Utah Jazz: Strong third quarter powers team past Celtics

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  • CL
    March 23, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Re Jazz Copp : I think I heard that Management dedided to resign Jeffers for the rest of the season, so your hopes of getting Moore won't happen.
    My problem with Mikke Moore is he was too skinny and got pushed around too much. If he was very good, he wouldn't keep getting cut. He's 7'but he's not big enough or strong enough.
    Give Fes enough minutes before the playoffs and he would be able to give us the minutes we need in the playoffs and be more effective than Mikke.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure moore, even coming over an injury and with limited exposure, would be more effective than fesenko or koufus. i like getting those guys minutes, but they're not ready for the playoffs, and if we get an injury, there we go, we're going to really need someone.
    it's possible that koufus or fesenko could step up in limited roles in the playoffs, but its better to just get someone whos been there done that and let him go to work for this playoff run, because you know, i want to see how far this team will go, and someone who knows what they're doing would be an upgrade in this situation.
    i saw moore earlier in the year, but i watched him last year with boston, he gave them a lift, they were better last year than this year for sure, so thats a possible case for moore right there. his game is best when he close to the basket, he can hit the occasional 10 ft jumpshot, his length causes problems for slower players, he played good enough last year to have a role with boston.

  • CL
    March 23, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Re Phnehme : Interesting thought, but I don't think it's too accurate. Korver gets minutes when Mathews or CJ aren't playing well or if Korver is hot with his shooting. If CJ is playing well he plays and gets the minutes ahead of Korver and lately even ahead of Mathews. Last year Korver closed and got the important minutes because CJ wasn't playing D like the coaches wanted, this year they are happier with CJ's defense & lately his all around game. It is nice to have Korver in the game at the end for his free throw shooting and that could be a scenario where he will get minutes and CJ & Mathews would be on the bench. It depends on what the coaches think the team needs, if CJ is playing good D, and the matchup dictates it, CJ will be in the game. If toughness, and in your hugs D is what is wanted Mathews is in. If we have the lead and the other teams is going to foul, Korver will be in the game. All of these senerio's have AK in the game, with CJ,Mathews or Korver.

  • louisiana jazz man
    March 23, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    everybody rippen on cj for having one good game out of ten. i dont see any of them doing much better. kirlinko included he had about 6 good games then faded. even boz has more bad games than good. so cj is not alone there.

  • Black Bone
    March 23, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Korver needs a few touches...to get going! He can score man!

  • Phnehme
    March 23, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    Sloan has done a great job adjusting line ups with the personnel available each night. I think the reason Korvers minutes have gone done is because AK has been hurt. The combo of AK's defense and Korvers offense along with dwill, boozer and Milsap was lights out to close games when we needed offense. When we need a defensive close out Mathews plays. When AK comes back I think we will see Korvers minutes go up.

  • Chuck Nunn
    March 23, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Some people hate Fesenko so bad that he can't even catch a break when he's sick. The virus was bad enough that Okur had to leave a game and miss another, and who do you think he's working against in practice? I wasn't surprised that Fess would catch that bug, although I did want to see how he'd follow up from the Saturday game. It was nice to see Koufos get some floor time, and he got in there and battled. Memo was obviously over the virus, and once he got a rhythm going in the second half, he was awesome. Hopefully Fess is ready to go for the road swing and Utah is at full strength for the stretch run to the playoffs.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Sorry 2 Inches short, Misquote

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    I can admit that I like it when Matthews is in there because i know that he's not gonna have a play ran through him. Korver may be a good shooter, but he can't always get open and the play ends up being a lost possesion when we can't get it to him. Matthews has had a break out game with 29 pts. I haven't seen Korver come to that and it's because we can't always just set screens for him every play, we pay millions for guys like booz, williams, memo, ak to get those plays, not Korver. Matthews gets shots on a kick out because his guy leaves him and instead of always settling for a jump shot he takes it to the rack a lot of times and something good usually happens.
    Korvers height is 1 inch, 1. his arms are long, but if your beat it doesn't matter how long them arms are unless your AK with 7'3" wingspand. He did guard ray last night and fouled him because he was left open for a jump shot.

  • Miles
    March 23, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    @ol' Stinky.....Since you know my posting history, you must post under a different name.......Try that and we can talk.

  • Miles
    March 23, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    There is no one out there that could help this team except Raja Bell to guard Kobe. And I don't know the age of Bell or if he has lost a step since leaving the Jazz?

