Utah Jazz: Deron Williams' 18 points, 16 assists beat Raptors

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  • Okur/Boozer
    March 25, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Okur does need rest especially on back to backs. Boozer lately has tended to get into foul trouble. Playing Fez with Boozer is actually a very good combination many nights.

    Lately Koufos has been playing well and putting him in for a few minutes with Okur does not hurt. Some nights Millsap plays really well and some he fouls a lot and some he kind of disappears.

    I do not think that the Jazz would go backwards if Fez or Koufos played with the starters or even the back ups for 3-10 minutes in many (not all) games. On some nights they probably would play harder than the starters while in the game. The starters might give a lot more effort if they knew they had fewer minutes. Unless it is a really important game some of the starters do not play hard if they think they will be on court for 40 minutes each night.

    As long as Sloan wins I do not feel strongly about it. But there are times when playing Fez/Koufos would not hurt team performance and sometimes enhance it.

    Anyway we are headed for the playoffs. Let's hope it goes well.

  • okur
    March 25, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    dosen't need less time he mostly resting on the court same with boz. they have about 3 games they been working hard . only two who will get wore down sap and mathews. will have to put williams in there too. mostly sap and williams get hit about every play sap looks like he is the only one willing or able to set screens. looks like they throw him a bone every now and then mostly doing the manual labor carrying his lunch box.

  • Miles
    March 25, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    You got to love how one guy can post his love for "Miles" under so many different names. Even I don't go that overboard to talk about my man CJ. let's see:

    To come back healthy and assume his starting role.CJ can take his spot on the bench,he`s better as a back-up/role player

    When you say you expect to get 18-25 points out of Miles,do you mean in the whole series or one game? That`s probably what he`ll give you in the series,He`s chubby...er I mean flabby cause he`s lazy

    is jealous because good players like Matthews get more attention

    doesn't the CARTOON NETWORK have a site you could play on? cj is doing well...he will do fine. What will Miles do?

    Miles is the problem...if Miles was not posting and ranting and spewing all of the time...more people would like cj...but Miles...you need help!

    cj will be ok...he is driving it to the hoop, getting to the foul line and that is what will save his career!

    And That's just page two....Such love and devotion

  • Re : about miles
    March 25, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    When you say you expect to get 18-25 points out of Miles,do you mean in the whole series or one game? That`s probably what he`ll give you in the series,He`s chubby...er I mean flabby cause he`s lazy

  • We need AK
    March 25, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    To come back healthy and assume his starting role.CJ can take his spot on the bench,he`s better as a back-up/role player

  • about miles
    March 25, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    I was as much as a Miles critic as anyone but i have to give him some credit. Since AK went down he has played admirably and hit some big shots. It also seems that he has worked on his defense and rebounding a little bit. So i don't ever see him being an all-star at all but I am glad that he is on the Jazz. AK is the ultimate X-Factor but I think that Miles is close behind. If we can get 18-25 points from Miles in the playoffs we are going to be deadly. Hey CJ you look kinda chubby but I got your back buddy. And the Jazz will only lose one more game the rest of the year. Jazz have turned the corner and I truly believe in this team!!!!!

  • NGB
    March 25, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    @Remember... We're all not saying that Jerry should pull the starters in the second quarter when their up 21. we're saying a bit more rest on the bench would help rest a strong, but injury riddled team. FYI, Toronto is not Dallas and is not even in the same league as them so we're all gonna disregard your comparison there. The facts are that we could rest Memo a little bit longer in the second and start of the 4th. It's easy to keep some guys in to keep our lead, like Dwill Matthews CJ, but Memo needs some rest.

    People are just saying that Fes and KK can come off the bench, not together of course, and give memo some much needed rest. we're 16 and 1 when we're leading going into the 4th. one collapse doesn't mean we're gonna start dropping 20 pt leads left and right. Dirk just went off and didnt stop and the jazz couldn't guard him, only cleveland denver LA and Okla. City have dynamic players like that. So I think Jerry would be ok to sit their bigs 2 mins longer.

