Utah Jazz notebook: Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer enjoy short respite

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  • fred schwartz
    March 12, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    I have read your comments and I to understand your point about pulling the subs out like that but I have stopped watching the Jazz because things like us giving back big leads late and losing happen. I would rather have people at the end of my bench realize you cant be careless with the ball than to lose a game late. They are professionals. I am sure they are big enough men to not go cry in a corner because the scary coach pulled them out.

  • fossil
    March 11, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    i felt sorry forthe two subs. sloan is a old time coach and i think the players don't like to play for him but have to act like they like him. i have had a few scarry bosses and i know there is pressure on the jazz players wondering when they will be embarresed or chewed out.

  • CJ will be up and down
    March 11, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    but Mathews has disappeared some nights also. It mainly depends on who is guarding them and if they are feeling thier shot. The last 2 games Boozer's production has been down but he is drawing double teams.

    With CJ some nights he plays great D and some nights he kind of fades. Mathews usually plays good D. Korver usually plays good offense but struggles on D against quick opponents.

    CJ is having great nights more frequently. That is a good sign. If he has a great night every 3rd night and plays adequate the other 2 that will win a lot of games.

    I would like to see him get real consistent on rebounding, passing and defense. Then if his shot is off he can just pass the ball and be a real contributor.

    Korver is much improved in rebounding, passing and defense. Now he is healthy his shooting is very good. I CJ will match Korver in non shooting contribution the wing problem may be solved.

    Mathews will get better and OJ should (if he stays) be a defensive stopper/slasher who can shoot (some). The Jazz have young promising wings. The wings make a big difference.

  • GoodGuyGary
    March 11, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    I picked up CJ on my fantasy league the night before - after his 26 point performance - and sure enough, he disappear again.

  • jeffrey
    March 11, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    I love you all

  • Craig
    March 11, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Did everybody else have the same rotten coverage by FSN? They always have technical glitches, but the last two games were off the charts terrible. The Jazz sold their soul to the devil when they signed the exclusive contract with FSN, a company that obviously doesn't care about delivering a quality product. Why should they? the money's in the bag.

  • HEY Rick!
    March 11, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    What are your true feeling about Sloan?

    It is hard to replace a guy like Sloan when he keeps winning!

    How many coaching in NBA history have replaced 2 superstars like Malone and Stockton and had another run for a title.

    If MJ wasn't around in the 90's Jazz would have some titles, but even to be in the playoffs so much is impressive.

    But hey, maybe they all

  • To RICK 12:47
    March 11, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    All of your arguments are "what ifs". Guess what Jazz won!

    But what if they lost? I see your point now!

  • Rick
    March 11, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    One of the WORST coaching decisions ever made by sloan....You are worried with a 10 pt. lead & 1 minute left...You sent a great message of confidence to your much needed subs besides the point you could have had a star player pull a muscle by bringing him back into the game once they thought they were done for the nite...Mentally when a player thinks his nites over, his muscles start to relax & maybe he's already icing !!! KOC needs to enlighten you on players bodies in the 21 century, the game has passed you by sloan; retire to your Ill. farm & forget your selfish wins "record" total you're shooting for...Do the team a huge favor & let Jeff "Horny" take over please ! LONG TIME JAZZ FAN

  • Jazz Play
    March 11, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    It looks like the Jazz are playing better without Brewer! It gives more time on the floor for the other guards and it seems like it is paying off most nights. Love to see Korver and CJ hit those 3's!

  • 3 cheers for the wings
    March 11, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    The Jazz are fortunate to have the wings that they have!They need them all! They support each other and bring different skills to the floor when needed. Not sure about the comment about Matthews included in the comment we know what we are going to get from him every night! I don't see him being any more consistent than any of the other wings. All the wings cheer for each other on so why can't the fans?

  • It is time to get off of CJ
    March 11, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    He is erratic but some nights he is great and has won some games for the Jazz. Sloan can cut his minutes on the off nights. Mathews and Korver are improving but I think it is fair to say that CJ is also improving.

    Collectively the wings are making a big difference in the W column and that is all I care about.

    CJ is relatively cheap. But he needs to work on his rebounding and defense. His shooting is streaky but many wings are streaky. Streaky is something Sloan gets paid to manage.

    Ripping CJ at this point will not help the team win. CJ can be evaluated over his whole years work and dealt with in the Summer.

  • ECR
    March 11, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    Save it 8:39 - Point taken. I live on the other side of the country and seldom get to see the Jazz on TV. It wasn't until I logged on to ESPN that I noted the game was on NBA-TV and then I tuned in. By then the game was almost over. You're absolutelky right that I should hold my criticism for when I can judge a whole game but I wasn't judging his whole game, it was just those last few minutes that the article referred to when Sloan pulled Gaines and Fesenko. To me, he pulled the wrong guys out if he was disgusted with how they were finishing the game. But like I said, despite whoever's play - Way to go Jazz!

  • Miles
    March 11, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    John Wicks I enjoy your humor. Did you watch the game last night? Didn't think so.

  • RE:John Wicks
    March 11, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Ya and Korver only had 5 points against Chicago the night before. Did Korver play like a D-Leaguer too then? We know what we will get from Matthews and AK every night, so as long as either Korver or CJ is hot to go along with them, we will be tough to beat.

  • Ak Fan
    March 11, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    Lopes called. It;s time to Fesenko show some muscle send him to ground he doesn't know how hard floor is. Man just plain stupid to say something like Oh it's just game. Caveman missing something respect.

  • Save it
    March 11, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    @ECR Since you admit you only watched the last few minutes of the game last night I don't think you have any right to judge the game. Korver's only turn overs (2) in the game happened in the last few minutes true, but you did not see his 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 for 8 shooting. He had a perfect 2nd quarter where you for that? Korver was a work horse last night on both ends of the floor...save your critique for when you watch an entire game!

  • Chris
    March 11, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    Oh Ohh! Not the dreaded SI jinks. Don't let them do it. Tell them to wait until after the season. At lest don't let the players read it.

  • John Wicks
    March 11, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Good to see C.J. back to normal. What a dismal display. D League material at best.

  • ECR
    March 11, 2010 5:56 a.m.

    I caught the last few minutes of the game on NBA TV. There were more than 3 minutes remaining and the Jazz were at 114 and I thought, "Surely they will pass the 120 mark tonight!" But alas, they struggled to get one more point before the buzzer. And while Gaines and Fesenko were not magnificent, Sloan should have taken Kyle Korver's head off. Is he color blind and doesn't know which jersey color to throw the ball to? How many turnovers did he have in the last 3 minutes? How many layups did he give up to the Pistons without moving his feet?

    But depite that - way to go Jazz!