Utah Jazz: Rockets blast past Jazz

Rockets blast off in 1st quarter to drop Utah from 2nd place in West

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  • STD
    April 8, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    San Antonio matches up better with the Lakers. Lakers do not intimidate San Antonio in any way, on the other hand Jazz players soil their pants when they have to face the Lakers

  • Agree with NGB
    April 8, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    Tired of the Jerry bashing. Todd and the like believe that everything will be better after 2 seasons if only Kev and Sloan are replaced. Magically the Jazz will never lose on another back to back neither will they be defeated by a below .500 team.

    I understand the frustrations but get a grip and come back to reality. Welcome to the highs and lows of an NBA season. Who believes that the Jazz are the only ones that goes through games like these?

    Lakers lost to SA, -they don't have any heart blah blah blah

    SA lost to PHX -Back to back is no excuse blah blah, can't believe we got swept by UT, Coach POP is past his prime, get rid of him its all his fault.

  • NGB
    April 8, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    @Todd, ok well if you are going to say that the lakers can lack focus because the refs are on their side then it can be easily stated that the small market is affecting us and we're doing the best we can.

    Todd, I agree that things aren't perfect here. No I am not a front office man or trying to protect the shield, but you were right in your observation, i watch a lot of basketball, both college and NBA and what I see on these boards half the time is garbage.

    As for you and your gangs posts, I actually quite enjoy reading them and look forward everyday to checking them. I dont always agree with them, but I value the opinion and thats why im always asking you questions and trying to see how you'll respond.

    Agreed with the effort, it wasn't there, but effort comes from within, No matter how much you hate jerry all he can do is draw up the diagram, but it's up to the players to play and give the effort. Blame them, not Jerry, the CJ's on the jazz are whats hurting this team

  • todd to ngb
    April 8, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    Front office? You too?

    Avery was a finalist for Detroit-his probably stubborness wanting the perfect deal was why he did not agree to terms. You are becoming like Blaunch and Doug. When will you guys see the light? Hello?

    Maybe a prayer can happen and the Fakers win tonight, Outside of this-we are not talking about losing a game or two. You must watch little NBA outside Jazz, it is not only the loss but lack of focus, and effort. Period. Back to back is garbage. It is an excuse. If it a must win game the Lakers will win the game. The pressure has not been on the Lakers, they play possum. They have been the #1 seed since training camp. they know come playoffs the refs are in theyr'e corner also.

    There is no defense on this squad. I have no rhyme or reason to convince you, I am not playing I am not getting paid. You have to hope for effort every night as a fan but cannot control any of it.

    I am not defending Fes. He probably feels "what is the difference I am sitting anyway".

    That is a natural human reaction

  • STD
    April 8, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    @NGB, Just because we bash on our beloved Jazz doesn't mean we are fair weathered fans. It's called passion for your team. If the loss in houston didn't bother you, either you are an optimistic fan or your ok with mediocrity. Keep in mind if it wasn't for that no call against Durant, the jazz would be riding a 2 game losing streak. I could stomach that a lot more than the effort they gave in Houston

  • stick-ums
    April 8, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    i wasnt able to watch the game but judging from the comments in here, i think it was really a very bad game for the jazz. but i dont blame them nor anyone for it. its tough going back-to-back games especially doing it on the road the nxt game, and facing two .500 teams. the record of houston doesnt show how tough they are to beat cause when theyre on, theyre on. it also didnt help the morale of the jazz when theyr were constantly criticized of being lucky to win over okc. man, the jazz can beat them any given day, even @ okc. with the way thing are leading to, i predict that the jazz will take the 3rd spot, why? with denver having the toughest 4 game sched and the jazz will face pheonix for their last game of the reg season. if they win their last 3 games, and denver doubtful to sweep their remaining 4 games, theyll win a tie-breaker bet pheonix to secure the 3rd spot guaranteed

  • NGB
    April 8, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Re: STD, I bet STD and the other negative posts that are on here saying, pathetic effort and they don't deserve to make the playoffs are the same guys that after the Cavs game where the Jazz won with a game winner are the same guys that bought Jersey's the next day and were saying Jazz fans for life.

    The Jazz don't need you type of fans, they are called bandwagon fans, when the going gets tough the scared ones always turn on you.