    Moore is not going to help this team this year. I would just keep what we have a push forward and hope that we are not a walking wounded team come the playoffs. I think we have the ability to finish no worse than 4th and could move into 3rd behind Denver and LA.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    Just because most people don't want to hear it I'm not bringing it up, but let it be known, i have no ideas what you guys are talking about or thinking.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    Korver was closing out games for us at the end of last year, he did fine, he needs to play more, start, and close games. thats when we need him. sloan is getting it wrong, i'm afraid, most people are wrong about this. it's sloans biases that are so blinding for those who can't see it like me. as for vujacic, he's too short, korver is a better player simply because of size. the trend is such that guys like korver aren't starters, but for our team it is the right move to make, that argument isn't convincing, hyperbole doesn't sway me. admit, you like watching mathews run aruound like sloan does, like just run around run. ok, i wouldn't match korver up with someone like bryant or ray allen, but you give korver a chance and see how he does, you always have mathews to run around for you if you want.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    @Jazz cop, I just haven't seen Moore play and i'm wondering how injured he could be and if sloan would even bring him off the bench. I know he's already played for Jerry, but we both know he's set in his ways and would want to go with Chemistry and not throw off his line up. but what could 15 mins a game do? against the lakers and den a least we'd have lenght

  • ol' Stinky
    March 23, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    Miles, nobody asked you. Matthews is cemented in, your little cj is on probation & he better keep playing good or he is gone. Scoring alone does not account for all that builds a victory. There are things that happen that I am sure could be explained to some fans but I am not sure I could explain it to you based on your posting history.

  • CL
    March 23, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    Re NGB,: I would side with you in this argument with Jazz Copp, Korver is a specialist and that is it. He is a very good shooter(especially this year)and tries to make up for his lack of athleticism/defense with smarts but he doesn't do that good enough to start over Mathews or CJ. He is not starter material, unless you don't have better talent available. Both Mathews and CJ are better suited(more talent/athleticism) to start than Korver.
    I like Korver, but he's not better than Mathews or CJ, period.
    If the Jazz can win all the up coming road games, it will go along ways to being able to hold on to the 4th spot in the playoffs. Let's hope they don't have a lapse of concentration and come out every game with energy, intensity and toughness and they should be able to beat all of these teams.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    @ngb-it would definitely be worth our time to bring in a guy like moore, it pretty much looks like a good match, and it makes sense for a playoff run to pick him up. as for jeffers, sure, its a good thing, i wonder why though, if it is going to be double against the cap, it seems unnecessary, even if it ends up being that we need jeffers to play which is unlikely.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    Matthews comes off the screen up top, oh and he drains the 19 footer, Wesley Matthews. That's the play by play. Did Korver have that last game? No, he didn't cuz he went 0 for 1 and couldn't get open. That followed by his Veteran Free throw shooting... Oh wait, he's missing tech's left and right. Come on, more people are seeing it from the view i'm mentioning. Less and less people mention your view, maybe you should consider that. Korver has plays ran thru him while Matthews has to make due without getting a play called for him, when he does he drains it. When he gets position on the block he gets fouled, no call and still drains it.

    I'm guessing your never gonna fold on this so we'll let it be, but like i said before. Sasha on the Lakers will never be a starter, Korver isn't made for it either, if his defense weren't an issue he'd be playin, plain and simple, in fact two games ago he said he played lousy defense in an interview.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    @ngb-but how many games do we actually win with our defense? not many. true, korver isn't as quick on his feet, but he's a little longer than mathews so that makes up for a little of it, he's also taller so that makes it harder to pass over him, mathews is just more active, korver is more effective.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    Miles, Couldn't agree more. I'm not saying Mattews is the answer to our 2 problem, i'm just saying Korver isn't deserving of being a starter. Sasha Vuyacrap is a shooter just like Korver, never ever should he be a starter. it's the way the game is. Matthews is getting better and I like that, but we need him to continue to get better and work on his 15 ft jumpshot. Jazz Cop and Miles: What do you two think of the signing of Jeffers for the rest of the season? Also, do you guys think it's still in our best interest to look at Mikki Moore or do we just use the guys we have now?

