Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward continues to get crunch-time minutes

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan says his trust in the rookie is increasing

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  • Always_Jazz<3 Murray, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    I LOVE Gordon Hayward.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 29, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    trade CJ...he's too inconsistent...if the jazz want to make a move...trade CJ...grab Brandon Rush or Trevor Ariza or Reggie Williams...there's a lot more G/F out there who could shoot better on a regular basis than CJ...i'd like to see more time for Elson and Fes as backups...keep hayward...the dude can play...he isnt flashy...he still is a bit hesitant on taking shots...but the guy had an efficient night against the clips 17 pts...3 threes...6 boards...not bad...in time...he would be a 15-18pts 5-7 rebs 3-5 ast per game kind of guy...

  • mulrich Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    CJ played 21 minutes against Portland and we still lost. As soon as CJ touches the ball he's looking to shoot. He doesn't run the offense well and is soft on defense. We should have let OKC sign him. We got rid of Brewer, Korver, Almond, and Mathews to give CJ more responsibility on the team.
    CJ has the confidence of Kobe but his play is more like a d-leaguer. As a shooter he's well below average (.411 FG%, .321 3p%). Obviously he has days where he hits a lot of shots, but almost any NBA SG can do that if given the shots.

    Hayward could be a good player on the team, but there are things that worry me about him. When the players were warming up at halftime against Portland he went and stood in the corner, never shooting, never talking to anyone, not even trying to touch a ball. His missed 3 pointer in the 4th was from the exact same spot. Maybe if he takes a few practice shots at halftime he hits it in the game.

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Dec. 29, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    CJ is a great example of why the Jazz are struggling lately. He has been lethargic and jacking up 3-pt shots. Play like that got him benched in the 4th quarter of the last 2 games.

    In the long run it could be a good thing for Utah. If the extra time for Gordon Hayward results in his improvement and further development ...

    I'd love to see a trade happen with the right pieces. AK's huge expiring contract is valuable whether or not they trade him. Let the contract come off the books and resign him for 1/3 of what he is currently making. The extra cap space could be used elsewhere on our team.

    Hayward has a lot of potential but he is not going to be ready to start full time in the NBA for a few more years in my opinion. I see him eventually turning into a player like Manu Ginobli or Grant Hill which would be great. The kids very young, but he handles the ball well, passes well, hustles, and eventually will be a great shooter.

  • pate123 willard, ut
    Dec. 29, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    Come on KOC and Jazz officials, you people are probably up to something or you wouldn't be advising Jerry to play players that really shouldn't be playing at this stage of the season and play player's that should and would help this ballclub. Hopefully a trade announcement will be made sooner than later. CJ Miles, sorry buddy your not capable of delivering what we need consistantly; occasionally yes, however not enough. As for MEMO, give him a bit more time to adjust, because he can really help us if he is at full strength!

  • Slc1231 Slc, Ut
    Dec. 29, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    I agree with jazz-nation that a good way to judge Hayward is seeing him in crunch time, something people haven't thought about is he is 7-7 from the line in the fourth quarter the past two games. It's little things like that which Jerry notices. Jerry has talked about how the jazz have seemed sluggish and lazy lately, but during the same time he has praised Gordon for working hard off the bench and always hustling. I don't think at this time he should start or even play most of the game, but 12-15 minutes is perfect for him to bring energy off the bench and improve at this point in his career.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    When CJ plays over 20 minutes, Jazz win. When Hayward plays at all, Jazz lose...............

    Wasting minutes on Hayward and Memo are just that, a big waste. Look at the record since those two started playing.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    The only way to truely judge Hayward is by seeing him play in crunch time, so i understand why coach is playing him, maybe show casing a trade, similar to last year when he gave Maynor a chance to play. As for AK, I think his time in Utah is expiring just like the trade exceptions and his bloated 17.8 million dollar contract. The Jazz have assets to make a trade to get better, I hope they can pull something off. I dont think this team will make a real run in the playoffs the way we are now, and I hate saying that. I believe in KOC and the Jazz management, they see the same things fans do. I think we need a higher caliber 2 guard to help D-Will in the back court. We need a guy that can help defense, create his own shot and run the floor. A lot of teams are dangling star players as trade bait because of cap reasons. Do your thing KOC, make us proud. By the way KOC, if you are reading this, I think Iggy from the 76ers would put this team over the top. GO JAZZ!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Dec. 29, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    The Jazz are developing GH. It may cost them some games during the regular season.

    For them to compete against SA,DAL and LA they have to have wings who can shoot consistently.

    CJ is inconsistent and AK is injury prone.

    They need to know if GH is going to develop or they should make a move for a real SG before the trade deadline.

    The Jazz management have stubbornly followed flawed approaches in the past. Look at how many years they nurtured CJ and also insisted Price was a PG. Boozer/Okur's non defense is another example.

    Recently they have gotten much better about fixing problems.

    If the Jazz get a real SG they can compete. If they don't they have squandered another decent team that could have a shot at a championship.

    GH will probably develop. But it may not be fast enough.

    I do not blame Sloan for trying to develop GH rapidly. He did a great job with Mathews. If GH can over come 2 less years of experience and be as good as Mathews in the playoffs the Jazz have a shot.

    If not they need to get a SG.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    I hope Hayward has a good night, I like his game and with time he will be fine.
    Coming in as the 6th man fits CJ's personality, he can come in firing and try to be that instant offense a 6th man needs to be but he needs to not want to jack up the 3 so much, he needs to attack the rim and get to the foul line and take 3's only when wide open. Attacking, gets CJ more active in all aspects of the game and his productivity is much better.
    Someone needs to open Sloans eyes to the fact that when Fes is in the game we outscore our opponents, not because of Fes's O but because of how he affects the game on the defensive end. It helps energize the team when you get consistent stops and leads to fast breaks etc.
    Trying to get Okur back into the lineup is messing up the chemistry alittle and his D is terrible.
    It is amazing to me that Sloan preaches D and is known for his tough D mentality but plays players because of their O.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    Just like clockwork, AK's back is strained/having spasms.

    Don't be surprised when you are scratching your head tonight wondering why things are not going quite as well as they should in Clipper-land.

    AK almost always passess well and helps his team mates get easy baskets not to mention intimidates shots around the basket.

    Despite their record the Clippers are alot better than they usually are.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 29, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    I love Memo! I hope he stays with the Jazz til he's 40!

    [secret not to Kevin O'Connor] Don't ever give him $10,000,000/year again! But keep him here in Utah, we like him!