Utah Jazz notebook: Jerry Sloan will give starting lineup more time

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 23, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    im starting to think that Big Al...is a cursed player...lol...notice that the teams he is in...never got to the playoffs...ok..probably once...but he was coming off the bench when they were in the playoffs with boston...and when he started...they flopped...then they got KG...lol...we should've used the TPE we got from Boozer to get a few players...never had any problems with boozer before...consistent 20-10 guy...a go to scorer...with a lot of post moves...and could sometimes go 20-20...though a liability on defense...still the reason why sloan defends him...its because of his effort on the offensive end...if only we could turn back time...and give front office tips on who to draft...we could have manu ginobili on our team...lol

  • Fuzzbrain Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    I'd rather see the Jazz make some trades & then fail, than just fail altogether. At least then it would look like they were trying to get better.

  • cdb salt lake, utah
    Jan. 22, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    I agree alittle with all of you. Some are far right, some are far left. I'm somewhere in the middle.I agree we need a good big man. We can't go over anybody on offence or defence.It seams like we are playing in a gym with very low ceilings.I don't know if fes is the answer but it would be nice to give him a fair try.C.J. is very inconsistent, A.Ks body and hands turn to jello with the least bit of contact.Millsap is no Boozer,but I still don't miss him. I think we have a better record now than this time last year with the Booz. You have to credit big Al for some of that. He just needs a guy out on the court that he can look up to. I mean that literally, (look up up to). D-will has spent alot off energy the first half of the season putting this team on his back. I think he's hit a bit of a wall. He needs help but he's not going to get it untill this team gets a real #5.

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Well, I don't like the lack of intensity either but people relax all that is happening is the big Turk is back and when you add a former starter like him to the mix as a back up it will create some problems. Milsap and big Al are pressing because they are trying to prove their worth (as starters) and are not running their stuff because of it. This latest slide in the last few weeks is when Memo came back. Look at Orlando when they made the trade they slipped for a few weeks and recovered when they got in sync, Sloan is doing it right he is letting his players figure it out, hes all ready told them what they need to do but they havent listened.

    But if I were coach I would slide D-Will to the two and start Earl at the one for a few games. I know, I know thats why Im not coach.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    Jan. 22, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Fesenko needs to start...Many of us have been saying this for 3 years..

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    No wonder D-Will is frustrated, I am frustrated as a Jazz fan. This line up is terrible, we are starting three power forwards in AJ,AK,P.M. We have a washed up shooting guard that is great at flopping but does not drive, shoot, rebound or assist. D-Will has been carrying this starting core all year long. YES, it is time to change the line up. Start Fesenko at Center and bring Milsap off the bench or start Memo and bring Milsap off the bench. Bell is terrible, start Price or CJ, just for the energy factor. CHANGE SOMETHING, ITS GETTING UGLY!

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 22, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    I am the first to admit that this is very tough to say---but man, I'm starting to miss Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer. One thing you can say about those two--when Kevin Garnett pounds his chest--they don't appear frightened. Our Jazz (right now) simply don't have any swagger and losing isn't that big of a deal. Anyone who would say that they don't have the talent would be out of their mind, but they are what they have been over the last 13 games--a bunch of really nice guys---and a below 500 team.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    It is frustrating to watch the Jazz play lately, they are just not putting forth the effort needed to win. Milsap has been less than stellar, CJ is playing lazy & standing around to much, DWill is dribbling too much and not moving the ball enough. Bell is not one we can count on to score when we need a basket.
    Fes hasn't been playing well lately but he hasn't been getting hardly any PT and that has effected his confidence. When the Jazz were making good come backs and the second unit was playing tough, aggressive ball, it was Fes in the middle that made a big difference. Fes's offensive game may be poor at best but his defensive presence in the middle is needed. Milsap and Big Al in the middle aren't getting it done on defense. Sloan needs to remember when Eaton was playing and realize he doesn't need Fes to be apart of the offense, he just needs him to play tough defense, control the paint and rebound.
    Love how Hayward played last night, hope he gets more time.
    We need more outside shooting, AK may need to be moved.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    The only change that I see possible is Okur starting and bringing Millsap off the bench. Jefferson might be better off playing the 4.

    All of you Fes lovers out there, did you watch the game last night? I saw him get minutes in the third and he's awful. I can't stick up for him anymore. Sure he's big, but he's clumsy and can't finish plays. Plus he's out of breath after 5 minutes. You can complain about Sloan not giving him minutes, but he doesn't deserve them.


  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    I don't get you people. What's your argument with Fesenko? Don't you say "Sure he makes mistakes, but with experience he'll get better" You criticize Sloan for not playing him.

    Why can't you say the same thing for this starting 5? Did it not occur to you that the Jazz offense is incredibly complicated and requires time to get it right? Go ahead and say it for the starting 5, "Sure they make mistakes, but they'll figure it out."

    But of course you don't have patience for that. I just hope that in 2 months when these guys are winning games you realize that Sloan is a genius.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Jan. 22, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    i don't see a line up change doing anything who you putting in? playing sorry from williams al sap kirlinko who for some reason played good for one game in nj. cj not much only ones who i seen trying bell earl fes. williams did nothing so why put him back in in the fourth quater when the rest of the starters were on the bench? he was most of the problem.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Isn't it funny what money will do to a person? What a bunch of soft quitters!

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    B Russ is a bit harsh but pretty much right on. We really do have three power forwards in the starting line up with the Millsap the starter at the position the shortest of the three. I loved Millsap's energy off the bench but it seems like something is missing as a starter.

    AK not being able to hit the broad side of a barn isn't great at the 3 position.

    I don't know what Jerry is waiting for the change things up a bit. They've had over half the season to jell. If you make a change and it doesn't work it's not the end of the world but sticking to the same losing formula seems lame to me.

    Did you hear that Jerry? Changing the lineup even if its just for one game won't give you a heart attack!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 22, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    B: Paul is frustrated he is going against tall guys. Look I said 2 years ago he could never replace Boozer. He does not have the skill. I was ripped for that. Everything I have predicted has come true....Sloan biases and stubborness are not winning but losing games. I predict another loss maybe 2 tonight. Last Night I called 109-95 not far off. They will have a 5 game skid when they come home and be about 2 games out of first..

    The Thunder coasting home

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 22, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    I've been watching Jazz games for 15 years now, and it's always been true that the Jazz play a hard-nosed type of basketball which includes setting tough screens. This means giving out and taking bruises every game, if the players are willing to play hard. This isn't easy to do every game, I'm sure, so Sloan has to constantly question their effort.
    Still, I'm beginning to think that it would be better to start Fesenko with Jefferson or Milsap and have Milsap or Jefferson come off the bench. The Jazz will be better defensively, a little worse offensively, and Fesenko will grow as a player. All in all, this will help the team going into the playoffs.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 22, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    The dinosaurs died out because they couldn't adapt to change.

    The current starting lineup just isn't working. The 2nd string unit shows more heart and tenacity than the starters.

    It's time to shake things up Jerry.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 22, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    What is this Nellie ball? Maybe we could trade a seldom used 7'1" center for another undersized power forward then we could start 4 powerforwards and D Will. Apparently Sloan's system doesn't believe in a big defensive stopper in the middle he would rather have a soft powerforward at center to go along with a 6'7" way undersized power forward that doesn't put in the effort to rebound anymore.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 21, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    What a shock no changes. Stand pat be comfortable and just do the same things watch Ok City and possibly Denver next lap you.

    No trades nothing.

    Fun and competitive?

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