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    NGB, again, myth that korver is a one dimensional player. you have reduced him to nothing more than a three point shooter. someone who cant' defend, or pass. that's a picture of him based on your view, and on your view, the better basketball player runs around alot like mathews does, does little else but runs around and up and down the court. on my view, the better player is the one who can get himself open off a screen and hit a j, and who also will find himself open for some easy baskets at the rim, not to mention, korver is a better finisher; and all around better offensive player at everything, including passing, and especially knowing whats coming up next.
    so, sloan too thinks the better player just has to run around alot more, i think thats just the player who does more because they have less idea of what to do.

  • Miles
    March 23, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Korver is not an NBA starter. He is a 6th man. Very one dimensional with his offensive skills. Slow on his feet on defense. He is a great role player and the Jazz need him on the team. But look around the league at the elite teams, guys like Korver are not on their teams, let alone starting for them.

    For example, Luke Walton is a role player like Korver. When he was a starter for the Lakers, they were not winning championships. When they improved their player base, he become a limited role player. He is not a bad player, just not a starter or impact player. Same with Korver on most nights.

    Korver is right where he belongs, coming off the bench. That being said, I am not saying that Matthews is the answer as a starter either. But between Korver and Matthews, I will take Matthews as the starter.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    re todd: I watched a little of the memphis game too, dude, memphis turned that into a run away, brewer just being on that team and they're playing better already. I don't pity brewer, he went to a playoff contender and they wanted him for a reason, he has a chance to help them become a good team, and i'm pretty sure he will too. that's two games i've watched memphis w brewer, i watched a little of his first game back and the griz had an impressive win that night too. who knows, maybe the griz aren't planning on keeping gay, brewer might actually be a better fit alongside mayo than gay is right now, obviously they aren't better off with out gay, but memphis is happy to have brewer, he has a chance to make something happen for himself and his team and he should be stoked.

  • jbra80
    March 23, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    re: @todd
    On your question about why we struggle with the length of LA/Den and not Boston, the first 2 teams have speed and length, while Boston is aging and just has length. Well Boston also has girth, which the Jazz can handle. Booz and Memo don't have the foot speed for Gasol and Odom. KG during their championship run would've gave us fits, in fact he is what neutralized Odom/Gasol's speed and length. Boston is still good but they have aged and i doubt they quite have enough to make another run. Thats just how I see it at least.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    You can make the arguement for a one dimensional player all you want, but the truth is Korver is a shooting specialist that deserves to come off the bench and provide a spark in this system. You are not making a realistic arguement with the system they run. In a different system I "might" agree with you that experience would win out, but that would require the jazz to run a system through korver. That's not happening. We win big games like last night because of strong defense, Korver wasn't bringing that. He looked soft and they were getting good transition buckets on him. Matthews hustles and makes that 2/3 player he's guarding think of him and how hard he's defending him. If you'll be realistic Jazz Cop, you'll come to grips with this. You can have all the logic on your side in a "perfect" system, but no one has that. We need more defense over shooters, we've got those in our leaders already.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    @Jazz Cop, you're forgetting what role the two guard plays in Jerry's system. You can say all you want about Korver's shooting ability and what not, but he doesn't move without the basketball well and have to run plays for him instead of pounding it inside like we do. That makes us into a jump shot happy team. The reason we have been coming out with slow starts lately isn't because brewer was this amazing two guard and now he's gone, it's because we settle for jump shots hoping that we can get hot early. That's a horrible philosophy and you're not smart for picking that one with the streaky shooting jazz, you have got to be able to pound it in from the start, look at the games they've lost recently, bad outside shooting.

    Yes, yes, yes, Rookies, Rookies, Rookies. Matthews doesn't get too many touches and he's remarkably smart with the ones he gets and makes decent decisions. If we lose in the playoffs it will be for lack of leadership from Dwill, Booz, AK, and memo.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    @ngb-i've had that take on the backup center position since last year, those extra big bodies make a difference, too bad the mailman doesn't come down to practice more often and teach our young players some of his tricks, he's the only mentor that we really have, and he'd tell these guys the things they need to hear, like, no ones going to respect your weak moves. but he's busy hunting and being a writer, too bad he's not around the team more. as for mathews v. korver, the only good thing i see happening is less wear and tear on korver, who isn't built for a lot of banging that more minutes would put on his body, so maybe thats sloans plan, just throw korver to the wolves int he playoffs like he did ak last year, we saw how that worked out. but, as far as you contend that mathews is better defensively, passing, i say that's myth. the team plays better with korver, recent trends show that, because korver has a better feeling for how to play.
    @todd-good to see you give cj love.

