Utah Jazz: Strong 4th quarter lifts Jazz

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 24, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    Save the AK criticism. The organization paid him too much and it is not his fault.

    AK does a ton of things that so many other players in the league are simply incapable.

    This year he is shooting great and even decent from 3 pt range.

    He gets crucial steals at key times. He intimidates and tips shots all the time and does not get statistical credit. He handles the ball well and passes very well most of the time. His rebounding is decent and he shoots over 80% from the FT line.

    I hope he does not get traded because this team will miss him a ton.

    I hope he gets re-signed with the jazz next season (for a lot less) and finishes his career here. He is an extremely talented and unselfish player.

    If the Jazz continue at this pace, continue to improve, and stay in top contention in the west I think you will see the Jazz bite the bullet and pay the luxury tax again. If they slide a bit then you will see them make some moves to unload salary.

    If things are going well though the Jazz don't rock the boat.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 23, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    One more quick trade thought. How about Igoudala and Kopono from Philly for A.K. those salaries qualify for the trade requirements, and gives us 2 wing players for 1 and a real good 3 point shooter in Kopono.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 23, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    I'm watching the Spurs, Magic game tonight and came across a thought listening to the commentators on TNT. Orlando needs a replacement center after losing Gortat in the trade to Phoenix, and we have a player that Mr. Sloan doesn't want to play or give minutes to Fesenko. We might want to consider trading Fess because his chances here are nill and trade him to Orlando for Ryan Anderson a 6'10 young player that is going to be a heck of a player in the future with someone. He can defend quite well, make the three and his salary is just more than what Fess makes. Check him out he was a first team Pac 10 player from Cal as a Sophmore and could help replace A.K. at years end or mid-season whenever A.K. is let go. Also I think Harprings trade allowance is still available to look for a 3 shooter which we desperately need in addition.

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    Nice to see Harwood getting some quality time...he could help in the future...he has some skills...needs to strengthen his body though...nice kid...Watson is awesome (lucky to have him)...How bout Jeff (7 blocks)!

    Timber Wuffs are weak but to come back on the road in Sota at the end of a trip...that is progress from previous 5-6 years (Post Stockton/Malone).

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    Lucky win over a very bad team. Perimeter defense and perimeter offense was horrible. The Jazz NEED to bring in some help. We NEED an upgrade at the wing. AK should be the guy dealt because of his expiring contract, not because I dont like him. 17.8 million for what? You just cant justify that money. With Lux tax matching dollar per dollar its really costing this team double. We need some help. AK is average and sometimes good and rarely great, but mostly average. The only reason I say trade AK is because we can bring in some talent from teams looking to dump salary like 76s Igudaula, Hawks Crawford, Pistons Hamilton,Prince, or get involved with a multi team trade involving Crymelo. I believe in the Jazz, but I am a realist as well, we are good but not great, we need some help to make a real run at a title this year. We will be exposed come playoff time. We are so close, yet so far. GO JAZZ!

  • jazzfanzz Farmington, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    So happy to see Hayward play like that! Hope he can be consistent and do that every night. Would like to see Jeremy Evans play more.

  • TomB1382 Dallas, TX
    Dec. 23, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    Hot Rod Hundley is still spoken here? He was a Jerry West starter kit. If he had not dribbled a basketball, in an NBA game, through the legs of a future Hall of Fame member (Bob Pettit)no one would know who he was. I'm sure he got the media gig on that infamous event alone. Too Funny!! I liked the guy.

  • Jazz Cop San Francisco, CA
    Dec. 23, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Fesenko looked out of sync, but what do you expect when he got dnp's for the last few games, i thought his freethrows almost redeemed the performance, saying he needs more playing time is just beating a dead horse, for all the praise of sloan this is an issue he isn't addressing...and he's had like three years to do it??NO.
    And u have to love that game winning dunk by Ghayward, he's got to be ready to catch and shoot, but he showed a little of his all around game.
    CJ was terrible!!!But u shouldn't have to need CJ to go off to beat the wolves, for all the criticism that cj gets u have to recognize that he has given the team alot of spark over the past couple years.

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    First of all - Love is amazing - 19 rebounds, but he did not get the last one - Millsap did.

    I know that everyone wants to bag on the Jazz for their horrible start, but they scored 71 points in the first 3 quarters. It wasn't that bad, not great, but not that bad

    Minnesota hit 7 of their first 9 3 point shots and had a huge lead. They went on and made 3 of their last 11 3 point shots and the Jazz were back in the game. The Jazz protected the rim this game.

    The Jazz allowed too many fast break point, and they really did not get out to Love and Johnson on the 3 point shot.

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Dec. 23, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    It was nice seeing Gordon get good minutes. I really believe that if he can get 10-15 solid minutes per game for about 10 games straight he will be a very solid contributor to the Jazz and make the Jazz that much better.

    3-pt shooting was awe-full once again. We lost two consistent 3pt shooter in Korver and Mathews and gain one that has been unreliable so far this year Raja.

    We really need both Raja and Gordon to step up if we want to compete in the playoffs. Gordon's 3pt shooting was key to Butler's advancement in the tourney. If he can get his confidence back and start knocking down open shots that will help the Jazz a lot.