  • Miles
    March 25, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    is jealous because good players like Matthews get more attention

  • Jazz Luxury
    March 25, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    It was great to see Korver enter the game earlier than usual last night. When he gets more minutes he seems to make a greater impact on the game. The Jazz need Korver to spread the floor. The Raptors were so worried about Korver making 3's that they left Matthews open and look how that worked! Korver makes super passes and is always looking for an open man. Besides that his 3's are legendary! Not too many teams can boast about the top 3 point shooter in the NBA coming off the bench. What a luxury for the Jazz!

  • Remember ...
    March 25, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    ... the Dallas game early in the year? Up 15 after 3, up 16 with 9:51 to go ... and the Jazz lost by 11. There are no blowouts in the NBA. The Jazz have come back on other teams and other teams have come back on the Jazz.

    Are you guys all going to back Sloan if he pulls his starters and gives minutes to Fes or Koufas but it costs the Jazz 3-4 games a year? Have you seen the standings? That 3-4 games could be the difference between the #2-4 seed with home court advantage and the #8 seed and a date with the Lakers.

    It's easy to wax philosophical on a message board but it is a much different thing to have the final decision and risk the fortunes of all the players and the financial welfare of an entire franchise.

    Playing time is not earned merely by putting on a jersey. It is earned through personal training and practice.

  • Tiresome Ranting
    March 25, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    CJ seems to be finally getting in the flow of the game instead of jacking up the ball every time he gets his hands on it. It's good to see him even give an assist now and then. If he keeps it up he might make a ball player yet! I think all of us are way tired of the poster Miles continually ranting about CJ. Trying to boost your man doesn't change anyone's mind!

  • hey Miles
    March 25, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    doesn't the CARTOON NETWORK have a site you could play on? cj is doing well...he will do fine. What will Miles do?

  • cj is ok
    March 25, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    Miles is the problem...if Miles was not posting and ranting and spewing all of the time...more people would like cj...but Miles...you need help!

    cj will be ok...he is driving it to the hoop, getting to the foul line and that is what will save his career!

  • Matthews Fan
    March 25, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    Good game by all.I`d just like to toot Wes`s horn a bit.5-10,3-6 3pt,8 boards,throw in an assist,a steal and a block add in team best +32.I`d say that was one nice complete game.But it really isn`t surprizing cause that`s the kind of player Matthews is.Add in his team best defense,man what a find he was.Sign him up we have our 2 guard for the next 10 years

  • Miles
    March 25, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    No "Miles" is tired of the whining by people like you!!

  • NGB
    March 25, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    I agree with Jazz Cop. Though I think Sloan should be able to play him that much, he's a starter in the NBA all should be able to play 35 mins like DWill and not be run down, but realisticaly Okur needs to be rested in these blow out games. I don't think Fes and KK are going to make a difference this year other than giving Okur a break and keeping Millsap fresh for the playoffs, the breaks are what the starters would need to be ready for the big games. So 25 mins a game, especially in a blow out, memo should be on the bench resting it up since he's one of the oldest players on the team with a newborn at home.
    The only positive is I think Memo with all this playing time is getting his confidence back in the money ball and mostly in his defense. 1 foul last night and 3 blocks, his D is improving from earlier in the year. Even Boozer is getting into foul trouble which means he's trying to do something on the defensive end.
    These are all good things going into the playoffs.

  • Miles` first post
    March 25, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    Miles just can`t stand it when "CJ" is not the center of attention.Even though most of us have said he`s played ok for a few games,that`s just not good enough for Miles.It has to be all about MILES

  • @ Fez Koufos
    March 25, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    We are not saying Fez/Koufos are going to make a big difference in beating an elite team. We are saying they are better than nothing if Boozer/Okur go down. It would not hurt to give them some time now in case they do have to fill in later.

    I do not think OKC is going to be easy. That is a team the Jazz need to avoid. DEN may or may not right their ship but even short handed the Jazz have problems with DEN.

    LA has Bynum and Odom hurt right now. Who knows how healthy they will be in the playoffs. Utah at least beat LA once this year. DEN is a worse match up for the Jazz than LA. I expect LA to not play their starters in the last Jazz game. They need to be healthy for the playoffs and the game is meaningless to them (other than they will not want to do the Jazz any favors). However, they probably fear DEN and DAL more than the Jazz so they may not mind helping the Jazz into the 2nd spot if that is an option.

