Jazz comeback from 18 down, stun Magic 104-94

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  • funkylizard Athens, GA
    Nov. 11, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    When does the Harpring exception expire? I think it would be awesome to take Iguodala and send back young-ins CJ Miles and Hayward using the exception from the Harpring shipment. Then maybe deal Okur to cut salary before the deadline because of the extra salary to Iggy. Thoughts?

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    @CJ Miles: I agree that Watson is the odd man out. Thats probably why his last team let him go. There are a lot of teams that are looking for a point. With Memo's injury I don't think he will be tradeable at least this year. Used to be a career ending injury. But I agree that he might now fit in better on another team.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Nov. 11, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    With the leadership of D-Will, the Jazz Team dug down deep to find the energy and effort to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. Each member of the team on the floor is contributing in some way. At Miami it was Elson who put the icing on the cake. Last night Big Al come back. But if it wasn't for the contributions from each there is no win. Just great wins and words can't adequately describe. Go Jazz.

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Sloan completely out coached Van Gundy.

    -- Using Fes to anchor a 2-3 zone, and waiting until Q4 to show it? Very smart.

    -- Switching back to man in the closing seconds of the game just after Van Gundy burned a time out to draw up plays to beat the zone? Brilliant.

    -- Bringing a mobile, active 6'9" Gordon Hayward in to guard 6'4" sharp shooter JJ Redick? Creative. It was Butler vs. Duke all over again as Hayward kept Redick from going off.

    -- The Jazz had better shot selection. The Magic out shot the Jazz from the arc percentage wise, but attempted 32 3s (compared to the Jazz's 14 attempts). Against perimeter defenders Miles, Bell and Hayward, the Magic died by the 3.

    -- And Orlando melted down emotionally. Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy's pouting about officiating hurt their teams. That's poor leadership.

    The Magic helped the Jazz beat them, and it took a LOT of luck for the Jazz to beat Miami...

    But good for the Jazz for not quitting and taking FULL advantage of the opportunities their opponents foolishly handed to them.

    Bring on the Hawks! :-)

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    A few points. First, Raja went 4-5 from the field last night! He played great. He could have taken a few more shots, but last night he played very well.

    Second, AJ never played college basketball or has been on a good team in the NBA. He still has a lot to learn, but I like what I see. He listens to coach Sloan and while I expect to see a few more games like Miami, he is going to be a much better player by the end of the season. He struggled a bit last night, but he came up huge in the 4th with some good rebounds and two huge push shots over Howard.

    CJ made a good point about no one else scoring off the bench (although 5 points from CJ isn't much either). We need a spark off the bench. The second quarter was when things went south last night. They started well but couldn't sustain it for long. Maybe Memo can be that spark playing the 4 along side Fes...

    I hope they can keep winning but I wish they could play 48 quality minutes.

  • Lawman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Great road trip so far! Love to watch these guys take it to the Eastern Conf "BIGS," especially when the ESPN guys focused their most of their comments on the Magic. My thoughts now are on Big Al. I love that we got him and am pleased with his play most of the time, but have to say he can be a bit of a black hole at times. He must learn to kick the rock out when he is double and triple teamed on the post. Someone has to be open in that circumstance and once he figures this out he will be even better. I believe he will or he will be spending more time on the bench next to Sloan. Just like at the end of the Miami game.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Nov. 11, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    I think the Jazz need to trade Memo and Watson before the deadline and pick up another scorer from the outside.

    When Memo comes back, he is going to mess the chemistry of this team all up. The Jazz don't need a three point shooting center or one that can't jump off the ground more than 6 inches. I would rather see Fes for 10 minutes than Memo for 10 minutes.

    But the Jazz need some depth off the bench that can score some points. I am not convinced Hayward is an outside threat. Watson is not a scorer either. Bench is thin when it comes to offense outside of CJ.

    Oh and I didn't know a block was meaningless in a close game! Thanks for the input.....

    The Jazz need to start shooting better to start the game or it is going to be a long long long season.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    We held Howard "The best center in the NBA" to just 14 points. Way to go Jazz!

  • The B.I.V. Centerville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    2 comeback wins over two Eastern powers on the road? I'm impressed. Now if only the Jazz would do that against thier conference opponents, we might actually make some progress this year!

  • WVCOG West Valley City, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    I haven't read any of the other comments, but it's very probable that someone has already said this, but here i go. How about the decisions O'conner has made the last couple years!! Most were furious when he signed Milsap to "such a big contract", but how good does that decision look now? when we didn't draft a big, people were ticked, but big Al is better than any rookie could dream of being! It is fun to finally see that he really does know what he is doing! this team is fun to watch, and i hope they continue to improve! i just hope that somehow O'Conner is right about Heyward, then he would officially be a genius!!

