Utah Jazz notebook: Defense getting picked apart by pick-and-rolls

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  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    D'Will will not sign another contract with the Jazz. You can sense it when he's on the bench. He sees no future busting his behind for nothing. When this club ends this current 5 game road trip with the game in Los Angeles, they will have absorbed 5 crushing defeats, by 3 teams that are going nowhere. This league troubles me. It is evident, as I have observed in the past that upon examination of team rosters of even the weaker teams with sub .500 records and compare them with the Jazz roster, that the Jazz will not win road games and will have significant trouble at home. This current road trip illustrates my point. The reserve players are expected to guard bigger players as they come off the bench. Jerry just doesn't have the weapons to get any wins versus quality teams, let alone against teams with worse records. There isn't any player on the Jazz that brings fear to any other team in the league, pure and simple. In the days of Malone and Stockton, there were at least two players that did cause concern and fear in opposing players. They were tough.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 21, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Fans this game is not rocket science. If you are talented enough to play offense, there is no reason not to get the job done defensively. Defense is effort, offense requires talent and there is "NO" reason why a player doesn't play with effort. I do believe coaches play a big roll in defense and I am sure thats part of the problem here. Why can't the staff just watch video of the good defensive teams in this league and model theirs after others? Ridiculous!

  • Fuzzbrain Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 21, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    The Jazz are spinning their wheels; & really, how many games can you win playing the exact same script every single night? Make some trades, adjust the line-up. Shake things up a little.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 21, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    I agree, the Jazz need to defend the perimeter and defend the Pick n roll much better. The Jazz play a very good team tonight, lets see if Raja can keep Ray Allen in front of him, lets see if D-Will can keep Rondo in check, AK slow down P.P. and Milsap and AJ contain KG and company. Jazz have to work for this one, it should be a good indicator on where we stand as far as being fair, good, average, great, team.

  • SnipeHookyoFace Farmington, UT
    Jan. 21, 2011 2:07 p.m.


    Wrong! Where were you 3 weeks ago when the Jazz were 3rd in the league at defending the 3? Sloan shouldn't have to motivate Williams, Bell, and Millsap. They have been in the league long enough to step up as leaders and dictate the tempo of the game. Everyone talks about Sloan not pushing the ball but watch the game tonight and you'll see numerous times where Sloan gets off the bench and tells DWill to get a move on.

    The Jazz are falling apart not because of talent-but the lack of intensity and leadership. Look what the Bulls did to Dallas last night, it was their D! I'd like to see Williams/Bell be more intense during the game and more accountable defensively. That's something Boston does night in and night out...Sloan can't teach intensity.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 21, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    The fact Jerry lives in a time capsule. I despise him for not focusing on ways to stop the 3 point shot. If someone you do not think is a threat makes 1 then for heavens mercy stay on him until you come out of the game and next guy. This is 101 basketball, and if you do not defend the pick and roll it is because not focused at practice.

    I will say it and say it over and over Sloan and his biases hold the Jazz back and always will. Despite shortcomings the Jazz should be a #3 seed at the end of season based on who is here now. Anything lower is underachievement

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    Jan. 21, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    If only we had real athletes still like Mathews and Brewer, we would be in the elite of the NBA.

  • Dolly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    I think the phrase that bugs me the most is "I guess they wanted it more than we did." That makes me crazy when I hear that! Every game, no matter the opponent, should be crucial and determined... wanting it more than they do....EVERY time! These supposed easy wins that turn out to be losses are the very games that come back to haunt them when the playoff standings/pairings come up.

    Go Jazzboys tonight! Don't get stranded in the snow.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 21, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    I am tired of watching these millionaires have trouble being motivated to give an honest effort. Regular season games are even less relevant than in the NFL. Teams with losing records still have a chance at the playoffs...ridiculous. I watch a few minutes here and there but don't really make it a point to catch a game until after the NCAA tourney is over. At least some of the NBA teams are stepping up their play by then.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 21, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    I am a Sloanaholic but this situation is on the coaches. Various players have said for weeks that they are "confused", not sure what they're doing, on both ends of the floor. It's up to the coaches to sit the players that are confused until they are unconfused, even if that costs some games.

    Last night I watched Chicago -- without Noah, without Boozer -- beat Dallas. They did it with defense. Charles Barkley admiringly commented that Bulls coach Thibodeau gets tough defense out of his players "because he DEMANDS it! If they don't play defense, they don't play!". Note how he sat Boozer down a couple of weeks ago for sluggish defensive effort.

    Jerry, as we have all heard, was a tough-as-nails defender. He used to similarly demand defense of his players. Why he doesn't anymore puzzles me. One explanation is that he has become convinced that most of them do not have the ability to play effective defense, even when they put out the effort. If that is the case, we are indeed in trouble.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 21, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    It seems like they are drifting back into their previous years mode. Tending to play to the crowd at home (and hopefully this continues to improve) and failing to prepare or take other teams seriously on the road. In a way, it begins to look like they have now learned to play together and everyone knows his role, they are healthy and they are tough--when they feel like it, or have allowed themselves to be embarrassed to the point that they feel they must prove a point.

    The difference between these Jazz and the Stockton/Malone Jazz? Those Jazz teams DESPISED losing and did everything they could do to avoid it. These guys would certainly rather win than lose--"but hey, that's pro ball man. You don't win every time out. Give the other team credit, they played great." Right.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 20, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    Shows the players don't pay attention in practice. Everyone should on the floor should know how to rotate on a pick and roll situation. If they don't know, they are not paying attention or asking questions.
    For the money they are paid, they should be students of the game. Watching tons of film, knowing the weaknesses of each player. Same goes for Jerry.