    They beat orlando, boston, cleveland, swept portland, swept san antonio, but yeah, you're right STD they don't deserve to be in the playoffs after a loss on the road to the rockets, how pathetic of them.

    Lets bash on the lakers too, whom lost to charlott, whom we beat on the road, the lakers lost to them by 15... I bet your the same type that says we need to be more like the lakers, but they seem to have lost to .500 teams too on the road...

    Oh how the wheels come off on fair weather fans

  • go jazz.
    April 8, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    that was a tough game. houston had no pressure on them as they are already out of the playoffs which made for them hitting tons of threes. jazz have the heart and they played with all the energy they had, they just didn't have much. they'll bounce back and win the rest of their games. the game against the suns will be one to watch for sure.

  • STD
    April 8, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    Chokers and quitters, to come down to houston and not even show up is embarrasing. At least OKC showed up in a playoff team in denver and made a game of it. Jazz do not deserve to be in the playoffs. PATHETIC EFFORT!

  • NGB
    April 8, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Todd come on, Avery?? He didn't get his team that had elite status players that are probably going to the hall of fame with him and couldn't produce, what makes you think he's going to be our catalyst??

    I didn't see Dirk playing any defense when he was coaching there. Oh and it's easy to have that record when you have the league MVP and hall of fame Point Guard.

    Give some better options than that, there's a reason he doesn't have a job yet and it' not because he's being picky.

    I'm quite interested Todd in what your opinion is on the Lakers and Nuggets whom, both have lost more games over the last 2 weeks than the Jazz have with the Lakers having an easier schedule and yet you still seem to have this woe is me attitude.

    The real problem on this board is you got fans that dream for the perfect 82 win season and that just isn't going to happen in the west, there are good teams from 1 to 11 in the west, Case and point: Lakers lose to the Hornets 2 weeks ago

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    Kevin Durant on the close loss to Denver (which didn't even play the night before)
    "No excuses. No excuses."

  • NGB
    April 8, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    RE: SoCal Jazz Fan: Really is that the real case?? the LAKERS don't take the Jazz seriously cuz they lose games like this??? Hmm, I want to go back 2 weeks ago when the lakers lost to a worse off team than the rockets, the Hornets, whom the lakers lost to on the road just 2 weeks ago. Then last sunday they got blown out by San Antonio at home, Blown out by 19!

    People, if you didn't see this coming then shame on you, I wrote a post last night but i'm guessing it was offensive since it's not on here. They are not going to win every game, especially a back to back when they are short players.

    Does this mean they are sinking and can't get up?? I don't know... The lakers have lost 4 out of their last 6.. Are they done too??? The Nuggets have been on a spiral and lost 4 out of 5 on their last road trip, 1 coming from a buzzer beater from Melo.

    These are the two best teams in the west and you guys are crying over one game. Wow

  • todd "encouraged"
    April 8, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    You guys are back seeing the light about SLoan., Good Job, do not worry it will only get better save for the usual defenders

    Read Devin Harris quotes yesterday of the Nets

    The Nets are thinking of Hiring Avery Johnson who has .735 lifetime winning percentage in 4 years

    Harris: "He did a lot for me and my career, I would love to have him here, he could coach ANYWHERE in the NBA"

    I suppose he made this up. This team goes out early, Sloan should be made to quit financially, then again THE SLOANAHOLICS AND THE STATE would stop it scared if it happens and we had a transition year or two, civilization would end. No more Basketball and Greg sells and moves the team.

    I have got the people figured out-experience. Few of us make sense and tell the truth regarding SLoan, Jazz Cop, JAZZ72, JazzID, Purple People eater, GDOG, Sokol, Chico and few others.

    If you can accept Sloan because you only care about reg season, then might as well go for Avery who can motivate and teach defense.

    If this team goes out, "house should be cleaned out"
    If anyone doesn't like they leave

  • Truth
    April 8, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    What's up with this streaky inconsistent and pathetic team called the JAZZ? I have lost all excitement to watch any playoff run by this team! ...FORGET IT!

  • same coach
    April 8, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    So what you are saying is that Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jeff Hornecek were not good enough to get the job done. I think they should be in the same group as you mentioned but no championship which is sad. The coaches with many wins, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Papavich, Brown all have a ring on their finger. Same coach same result, no rings in Utah

  • Sloan
    April 8, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    People really blaming Sloan for this? Is it really his fault that his players are so tired from Tuesday nights win?

