Utah Jazz: Home struggles baffling

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  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    There have only been 10 other games in the past 25 years with the same/better or worse 3%'s for both teams as there was in the Miami game, same/more #attempts. All 10 cold teams lost too.

    Even not factoring for attempts the record is 5-34. Give both teams average % and the Jazz win by one. Rebounding numbers are fairly meaningless for any one game, tho obv this is becoming a problem. 3% is a huge correlation to winning for any one game, no matter how much Sloan harrumphs about "toughness".

    He's not using his bench right anymore, overplaying the starters, Fes was missed, Z had his best game in years, and LBJ was a net 0 in +/-. Whatever.

    That said, while there were anomalies in all four of these losses (like OKC's 30/31 FTs), it's become a bad pattern. Two desperate teams tonight. Orlando had a 30min players meeting after getting whupped in Portland last night. Jazz really need this one & tomorrow to get back on track. Tall order, Dallas is still rolling. PAYBACK TIME!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    This is truly DWill's team now and it reflects his personality not Boozer's. Boozer play hard at home. It made a big difference.

    DWill often plays hurt and sometimes he plays to many minutes.

    We are all very familar with him walking the ball up the court. That is a clear signal something is wrong and the team always struggles (previous years and this year) when he walks the ball up.

    Watson is not the ideal PG. His shooting could be better and more prolific but he is better than previous years.

    I actually like Price now he is not playing PG.

    The Jazz have always lacked effective consistent outside shooting. That and rebounding are big weaknesses that need to be corrected.

    KOC has done a good job of fixing past year's weaknesses but the Jazz are still deficient in 3 point shooters. Bell should improve. CJ has always been somewhat erratic. DWill can be erratic but I would prefer to have him shooting from the SG.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    If the Jazz can hit open jumpers early, the defense will have to guard them and wont be able to pack the paint,we might get some rebounds, it will give us a chance tonight. Lets hope the Jazz can shoot a high percentage from the floor. I also think tempo is going to be key. Keep a fast pace, dont walk the ball up the floor, push, push, push!!!GO JAZZ!!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Uh, the Jazz are NOT struggling on defense. Sure they mess up badly on certain possessions but overall they are a dramatically improved team. Look at all the defensive statistics and we are among the top in the league in many.

    Yet here we have with expert Jazz fans complaining about defense.

    Our offensive execution and turnovers down the stretch against the Heat was clearly the issue.

    Deron is in a funk and until he gets over it we will continue to lose some games.

    He pushed the ball erratically and NOT consistenly. We dominate when he runs and gets early offense. When he does not run we stagnate and all our baskets are grind-it-out in nature which is not ideal with all the new people who do not execute as well in the half court.

    Anyways, Deron is either injured or distracted because he is not the same player we have watched or weeks.

    If he slow jogs or walks the ball up the floor then just plan on another possible loss until he changes he mode of attack.

    I think he may also just be tired out from carrying the scoring load every night.

    Need Memo.

  • Steve in Northern Virginia Idylwood, VA
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Um, it's number of losses.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Be afraid. Be Very afraid. Why? 3 point shooters all over the place are coming into town tonight. Let us hope the Magic are tired from last night. Then my feeling is they will be out to play well coming off a stinker. I do not see Vince Carter scoring 6 points again. I do not care if Howard scores 35, have centers use fouls like Elson make him go to the line if the game is close. Fes would have been huge tonight....Howard can score his 30, limit the others. Portland accomplished this last night.

    Will Sloan and his Sloanaholics focus tonight on stopping 3s? I doubt it...

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    I have to say the crowd isn't what it used to be. Lots of empty seats and not enough noise. Just for the record the Jtix thing supposedly wasn't going to raise prices but not from what I've seen. The minimum price is the same but most games are more expensive.

    Also the Jazz have played some really tough teams at home but they managed to beat Miami and Orlando on the road. The turnovers against Miami were horrendous in the 4th quarter. They had the momentum at the start of the 4th and chucked it out of bounds.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    No mystery is right. The Jazz are struggling on Offense too. Teams are packing the paint because they dont respect the Jazz outside shooting and why should they? Until the Jazz can be more consistent hitting open jumpers, look for teams to kill us on the boards. Keep working hard, go Jazz!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    Rebounding is a concern, I don't understand why we are having such a problem with rebounding. Rebounding like defense is discipline and effort, everyone needs to put forth more effort going after the rebounds.
    CJ is a concern to me too, if CJ plays well the Jazz usually win but if he doesn't shoot well we struggle (if we're playing a good team). I wish someone would talk to CJ and convince him he needs to adopt a pre game workout / shooting program like Ray Allen or Reggie Miller. If he would I'm sure it would help him become more consistent.
    Good to see you Bugoff.
    I hope Fes returns soon, he makes a bigger impact than alot of people give him credit for.
    Sloan needs to use his bench more, if the starters & CJ struggle at all, there needs to be someone from the bench to step up but Sloan's not giving them a chance to develop and be that contributor.
    Sloan really has a problem with giving young players enough playing time, he doesn't like mistakes and he wants things run his way. Hustle players like Mathews or Milsap are the exception.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    Bugoff is right about Watson...I find myself waiting & hoping that the Jazz will not be too far down when Watson enters...that is we we seem to roll (RP is instant energy as well). I also like Deron @ the 2 with Watson pushing the ball. Will can still facilitate things while not have to work so hard to get the ball up. The old Celtics use to have a couple of gaurds to bring it up and it didn't matter which one brought it up court. But when Will is pressured...Watson is the KEY.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    Bench players always play better at home. Unfortunately Jerry is choosing not to use his bench for the home games. There is where the problem starts.

    Second, it is the crowds fault if the Jazz are losing at home. They are the difference-makers because the court is the same no matter where you play. The crowd in Utah needs to step up during the game and bring more energy.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    The Jazz tend to play the best when they have 2 PGs on the floor.

    Utah's offense can get disrupted by smart coaches who know how to disrupt the Sloan offense. That usually focuses on altering DWill and alters the effectiveness of the offense.

    Disrupting DWill is not the only problem but it is a problem that can be fixed.

    Move DWill to the SG for more minutes and have Watson play more PG. DWill can still run the offense from the SG as needed.

    I expected this team to be .500 at Christmas. They are doing much better than expected.

    In former years they were Jeckel and Hyde but for different reasons.

    Now they are better on the road and in back to backs.

    This year they have a different set of problems. However, those should fix as the year progresses.

    If they play smart and with enough defensive intensity they will win 2/3s of their games. Unfortunately there are better teams at the moment and more consistent teams.

    Sloan will have to figure out how to keep the offense running while improving the consistency of the defense.

    The biggest problems are on offense.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    There is no mystery here. The Jazz are struggling on defense. They are failing to stop teams in the open court, which is largely caused by silly passing and ineffective outside shooting. They must go inside and stop this nonsense of perimeter play. Watson and Price must be given more playing time.