  • Jazz Cop
    March 25, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    my theory w/ memo is play him an average of 25 minutes, then play him 35 minutes or more during the big games, @toronto w that lead, you'd think sloan would expand the rotation a little, for this purpose.
    its just the way it goes, sloan runs okur into the ground, then we have a couple of games where we struggle and everyone wonders what is wrong with the team, since sloan overplays okur, he gets his rest on the court, can't blame him for it.
    @our jazz-seeding is more important than opponent, teams w/homecourt win like 75% of the time or more.

    as for denvers woes, as far as sharing the lead for first, and for the path our team took to get that lead again, we're here because we stuck with it and because of that, we got a share of that lead, wow. it seems we got a different team these past couple months, we lost some nice role players, but we adapted and it looks like there was some growth too. but, lets see how the co. does these next two games.

  • EZ
    March 25, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    I really can't see the Jazz losing any of these next 10 games except for the Lakers. Other than that, if they play the way they've been playing, they could close out the season with at least at 9-1 record

  • Fes/Koufas
    March 25, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    Anybody who thinks Fes and/or Koufas are the key to a 2010 NBA title should just turn in their fan credentials right now. All they are proving is that human stupidity trumps rational thinking in some people.

    Both players are young, inexperienced, and woefully inconsistent. Nobody will have to defend them when they are on offense leaving opposing players fresh/energetic to dominate them when they have to play defense.

    Consider Ronnie Brewer. I know it's popular to believe he was a great defensive stopper but who did he ever stop? Certainly not Kobe. Or McGrady. Or any top 2-guard in the league. It wasn't for lack of effort on his part. It was, at least partly, because of the lack of effort he forced them to make when they were on defense.

    Koufas and Fes are big but nobody will convince me that Fes will stop Gasol. Nobody will convince me that Koufas will stop Duncan, Dirk, Amare or Odom.

    Bottom line: I'd take Gasol with 24 and Okur with 16 rather that Gasol with 24 and Fes with 6.

  • Gay Lin Kris Janse II
    March 25, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    Denver could beat the Suns in the first round! Jauncey is good! Melo is Melo!

  • Gay Lin Kris Jansen
    March 25, 2010 10:52 a.m.


    Utah.........28-29(Jazz hold tie-breaker with Mavs)
    Denver.......30-31(Denver could slip past Suns with Karl out)

    Lakes vs Spurs
    Phoen vs Thuggs

    Mavs vs Portland
    Jazz vs Sonics (thunder)


    Lakers vs Suns
    Jazz vs Mavs

    Denver was the toughest team in the west.....it is too bad they are falling apart!

  • Dump cj
    March 25, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    I am not Houdini, I do not think cj gets enough rebounds.

  • Re Miles
    March 25, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Shows how much you really know.Boozer play Bynum straight up,sure Miles

  • JAZZ Koolaid
    March 25, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    I am a big as Jazz homer as their is but....we need to temper the enthusiasm a bit with all these predictions of beating the Lakers in LA.

    It think the Jazz are really good and I think they are going to steal either the 2 or 3 seed which is outstanding considering all the early season struggles/juggling lineups/injuries etc. The consistency that Sloan has been able to cobble together has been nothing short of outstanding.

    That said. We have a height deficiency on our team and no matter how well we are playing our front line is just too short hence the MATCHUP problem against the Lakers.

    Every team in the league has certain teams that they do not matchup well against. Matchup problems are real.

    I think we "can" beat any other team in the W. Conference and the W. Conference Finals is possible with the 2-3 seed but the height/matchup factor against the Lakers is legit and unfortunately I don't see it going away.

    Our improved outside shooting Matthews/CJ/Korver (no Brewer) could make it more interesting but...still not enough unfortunately.

    Nonetheless the Jazz are impressive right now though.

  • Flu
    March 25, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    What if Boozer, Millsap or Okur get the flu in the playoffs? What if 2 or more of them get the flu or injured?

    That is why you try to give Koof and Fez playing time now if you can without hurting wins. Koof especially could benefit from time on the floor. Fez has gotten some experience all along and tends to improve slowly.