    Look who he has to work with:
    3 First round picks (Williams, Koufus-horrible, AK-hurt)
    6 2nd round picks (Boozer, Millsap, Okur, Miles, Korver, and Fes)
    4 undrafted players - Matthews, Price, Gaines, Jeffers

    Most games they only have 1 First round pick play (because Koufus is horrible and AK is hurt).
    No wonder they lose to the Lakers.

  • SoCal Jazz fan
    April 8, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    No wonder the Lakers don't take the Jazz seriously, they aren't a professional team yet. A "Professional" team doesn't melt down, just because it is a game on the "Road". Especially when the game is soooo crucial for them to win. Let me know when there is a professional baskeball team in Utah so I can enjoy watching them again. Until then, I will be watching ESPN to see how soon the Jazz will "MELT" themselves out of the playoffs.
    Between the UTES and the JAZZ, there isn't a whole lot of fun baskeball to watch in Utah this year.

  • Hanging Chad
    April 8, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Re: Nevada Fan

    You want to place all this on Jerry. Where would he go on the bench? Korver had some okay moments but he's too slow to defend. Price and Gaines were erratic, though they gave some energy. Kosta was weak and had his shot blocked and got tied up on a jump ball, couldn't defend the paint. Jeffers showed some nice hustle but he can't shoot, like Brewer. Millsap got his minutes. Miles was great when driving to the basket but let Ariza cherry pick him all night. Matthews struggled. Okur was non-existent on D. D-Will was low on energy. Boozer played pretty well.

    Where does Jerry go for help when his starters aren't into the game and the reserves are ineffective? It hurts to not have AK, who gives us better depth/flexibility to the lineup. Is it Jerry's fault that the team is chucking up 3's all night leading to multiple long rebounds and easy layups. I'm sure he was hassling the team all night to pump it inside. When they did, the Rockets couldn't handle our inside play. Players need to hold themselves accountable.

  • Agree with Mater
    April 8, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    The 2 is out of reach, the 3 is a stretch.

    Shoot for 6 or 7, avoid the Lakers in the 2nd round.

  • Jazz 2222
    April 8, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    This is what happens when Sloan dosen't give playing time to the bench all year. Fes & Koufas should have been given 5 - 8 minutes every game Not Sloan they haven't "paid their dues".. C.J. is not a consistant player wouldn"t even play for most teams .Sloan needs to retire. Gets out coached by the top 8 to 10 coaches in the league. They know what he's going to do before he does.

  • Sokol
    April 8, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    Yes I wonder what happened to D-Will....But when Millsap was making 3 blocks, steals and points he should have been in longer. Sloan goes by the clock way to much when making substitutions.

  • Ohhoo here comes the meltdown...
    April 8, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    @LA: Blowout
    Oklahoma: Bailout by refs
    @Houston: Blowout

    @NO: Toss up
    @Golden State: Pressure mounts, I think this a loss
    Phoenix: Toss up

  • So what is the NBA thing?
    April 8, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    I stumbled across this article. Is basketball a real sport or is it like WWE wrestling? It sounds really, really boring. UT, should try to get an NFL franchise, that is a very exciting sport.

  • die hard
    April 8, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    The Jazz are in some kinda trouble with injury's to Okur and AK!

    Giving away players to get under the cap isn't working out so well for the up coming playoffs?

    RE 9:16 You are kidding Right?
    Jerry and the management are doing amazing with the talent we have here PERIOD.

  • Defining The Problems
    April 8, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    This team has no mental toughness, no intestinal fortitude(guts), no physical toughness and quite frankly are a "soft" team. In the past teams from Denver, Phoenix, Golden State, and a few others have taken the route of trying to outscore teams each night. Where did it get them-nowhere! Until we get players with the ability and desire to play defense this team will "NEVER" go anywhere! The best thing that could happen is for Sloan to retire, fire O'Connor, let Johnson retire, Corbin go to DePaul, and Layden decide again the grass is greener somewhere else. Bring in new management and let them rid themselves of these fakes we have here called players. How about it Miller family?

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Pray LA and SA beats DEN and that the Jazz win out.

    That is unlikely.