  • todd on "brew"
    March 23, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    I had some pity for Ron Brewer last night. He looked depressed, not his confident, energetic self. I realize he is new with Memphis. I sense his teammates like ball hog AJ MAyo do not trust him. He played very little and rarely touched the ball. reminded me of our schoolyard or park days when the uncoordinated lack of hops guys is picked last to field a team. Then that guy does not see the ball.

    I wonder if this will turn out and give more credibility to the fact "Jerry system makes a player better" We have seen that with 3 guys most noticably, Eisley, Shannon, Keefe and I will mention Foster also.

    I thank Ron for his 4 1/2 years. I ripped O Connor for many things but not this,. CJ is taking up a lot of the slack and dong many things more than Brewer such as knocking down shots

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    @ngb-i disagree, stats don't tell the whole story, using stats to prove your point is a weak argument, in that case, i could use stats to make the point that anyone with good stats is also a better player, weak argument.

    dude, mathews is a rookie, rookie. I use trends to show my point, if the slow starts aren't a concern for you ngb, then you have more confidence in the starting lineup than you should, the past 15 games or so, i'd have to say that about 2/3 of them at least, the jazz were down by the end of the first quarter. completely opposite of prebrewer trade, when we were rolling from the tip. can we roll with mathews? i think so, but come second round of the playoffs, if we make it that far, no. we'll be regretting we don't have a more experienced player handling that position from the tip. dude, come playoff time, mathews isn't going to be cutting it, he has too much going against him, rookie, rookie, and all that rookie baggage that comes with it, the wall, no respect from refs. etc.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    @Jazz Cop, I do agree with you on the back center view you have though. Couldn't agree more that millsap and boozer are way out of position when they are on the court together. It's nice cuz we have two scorers and heavy rebounders, but we are so small and millsap usually is matched up on a guy 6'11 or 7 ft. That's a big difference when you're trying to score or work on the low block. We have got to at least give these backups sometime, even if its 10 to 15 mins a game, we can't leave booz and millsap on the court for too long. In the playoffs we will get exploited after 5 mins in that line up by decent centers.

    I agree with what some of you have been sayin about Fes, he didn't seem sick 2 nights ago, you need to get over it like memo did last night and suit up.

    I'd like to see AK back too, this is like last year with booz and a mild injury, milking time off. Hopefully he comes back with an attitude and brings some toughness.

  • NGB
    March 23, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    @Jazz Cop, Every week we seemed to argue on this Korver playing more or starting. This past game is a perfect reason why he shouldn't start and why matthews gets more minutes. 0 for 1 and 4 pts and 3 to's in 18 mins. He turns the ball over .2 more than mattews in 10 mins less time on the court. He just looked like garbage out there. Especially on that outlet pass, I was glad to see sloan pull him. Matthews gets high quality shots and that's why he plays, 3 of his baskets were right in the paint against the bigs and just pounded it in there.
    His defense is why CJ is playing better lately, he's just what this team needs, they don't need a prolific scorer from the two if CJ and AK play like they have been lately, just someone who hits open shots and moves without the ball.

    It was good to see CJ drive to the hole, he's just not shooting good from down town, even when he has good games. Some of the shots he made yesterday were ridiculous. Keep it up CJ!

  • Miles
    March 23, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    CJ had a major injury to start the season to his shooting hand. Korver had a shooting wrist injury last year and never recovered the entire year. Since CJ had that bad stretch of shooting he has become a much better team player. His rebounds, assists and steals are all up. His turnovers were not that high to start with, he has always been a good passer which is odd for a kid out of high school who didn't need to pass at the level.

    CJ is starting to turn the corner and becoming a very effective player for the Jazz. Matthews and He have helped make this team better than last year's team. Other than the Lakers, we are as good as any team in the NBA. The Lakers are at a different level, just as the Bulls were when Stockton and Malone played.

    The only thing that hasn't changed is Jerry is still running the show. I do have to say that even Jerry has been better at his job the past 30 games.

  • Evanston
    March 23, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Where are thou Ak???? Still hurt. AK has no heart and is a huge waste of money. Buy him out and let him go play for his home country and then maybe he will learn to play with heart. All of you sing his praises. He has no heart and in no way is worth what he is getting paid. Please trade this guy this summer.

  • Mathews
    March 23, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    is getting worn a bit but he needs all the experience he can get before the playoffs. Korver has experience he just needs to be ready.