    Gaines is another insurance player who needs some floor time. If DWill goes out the Jazz are in real trouble.

    I know the starters will play 40 minutes but some of the match ups are not ideal and they will be really dragging in the 4th Q.

    Sloan is right to insure wins first and get ready for the playoffs but he could also build some playoff insurance against weak opponents and get some rest for the starters for back to backs.

  • Miles
    March 25, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    You got to love the guy who posts then answers his own post. Must be really bored.

    It is hard to say whether CJ can reach All-Star Status. What age was Dwill when he finally reached it? CJ's best years lay ahead of him. He has made HUGE improvements this year.

    No one is going to stop Kobe from getting his points. He scores on everyone. His best defender (Artest) is now on his team. The way to beat the Lakers is make Kobe take tough shots and don't let someone else go off for 30. They don't have anyone who can stop Dwill. Memo should be able to play Gasol straight up, Boozer should be able to play Bynum straight up and AK should be able to play Odom straight up. The problem is that Kobe demands a double team and then the others beat you. I think if I were Jerry I would let Kobe have his 40 and play him straight up. I wouldn't double anyone.

  • CJ and other issues
    March 25, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    CJ has a complete game the last couple of games. As long as he plays other aspects of the game well he is not a liability on a bad shooting night. If he will play a complete game for the rest of the season he really helps the Jazz especially with AK out and Mathews dinged.

    The Jazz are fully capable of losing focus and playing down to a bad team. Let's see who they handle the IND and WAS.

    I am not a Sloan devotee but I would love to see him get COY or win a ring.

    On PGs, Price is a little better at running the team this year. Gaines is a rookie. The Sloan system has to have GREAT PGs running it. The triangle does not need a PG. Back up PG is still a weakness. It may be adequate next year. If Williams goes down or is in foul trouble the Jazz are in trouble.

    The reason to play Fez and Koof is for injury insurance in the playoffs. Some play now would really improve Koof. I do not blame Sloan for insuring wins. He usually shortens rotations this time of year.

  • Our Jazz
    March 25, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    As we approach the playoffs, here's something to think about. Of the eight teams that will play in the west, the Jazz have favorable match ups with four: Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Portland. The problem is the 3 teams that absolutely own the Jazz. If the Jazz play any of the 3 in the first or second round, they'll be out. These teams are the Lakers, the Nuggets, and the Thunder.

    My point: seeding does not matter as much as opponent in the playoffs.

  • Re CL
    March 25, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    We know you have been CJ`s biggest fan and supporter but I agree with the previous post about him being lazy.He`ll have some good games yes,but he`s not a hard worker,not a real hustler like Matthews.He`ll be out of the NBA in a couple of years or at the end of a bad teams bench

  • blauch
    March 25, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    Okur can play 30 minutes. I think he has really worked this year to get stronger and in better shape. He is finally able to play defense and still have legs to hit shots.

    As far as the Jazz needing to play Fes and Koufas. As long as they can play if Okur gets into foul trouble.

    Lakers are very good, but they are beatable. Last year I did not think anyone would beat them. I think if the Jazz play them in a 7 games series in the WCF it goes 7 games.

    It is that close

    Matthews (3 point shooting) and AK (his defense on Odom) are the key. LA won't be able to pack it in this year.

    I like Miles play of late - but he will never be an All Star. He is not even to the point where teams double team him. Do like him taking it to the rim.

    Williams play of late needs to put him into the MVP conversation this year (18 points, 16 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals). I have Lebron, Kobe, Howard, Williams, Melo, Durrant in the top 5 MVP's

  • Re Miles
    March 25, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    Miles playing great basketball? he has been decent for 2 or 3, not 10 games,you call that great? btw his defense wasn`t all that last night,it`s the reason Sloan pulled him after Pierce beat him and CJ did his famous "arm flail" CJ will fade again,he`s not used to working hard every day,like Matthews and Korver.It`s in his genes,he`s a lazy boy

  • Collapse
    March 25, 2010 8:17 a.m.