    What do you expect. Sloan isn't a motivator by his own admission. The jazz by design will always lose to athletic teams that shoot well. Teams in the west now are longer, tougher, faster and better shooting. The Jazz? Fun and competitive.

  • Nevada fan
    April 8, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    Put this on the Coach! His coaching style has come finally to haunt him. This team is so predictable. Even Phil Johnson has said that what you have to do is crowd the passing lanes and make them shoot jump shots. Plus this team played their guts out the night before, and he should have put fresh legs out there in the 2ND quarter instead of when the game was out of reach. He should have been giving the rookies PT all a long. He also should have made a trade to make this team better like Dallas did. You can't convince my that he doesnt call the shots on who comes and goes he has held this organization hostage for a long time.

  • re:Same Coach | 8:04 a.m. April
    April 8, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    And over those 25 years, how many franchises have won championships?

    Seven. Out of 30 franchises.


    Only 14 Finals MVP's in that time. Most won more than one.

    Only 10 different teams, really. The main man for each of those teams was almost always the main man for multiple winners:

    Bird-McHale-Johnson-the Chief

    The point is, no one "falls" into a championship.

  • Same old
    April 8, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    Same old story of the Jazz folding with everything on the line and having the chance to play with the second seed. Either way they would have still lost to the Lakers. 5th seed here we come!

  • Same Coach
    April 8, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    You keep the same coach for 25 years you get the same result for 25 years. A coach who has never won a championship. You would think he could fall into one after all these years, instead he sits there with his mouth open and swears and runs at the refs once in a while, but the end result is the same, a season without a championship.

  • Jazzman72
    April 8, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Now those losses to those "pesky" Timberwolves have come back to haunt them. They would be comfortably locked in the 2nd seed if those had been wins. Same Jazz, different year...

    April 8, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    I can't believe these over paid whining wimps. Don't give me this crap about quick turn around no energy on and on. This is just a bunch of heartless spoiled over paid cry babys. If you can't get up for very important games and give your best effort what can you get up for. This team will go no where but on to summer vacation, man if they was paying me that kind of money I would never take a night off. Same Jazz same story one and done.

  • Hoosier jazz fan
    April 8, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    I was excited about watching a Jazz game and not staying up until 1 a.m. in doing so. The excitement ended at tipoff. I have one question after that game. When the starters clearly looked a step slow and the lead crept to double digits. Why not go to the bench? I would put most of the blame on sloan. Given the outcome of the previous night's game and the short turn around, he has to know the situation and go to the bench earlier and more often. That was the poorest I've seen williams play. Tired legs. Why not play price and gaines more? wow. That may have cost the Jazz a decent seed.

  • to Jazzsmack
    April 8, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    How many other teams passed on all those guys?? That is how it rolls in the NBA. It is like picking your varsity high school team from a bunch of 8th graders... no one can tell for sure how a person is going to develop.

    What I would like to know is why the Jazz always travel in the early hours of the morning instead of getting a night's sleep and then traveling the next day.

    Also, why not start Ronnie Price to guard a quick point like Aaron Brooks... especially after a back to back?

  • DWill was the only bright spot
    April 8, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    What a dismal night for a bunch of b-ball wannabes. They looked sluggish and pathetic. DWill did his best to wake up the crew, but the others would not respond. I can't recall worse defensive play by anyone any time. Did you see how many times a Houston player was wide open under the basket and Okur was in the next county having a beer? WAKE UP JAZZ!!! It's time to show up for important games.

  • Bossk
    April 8, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    This was one of the few games where almost everyone was bad. Boozer probably was the only one who halfway redeemed himself. Hopefully, we got this out of our system on this one.

    Matthews had one of his most invisible games of the year, certainly his worst since he started, as the only Jazz player not to score. On the other hand, he was also the only Jazz player not to commit a turnover, so he was the only one to folow the doctors' Hippocratic oath: "First, do no harm."

    DWill was terrible. Miles and Okur had some good moments, but their heart just isn't there. If they played with real heart, they both could be good. But they're usually only half there.

    The Jazz simply aren't good enough to win unless they play with 100% energy, 100% heart, and 100% focus. And there was none of that last night. Unfortunately. Very disappointing.