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Nov. 11, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    CJ is playing off the bench because Bell has shown no signs of offense yet. You need someone on the bench who can score. Price does a good job providing energy. I like CJ coming of the bench and playing 20-25 minutes per game.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    CJ played good defense in the second half. D-Will was All-STAR, and our bigs brought it! Another grind out win! Way to get the job done! Taking care of the ball and less turnovers, guys moving with out the ball, showing hustle, that is how you get wins in the NBA! Keep working hard, GO JAZZ!!

  • Triple B Milford, NH
    Nov. 11, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    When the Jazz were down by 18 I never really doubted that they were out of it. There is a lot of hussle in this team. Great win. Looking forward to Friday's game. It's not often that I get to see back to back Jazz games.

  • Chukar Rock Springs, WY
    Nov. 11, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    i am not a big fan of CJ but could start if he keeps driving to the basket and playing some D. It would be nice to see Raja have a good night on the offensive side . Fesenko is playing good, more to come hopefully

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Nov. 11, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    Got home from Houston at 9:30 EST. Pulled up ESPN on the internet and saw the score - Jazz leading by 4 with four minutes left. Tuned into the game on line. Fantastic. And after Tuesday night!? What's next? Go Jazz!!!!

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    Great wins, exciting to watch. It's a long season though and we need more help from the bench to take some pressure off the starters. Wins on the road at OKC, Miami and Orlando have to be raising some eyebrows around the league.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 11, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    I'm loving watching the Jazz this year, especially given how poor the BYU season turned out and RSL's disappointingly brief post season. Keep it up!

    To all the Fesenko pushers: Yes, his play is much improved over last season, and last night he had some great moves and strong finishes. However, he's got a long way to go before he earns a starter spot. 4 fouls in 9 mins? With a stat like that he's much more useful coming off the bench.

  • Chas Layton, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Jazz are doing great, BUT
    Why don't they win the first half?
    Why does Williams walk the ball down the floor?
    Why don't the Jazz realize that if they are not getting fouled, they are not in the paint? And if they are not in the paint, they are losing ball games?

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    Call them the "cardiac kids!" DWill is quite the floor general, with a great supporting cast. I'll take Millsap over Boozer anyday!

  • Utefan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    The Comeback Kids....You gotta love it, Baby!!

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Nov. 11, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Ceej: Bro, I'm pretty sure he blocked that shot when we were up by ten and there was like thirty seconds left. Probably didn't have anything to do with a W or L.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 10, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Glad to hear the Beast giving credit to Coach Sloan and what he demands. Finally, a team that seems to have swagger on the road and expects to win. Would not be at all surprised to see them carry it in to Atlanta. This team knows how to fight.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Nov. 10, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Phnehme: You question why CJ is finishing the game on the court? Haven't the Jazz been winning every game with him finishing? When he was on the bench to end the games, the Jazz were losing. CJ was awesome against Miami in the fourth quarter. He started the comeback. Tonight he blocked a 3 point shot down the stretch.

    Since losing the first two games, the Jazz have looked good. Not many minutes for the bench players outside of CJ. That's not a good sign for a long season ahead. Fes hardly played tonight. Watson hasn't left the bench in two games. He might be gone by mid-season.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Todd good analysis. Enjoy your comments. Tonight I noticed C J's numbers were down, but his +/- was the highest on the team at + 16, Fes, Milsap and Kirilenko all had + 12's. I mantian that D Will, Milsap, C J, Kirilenko, and Fes have a certain chemistry that is starting to surface.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Nov. 10, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    I am sick! Turned off the game Tuesday night with the Jazz down 8 and 30 on the clock "that's over". Lesson learned.

    Noted better than 85% FT shooting the last three games (including the 2 overtime victories). Love to see teams playing fundamentals

  • Big Green Tractor Fillmore, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    We can't keep playing catch up like this. It's going to come back to bite us. Great win though, we looked awesome later in the game. Can't wait to see the new power rankings. Go Jazz!

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Where are all the guys who said AK can't hit the three ball? No one seems to mention that AK was vital in the big wins. I also think too many people gave too much credit to Al, 4 turnovers in the first half alone. Fes needs more minutes he plays strong on both ends of the floor. Al still looks lost on defense. there was a few times he was just looking in circles.