    This is about the point last year where the Jazz folded the tent and settled for 8th and a first round thrashing at the Lakers' hands. I think they're acting much tougher this season, certainly playing better on the road. Heck, Loozer is even playing something resembling defense. That's never happened before! I believe that with a strong push the Jazz can finish 2nd, which would greatly enhance their chances - playing the first 2 rounds with a home court advantage would be huge for the Jazz.

  • Hugh G. Hater
    March 25, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    It's about time the jazz stomp the throat of a lesser team.

    But, the Raptors really had no inside game and shot so poorly . . . bosh did not impress.

    I think the jazz will drop 2 games the remainder of the season. Let's not forget the road is still the road for the jazz and anything can happen.

    A fourth or fifth seed is a kiss of death to this team. They need 2, 3, or 6. I'm betting 3rd . . .

  • Jazz Cop
    March 25, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    Re CL: u r right, we haven't really experienced a drop off with fesenko getting time, usually, he gets time when we're in a hole; he needs to play with the good players, so does koufus, both are big bodies and it never hurts to have big bodies. its important because it extends the life of everyone we have on the front line.
    i didn't watch the game,
    if i check the box score and see okur got more than 25 minutes, i'll be wondering what sloan is thinking,
    managing the endurance factor with okur is one of the key factors for the jazz, jerry tends to leave okur on the floor way past the time hes out of gas, its a part of sloans method that makes me want to scream, he'd rather see a player run into the ground, then be effective with the energy that is on the floor. just because okur has alot of energy one night, you don't spend him all at one time,
    probably the biggest difference for the jazz is when okur plays defense, thats the x factor.

  • CL
    March 25, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    Re Dr Jazz: I don't think Fes is the X factor, I think AK is the X factor. I do think the Jazz have serious problems matching up with LA and Denver. Okur,Booz & Milsap are over matched with LA&Denver's front line.
    I agree Fes is probably 2 yr away from being a major factor but maybe he can cause a few problems for them in the paint. More playing time will only help him become more comfortable and more effective. I'm not wanting him to take time from Okur,Booz & Milsap to the extent we lose, but Fes hasn't caused a drop off in overall play. Fes's influence has been positive when he has gotten meaningful minutes.

  • Prediction
    March 24, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Jazz will only lose 1 more game the rest of the year and I still think they can go into L.A and steal one. But they play a bunch of cupcake teams to finish the year and they know what is at stake. Jazz finish the year with only 1 more loss at the 2 seed. Dallas loses to portland tommorrow and denver losed to dallas and orlando win at toronto and get beat by the lakers. Jazz finish 56-26 dallas finishes 54-28 and denver finishes 53-29 look for it. This is what is gonna happen. Jazz are hitting on all cylinders and play the tough games beside la at home. They have turned the corner and with a healthy AK coming back soon we will cruise to the west finals. OKC has no playoff experience and will get a rude awakening and Dallas is old and Utah owns them this year.

  • todd to miles
    March 24, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    CJ i feel is playing the best ball of his career. He is thinking now of the best thing for the team instead of coming off the bench and shooting within seconds.

    It is clear to me potentially he has All Star Talent, he has taken giant steps. The combinations that are being used now is excellent. I do wish though that somehow FES and Kostous could even get maybe the last 2, 3 minutes even in the first half or end of 3rd quarter maybe even 5 minutes with the other starters and get quality time.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 24, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Loved the focus. Only waned a little here and there. Great win.

    Now, don't stumble against your next four, who are all cellar-dwellers.

    If the Jazz play this way the remainder of the season, winning all but maybe the Laker game should be a shoe-in.

    Could even win the Laker game playing like this.

  • Dr Jazz
    March 24, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    If the Jazz can get the 2nd seed I think Sloan will get the coach of the yr honors. It will be a life time award but well deserved.-plus the Sloan haters will love it.

    CL-If you or anyone else thinks that Fes is the X-factor this yr the Jazz are in big trouble. I wish Sloan would play the reserve bigs more but Fes is a couple yrs from someone we could count on.

    I didn't think the Jazz would catch the Nuggets but now I think they will get past them. Living in Colorado it will be fun to collect from my betting friends.

    Glad the season turned around. This is alot better then when the Jazz were 19-17.