    If the Jazz have Mathews and CJ consistently playing well by the playoffs and Korver and AK healthy and ready they can make a run.

    The Jazz can't beat LA/DEN inside so they have to use the SG/SF positions to beat those teams. Our playoff hope ride on those 4 players (assuming the PGs and PF/Cs perform as expected).

    Mathews really needs a night or two or rest on his leg. That can't happen until AK gets back.

    We have seen what Fez and Kouf can do if needed. They are very important if the bigs get into foul trouble or injured. Neither have the experience that they need but at least they rebound and score better than Collins. Neither make the offense run as smoothly as Collins but that will come.

    This team gets up for the big games (or folds) but this year they are better at getting up for the big games and better on the road.

    Something has changed this year.

  • I have been watching the Jazz
    March 23, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    for 30 + years...that was one of the post game interviews...where Jerry was the least critical and the most happy I have seen...(I said one of the) He only has about 1 of these a year!

  • @Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    That is the funniest thing I have read in a while. Sloan's rage!

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 9:35 a.m.

    U got to give sloan credit for playing fesenko more minutes recently, it makes a huge difference when we play a true backup center when leading up to games like this. giving the backup center minutes to millsap and boozer isn't a winning strategy and so we'll see when ak comes back, if that pushes fesenko out of the rotation and those backup center minutes go to millsap and boozer, and some of the pwfwd minutes go to ak. i'd like to see backup centers getting back up center minutes, okur gets ineffictive when he's too tired, sloan has to be conscious of that. koufus has more hops than fesenko, and definitely more touch around the basket, but you can't argue with a 7'1 315 pd ukranian, and most guys don't want anything to do with fesenko because he's a physical mismatch on the blocks, it's a small thing, but it's huge for the jazz to have push in the defensive paint, every game.
    ak needs alot of minutes too, the place where i'd cut minutes is mathews and start korver, but mathews keeps getting tons of minutes.

    March 23, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    The Jazz held the Celtics to around 40 points in the second half.

    Very impressive. It is basically the first time they have played good defense in weeks.

    Ever since AK has been injured/not playing healthy the defense has been virtually nonexistent.

    The other thing I loved last night is how physical the Jazz were. If we had a committment to play like that against the Lakers we actually might be able to compete with them.

    That is why Sloan was so happy with how the team played--the banged and played hard physical basketball.

    It was beauteeeeful!!

    I am getting a little verklempt just writing this!!

  • CJ and Fess--The Commonalities
    March 23, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    You can schedule Fess for a "stomach virus" every two weeks.

    You can schedule CJ for a big game every 10 days or so.

    Perhaps we could get some M.I.T. graduate to more closely study/graph when these two will have these events so that we can adjust our roster/expectations accordingly.

    Fess, have you ever heard of washing your freaking hands dude? This guy is sick literally every 2 weeks--its ridiculous!!


    Save your little petty lectures to everyone about CJ's greatness. We all know he has talent. We would love to see it more than once or twice every two weeks though.

    You see what CJ can do when he makes an effort to go to the basket and play defense. Then we all get to scratch our heads for the next 10 days when he vanishes defensively and jacks shots from 3 point land while shooting 39% from the field.

    I am not sure why he can't figure out what "works" for him because everybody else seems to know.

    I can't wait till AK gets back so we can have some consistency again.

  • @Todd
    March 23, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    I also have seem enough change in Sloan this year that I would support him if he can coach his way deep into the playoffs. He has made necessary adjustments.

    The culture is changing. Greg is slow and cautious but Sloan does not have the blank check relationship with Greg that he did with his Dad. Greg relates better to the corporate types who should be running the organization and those types are gradually taking back power from Sloan.

    In the long run the Jazz will be better.

    I also think that Greg realizes that Sloan will not be there for ever. He has to be thinking in terms of eventually making a change. Greg also wants to win. He knows he has to do better than just get into the playoffs. He has the ticket sales to put together a winner if he can get the right combination of players for the right price.

    One Question? Why didn't the Jazz struggle against a tall physical line up and the best defense in the NBA? Why do they have more trouble with LA/DEN than BOS?

  • c'mon Steve
    March 23, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    Fes was sick man!