    I'm starting to worry about the number of minutes DWill is playing can he really last 82 games without injury if he is playing 40 minutes a night??? I think a lot of that is because we haven't gotten consistent production out of our 2 position. So when Price or Watson come on DWill stays in a plays the 2.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 23, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    I have been critical of Coach Sloan in the past but he is doing a very good job of coaching this year. He started to adjust last year.

    He is a lot more flexible. He no longer has the rigid rotations. I strongly suspect that has a lot to do with Boozer being gone. Further, he has more depth.

    However, Millsap, AJ, AK, CJ, etc are a lot more team oriented than Boozer. They care more about winning and less about their own stats.

    I have defended Boozer in the past but he did put himself first. That is just Boozer. It is one of the things that make his stats good.

    However, for Utah to succeed they have to have team players.

    I still think the team needs more and consistent 3 point shooting to be a dominant team but that is more of a KOC/Miller issue.

    You influence Sloan by the players you give him.

    Give him the right combination of players and he will win a ring.

    It is nice to see Gordon play better. If he can get to be as good as Mathews (last year) the Jazz will be okay.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 23, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    fes' free throw form is actually not bad compared to hitch-masters like shaq. looks to me like it is in his eyes. looks like he is watching the ball instead of the back of the rim, on his follow-through. eventually, horny will get him to fix that concentration problem.

    great game by everyone but the slow third quarter was disconcerting.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Dec. 23, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    Hey--let's not forget Fez's contribution tonight----HE HIT TWO FREE THROWS! Does he realize how good he can really be if he gets serious about making free throws? Needs to learn how to move body so as not to get those bad fouls.

    I think he can be really good if he will stick with it.

    Thought tonight was really great game--I love the JAZZ!!

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    Dec. 22, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    re panama
    If you can't win championship any accomplishment will be just stats nothing more. Anybody talking about Nelly? No so what matters is >how many rings on you fingers.

  • Rodgers Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Where is Jeremy Evans? Whenever he's in, he is electric. He has not played for several games now. WHY IS SLOAN REFUSING TO PUT HIM IN?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Hey, guys,

    As I have said before, Jazz players are just learning how to play together. This is the first game that Heyward has played an entire half, I believe. He was not as tentative as he has been. He is coming along. As the new players learn the system, this team will go gangbusters. I think they will win the West and play in the finals, and, hopefully, win all the marbles this year.

    On another note, if the Jazz win at least 50 games this year, and 50 each of the next two years, Coach Sloan, provided he stays two more years, will surpass the NBA total number of wins by all NBA coaches in their careers. Now, I think that is better than coach of the year, which is not a real great honor - it is an honor, but it is fairly subjective (picked a little on accomplishment but a whole bunch on popularity). Sloan somewhat downplays this coach of the year honor, himself. It is evident how much of an honor it is - I can almost guarantee that if Sloan ends up the wininest NBA coach in history, he will not win coach of the year.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 22, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    The Jazz played the First Half like they wanted to be home for XMAS> Dwil got hot again at the right time, Millsap 23 points, 11 boards and AJ were huge in the 2nd half comeback. Jefferson with 7 blocks was a great performance. AK for the 2nd game in a row played a much better 2nd half than 1st.

    Minnesota is going to pretty good soon. They have a lot of nice athletes, with some power and speed. They just need go to guy and finish games. They are always a tough team. I am just glad this team has good character, and really only 1 full game this year New Orleans were they done for the whole game. Also, the Jazz are doing a much better job this year beating the teams they have to beat and not losing costly games. WHat is best the Jazz come home for XMAS 1 game ahead of OK City who were clobbered in New York.

    Earl Watson seemingly has a tremendous assist/turnover ratio. What a great Point, 2-2, couple assists in 9 minutes and zero turnovers again.

    Great acquisition...

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 22, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Whatever the reasons for the Jazz slow starts, the players and SLoan deserve credit. The way AJ was abused by Love in the first half, Ridenour penetration, and the usual 3s the Jazz give up scared all again.

    However, Sloan has made some decisions this year showing increased flexibility and is helping win us games so I have to give credit.

    Tonight, Jerry saw Price and Elson did not bring much to the table and were participants. He even out Fes in for Elson minutes and had Gordon pleay the entire 4th quarter in maningful situation. It was a brilliant decision, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and that aggressive dunk for the 3 point lead and not backing it out.

    AJ deserves huge credit for scoring 21 2nd half points. His blocks helped the comeback and did much better vs a tough opponent holding Love to 10 2nd half points.

    Also, the Jazz allowed only 3 3s in the 2nd half compared to 7 in the first.

    14 steals, and despite Love outrebounded them 45-43 and won paint battle thanks to AJ and Millie 48-38.

    The pressure was on but the Jazz at 101 kept matching Minnesota baskets

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Dec. 22, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Miles again brilliant, only reason we won,best player ever

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 22, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    The Jazz lucked out again. When is this coach going to change things up with these lousy 1st quarter starts? I guarantee if this keeps up they are going to get burned big time towards the end of the season! Lack of effort, desire and nonchalant attitudes are getting old.