Utah Jazz saved by Raja Bell against Pistons

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  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    The Jazz have 14 games in January half of those against some very good teams. This month will be a good test. Will the Jazz win 50% or will they loose to the good and only win half the bad teams?

    21 & 11 now 30 and 16 by February?

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    Matthews is in a system that uses the shooting guard in its offensive game plan. Jerry does no such thing for his shooters. A lot of times, CJ is forced to throw up a bad shot because the 24 second clock is about to go off. You don't see the point guard in Portland holding the ball for 20 seconds on most possessions. Big difference in your ability to score when you are the go-to guy or an afterthought in Jerry's system. There is a reason that players don't want to play in Utah.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    CJ Miles is very funny with his comments...in 5 years CJ was with the Jazz...how come he is still inconsistent? Hayward on the other hand..a rookie...pulled of a three game solid performance...CJ on the other hand would put up a monster game...a clunker with his 1/11 a mediocre game...then another clunker...then a prett decent game...and a clunker...5 years of development and that's all he could show for? give either rookie those 5 years...i promise you...they will be far better player than CJ "The Next Byron Russel" Miles...

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    A consistent Wes Houdini is better than an up and down CJ, although have said for weeks CJ should be starting over Bell. My feeling is it will be other players turn to step up tomorrow because the odds are CJ and AK will be off again.

    I saw Matthews vs Houston the other night. I have yet to see him play a bad game, that is fact and reality. He also shoots about 46 percent from the field. If we still had him, be in much better shape.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    miles,Matthews was,is and is gonna be better than cj.period.He works harder,understands the game better,thus has a lot higher basketball IQ.That said,we are stuck with miles,as no other teams seem to have him on their wish list.When he`s good,he`s good,when he`s bad,he`s terrible.And you need to learn how to read,I said Matthews was good,not great,big difference

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    This team unfortunately learned early on this season that they can "flip the switch" and beat most lame NBA teams.

    They have done it against most of the teams this season. The unfortunate by-product of this is they believe they can do it when they really can't.

    Who really believes that will work against the Spurs, Mavs, Celts, or the Heat next time we play them?

    It did not work against Portland either who appears to have figured out that Aldridge is like kryptonite to Jefferson and Millsap who were nothing more than casual observers as Aldridge backed them down and scored over both of them at will.

    As soon as Fess got in the game then suddenly Aldridge was passing out or shooting tough fade away jumpers. Unfortunately though Fesenko can not throw it in the ocean from the freethrow line so his pathetic shooting prevents sloan from being able to keep him in for stops at the end of the game.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Houdini if Matthews was such a great player and Boozer is better than Jefferson, why is the Jazz record better this year?

    Maybe because Matthews wasn't really that good in Jerry's system. With CJ playing more minutes, the Jazz are better. Matthews had a whole year to prove he was all it and he didn't even show up in the playoffs.

    If you read the box scores every night, you would realize that all the other Jazz players are up and down too with their shot. Pay better attention on a nightly basis............

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    A close game makes it very entertaining, but I'm not certain it is a good omen for the future.

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    It would be interesting at this point to mix up the starting line up a little. Starting CJ might help, but it would mean that Price would get fewer minutes as Bell would be playing with the second unit at the 2, and Hayward would be getting CJ's minutes on the second unit.

    It may cause the second unit to slow down a lot which could cause problems.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Re: Miles starting...CJ will do one of 2 things,be on fire,shoot 7/9 or disappear and go 1/11.Can`t have that from anyone but CJ is consistently inconsistent.That`s what made Matthews such a good player for us,and even when he wasn`t shooting well,he did so many other things well especially defense.Maybe if Miles would forget about those 3`s and drive,drive,drive,who knows,but so far 6 years in we can`t depend on him everyday

  • JazzyMan Meadow, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    I still think this team needs a big man to be starting,a bruiser type like Fess to rebound and block shots to jump-start the stagnant offense. In many games the Jazz have been unable to stop other teams from scoring inside. I would like to see AK coming off the bench and playing with Price,Watson,CJ,and Elson/Memo. This lineup could definitely provide energy with more of a run-and-gun lineup. I've never been a fan of AK playing in Sloan's slow and deliberate style of post'em up offense,and that's what the Jazz always try to establish that first quarter. I agree with the Captain in that Fess needs to play with Milsap, Big Al,and Williams so that his lack of scoring doesn't hurt the team on offence,It's his defense,rebounding,overall presence in the middle the Jazz are sorely lacking in many of these games.

  • JazzyMan Meadow, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Did anyone else besides me get the feeling that due to Hayward's improved play as of late,it sent a message to both Miles and AK. For once ,both of these guys simultaneously put together a reasonable game. In the Past ,it has always been that one or both of these guys havn't shown up. So,my thoughts are even if Hayward isn't in the game,he's still helping the Jazz by forcing CJ and AK to play well. I've never seen Miles with such a determined ,go-getum type of game face as he had on last night. It reminded me of D-Will's game face. That's what this team needs, to get a little meaner and hungrier.Evan AK got that silly smily smirk off of his face,and the attitude ajustment,like CJ's helped him have a better game.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    Just as I mentioned yesterday, CJ can score in bunches as he did last night. There is a reason Gordon didn't play much last night, CJ is a better player.

    A win is a win. Doesn't matter if it is one point or 100 points it still counts the same at the end of the year.

