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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 9:15 p.m. MDT

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Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

Looks like 0 for Tinsley picked up where he left off.. Still don't want to start Burks Corbin???

Thriller
Saint George, UT

I've said it before and I'll say it again: be prepared for these kinds of games, Jazz fans (myself included). There will be a few nights of brilliance, plenty of horror nights, and lots of close losses. But, the hope is that as the season moves on into spring, we figure out how to win those close games. If Corbin can keep this team together long enough for that to happen, the next 5 years are going to be very, very entertaining.

The biggest fanbase problem I see for the Jazz is the tantalizing wins and close losses that make the fans believe this team is something it isn't...yet.

As for Burks, I actually like him coming off the bench where he can be "the guy" and take over a game. I don't want to see him start but I do want to see him getting around 25-30 minutes a game.

Mortoon
Idaho Falls, ID

This is pro ball.... There are no moral victories!

Jay Linds
Salt Lake City, UT

It is no secret that the Jazz are trying to build for the future. From the moves this off-season, the Jazz will have lots of money to spend next year, so hopefully they can sign a good free agent or two. For this year, in my opinion, the focus should be:

1. Development of the young players
2. Play hard each night and hopefully keep games close to keep fans entertained
3. Lose most games to ensure good draft pick

Tonight = Mission accomplished for the most part. What I don't understand is why even give minutes to Jefferson, and why sign Tinsley? I would rather see those minutes going to some of the younger players.

TallNSkinny43
Germantown, MD

I agree with Thriller. Today Burks got more minutes than anyone but Favors, so coming off the bench isn't a big deal.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

The Jazz really played well in 3 out of 4 quarters. That ugly 3rd quarter doomed them. The Jazz threw some great passes in the 3rd quarter but the problem was they were passing to OKC for steals and then fast break dunks. That's going to hurt in a close ball game like this ended up being. We need to play smarter with the ball for all 4 quarters obviously. I did like the effort and even though Gobert didn't have a big night I thought he did some nice things and it looks like he will be a very nice player for the Jazz.

AggieFan82
OGDEN, UT

Why start Burks? He is the spark off the bench. Without him our bench doesn't score hardly at all!

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

We will have a winning season if this keeps up. Even make the playoffs. This team is for real.The wins will come with these close games to start as the team gells. Go Jazz

bigirish
OREM, UT

I like talk I'm hearing of a possible trade for Jimmer. I know, he's fizzled in Sacramento, but the Jazz would give him that return-to-Utah confidence. We need a shooter from long and Jimmer has shown he has the skills. I say give him a chance...

Jazzledazzle
Provo, UT

@Jay Linds

You ask a valid question about why Jefferson and some of the vets even play...

In my opinion this is to help the young guys. They know even though a guy like Jefferson is not a superstar, he has been around the league for a while. It gives them someone to learn from on the court, verbally, and just some sort of veteran presence and leadership. His minutes need to stay limited and I think Burks, Hayward, Favors, Kanter and the youngsters will see plenty of minutes.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Several stats really "jump out". Free Throws: 67% to 88% for the Thunder. 25% on 3s. Durant hit as stated 22-24 on freebies. The Baby Jazz need to stay the course and follow the game plan. However, free throws (especially for Favors) are a definite weakness. Hayward is not real sharp on 3s. They need to find a young 3 pt shooter. Foye from Villanova was really good but got caught in the youth movement. He shot about 46%. Finally, Westbrook was a significant no show. The Jazz need to keep their head screwed on tight and develop. It is one day at a time. Corbin is a teacher. Let's see what he can do. Slow and steady wins the race.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

Hardly any mention of Mike Harris. I thought he was amazing in his role and as far as Alex coming off the bench? Listen, if having him out there seems to facilitate Harris--stick with it. I thought Corbins rotations were amazing last night. A few less turnovers and that game was ours in a walkover. Amazing 4th quarter and there will be more of them.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

After reading this article, I looked really hard at the standings. Nowhere could I find the column for moral victories. Under W, I saw a 0 for the Jazz; under L, I saw a 1.

For those complaining about Jefferson, he played a great game last night.

For those clamoring for more minutes for the young guys, how many will be enough for you? Shall we run Favors, Hayward, Kanter, and Burks 48 minutes a game? That would be great when they are all on injured reserve by mid-season, wouldn't it? The secret is to play them enough to build skills and confidence but not to run them into the ground to the point they are playing fatigued. Fatigue leads to poor performance and a lack of confidence. It leads to eroding skills when mechanics start to fail.

mdp
Bountiful, utah

The Jazz looked better than I was expecting- pretty good defense and a lot of young team mistakes pretty much expected for this early in the season: too many turnovers, lousy outside shooting, too many fouls, etc. They will get better with experience. Hayward has always been a slow starter with his shooting touch- they need him. I thought Jefferson and Harris looked good, Burks great in this game.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

The jazz looked pretty good for most of the game. The SAME BLARING WEAKNESS was apparent last night: they CANNOT close out a game. They have no one to go to that can seal a win. I really think Jimmer would be the guy to close out a game for them. You need someone with ice water in their veins that can hit foul shots and 3 pointers when needed. I'm not as high on Hayward as everyone else. I just don't see him as a consistent go-to guy. Trade him to Indiana or Boston since that is where he really wants to be.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Gonna be a LONG year if Hayward is the "GO TO" guy.

fortydam
OREM, UT

Hayward hasn't got that good of shooting form! His feet are seldom in the right spot, and he throws up bricks. I hope they don't over pay this kid. I thought the game was great! Little Andy, Burks isn't a point guard! I'm not sure how many of those turnovers he caused directly, but he's better suited for a two. For the most part he is a terrible passer and not the slickest of ball handlers. I really thought Ian Clark would get a look. After so many bricks, he would have been another credible shooter.

tizer
Helena, MT

The Jazz won the 3rd quarter. Nothing ugly about that!

scalman
Temecula, CA

@fortydam
One thing Burks is not is a terrible passer, even if he makes the occasional terrible pass. Coming out of college as a dominating two who could play some point, he had at least four things going for him...hops, overall scoring ability, and excellent passing and rebounding skills for a two. He is still so young and inexperienced, but great to watch, huh? Good game, Alec.

Man in Charge
Chihiuahua, 00

Meanwhile, MCW the 11th pick of the draft, scores 22 points, 12 assists, and 9 steals in his NBA debut against the world champs, the Miami Heat.

We dun picked the wrong point guard.

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