Utah Jazz: Earl Watson shines in starter's role

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  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 29, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Kudos also to Watson, a team guy, a class guy and a great player. I just am concerned he gets exposed with a ton of minutes because the shot is not great and he is an older player. He is better off the bench but that does not mean he and DWIL if needed could possibly play 24 minutes or so together and let DWIl be the 2 guard if needed.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    "He was unbelievable," forward Andrei Kirilenko said of Watson. "He was orchestrating our game so well, getting everybody involved. He did a great job replacing Deron."


    When was the last time AK said this about Deron running the PG position?

    Ever notice whenever Deron is out AK suddenly is a very good player again? Filling the stat sheet like the old days?

    What does it say that the players were running the floor for Earl when he was pushing it but they have not been for Deron?

    How many TO's did Earl have? One?

    Did Earl dominate the ball all night dribbling and jacking up ill-advised off-balance threes?

    I think his team mates noticed and decided they would be able to get involved in the offense and hence they were motivated to run and cut.

    With Deron? Not so much lately while he pouts in the corner.

    Deron needs to stop dominating the ball and use his teammates.

    Now doubt Deron has the talent to be the best PG in the league but that does not make him a good leader because nobody seems to care or be following his leadership style to win.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    I liked what Earl said after the game, about losing streaks happening and learning what it feels like and how to avoid it. He was speaking of the positive stuff and the learning experience you get from that.

    That's the attitude we need. "What can we learn from this?" rather than "we can't figure out why we can't get going and it stinks." Losses should help them figure out what they need to be doing differently. I hope they learned last night some of the things they SHOULD do as well.

    Earl is the best backup in the league if you ask me. In a short time he's certainly learned how the offense goes and where the other guys need to get the ball to make something happen. He's smart and a tough guy. Great acquisition, KOC.

  • Dolly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    Watson not only played splendidly but he was interesting with some personality in his after-game interview and actually made some eye contact with the interviewer...WOW! This was a fun game to watch, lots of energy/apparent enthusiasm even through some nagging injuries. Loved it, didn't swear even one time, just enjoyed/cheered.

    Go Jazzboys, keep this attitude going.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    Watson came out and pushed the tempo. He didn't talk about it he came out and did it. He racked up thirteen assists in doing so, getting his teammates involved from the get go. The Jazz play better with a faster tempo.
    I,m wondering why Deron is so stubborn about walking the ball up the floor. Maybe he thinks it gives him more control of what goes on with the offense. Thinking he will be in on more of the scoring and the assists. The slow tempo stagnates the offense and you see lazy passes, guys standing around not coming to meet the ball creating more turnovers. The slow tempo will not work with this team and our undersized front line. Slow tempo, slow starts. I'm sure Deron took note and saw the results of the faster pace from the bench. Maybe he will finally pick up the pace.

  • RobSing Minneapolis, MN
    Jan. 29, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    they should just keep watson in the starting lineup till d-will learns how to stop crying and stop turning the ball over.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 29, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    Bugoff,you made some very good points,Watson`s play will earn him more minutes,he`s a vet and knows he`s not a starter,but increased minutes playing alongside DW will help Millsap and AK get going earlier,maybe we have our shooting guard right under our nose????

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    Nice job Earl! You looked great out there.

    Kirelenko throws up another brick from 30 feet.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 5:31 a.m.

    "we need our full team and our full potential." When Williams is in there lately they Bog down. What does this tell you D-Will?

    The Jazz are to predictable, clog the paint and make the Jazz shoot outside and what have they got?

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    I do agree that the Jazz need another shooting guard that can shoot. I was hoping that could be Hayward but he's progressing rather slowly (DWill became a much better shooter after the All-star game his rookie year, maybe Hayward can focus in on things more too. I haven't given up on him yet.)

    I LOVE Ronnie Price, but he shoots 39% and is only 6'1. It's not enough.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Wow Bugoff, you seem to know more than Sloan AND DWill.


  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 29, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    Thank you KOC for finally fixing the back up PG position. It is the 2nd most important position on the team.

    That move paid dividends tonight.

    I love Watson. DWill should have learned a lot about how the team should run from watching Watson orchestrate it tonight.

    Sloan should have learned a few things also.

    More of the offense needs to run thru Millsap and AK. A shooting wing (hot CJ) totally changes the game (GET another one please, so the Jazz can win consistently).

    AJ can rebound. He does not have to be the focal point of the offense and scoring. When he is the primary focus, the offense tends to bog down.

    1. Unpack the paint with good outside shooting.

    2. Run the offense thru Millsap and AK.

    3. Give the Vets some rest so they can play intense minutes.

    4. Play decent defense, the SG and PG on the exterior and the PF/Cs on the pick and roll.

    The above will fix most of the current problems.

    Watson picked up the tempo. It made a lot of difference.

    Sloan and DWill should take notice.