Utah Jazz stage a block party on the Bucks

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  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    This team is incredible! I can't wait to see what happens against Indiana - I see Al Jefferson dominating against Hibbard. Fransisco should match up well against him as well. I just hope the Jazz don't get overconfident. Danny Granger can be a leathel shooter - I'd love to see him get shut down. Go Jazz!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    Bugoff, likewise it is great to see your words again, I have asked about you, Jazzsmack and I usually agree. However, what happened in the past negative or not is over, and cannot be changed. As a result, it is to focus on this exciting 2010-2011 Jazz version...I do not care who is responsible for these acquisitions, even though Kevin is. However, Watson and Elson small moves have proven exceptional. The Jazz have improved the backup point position, even better than ever and I thought we had the best points last year composite.

    Backup Center-Elson has given quality minutes, tomorrow will be a big challenge because the Pacers who won again tonight are very tall. 4 guys are 6'8 and taller in the Starting Lineup, Dunleavy can be a great 3 point shooter but has struggled at 34 percent. Granger is a quiet superstar where in a big market would be hyped like a Carmello or Bosh.

    Rush and Granger and Collison can nail 3s. I am concerned the last 2 games on our 3 point defense. This will be a tough one but looking forward to the challenge and we have to run on them

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    AK's game improved mostly because he doesn't need to cover 2 matadors defensive miss. When you protecting somebody's behind all the time it's frustrating and tend to loose intense of the game. When team needed him Ak always showed up. If team have large lead he could disappear.
    GO AK

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    re: Jazzsmack

    So you think O'Connor didn't do a good job huh? I get the feeling you're a real negative person, but thats your right.

    How many of the Jazz picks have been lottery picks?? Who did you want him to draft? Durrant? Oh wait the highest draft pick we've had was DWill and they definitely made the right pick there. They traded up to get him and that was the right move.

    It seems like you want to bash the Jazz for finding talent late in the draft, but I'm perfectly happy with players like Millsap. If you only like players who came into the NBA with a lot of hype I guess thats your right too.

    Every GM makes bad decisions, even Sam Presti and RC Buford.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    RE: Kyle loves BYU/Jazz | 9:26 a.m

    Can we also give oconnor credit for his drafting,

    only 2 fiyst rounders still with team in last decade,

    and three if you go back twelve years:

    dwill ak, and hayward

    snd basically the same for second round, for all the talk,

    cj, milsap and fez,

    yeah he should get credit for that too.

    while all the past championship teams have starting lineups and then some of fist round picks.

    WHile we are giving credit to oconnner,

    can we give him credit for getting NOTHING for mo williams, sasha pavolvic, deshawn stevenson, anderson, brewer, humphries, humphrey, snyder, borchardt, scott padgett, quincy lewis, raul lopez, nazr mohammed, vaughn, collins, almonds, maynor...

    and the season isn't over, and the jazz haven't won anything yet.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    i agree with all of you, could not stand watching last years team play defense. Way lazy.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    When the Jazz move the Ball on offense, good things happen. When guys play hard and go after loose balls and rebound and play hard nose defense, we win. This Jazz team is getting better every game and starting to look like a team that should make a deep playoff run. Right now D-Will is playing like an MVP and Sloan is coaching like Coach of the year.


    GO JAZZ!!

  • jcholman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    Was Brandon Burton in on the block party?

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    Nice comments gentlemen.

    Bugoff, it's good to hear from you again. I have always enjoyed your rational and agree the defense is greatly improved. Apparently the guys who call the shots didn't the the Boozer, Okur combo defending the paint either, since most of the moves during the off season have been about improving defensively.

    Doctor J, yes this Watson is showing us some pretty good stuff here latetly. I thought the block and the diving save to tip it back inbounds to D Will is one of the best defensive plays I've seen in awhile.

    Iowa Jazz Fan 2, A K is reacting to the ball again, he's really going after it. If this keeps up we could maybe see a 5x5 again. Wouldn't that be sweet.

    Jefferson is a very large improvement over what's his name. It's like a breath of fresh air for all of us, especially the team I am sure.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    AK had a 4 x 4 game. Makes me nostalgic for the early years of his career when he was producing 5 x 5's. Just keep it up, Andrei . . . . This is the kind of diverse performance we will need in the playoffs!

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    You have to give credit where credit is due and a lot of it goes to Kevin O'Connor. He did a great job of assembling this team.

    From refusing to overpay Fes and signing Elson and Watson to trading for AJ he did an amazing job this past summer. I'm still not sold on Hayward but Evans looks great and we'll see in a couple years about those two.

    The Jazz defense is 10X what it was last year. Bugoff nailed it on the head with that one, Okur and Boozer at the same time was a disaster. AJ and Millsap are much better. AJ is improving his defense as well as his rebounding and I expect him to continue to get better.

    Elson plays great defense off the bench. He shut down Griffin in the second half the other day and he can actually contribute on offense unlike Fes. Even Fes can come in and alter some shots. It nevers hurts to have another big body with 6 fouls come playoff time.

    I really like this teams chances to advance in the playoffs. I think winning on the road is a sign of good things.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    Earl Watson swatted Earl Boykins and saved the ball into bounds.......also......6 boards, 7 assists, 1 block, 2 steals & 12 points with +20 on the +/-. Earl Watson is really having a nice effect on the Utah Jazz right now and is likely the best backup point guard since Ricky Green and John Stockton were playing together.

    Elson is also a very nice peice. He is contributing and competing very nicely. He can rebound, defend and put the ball inside of the hoop.

    Jefferson is just as good as Booz on O but much much better on D and he will play with pain. He will not be out 4-6 weeks here and there throughout the year...he wants to be on the floor.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    Having Jefferson and Elson is much better than Memo and Booz in the paint! This is fun!

    Watson is also a great addition...AK 47 is playing like like a man that wants a contract.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    This was against LAC,NJ,SAC etc. I did not see SA, LAL, OKC, NO, MIA, ORL or ATL on the list.

    Utah is still very weak in shot blocking. Fes and Elson should be better at it. AJ is an improvement over Boozer.

    However, the overall defense is much better than last year. AJ was not supposed to be a good defender but with Boozer and Okur out of the line up at the same time the Jazz have really improved.

    It will be interesting to see if Okur's defense is better when he comes back.

    Utah has a chance at going deep in the play offs mainly because they have a defense this year. Also they should get better over the year on both offense and defense.

    They should win most of their games in Dec.

    It is heartening to see this team win on the road and in back to backs. The personality of this team has changed night and day.

    It may not be fair to blame all of the difference on Boozer but that has to be a major factor.

    Sloan is not dependent on kissing up to Boozer and it shows.