Utah Jazz: Not much bench production in loss

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  • Fred704
    April 16, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    I've seen this twice. Milsap had a lousy night when he matched up with Louis Amundson. He was out-hustled by him and looked frustrated. I guess nobody would blame him for not being able to stop Amare Stoudemire, but for some reason he just can't play against Amundson.

  • Captain L
    April 15, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    I've said for years that Sloan doesn't develop young players very well. If they are hustle players he will play them, but if they need PT to get confidence and comfortable, forget it. Sloan needs to put the players that need developing in the games at the right times, so they play against quality players and in tough situations.
    I have joined in with Chuck and several others posting this year that Fes needs playing time so he can develop and be ready to contribute during the playoffs. Now because he didn't get enough playing time he isn't as ready as he needs to be and Sloan will keep him on the bench except when he absolutely has to play him.

  • Ladypegasus
    April 15, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    one last final few word
    for the evening..
    spin the nuggets
    GO JAZZ!

  • big daddy
    April 15, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Hey dummies - that game is HISTORY.

    Lets go and thump the Nuggets and then hope that OKLA can atleast take LA to 7 games to wear them out.

    May-be just May-be

  • Jazz Cop
    April 15, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    @chuck-I absolutely agree, Fesenko is not a very strucured player, sure, but he provides some intimidation and esp at home, he really gets the crowd going too, sloan could be manipulating those things. I don't think the jazz ever lost when Eaton scored ten points or more, but with Fesenko, it seems like the more he plays the better our chances are, I checked his +/- earlier in the year when I really felt the need for Fesenko to get regular minutes, trying to make his case, but his +/- was the best of any big man, even though the rest of his stats aren't great, he just takes up alot of room and he runs the floor hard, doesn't mathews get into the role he has because he was always running, sloan bias? ok, and i've heard some jazz people, esp on radio who seem to trash talk him and I don't get it, so I don't listen to the radio.

  • Jazz Cop
    April 15, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Even if sloan is wearing out our best players by playing them too much, more than he needs to, we'd probably have a better record with an expanded bench. On the other hand,it's kind of like these guys don't show up at the worse times. AK, is not OK, how is he ok with himself for sitting out last night, we've all had calf strains, are you kidding me, you'll watch this game from the bench after more than a month off? It makes it tough to get behind him, and boozer, man, i had the same injury happen to me this morning when I was reaching into the cuppbard for some fruit loops, it was crazy of me to go for the milk and i was risking further injury but I was willing to risk it because I like fruit loops.
    Can't blame the blow out loss on those who showed up, our two starting forwards?, if we have four good players, half of our good players didn't show up.

  • MemphisJazz
    April 15, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    The writer did notice how horrible Matthews and Millsap were did he not. Also Williams was 5-17. Miles had a -17 (worst on team). Okur actually played pretty well though. So trying to blame the loss on the bench is ridiculous.

  • Observation-ist
    April 15, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Sloan certainly bears his share of the 'credit' for not developing younger role players but don't forget ... It was the player who makes the most on the team (AK - $16M) and the player who expects to make the most on the team (Boozer - $12M) who couldn't find a way to play.

    Denver -> LA -> DAL/PHO is a tough path to Cleveland.

    BTW, don't blame the bench when you take two bench players and start them. How deep do you expect this team to be with Sloan as the coach.

  • Jesse
    April 15, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    At the very least, Kosta's minutes should have been reversed w/ Fesenko's. Koufos looked scared. I guess thats what happens when you play sparingly all year and then get matched up w/ the likes of Amare. I doubt he saw anyone like that in the D-League.

  • Bugoff
    April 15, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    Gentry has developed his bench all year. PHO gets good role players, plays them and rests their starters.

    Sloan has a long history of shorter rotations which tends to run the starters into the ground by playoff time.

  • Chuck Nunn
    April 15, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    You have to be kidding me. Guys can't step up if they're not put in the game. Fesenko needed to be playing way more minutes than he did in this one. When he did get in, he crashed the offensive glass and scored. He ought to have been in with Millsap to start the second quarter, and he ought to have been given more minutes in this game. Trying to make the 6-8 Millsap constantly contend with longer guys is just setting him up to fail. To his credit, he never backs down, but we needed Fesenko in there to at least try and fight back on the inside, and it didn't happen. Maybe some of the other bench guys (Kyle Korver) who regularly get minutes could have ponied up a bit.

    Peace out from a very upset Jazz Oracle!

  • Jazzsmack
    April 15, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    Typical sloan coaching for the season,

    wear out the veterans,

    never play and develop the young players except where he must due to injury.

    all to get a few extra regular season wins.

    well he's done miller proud.

    kept business in the red.

    Because all jazz fans know if he didn't keep the jazz winning, the jazz would leave.

    because jazz fans are just that bad of fans.

    Atleast that is what the media and the so-called "true" jazz fans say.

    So would a "true" jazz fan give up, say, a couple of winning seasons just to get the draft picks you NEED to win a championship,

    change the coach and system,

    or do you all only support the team if they keep winning regular seasons,

    and keep you, eternally, futilely, wishing and hoping of a championship?

    food for thought.