    As for the NBA's stupid announcement about the foul, it just proves that CJ almost ruined even that win. But let's have similar announcements for every even-more-obvious noncalls against the Jazz, including 3 or 4 in the OKC game.

  • Searce
    April 8, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    Can the Jazz swat the bee, or will the bee sting the Jazz, a la Mohamad Ali. Hopefully, they will get enough rest on their off-day and have the energy to take it to the Hornets. Then next Tues at GSW and Wed at home taking on the Suns. I think the last game will determine whether the Jazz will have home court advantage in at least the first round of the playoffs. Hopefully, they do not do a no-show as they did last year the last 2 or 3 weeks of the season. Good luck Jazz and each one of you give a 110% effort like Deron did against OKC.

  • Frustrating
    April 8, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    They looked terrible. Why not adjust the defense to guard the perimeter? Although that would not have mattered, they had no energy tonight.

    Do they know this its the end of the season and not the beginning?

    I am not a fairweather fan however, this was as important as a playoff game and they came out like wimps.

    This is not encouraging for they playoffs. WRT to not drafting Martin, Ariza, etc. LOTS OF TEAMS PASSED UP ON THEM NOT JUST THE JAZZ. Compared with the other teams, Sloan and Kev do a good job for their consistantly high picks in the draft.

  • Worthless Optimism
    April 8, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    Im as big a Jazz fan as anyone and have had Jazz googles on for a long time but I can't do it anymore. I kinda knew this loss was going to happen but you want to believe in your team but this Jazz team just doesn't play with any urgency. That starts at the head, I know Jerry doesn't feel like he needs to motivate but dang Sloan. Your team is in the drivers seat to have homecourt in the first 2 rounds and you don't stress that on your players???? DWill looked like a 2nd round pick while Brooks looked like the top 3 pick, Millsap got paid than just got lazy it seems like he is just mentally not there this year he is absolutely not our Power Forward of the future and if management thinks he is than we are going to have some bad losing seasons to come. Jazz will end in the 5th or 6th seed and get blown out of the playoffs. Hopefully Slown will take a hint and finally leave along with Memo and AK

  • Short memories
    April 8, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    Last night OKC hit 13 threes and the Jazz won because the Jazz made 12. The Jazz couldn't have thrown the ball into the ocean tonight. Too much adrenaline spent the night before.

    OKC lost tonight, too, even though they flew for a whole hour and a half last night.

    Give Denver credit for hanging tough.

    The schedule still suggests the Jazz will come in second. We need Kirilenko back!

  • Miles
    April 8, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Oh like this lose comes as a shock. The Jazz never look good in back-to-backs. It was a given they wouldn't show up tonight. That's the type of team the Jazz are. They don't have the killer instinct or the heart to be champions.

  • same ol
    April 8, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    they're back...their true colors came through tonight. take a picture of the standings before the game cause the 2 spot wont have the jazz in it again. bueller, bueller...bueller....yawn

  • re still 2 seed
    April 7, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    no way jazz get the 2 seed, loving the optimism but lets be realistic here. I'll believe it when i see this team actually play with heart on the floor, and if they can stop amare when they play PHO

  • @mater
    April 7, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Good comment! Everybody needs to relax and enjoy the journey. If people don't have fun following the Jazz, find another hobby. Both teams from the overtime game were flat tonight. I watched both okc and jazz tonight and neither team was a shadow of what they were the night before. The nuggets were so lucky theyplayed okc tonight, they were awlful and they still won. Jazz could win out still and would all be happy for a while

  • Michael
    April 7, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    I looked through the remaining schedules of all the games for all the western conference playoff teams and this is how I project it will end up:

    1. Lakers
    2. Mavs (own the tie breaker over Denver)
    3. Nuggets (own the tie breaker over Utah)
    4. Jazz
    5. Suns
    6. Spurs (own the tie breaker over the Thunder)
    7. Thunder
    8. Blazers

    If it plays out according to my projections above I think Utah wins a tight first round series with the Suns, and loses to the Lakers in the second round.

  • Still 2 seed
    April 7, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Final games Jazz 3-0 Denver 2-2, Dallas 3-1, Phoenix 2-2, Jazz win division, tie Dallas have tiebreaker and 2 seed. I am a Laker fan tomorrow against Nuggets, its too bad the Thunder could not beat the Nuggets tonight. The tiebreaker might be costly for the Jazz against the Nuggets and that means 4th seed

  • Mater
    April 7, 2010 11:00 p.m.