  • phnehme La Jolla, CA
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    DWill - great game as a whole, but could have pushed the ball in the first half.
    Bell - great defense and efficient on offense, would love to see him in the 4th rather then Miles.
    AK - again great overall game, awesome defense, great energy.
    Al - Looks good on the low post, coaches need to play to his strengths and he will continue to impress.
    Paul - the guy is a beast, his motor never stops, looks like he has developed the consistency we need at the 4.
    CJ - still a mystery, seems to disappear during the game, don't know why he is playing the 4th quarter, he seems to be the only one that is still playing matador defense. However, his shot selection is WAY better then past years.
    Price - Nice energy
    Fes - Just what we need as a change of pace during the game, opponents get comfortable working the lane, Fes comes in and changes their game plan.
    Rest of the subs - all playing their roles perfectly.
    Don't know how long this will last, but I'm enjoying the wave.

  • UtahRoper Wellsville, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    JAZZ= Western Conference Champions!

  • Samwise Hobbiton, The Shire
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    I am very happy with the games the last two nights, as the Jazz have shown they are truly a good team. If/When they begin starting games the way they finished the last two... look out whoever the opponent is.

  • Jazzman72 Springville, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Another great win. I just hope they get more consistent so it doesn't take comebacks to win every game. Millsap is reminding me of another great power forward from Louisiana Tech. I hope Chicago is enjoying their overpaid cheerleader.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Shaybo, I think if the Jazz can find a consistent 3rd scorer behind DWill and Milsap, they are going to feel o.k. with trading Okur. Fes is a better defensive center than Okur by far and he really patrols the paint well. I'm thinking of someone like CJ or Hayward, not AJ, who I think will have plenty of minutes subbing Fes and playing about 1/3 of PF minutes. Fes is definitely a positive now most of the time on the floor. Milsap played another monster game, and he is so smooth, too.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    DWill, Milsap & Big Al will likely be the most consistent go to scorers thru out the year but Big Fes makes a big difference and his defense makes it possible to make the kind of come backs the Jazz have had the last 2 nights. I hope he keeps getting more playing time and gets more comfortable. His defense really makes a difference.
    Memo can play the 4 when he comes back because he can go outside and let Big Al have the low post. I love the defense Fes gives the team and hope when Memo comes back he doesn't cause Sloan to bench Fes, the team needs Fes's defense.
    Re Todd: Way to go being positive. I enjoy your comments much more when your positive.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Keep coming

  • Gracefl Helena, MT
    Nov. 10, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    Anyone still worried about Paul Millsap filling Boozer's stats?

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    Big Al finally started to look like the player we thought he was, Fez was great once again, even with a couple of horrible calls going against him. Raja looked good tonight also. I think they could have gone to Milsap a little more than they did in the 1st half after the game he had last night.

    I would like to see Sloan play AJ at power forward with Fez at center occasionally because when Ocur comes back AJ will have to move to the 4 spot and he's going to have to get accustomed to it anyway, Memo is surely not going to play the 4 spot.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Again? So that mean we will have the habbit for the rest of the season and postseason? Keep it up guys, good job, another W!

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    Two games where average luck went to the Jazz and everything that could go wrong for the Heat and Magic did. Two back to back victories like this may never happen again. Jazz know that they can't keep digging them into a hole. Jefferson looked great against the best center in th NBA today. Take the day off tomorrow guys. Hawks on Friday.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    I'm not sure the Jazz have had two games in a row like this since...
    Well, I'm not sure I've ever seen it, and I've been watching since 1980.

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    First Miami and tonight Orlando; ON THE ROAD! Who ARE these guys and where did they get those uniforms?

    Go Jazz!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    I was convinced AJ would bounce back tonight and did he ever. Williams, Millsap and AJ had huge 2nd halfs. 24-2 run was incredible, the switch to the 2-3 worked, 3s went down ultimately. We had so much problems in the first half anything inside because of Orlando length and went ice cold.

    DWil was tremendous. Orlando killed us on the boards but we did well with the defense even as they could not convert 2nd shots.

    Fes got a great chance in important minutes again. He again proved his value which disappoints his critics. Orlando had little way with him patrolling the paint. No coincidence this 24-2 run happened with him on the floor.

    Fes had a great plus minus the best I think of anyone.

    Scored couple baskets, did a great great job. Also Kirilenko and friends deserve credit for defense best they could on a powerful, tall orlando front line.

    Fouling Howard when the game was in the balance was smart, because he helped us like 2 or 3 times making only 1 of 2 free throws.

    This team is showing grit last seen when Derek was here

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Love it. This team is turning into a fun one to watch although it would be nice if they didn't have to make a comeback every game.

  • phnehme La Jolla, CA
    Nov. 10, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    WOW! This sure is not the same old Jazz team. Another great game! I have always liked Sloan because he is old school, but questioned some of his substitution patterns. This season he seems to be making all the right calls. If we can pull out a win against Atlanta, the Jazz have my vote for best in the NBA at this point in the season. The scariest thing is they are getting better and better with each game...and we still have Okur coming back at some point.