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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7 2014 9:35 p.m. MST

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docbaird
Lehi, UT

Toooooooo many wins. However good work!

ABELIEVER
roy, UT

Wow, the Jazz management is showing me that they know how to draft quality players. I believe the Jazz have the foundation to become a competitive team that will compete against the Thunder, Blazers, San Antonio, Heat, and Pacers for years to come. A kid named Parker would solidify at least two NBA Championships within the next 12 year if the Jazz were lucky to draft him, however, the current Jazz if the foundation stays together will get into the NBA finals within the next seven years. Thank you very much Management for sticking to your guns and bringing a fun product to watch for years to come.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

are we still on track to have a top 3 pick?...

scalman
Temecula, CA

Great game for Hayward, but the Jazz still give up too many offensive rebounds to the Thunder, even with Serge Ibaka out. Jazz have won 6 of their last 10.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

if we dont get Jabari....i think Joel Embiid or Julius Randle is a good consolation prize...i still think Andrew Wiggins is way over hyped...he has the skills...but i dont think he has the desire to reach his potential...

joe5
South Jordan, UT

ABELIEVER: Did you even watch last night's game? If so, you'd realize that the Jazz never win that game without Williams and Jefferson. (Reminder: Current plans are for them to be gone after this season.) They spent the night guarding Durrant so Hayward could stay in the game. Without them, Hayward gets into foul trouble, ends up with 9 points and isn't around to score the last 17 points of the game.

If you went with the kids, as Greg Miller stupidly referenced in his post-game tweet, who would guard Durrant? Certainly not Favors, Kanter, Burks, or Burke. Even if the Jazz had Parker, his defense is his biggest weakness so he couldn't do the job. And if you pay that core-6, you don't have money for anybody else to fill out the rotation.

Personally, for his own sake, I hope Jabari decides to serve a mission instead of jumping right to the NBA. I don't even know if that's on his radar but it would be the best thing he could do to set up the rest of his life.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

I prefer Gordon Hayward, of the Moody Blues.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

It must be noted that the Jazz roster is now down to 12. Mike Harris was cut and Clark and Gabbert were sent to the D-League. Hayward was in a zone to be sure and the Jazz are playing well. However, let's not get carried away. Ibaka is a beast on the boards. He played for Spain and with the Gosol brothers and except with an injury late in the game to Paul, Spain would have won. Westbrook is unstoppable and will be ready for the playoffs. I suggest that the Jazz do not "dream of sugar plum fairies" just yet. They need to keep plodding along and continue their development. Too great an expectation right now would "spoil the brew". They eed to keep their feet on the ground and their eyes on the clouds. The word is "slow and steady" until they are ready to roar and it's not yet.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know that Hayward "overshadowed" Durant. You make it sound like he dwarfed Durant. He had a great game no doubt, but remember Durant had a season high last night also (and more points than Hayward).

I think our whole team outplayed their whole team. But I wouldn't say Hayward dominated Durant or overshadowed him. It's the rest of the team we dominated (not Durant).

ABELIEVER
roy, UT

Hey JOE5, I love to be positive and that is they way I am. Hayward is a guard and would not of guarded Durrant at all during the game anyway, so Durrant would of gotten his points. Secondly Durrant is a superstar and not matter who would of guarded him he was going to get his points. Thirdly foundation to me does not mean all of the fab five players on the team, I believe the three best will stay and role players will play around them, kind of like Stockton, Malone and Hornacek.

The Jazz have a great foundation and I look forward to watching the foundation grow and develop throughout the years. Go Jazz!!

pby47
St George, UT

A "thunderous dunk" is still only worth 2 points, it counts for nothing more, so don't over sell its value.

I'm still wondering why Marvin Williams is still on this team, and still starts, he's lazy, doesn't rebound, is an erratic shooter, and hurts the team in my opinion. Trade him and draft Parker this year and the jazz just might make the playoffs again.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Durrant is 14 of 34 from the field? Yikes, I guess no one else was open.