    If the Jazz can't make the 2nd or 3rd seed they need to drop to 6 or 7, avoid 4 and 5 and avoid the Lakers as long as possible. It's not about seeds it's about matchups. The Jazz can beat anybody 2-8, home court or not, this team won a game 7 at Houston so they have done it before. Don't get worried about the number 2 seed, all that brings is more pressure, imagine getting the 2 seed and then losing your first game at home, all the regular season battles don't mean a thing come playoffs. There are no back to back in the playoffs. One bad game after a draining playoff type game the night before. Get over it comment posters and look ahead. The playoffs are a new season. Do you think anybody 1-7 doesn't think they can win a series once the playoffs start, and nobody is going to care what your seed is.

    April 7, 2010 11:00 p.m.

    Sloan sits there and watches while D-will, Memo, Boozer, can barely run up and down the court. D-will is either a mental case or seriously lacks heart. How do you not show up tonight? Houston played last night as well. No way Dallas and Denver lose 2 out of their final 4 games. And the Jazz will be lucky to beat PHX and get 4th. For once in my lifetime, can Jerry bench someone when they make a turnover? Out in the first round....

  • Jazzfan
    April 7, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Lousy effort, no emotion and no focus. That being sad I do believe the Jazz will still get the second seed. And people who blame Sloan for 25 turnovers are idiots, the turnovers they had were because of a lack of focus not Sloan. People give Adelman way to much credit and sloan way to much blame.

  • jazztastic
    April 7, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Deron Williams may have some skills that John Stockton didn't have, but he definitely does not have Stockton's heart, drive or poise on the court. But the Jazz management will ride him until he leaves, and try to start over...I knew this would happen tonight because there is no need for heart on the court when players collect a paycheck regardless...

    As far as the NBA announcing that CJ fouled Durrant...where is the annoucement that the 6th foul called on Millsap was a phantom call and was total anticipation on the official's part. The officiating in this league is a disgrace. I saw better officiating during the NCAA tournament, from start to finish.

    I need to find a new hobby...because being a Jazz fan is like motherhood...the highs are really high, and the disappointments are heart wrenching,...

  • Chuck Nunn
    April 7, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    I figured the Rockets would give Utah a challenge, but this was tough to watch. Deron looked like he gave it his all last night and didn't have anything left. I know he's not making excuses, and I'm not either really. It's just tough, and maybe more of the load at point should have been left to Price and Gaines. AK hurt, Okur leaves the game early over an injury, even Fesenko sick, and the rest of the team dog tired. It's just hard. But it's playing through that stuff that determines champions. Still the Jazz can bounce back against the Hornets on Friday if they can get some guys healed up a bit and get a little rest. The last three games will be crucial in this tight race, and I'm betting the Jazz can win them. It's going to take a lot more than what they were able to muster tonight to do it though.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • So what?
    April 7, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    To Jazzsmack 10:01: Hindsight is certainly 20/20. So what? The Trailblazers passed on Michael Jordan and Kevin Durrant. So what? I should have bought Microsoft at $2.06. So what?

    Don't tell me where we've been tell me where we're going. Before it happens.

  • Ak Fan
    April 7, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    If reserve got time earlier would've fine. Jerry with Deron give away game. In second Q everything going wrong Sloan did not do anything no timeout no subs nothing this is must be disheartening Jazz fans. Deron can't lead Jazz game after game thats why he just good player not agreat one.

  • Ridiculous
    April 7, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    That is how I feel about the Jazz performance tonight and most of these comments.

    Some things never change and two of them are the Jazz performance in the 2nd game of a back-to-back and the Jazz beating the Lakers.

    People should have seen this coming. Now the Jazz need to go win the rest of the games this season, which I think is possible. If that happens, then all of these "sky is falling" comments will change.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2
    April 7, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    I've been pumped for weeks, expecting a deep run into the playoffs, certainly to the second round at least. No more. Tonight the air came out of the ball. I am facing the fact that it will be a triumph if they make it out of the first round -- no matter who the opponent.

    On a side note: we've all known forever that Memo is not the most athletic guy in the league. After his performance tonight, I wonder if indeed he might be the LEAST athletic. Can anyone think of another contender??