    As far as being behind most games from lack of focus by the starters, that is Jerry's problem to fix. He is the one who decides who causes the slow starts. He could change the starting lineup but he chooses not to. I think Millsap and Jefferson are slow starters to begin with and that doesn't help.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    AK played decent, not great, and not worth the money he makes, but he played okay. Bell looked to shoot the wide open jumper instead of pump faking like he normally does, that helped win the game in the end. Milsap is not as hot as he was a month ago, for some reason? My biggest question....why is CJ Miles not starting at the 2..?? Bell should be running with the second group and CJ should be helping us get off to better starts. I really think that is the answer. START CJ MILES! Bring Bell off the bench, just try it for a couple of games, i bet we start off much better. Keep working hard, go JAZZ!!

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Dear Big Al,

    Please, please DUNK THE BASKETBALL. You have the size and the hands to do it. At the very least you'll get foul shots.

    Thank you.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Dear Big Al,

    Please, please DUNK THE BASKETBALL. You have the size and the hands to do it. At the very least you'll get foul shots.

    Thank you.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Dear Big Al,

    Please, please DUNK THE BASKETBALL. You have the size and the hands to do it. At the very least you'll get foul shots.

    Thank you.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    The Jeckle Hyde syndrome was not all Boozer. It still exists to some extent.

    This year it is more dependent on hot/cold outside shooting but the Jazz do not get serious about winning or defense until the 4th Q. A lot of teams do that but the Jazz tend to do it consistently.

    As Okur gets up to speed that should even the team out some. He will not improve the defense but he should help the spacing and offense on both the 2nd and so called first team.

    He gives another 3 point shooter who may be hot. Sloan will have more options to rotate for 3s. Okur can rebound and play inside especially against certain match ups to negate some height problems.

    The development of GH is also crucial. AK is always plagued with minor injuries. Further, GH can take some minute load off of AK and Bell. If his shooting gets consistent he is a viable option for both when they are cold or nicked.

    I expect the Jazz to improve. Their defense is mostly a matter of them taking it seriously. Too many minutes may cause some to slack early in the game.

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Detroit scored 28 points in the paint. This was finally a good defensive effort by Utah keeping the opponents from scoring inside. Teams are now shooting 71% jump shots. That is up 6% from last year - Excellent.

    Detroit played a very interesting lineup at the end of the game. T-Mac - 6'8(PG), Hamelton 6'7 (SG), Prince 6'9 (SF), Daye 6'11 3 point shooting (PF) Monroe 6'11 (C). That is a match-up nightmare Lineup. Williams guarding Hamelton, Bell guarding T-Mac, Millsap guarding Daye.

    Really the only negative thing was 2 plays at the end of the game. First Williams drove and dished the ball Bell. Bells man followed Williams to the paint and was wide open for a corner 3. He decided to drive the ball into the lane for a contested missed layup.

    After Millsap made 4 consecutive free throws he had the ball about about 1 foot behind the free throw line. Daye was standing about 5 feet away. Instead of taking an in rhythm shot he passed the ball to Jefferson to for a dunk but he was blocked.

    It better to take open jump shots than contested layups

  • SAJazzFan San Antonio, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Okay, just for the record, "huck" is not a word outside of Utah.

    I grew up there and used it a lot when I was a child, but everywhere else it is the name of a Mark Twain character, not a verb meaning "throw".

    Sheesh.... ;)

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    WE won but I`m not impressed,we struggled to beat a bad team,this won`t fly when we play the top team.Not much GH after he had a couple of nice games.Oh well we have Miles back.Millsap and Williams as usual saved us.Bell nice shot...

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    I'm not complaining much, since the Jazz closed out this game and have closed out several other ugly games against mediocre teams they should slaughter. But where is the killer instinct, especially early in these games? Where's the "we know we're 10x better than you" attitude? Talent wise, this team is an elite, championship-caliber group, but often they play like they don't know that...like they're unsure of their capability. Best PG in the league, hall of fame coach, great power forwards, a great shot blocker in Al, finally a couple of good centers, and very solid supporting cast with multiple scoring weapons. Not to mention the best fans in the league. Look at what we've got here! Come on guys, you are MUCH better than a 5-point victory over Detroit. Play like you know it!

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    All right, you used the cutesy saved by the bell reference. You're not allowed to used it ever again.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    It is amazing what can be accomplished when the JAZZ hit 90% of their free throws!!!

    I hope they continue to realize how much easier it is to win when they hit their free throws.

  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    What a great game for D-Will and Al Jefferson. I was hoping to see more of Gordon Hayward because of the possible rivalry between him and #7 pick Greg Monroe. Greg Monroe has been averaging 5 points, 5 rebounds while Hayward has had 3 points per game, 2 assists. But the last few games he's been in double digits in scoring. I'll bet Jerry would have put him in more if it weren't such a close game.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    The Jazz allowed Detroit to play one of theyr'e better games offensively. Whether AK or whoever guarded Prince no answer. Again, you can thank the bench for a big part in the win. It was good to see some guys find the shot tonight. AK was one of them starting. Price did off the bench. Watson has incredible assists/turnover ratio, tonight was 5-0.

    Fesenko got his hand it looked like on couple shot attempts, probably should have been credited with a block.

    Jefferson at least came on to have a big 2nd half as did Deron. Raja hit the crucial 3 to break 95 tie and added 22 free throws up 98-97 with like :14 left. It is scary the Jazz left the issue in doubt until the final :04. If we play defense like this, Atlanta with theyr'e length will beat us. I will take the win, but our defense has to improve.

    I found funny at halftime Scott Layden discussed closing out on the 3 pointers by Detroit with better recognition and rotation.

    They did not practice what he preached, because Detroit had 4 "3s" in the 2nd half compared to 3 First