A lot of comments on here are humorous, more so since we're one game into
the season. MWC had one great game, let's talk about him after he's
played 20-30 and see if he's still as good. We still don't know
anything about him or TB for that matter. The Jazz aren't picking up
Jimmer and they don't need him. Going forward, the Jazz don't need
anything that would set them back defensively.The Jazz can lose all
82 for all I know or care, but their first game was the most entertained
I've been watch them play for at least two years. Mid-way through the
first quarter and most of the 4th quarter I couldn't stop smiling. There
is so much potential with this team and it was so refreshing seeing them play as
a team. If I never again see the Jazz dumping it off to their PF for a 10-12
jump-shot 50 times a game while playing no defense, it'll be too soon.
This is going to be a very entertaining year indeed!
The difference between taking the shot and making the shot...is like
the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.
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.
@fortydamOne 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.
The Jazz won the 3rd quarter. Nothing ugly about that!
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.
Gonna be a LONG year if Hayward is the "GO TO" guy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@Jay LindsYou 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.
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...
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
Why start Burks? He is the spark off the bench. Without him our bench
doesn't score hardly at all!
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.
I agree with Thriller. Today Burks got more minutes than anyone but Favors, so
coming off the bench isn't a big deal.
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 players2. Play
hard each night and hopefully keep games close to keep fans entertained 3.
Lose most games to ensure good draft pickTonight = 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.
This is pro ball.... There are no moral victories!
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.
Looks like 0 for Tinsley picked up where he left off.. Still don't want to
start Burks Corbin???