  • jazzince
    April 7, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    There goes the haters again..

  • Fuzzbrain
    April 7, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I'm not a fair weather fan but that game was really disappointing & shows the Jazz are far from a team that will win in the playoffs.

  • Jazzsmack
    April 7, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Here is the funny thing:

    The jazz could've drafted arron brooks, kevin martin, trevor ariza, and luis scola,

    instead the jazz took:

    Jamal sampson over luis scola
    Podkolzine OVER martin and ariza
    almond over aaron brooks

    3 players NO longer in league,

    over 4 who are having pretty darn good careers,

    But that is sloan, KOC, and rest of the jazz management for you,

    people who are PAYED to recognize potential and talent.

    Is it truly any wonder the jazz have never won a championship?

    remember too, that the jazz could have drafted boozer, korver, mehmut okur,

    they took ryan humphrey, traded him for borchadrt

    and missed tayshouan prince, boozer, john salmons

    instead moving up in the second round, they missed out on okur and got collins

    in 2003 the jazz took pavlovic and mo williams, and didn't keep either,

    if they had movedup one spot in the lst they could've had david west,

    they could've had korver in 2nd.

    in 2003 they also missed on diaw, perkins, barbosa, josh howard,

    yep the jazz sure know talent,

    based on what?

    in ten years of 2nd_round picks they still have an undersized overpayed pf?

  • I didnt watch
    April 7, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    because I knew this would happen. After a great game against OK it was a sure thing that this game would go like it did. What a disappointment. I agree that they wont get out of the first round.

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 9:18 p.m.


  • grandma jazzy
    April 7, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Any team that can hit threes will beat the jazz

    Dwill was a ball hog and turnovers

    Matthews was invisible

    Korver should have played more. Sloan waited too long to but some energy players out there. Why can't the dude call a time out. The jazz will be lucky to finish above eighth place. We really need ak back

  • Our Jazz Failed..
    April 7, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    and my french fries went cold

  • frustratedtjazzfan
    April 7, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    tonight is a prime example as to why they will have a tuff time winning a championship. 4am arrival into houston is no excuse. you're playing for homecourt through the first two rounds you have to be ready to compete. and this has to start w/ dwill's readiness and his ability to get everyone else mentally ready. and my 74 yr old mother w/ two knee replacements is a better defender than cj.

    April 7, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    HAHAHA Jazz lost, drop to 5th hahaha, GO LAKERS!!!!

  • Same old Jazz
    April 7, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    This is partly the players but mostly it is inferior coaching.

    25 TOs by the Jazz are mostly because the the game plan by Adelman. HOU disrupted the Sloan offense.

    30 points from 3 point shots. No surprise, every one knows HOU is a 3 point team. Sloan' defense lets teams shoot 3s and hopes that they miss.

    Poor defensive effort and 17 rebounds by Hayes. That is mostly the players.

    DEN won. DAL won. Good teams do not blow off their playoff hopes. They find a way to win.

    At least the subs got a Q of playing time.

  • No need
    April 7, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    There is no need to watch the Jazz the rest of the year. They came out tonight and completely played with no emotion and no heart. I am so sick of Memo finding reasons to miss games. Ak and Memo are the most fragile players on the face of this planet. DWill also came out and completely was a waste, watching this team is getting way to hard on my stress level. Now it is basically guaranteed we are going to get the 5th or 6th seed and another first round exit. Well maybe on the bright side Sloan will finally retire and we can get some new blood on the bench, and we can pass AK off on that Russian Billionaire on the nets, and we can give Memo away to another team. The win last night was just wiped away by this debacle.

  • Let Down
    April 7, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Interesting to see OKC go into Denver after an OT game the night before and make a game of it. They were in it the entire time and had a chance to win. The Jazz on the other hand get destroyed by a 500. team. No energy and no look of caring. Is it just deep down that they're mentally soft? Sad Sad Sad.

  • Mark
    April 7, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Typical, unfortunate pattern for the Jazz - sigh. It's tough being a Utah sports fan. Jazz, Utes, BYU, whomever. Plus, I'm a hugh Minnesota Viking fan to boot. Loyalty has it's price - dissapointment.

    But hey, how about that soccer team?

  • Yep...
    April 7, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    They're still the same old Jazz.