  • Jazz Cop
    March 23, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    @steve-yeah, if you didn't know fes was sick you would wonder why because with sloan, its hard to get why he plays the guys he does. tonight, sloan did his best job. even the guys on tv were wondering what sloan said at the half? probably something like, you guys need some inspiration, then he put in the tape of him forearming the ref and said see, this is how you play defense.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 23, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    What I like and notice Sloan is doing this year is this team is becoming less predictable. The man has proven he has become more flexible with this roster and utilization of its talents.

    I really hope that coincides with at least 2 if not 4 playoff rounds won

  • @Steve
    March 23, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Flulike symptoms

  • Re: steve
    March 23, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    Fes was out with the stomach flu.

  • hey steve...
    March 23, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    fes was out with "stomach ailment." super easy to check those things online, dude.

  • Lug-Nut
    March 23, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Who is this Koufos? I like to see this man playing in the paint. Why do they not use this man more? He is not a little weak man. He wants contact. Contact is for the big boys!

    More contact = more contract...ask Paul.

  • Hugh G. Hater
    March 23, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Wow. Sloan outcoached Doc Rivers badly.

  • Curt Kjar
    March 23, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    For some reason the Jazz were trying last night. It was good to see Money Balls going for some rebounds. Boozer was a monster in the fourth. CJ finally learned how to drive with confidence. It looked as if this kid actually knew what he was doing. That could help us if it is not just a one game thing. Deron is a great passer and he looks to be becoming a LEADER! Paull put a big Louisiana man on the floor. That was pretty cool!

  • millsap
    March 23, 2010 6:57 a.m.

    hit on big baby was the key to the game. he had 13 ppoints in the first half. dident do much after that. soon as he came back in knocked him down again. wasent paying much attition at the time game was about over and i relized garnett dident do much. someone must have played good d or he was wore out.

  • Steve
    March 23, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    I don't understand why fez didn't play tonight. All the bigs were in foul trouble, and fez was coming off of the best game of his career, but he didn't even make it in the game. Was he unavailable for some reason that I missed?

    Koufos did ok, and everything turned out fine, I was just surprised to not see fez on a day when he was obviously needed and played well in the previous game.

  • Dug
    March 23, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Well a I guess C J is becoming a little bit more consistant. I guess he can play better defense than I thought. Well so what you guys aren't always right either.

  • B.R.
    March 23, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    @ Miles

    What did you think you think about C J running the offense for most of the 4th? What is his turnover ratio the last 15 games. Are his rebounding numbers up? Do you think he has become more consistant over the last 15 games? Did you hear him on NBA TV when they asked him what was the most frequent Sloanism he had heard from Jerry this week when he replied, "Come on man, you know I can't say that on TV." ?

  • Big Smack from Little Jack
    March 23, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    I liked what I saw tonight from the Jazz. It seems like all of their players really have the pick and roll down not just D-Will to Boozer, and hitting the trey really gives us a complete offense. Those green gansters had it going in the first but they were missing one thing, their only white guy. Scallabrini usually kills us from the 3-point line, so it helped having him out. I really enjoy watching the Jazz win, almost as much as watching the Celtics lose. Doc Rivers showed real poise at the end there.
    I hope the confidence keeps building and they keep hitting the 3-ball like that because they will need it against Denver and LA. Fingers crossed that they get the 2 seed. Later jazzfans

  • todd on "coach of the year"
    March 23, 2010 12:00 a.m.

    On the Memphis-Sacramento telecast tonight, colorman Jerry Reynolds discussed his "coach of the year candidates"

    He listed Scott Brooks, followed by Skiles, Hollins, Sloan and then Mcmillian.

    I would rate Gentry ahead of Mcmillian. Portland struggled until Camby got there. He blew the Andre Miller issue at the start of the season.

    This is about right. Sloan if he could pull off an upset or two in the playoffs and get to the Finals will shut me up about Sloan.

    Tonight was tremendous intensity by his team. The next step is to do this on the road consistently. That means no more excuses--A FULL SQUAD EVERY NIGHT DEDICATED FOR 48 minutes.

    My Jazz friend relocated to South Bend, is going to the Pacer-Jazz game at Conseco Field House Friday Night in Indy. Lets get 3 out of 3 on this road trip. Toronto will be difficult...

  • Mathews
    March 22, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    is fine according to a radio interview that he did.

    CJ has made major progress in his complete game. He came thru against the number one defense in the league.

    It is not just CJ who is inconsistent. You never know what you are going to get with this whole team. Even from one quarter to another.

    However, they do much better when they are aggressive, play at the right tempo, play defense and hit outside shots.

