL III isn't going to put up scoring numbers on a nightly basis and I would rather have Burks being the main scorer off the bench over Jefferson or Williams, but that is just me. The guy can just score and he is outstanding around the rim regardless of who is there defending him. I think he is better suited with the 2nd unit because he can have the ball in his hands, where he is at his best. Jefferson is better as a starter because he won't demand the ball and he can spread the floor with his 3pt shooting.

I am excited to see how the jazz progress this year...above all if they stress defense, then they'll be fine.

GO JAZZ!

shaybo
Richfield, UT

@Kakashi, Everyone has given up on hopes of getting Tomic but Lindsey said in an interview on 1280 the zone earlier this year that they were going to be talking to him. I wonder how that turned out.

@dumprake, I wouldn't write Williams off just yet, he is a good player who played with a painful injury last year, he could turn out to be a nice surprise this year. Don't forget he is also a capable backup at power forward as well as small forward so could be a valuable player off the bench when he gets healthy.

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