He missed more shots than Hayward attempted.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

An impressive game for the Jazz even against a depleted Thunder squad. However, what is going on with our rebuilding plan? We have come this far in rebuilding by jettisoning all the veterans that we chose not to resign only to keep playing Jefferson and Williams in the hopes of winning a few extra games. We have to build through the draft because free agency is tough sledding for small market teams. This is the year to have a high lottery pick because the draft has a few potential all star players at the top of the draft. The Jazz tried to trade Jefferson last week for an expiring contract showing again they don't have long term plans for the guy, but yet he still starts and gets big minutes that takes away from Burks getting more playing time. I'm always excited to see the Jazz play well and I can't just turn that off and on. But, I think it's a mistake to win too many games and end up in the middle of the 1st round of the draft when we have a chance to grab a star quality player!

joe5
South Jordan, UT

Wow!! Lots of silly comments being made,

2Bits: Durrant is a great player but Hayward outdid him last night based on efficiency alone. A simple formula might be pts/shots. Durrant was 48/36 = 1.41 and Hayward was 37/19 = 1.95; nearly half a point better per shot. And he didn't have the benefit of nearly 20 FTs.

ABELIEVER: First, when Burke, Burks, and Hayward are in the lineup, Hayward is the SF. Second, who are your three foundational players? (Hayward, Favors, and Parker?) So you think Kanter, Burks, and Burke are role players than are easily replaced?

pby47: Note that the Jazz resurgence did not being with Burke's return but with Williams return. He does so much more on the court than you are apparently able to see. Learn some basketball and then come back and look at what he does for this team. Not every good thing is measured in the box score.

Americanvet: I love discussing with you but the Jazz cannot play the kids 48 minutes each. In fact, it makes sense to put them in positions to succeed rather than fail so they can build positive skills instead of reinforcing negative habits.

Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

@morpunkt
Glendora, CA
"I prefer Gordon Hayward, of the Moody Blues."

Uh, hate to be a nitpick, but as a Moody's fan, I can't let this one slip by uncorrected. That would be Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues.

Man in Charge
Chihuahua, 00

Joe5.

How is your beloved Pekovic helping the Timberwolves this year? So far, they're at where they were last year. OJ mayo hasn't done anything to help to worst team in the league. And Bynum got cut. So much for your free agents you were clamoring so much about this summer.

To all the people like me who want the Jazz to tank, don't worry. They are still the worst team in the west and the Thunder had 3 starters who weren't playing or played limited minutes.

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

This is not a good thing. Sure it was fun to see the Jazz youth movement paying dividends but these are all role players and none are all stars, let alone super stars. Jazz need to get a superstar surrounded by these really good other players in order to get to a championship team. If they do not get a top 2, maybe 3 pick the Jazz are headed back to the Milsap/Jefferson/Boozer days of making the playoffs, maybe winning 1 round, and then folding. Slightly above mediocrity with this group. Where is the super star. we desperatly need this next pick to be a superstar calibre player, not just solid. The roster is filled with solid, sometimes streaky players right now.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

MIC: Those are only three of several I talked about. Easy to cherry pick your data, isn't it. Especially when it is meaningless.

Every situation is different. If John Stockton had been drafted by the Lakers to back up Magic Johnson, he would have been out of the league in a year or two at the most instead of being a Hall of Famer. Who knows what might happen to a player or a team if there is a synergy.

I still believe in Pekovic.

I admitted during the summer that Mayo and Bynum (and several others) were risks but probably cheap enough to take a chance on. For example, one of those flyers was Xavier Henry. Ultimately the Lakers got him for $1M. You can decide whether that worked out for them or not since he has been off-an-on with injuries. But would he have had the same injuries in Utah? Who knows? Heck, the Jazz might have given him $1M and kept him on the bench like Clarke.

The point is, you don't know any more than the next guy how those guys might have fit in with the Jazz.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

MIC; I should also point out that my summer suggestions were just examples of things the Jazz could have done to compete rather than sell out the Jazz fans and instill (my favorite summer term) "a culture of losing."

The results of their sell-out won't be evident for 3-4 years yet so just relax and enjoy the ride you wanted to go on. But pardon me if I exercise a little more caution before I end up looking just as foolish as some of you.

If you're right (and I really hope you are), you won't have to call me out to see me praising the Jazz front office for their approach. I still put their chances at no better than 1 in 3 that they end up going to an NBA finals with Hayward and Favors on the team.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Nice, but "superstar"?

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