  • LA just beat SA
    March 24, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    SA lead most of the way then Artest turned up the D and Kobe started hitting and it was over in the 4th.

    SA is old, tired and has chemistry problems. I think DEN is going to fade. DAL is probably going to finish strong. The Jazz? Who knows maybe this year they will fall upwards?

    The Jazz have winable games but that is no guarantee that they will play well in the 1st and 4th Qs. They tend to start out slow. The last 2 games they have started fast.

    It would really help if they got the 2 seed and had home field against DAL. LA (1) and DEN (4) would face off and eliminate one really bad match up.

    OKC and PHO can be serious problems.

    This is going to be interesting. But Mathews and CJ are getting really important playing time and these last games are basically a playoff atmosphere.

    It would be nice if Fez and Koufos got time but the key is to win and giving them playing time is very secondary.

    LA does not have Bynum and Odom has a hurt shoulder.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 24, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    I meant the Spurs "could not" handle pressure defense. Ginobli is shooting air balls, even Duncan appeared intimidated. If the Lakers play this way in the playoffs it will be an easy repeat.

    Lets hope the Jazz finish#2 and at least have good chance to win 2 playoff rounds, and try and get another quality big man over the summer, resign Boozer and go for it again in 2010-2011 if it does not happen come June.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 24, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    "On Point Guards 943 post"

    I disagree...I feel we have the best group of points around, The Lakers have D Fish, Farmer and Shannon Brown, Others like New Orleans have 2 strong points. We are the deepest. Price and Gaines have earned my trust. Tonight I notice, Price did not thrill Sloan because DWIL came back in sooner than normal.

    I am sorry to report the Lakers are still the Lakers, they made the Spurs crumble tonight because of Gasol-length, boards and block shots, Ron Artest and Kobe were all over the place getting steals. Artest had a huge game.

    I thought the Lakers would win out with Artest over Ariza and it appears I am right. The Spurs could handle pressure defense, t.os the Spurs scored 35 points in the 2nd half.

    I think we can safely say:

    The Spur Run has ended.

  • Miles
    March 24, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    We won by 26, I am sure the defense was a little lacking compared to Boston. The idea is to win games on the road, not kill yourself while doing it.

    CL: I posted first because I am tired of all the posts whining about CJ and his play. He is logging serious minutes and playing great basketball. Matthews and CJ have turned this team into a contender. They are like 27 - 8 the last 35 games. Don't know for sure but it might to be best record in the West during that time?

  • CL
    March 24, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Who ever we end up playing it will be tough and hard, but if we have home court advantage I like our chances.
    A 3 or 4 weeks ago, I thought the Spurs were fading, but they are showing they can be tough. Even though we swept them I'm not sure I would like to play them. Wtih home court advantage we should win but it would be tough. Jazz vs Spurs = Jazz win.
    OKC young but talented, they created match up problems, Jazz vs OKC = Jazz win
    If AK can come back full speed and Okur,CJ,Mathews & Milsap play like they have lately we should be OK.
    Against the Lakers, Nuggets, maybe the Mavs we may need Fes to step up and play well. Especially the Lakers, they are so long and athletic. They create a real matchup problem for Booz,Milsap and Okur.
    I would really like to see Fes get more time so he could develop and become consistent. We need his size and length.
    Phoenix, Nash and Stodamire tough but Jazz win.
    Dallas, Nowitski, tough match up but Jazz win if they have home court advantage.

  • IND is no gimme
    March 24, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    They beat OKC. The Jazz will have to play hard and hold down Granger.

    DEN misses KMart badly. He is the heart of their defense. I am not sure what DAL's problem is. They should win most of their remaining games but who knows.

    DEN beating OKC and SA is not going to be easy and why they would lose to POR twice really does not make a lot of sense.

    The Jazz should beat HOU as they are really beat up. The Lakers may or may not play their starters in the last game. OKC and PHO are not going to be easy and the Jazz are likely to have at least one bad game.

    If DWill is injured or in foul trouble the Jazz have the same problem (weakness) that the Celtics have. They have no true back up PG. Jazz management never learns. They may be fixing problems but that is one problem they have not fixed at least for this year.

  • blauch
    March 24, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Jazz played great.

