Utah Jazz romp past Pacers for 7th straight victory

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  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Matthews will likely get a chance to sink or swim in Portland with every chance to prove if he can be a star or just another player.

    The fact is Portland has a lot of problems. Problems to the point if Nate Mcmillian makes it through the year I might be suprised. Also, Andre Miller stinks and is a disease to that team, At deadline if they do not get better, I expect him dealt, Matthews may have more opportunity to make name for himself...

  • jazzer South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    I am so glad we dont have boozer anymore. He looked aweful last night. I understand he is coming off of an injury but his defense was terrible. I love the new jazz look and couldnt me anymore grateful for Jefferson.

    Peace out boozer, enjoy your money and watching the jazz in the playoffs while you sit at your house and watch. Be careful you dont trip over your twinky and break your hand again.

  • BigBoy Mean Streets of Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    good to see the Bulls lose last night. Glass jaw Boozer is now their problem and the Jazz are a way better team now. Bring on the Mavs!!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    re: joe5

    You are right.

    Just like they say about teams "you are your record". Well, in Matthews case he is his stats and they are slightly above average.

    People are in love with the story and granted it is a good one but his athletic ability is what it is. He was in college for 4 years which means he is much closer to his potential already than people realize.

    He is a solid player, a good team mate, a good locker room guy, and a great story for sure but he is not the end-all-be-all that people around her think he was.

    I am glad the Jazz made the decision they did because that contract would have hampered decision making a flexibility for years to come and I don't believe at the end of the day he would have been worth either the luxury tax we would have had to pay OR the multiple other players we could not/would not have been able to sign as a result of that deal.

    Portland will have a long season and my guess is in hindsight now he might have taken a bit less to stay.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    Re: Observation-ist

    I don't understand the man-crush on Matthews. So far this year, he has had a very pedestrian 13.8 PPG on 46.8% shooting. He has more TOs than As (1.67/game vs 1.2/game) and less than 3 Rebs/game. His PER is 15.63 (league average is 15.00).

    His +/- is nothing to write home about either. In 18 games, he has had a positive +/- in 8 games and 0 in another. His total for the year is -26.

    In short, Matthews is a very average player. I like Matthews but he is not the difference between the second round of the playoffs and the championship round. He is what he is; a hustler who is carving out a journeyman career through hard work but who, if truth be told, has a very modest set of skills.

    If you think differently, let's talk about it again in ten years when we can look back on Matthews' career for what it really was.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Only 2 minutes for Gordon Hayward? He is a home town favorite who could get the crowd cheering for both sides, and only two minutes could be found for him? This was a blow-out, deep bench minutes were up for grabs.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    Indiana was on the second of back-2-back games, on the road, at altitude. That's a tough assignment for any team, especially one that's young and learning.

    That being said, I was most excited that the Jazz, knowing the situation, jumped on the Pacers early and didn't give them a chance to get their hopes up. That shows a maturity about the game that's exciting.

    To echo a previous comment, I don't miss Boozer one bit. I'm a huge Millsap fan and Jefferson is growing on me fast. I'm a huge Raja fan too but I do pine for Matthews. Perhaps next year or two years from now, Wes will get tired of playing for a loosing francise and want to come back to the Jazz. One can only hope.

    Go Jazz.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    If Boozer is reading the paper, one has to wonder what he thinks about how much the Jazz has improved as a team with his departure.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    I love to watch Watson & Will in the backcourt...I also like the way Will & Jeff are conecting on the Pick & Roll...It does not seem to matter if Elson or Fess get the call...they are both having an impact...AK 47 looks better than he has in years...better than Booz or Memo (AK fills up the stat sheet) and he is very active......I like AK taking it to the rim......Watson and Pogo Man (Evans) seem to have a conection also...Sap and Jeff are pounding the glass....our gaurds are picking up some boards also......nice to see Harwood hit a J......love to se Raja's leadership on this squad.....he is a big part of our tone and climate I think

  • Gdot-aka-whitelightning Roberts Ranch, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    what a slammin game by fes. oh boy.

  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    The Spurs lost to the Clippers and the Lakers have lost 4 strait; the Jazz has a lot of momentum after a 7 game winning streak. I am really proud of this team thus far - much better than the beginning of last year. I was pleased that Haywood was able to play and do well against his old favorite NBA team. Sure it would have been nice to keep Mathews but CJ has gotten stronger and is similar to him. I'll take CJ and Raja Bell over Raja. I am happy for his success in Portland but Kevin has been lucky to bring in some quality veterans. Let's hope we can get Mathews back after his contract is up just like Raja Bell.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    Oh and I wouldn't mind more photos. MORE PHOTOS!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Good article Tim and Jody. I appreciate quality over haste and quanity. Good job guys.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    I like 7 rebs from Fes but what I like more is the idea of playing Dallas Friday as a real measuring stick. No back-to-back, no tough road trip and no excuses at all for Utah. If they really are more than just another good team in the west, we will see it against Dallas.

    It isn't win and be great, lose and be horrible, it is just a matter of a team competing start to finish against a very good team. I do think D-Will kills Kidd with regularity but Dirk is imcomparable. If he only rebounded like J-Kidd he would be finished, complete player. Pretty good draft pick back in the day.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 1, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    We need a quicker article as to the brillance of one Jody G and Timmy B

    Anyway, outstanding performance. Many things to note. DWIL was incredible even more so if that is possible, Jefferson was outstanding and his explosion helped break the game open. Millsap was fierce on the boards, held a taller Mcroberts in check even though Paul lost couple battles with him he won the war....AK did a great job on Granger forcing him out of his preferred offensive areas.

    The bench picked up the 2nd time around to help wrap up a game vs clearly a tired team. Watson the 2nd time in, was excellent hitting couple shots. Paul leaving his man to block a shot was highlight for me. AJ 2 blocks also. Watson added a pair of assists to go with couple steals.

    Raja has been consistent. Fes would have been out again of rotation, but due Elson's ear, did a good job. Hibbert made tough shots over him, but Fes 7 boards. CJ was on and off, he did good but seemed short on lot of js lately.

    Indiana shoots lot of 3s but only 9-24 and no factor.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    If Matthews stayed in Jazz probably doesn't have that kind of impact. Portland is shooting guard team. Once Roy hurt he got chance. He looked like Ben Gordon with defense.

  • jazz_man Fajardo, PR
    Dec. 1, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Yeahh, this team is already pretty good imagine how much better they would be had they kept Mathews.

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 1, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Wow, I wish the Jazz could have kept Matthews.
    The higher expense would have only been a one year deal with Kirilenko's contract expiring. In fact,
    Kirilenko could have reworked his contract or even accepted a lower level extension to help get it done.

    Still, it will be interesting to see how the Jazz do when their center is able to play.