    CJ and the team will have down nights. It is okay for CJ to be down 1/2 of the time. Millsap, Korver, Okur and AK are not much more consistent than that.

    As long as CJ attacks the rim and plays defense then he is not a liability when his shots do not fall. Attacking the rim makes CJ a lot more consistent than just slinging 3s.

  • Rich
    March 22, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    Kudos to Sloan for getting this many wins so quickly. His brilliant move to rate each player on every defensive move after every game has brought a measure of accountability to each player, and that includes Boozer, who is the most improved defensive player on the team because he went from maybe the worst defensive player on the team last year to middle of the pack. That will increase his value to the degree that the Jazz might not be able to afford to keep him now. But I'm excited for the playoffs this year. It will be tough to get past any team in the West, but they have the talent and they have developed enough teamwork lately that they might get it done.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 22, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    Yeah I am worried about Matthews hope he is ok they have like a 4-5 hour flight in the am to Maple Leaf Gardens, Aka Canada Center.. Unfortunately, Phoenix just won in typical Warrior fashion as they find ways to lose...However, if we take care of business it will not matter

  • CL
    March 22, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Good win, we need everyone to step up like they did to beat good teams like the Celtics.
    I hope CJ can stay consistent, he hasn't been so far this year but lately he has shown that maybe he is learning and growing and starting to play better each game. Like I have said all year CJ has great potential and if he continues to learn and grow and gain confidence he will be a big contributor and really help the Jazz be able to challenge the Lakers,Nuggets,Mavs,. The way he took the ball to the hole tonight is the way he needs to play every game, if he will, it will build his confidence and then his shooting should become more consistent.
    It was good to see (big)KK get some minutes, I think he and Fes have alot of potential and just need minutes to develop and be positive contributors. Whether they will be able to contribute this year or not is questionable.
    Mathews is tough and works hard, he looks like his knee is bothering him, I hope it doesn't get any worse and that he will be able to keep playing.

  • Steve
    March 22, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I hope Matthews is okay.

  • Tonight is a good example of
    March 22, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    wings who can shoot coupled with strong rebounding. That combo makes the Jazz very hard to beat especially when Memo is hitting from the outside.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 22, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    at the moment Golden State leads Phoenix 108-105. By the way, "nellie the bufoon" waived Raja Bell tonight.

    This was a night to very proud of our professional basketball team. This was the most impressive win of the season for many reasons. Okur and Boozer being in foul trouble, Koustos had so many problems with Big Baby... DWIL, Millie and Price, Matthews and Korver helped keep us in the game.

    The 2nd half was the most impressive half against a quality opponent all season. It was awesome. Okur, 3s of course, then the rebounds and 2 blocks. 2 Boozer blocks.

    No one I doubt could ever picture Boozer blocking a shot and then taking it to the house for a dunk.

    I have always said "if he wants" he CAN PLAY DEFENSE BECAUSE HE DID AT DUKE.

    Same for Okur. Miles did it all tonight. Dwil was great.

    Against the size and length of Boston, the Jazz ung there and effort and more effort carried us.


    Sloan had the right combos i will give him credit there and the players tonight played with focus-you see in playoffs

  • Miles
    March 22, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Doug | 9:35 a.m. March 22, 2010

    Too bad CJ had his game for March this past weekend.

    Oh Doug, what was that you said this morning? So negative about the most improved player on the team. CJ scores 23 and gets a loud ovation at the end of the game. I guess Doug, the true fans understand the value of CJ. Where does that leave you?

  • Congrats to CJ and Memo
    March 22, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I sure hope CJ has many games like this one in the playoffs. He really earned his 3.7 mill tonight and played a complete game with offense/defense and leadership. He hit from outside and went to the rim. Way to go CJ and a well deserved standing O.

    Memo was awesome in the second half. 3s and boards. That really turned things around. Not bad for being sick.

    Boozer and Williams did their usual. Pace was a key to winning. Williams pushed the Cs and did not let them get set in their 1/2 court defense. Boozer played some great D.

    Mathews was solid. Koof played well and was needed. All he needed was some playing time, 4 points, 3 rebs.

    This was an impressive win against the number 1 defense in the NBA and it came without AK.

    You never know what you are going to get from the Jazz but they were in championship form in the 2nd half.

    Dallas lost again and OKC lost at home. Now if GS can just beat PHO.

  • Ak Fan
    March 22, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    It was defence. Did you see rotation classic. Big win.