    To blow out a team trying to make the playoff still at their home when they are rested is very difficult in the NBA. With Denver Struggling the Jazz will the Jazz have a very good chance of being the 2 seed.

    Hopefully AK will be back for the Washington game - It would have a little more depth before the 2nd back to back.

    On the broadcast they asked what player was the x factor. Williams, Boozer and AK are play better in the post season.

    The X-Factor is Matthews. End of story. His ability to hit the corner 3 (Bruce Bowen 2.0). Seriously, the pick and role is 10 times more deadly with Matthews than with Brewer. This makes the Jazz - Even more so when you have Korver on the court with him. Once Miles (who I agree has been playing very consistent) pick up his second foul. Okur, Korver and Matthews all spreading the floor - Toronto left Matthews and he hit multiple 3s. The Jazz ran Pick and Roles until Toronto had to go to a Zone Defense.

    Toronto is a horrible defensive team that was Outstanding.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 24, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    I thought The Jazz showed some moments of loss of focus tonight on the defensive end.

    It will say Toronto shot 40 percent. Let us be honest. The Jazz played good defense in the first quarter building up a 16 point lead. Okur blocked a shot. After that, Toronto had no trouble getting the shot they wanted for the most part. They just bricked all night. It happens. The Jazz seemed willing for much of the 2nd quarter and second half to "trade baskets"

    I am not complaining, we won by 26. The point is we have to play defense every game like the Boston game. Tonight efforts by MIles, and Okur and Paul mostly were not as strong as past games defensively. AK coming back will anchor and improve this issue.

    We have to pretend every game we are playing Dallas, Denver and LA and I want that mind set the last 10 games. It is now focus, intenisty, toughness along with the normally good offensive execution that will get us where we need to go.

  • Kudos To The Players
    March 24, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Great game Jazz. Wish I could same the same for Sloan. Why don't the bigs that are reserves get playing time in the real flow of the game instead of garbage time minutes with blow outs like this game was from start to finish? I wouldn't go in and likewise wouldn't last long in SLC if I was a end of the bench player here. It's either garbage in defeats or garbage in blow outs, along with the embarrassment that goes with both. Tonight 1 player at a time (Fess & Koufus) could have played with the regulars and recieved quality minutes instead of sending all of them in together to recieve garbage time. Digusting!

  • Ak Fan
    March 24, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Doesn't matter whom to play as long as not Lakers until conference final. That's why home court advantage is important.
    Very good game. lately Jazz winning without big production from Boozer. May be it's shows Boozer expendable.

  • Cruise
    March 24, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    The Jazz have shown that we do not match up well with LA/DEN. The new DAL is playing very well and stronger than when the Jazz played them. OKC may be just as bad a match up as DEN. The Jazz have not done that well against PHO.

    I do not see any easy playoff match ups. SA is always dangerous and POR will most likely play LA and they are not easy.

    Winning the first round may come down to home field advantage and luck. Anything beyond that is a coin toss at best.

  • Cruise
    March 24, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    The Jazz have shown that we do not match up well with LA/DEN. The new DAL is playing very well and stronger than when the Jazz played them. OKC may be just as bad a match up as DEN. The Jazz have not done that well against PHO.

    I do not see any easy playoff match ups. SA is always dangerous and POR will most likely play LA and they are not easy.

    Winning the first round may come down to home field advantage and luck. Anything beyond that is a coin toss at best.

  • @ Miles
    March 24, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    That is the truth. I don't know who I'd want the Jazz to play. Even Portland and the Spurs (whom the Jazz swept this year) will be tough at playoff time. In the playoffs, there are no gimme's.

  • Finish Strong
    March 24, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Playoff Picture...
    Dallas and Denver still play each other in Dallas, so that will help the Jazz either way...

    Denver has 10 games left, 8 of them are against playoff teams, and 4 of those games on the road. I predict they will go 6-4 the rest of the way, with an ending record of 53-29.

    Dallas has 11 games left, 6 of them are against playoff teams, but only 2 on the road. I predict that they will go 8-3 the rest of the way, with an ending record of 55-27.

    Phoenix has 11 games left, 5 of them are against playoff teams, 3 of them on the road. I predict that they will go 8-3 the rest of the way, with an ending record of 53-29.

