Utah Jazz: Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur out for tonight's game

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  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    I agree when Fes recieved meaningful minutes we were winning and had a very successful 2nd unit anchored by Fesenko's defensive presence in the middle. They were bailing the starters out of a 1st quarter hole. Alot more rebounds were going our way as well. He's not the total answer as of yet, but we need a center and he's the closest thing we have to one right now. Why not see if more playing would improve his performance? What other options do we have at this point?

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 31, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    Hopefully, bye, bye Sloan!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Chuck, I agree with you but like I've said for a while now, I don't have any trust in Sloan that he will play Fes and trust that he will give them what they need. Sloan needs to play Fes like he did Eaton and not worry about his contributions on the offensive end of the floor. When Fes plays significant minutes it usually results in the Jazz outscoring their opponents. That is why he has the best (or one of ) plus/ minus 's on the team.
    The most disaappointing thing to me is the lack of effort and fire I see in the players, they don't seem to care that much if they win or lose. I don't see them with that fire and determnation to win.
    DWill sometimes tries to do too much on his own but at least he cares and is trying to do all he can to win. I don't see it in alot of the players, especially CJ.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    Okur's struggles have been unfortunate, to say the least. He's a great player and a great guy, and to see this happen to him is heartbreaking.

    On another note, hopefully Coach will see fit to give Fesenko meaningful minutes at center. He struggled a bit last night after missing three games, but he has a role to play on this team, and when given the opportunity, he fulfills it. All those miraculous comebacks earlier in the season started when he was on the floor, providing defense and a little bit of scoring, again, playing his role with the other guys on the court. That's the biggest difference between what happened then and what's happening now. Once Memo is back in game shape, he needs to play at PF alongside Fes in the second unit, and then the Jazz will have some of that size and length on the floor for parts of the game that they've been lacking.