Utah Jazz: Open looks make for easy shots

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  • concerned jazz fan Park City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    the Hawks are just hot beyond the arc, its just unfortunate that they feel it against Utah, unless Utah will try to feel it too! Utah is not a three point shooting team, because no one can drill it! we rely too much inside the paint, we have to make some three point shots

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 6, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    I say...let Fes and CJ start for the next 5 games...bring AL Jeff to the 4 and millsap as a 6th man...the next 5 games will be evaluation of talent of some sorts for both Fes and CJ...they need to make those 5 games count...or they need to go...we need is consistency...we need to have guys consistently producing on their roles within the team...if CJ still shoots clunkers even if he started...trade him...we could get a better player for him...Reggie Williams? Anthony Morrow?...heck i would even welcome a headcase like JR Smith...i think Sloan thought CJ could be like JR smith...the one guy coming off the bench with a lot of confidence...torching up threes...im getting tired of CJ and his 5 yr development...it would take another 2-4 years for that kid to mature and play smart...i think the reason why Sloan usually not defend the three its because he thinks its a low percentage shot...we are not in the 80's or 90's anymore..kid's practice 3 pointers more than FTs

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 6, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I hate to beat a dead horse, but Raja should be a bench player not a starter. D-Will needs a 2 guard that will shoot the open shot, not pump fake, draw defender and pass out. We need a shooting guard that likes to shoot, who can shoot and defend the perimeter. Why not start CJ? The Jazz need to try something. If nobody thinks starting CJ would improve the slow starts than we need to make a trade. Our Bigs need to earn some respect, right now they are getting handled. Take more charges, set hard picks, and start dunking on some heads early and make a statement. Set the tone early. Even if you drive to the hole and dunk on your defender and get called for a charge, who cares, at leaste you are making a statement! Stop playing so soft, get the KILL AT WILL, SEEK AND DESTROY, NO MERCY!! because the team you are playing wont show you any, I promise you that. Show some heart Jazz, and dont get punked in your own house!

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    Jan. 6, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    The biggest problem was our defenders not defending the 3 point line. I would have liked to have seen more open 3's taken. Atlanta did a much better job defending the 3pt line and not allowing us open 3pt shots which is why our attempts were so much lower.

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Todd - The Jazz shot 7 of 14 from 3. That is pretty outstanding. Had they taken taken as many 3 points shots as Atlanta they are in this game. They make Atlanta play man and we can go inside. There was about 6 turnover the Jazz forced the ball inside a very tight zone.

    As far as the Jazz defense - they are currently allowing only 29% of the opponents shots are going into the paint. Compare that to last year 35% and you lose a lot of games.

    Against the Clippers it worked they Jazz went Zone after being torched in the paint the first quarter and the Clippers started taking long 3 point shots. Against Zone Atlanta made 4 of 5 Against.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 6, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    Blauch, I agree with your analysis. However, the point being you will not be great offensively every night, then you win with defense. The Jazz are one of the worst teams I have seen in one issue: Giving up corner 3s....

  • blauch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Looking at the the Score you would not think that the Jazz had more points in the paint than Atlanta.
    The Jazz did not lose this game because of effort, Atlanta hot hand or the Jazz's defense needs work. They lost because they were unwilling to shoot more 3 point shots.

    Every play the Jazz went to a zone Atlanta took a 3 point shot. (all 5 of them - they went 4 of 5 from the three) Every play that Atlanta went to a Zone (and there was a lot of them sometimes very illegal) the Jazz tried to force it into the paint for a bad shot. I much rather see the Jazz take open 3 point shots than contested layups. We even shot the 3 point the three point shot well.

    Here is a quick recap

    Jazz ran 50 possessions going in to the basket (12 feet and in) and they scored 44 point. The Jazz ran 37 possessions taking jump shots 12 feet and out for a total of 43 points.

    The Jazz should have taken 40 3 point shots this game. They win this game going away.