    Utah has 10 games left, 3 of them are against playoff teams, with only 1 on the road (Apr 2 against the Lakers). I predict that the Jazz will go 7-3 the rest of the way, with an ending record of 54-28.

    ...That would put the Jazz in the 3rd, avoiding the Lakers until the conference finals!

  • Re: Miles|8:29PM
    March 24, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I like Utah's chances if Utah can finish 2nd.
    However, I think Utah will finish 3rd place though.
    So, Utah-SA matchup in the first round is tough but Utah can win that series.
    Utah-Dallas is quite tougher though I think Utah can win that series.

    In the west final, I am hoping Denver can pull an upset win over their series with Lakers and will meet Utah.

    There you have it --Utah in the NBA finals versus Orlando

  • My predictions
    March 24, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    Jazz: 54-28
    W(@Ind, @Wsh, NY, GS, OKC, @GS, Phx)
    L(@LAL,@Houston, @NO)
    Dallas: 55-27
    Den: 51-31
    W(Portland, LAC, SA, Memphis)
    L(@Toronto, @Orlando, @Dallas, @OKC, LAL, @Phx)

    Top-3 in the West:
    1. Lakers
    2. Dallas
    3. Jazz

  • CL
    March 24, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    Re Miles : Your the first post on this site, what are you referring to?
    I'm happy to say CJ is playing more consistent and that really helps the Jazz. He is playing much more unselfish, looks to pass, looks to drive, looks for deflections and steals, all of which make him valuable to the team.
    Tonight, even though I thought he had a good game, I wasn't real thrilled with his energy. He looked a little lazy, didn't play nearly as tough of defense and he can.
    CJ wants to play easy, nonchalant and coast if possible and he needs to guard against that, and play like he has the last several weeks. CJ hasn't come close to his potential and hopefully he will realize that he needs to work extra hard to play well and if he will, he will continue to improve.
    I thought Mathews had a good game tonight, he played with alot of energy and hit his shots.
    I thought Okur has a few moments of good Defense and played pretty good.
    DWill & Booz played how we would hope they would.
    Good road win, now they need to stay focused¬letup.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 24, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    It is exciting to see this team come together. Kevin O Connor is looking good now, saying for 2 years a "full Jazz roster", again the verdict at the end of "the playoffs" will then be more accurate.

    Tonight, again ball movement the key, they say Boozer has trouble aagainst bigger players. He certainly had no problem getting position on Bosh did he? I was suprised he had little resistance defensively. Sure Bosh taller could post on other end, but Carlos at least broke even and tonight pronbably won that individual matchup.

    Miles maturity now when he first came in instead of shooting, he passed the ball. The Jazz did not score that time, but the light bulb is going on for CJ and he still contributed in other area outside scoring. Matthews hit enough jumpers to keep the D honest, great defense again. Korver excellent in the first half. Millie on Boards, Okur good start etcc...

    A huge win, stunning how bad Toronto was. Please no letdowns the next 2 games...

    I did have to add-Fes back not being used, it is not criticism, just reporting. It worked out. Maybe down the road again if we need size

  • Miles
    March 24, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    @Northwest Division: How does having to play OKC and Dallas allow us to cruise into the finals? No matter where we finish, the road will be difficult.

  • Houdini
    March 24, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    This was one nice solid effort from everybody on the team,balanced scoring,dominated the boards,shared the ball.Nice nice win,when AK gets back completely healthy,we`ll be ready to rumble,Go Jazz!!! Bonus time...Denver lost again!!!!

  • Northwest Division
    March 24, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Here we go!!!! We need to come out at Indiana and put it to them finish this road trip strong!!!! We are now tied for the Division lead and I swear if we can go undefeated up until the Laker game we are gonna pull that one out in L.A. We are gonna get 2nd seed in the West and cruise until the west finals when we meet the Lakers.
    I love our chances this year if we can keep up the winning and get the 2 seed. I think this postseason is going to be special!!!!!!!!!GO JAZZ

  • Miles
    March 24, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    Give the" CJ is so inconsistent" a rest already.....

    He has been playing well for the last 10 games.