Utah Jazz: Wes Matthews still paying off for Portland

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    re: shaybo

    Fesenko was on the bench...and likely will stay there until he can make a free throw.

    Have you ever heard of hack a shaq? Well Fesenko brings new meaning to that strategy. Just foul him every possession and you get the ball back after he misses the two free throws.

    Fesenkos own incompetence and inability to hit a freethrow is the problem not Sloan.

    You think Sloan doesn't want a 300lb big man out there that can plug the paint rebound?

    Sloan deserves a medal for being this patient with the big oaf. Anyone else would have been gone long ago. Talk about baby steps.

    Fesenko ought to go the gym and be putting up thousands of freethrows so he can get on the floor. I hope he does the work so we can use him.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 28, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    One loss and the second-guessers are on a tear.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    I hope the Jazz can get someone to help D-Will in the back court. We need a 2 guard that can create his own shot and defend the perimeter. Bell should be coming off the bench. The Jazz have assets, expiring trade exceptions to make some moves.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 28, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    Hello..The same O Connor that mid last season would not sign Matthews. Genius you all think he is not!

    Your 2 guard issue would have been solved. He refused to trade Kirilenko last year when NELLIE wanted him. Raja Bell is good player to have but as a sub and mentor and experienced voice to eventually be a Jazz Asst when done playing. CJ should be in the starting lineup hot or cold. AJ will get worn out by the end of the year guarding taller even bigger players.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    Where was Fesenko while the trailblazers were killing the Jazz on the boards? Sloan has a short memory, Almost every come back win in the games earlier in the season was started with him in the line up.

    Mathews performance was glorified a little bit, after all he was 4 of 14 from the floor.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    Wes is a good player, but he is not worth 3x Raja Bell money. Nor would he be the answer to the Jazz problems at the wing. As for KOC making few good decisions, would one of those be finding an undrafted prospect named Wes Mathews and bringing him to Utah last year?

  • The Rocker Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    @rjpkp. I agree signing Wes Matthews was probably not a great idea for the Jazz. Especially long term. Matthews is a good player and a surprise but not the answer to win big.
    When is Kevin O'Conner going to take the SG position seriously?
    Have you noticed the Jazz have suffered every single year with Kevin O'Conner for that reason?
    The SG position is not an experiment. He has just guessed every year with draft picks and hoping CJ Miles would mature enough in 5 years or so to fill that position.
    I really cant stand KOC. Every time I hear a David Locke interview KOC does his best to dodge good questions because he knows he cant solve the problems and mess he gets the team into.
    It is very difficult not to question his intellect.
    He always signs players for too much money that we need to get rid of and than we lose opportunities to get a great player. Jazz need a really good SG. They always have since KOC has been here.
    It is depressing to be a Jazz fan when KOC makes decisions. Only about 2 he made were right.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    The Jazz need to move AK for a legitimate shooter/scorer on the guardling. KOC is working like a mad man to make this happen. This loss will help the urgency.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 28, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    If the Jazz do not win the Northwest Division, they will be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Fun and Competitive

  • rjpkp Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Yes, Wes is playing well. But should Jazz fans regret not signing him? My opinion is no. He is making double what Raja makes. Yes, he averages 7 points more per game than Raja, but he also shoots the ball more in the absence of Brandon Roy and plays more minutes than Raja. I would say that Wes is a big fish in a little pond, and Raja a medium fish in a big pond. The Blazers aren't going to do much this year, and while I don't think the Jazz are good enough to make the finals, they can surely make a splash in the playoffs.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 7:21 a.m.

    Before everyone blames Kevin O'Connor for not matching Portland, I'd just like to point out that NOBODY disagreed with him back in July. We were all wrong on this one. So instead of pointing fingers, lets just mourn together.

    I miss him so much! :(