Utah Jazz: Injury-riddled team tries to recover to face Raptors

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  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 9, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    I would encourage a firing of KOC, and let the Jazz start over with better management.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 9, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    The Jazz just have too many injured players who need to heal. Only time off and therapy are going to get them better. It's a bad break for the team and likely means they are going to miss the playoffs this year.

    But there is a silver lining. After the season ends, the Jazz are going to have draft picks galore, money and at least one sizable expiring contract to trade.

    We will also have to say goodbye to this incarnation of the Jazz, as I expect them to lose at least 2 and more than likely 3 players from the current team. But whatever happens (barring a lockout) the future looks bright and the team should be much improved next season.

    Let's all hope the ping pong balls bring the Jazz the number one pick in the draft.

  • Fuzzbrain Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 8, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    I'm being sarcastic of course, yet realistic when I say the Jazz should change their name to the Utah Back Spasms. Kirilenko is a gametime decision against the Raptors in the next game, due to...back spasms. I have back spasms, they don't feel good. But I've never missed a single day of work from having them. I'm sure it's a universal name for excusing players due to a variety of ailments. Still it seems like at least one player on the team has been out due to back spasms, all season long. Of course DWill had a brain spasm and got himself traded to one of the worst teams in the league (again--sarcasm; and I'd be willing to bet he doesn't stay with the Nets).

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    March 8, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    It may be wise to play some ZONE on D. The Jazz are giving up a lot of 3s anyway. Further, Stat and Melo pretty much scored at will inside. I am not sure it would be any worse playing some type of zone D.

    The Raps rank 29th in 3 point attempts and 30th in 3 shooting percentage.

    Play zone until they prove they can bust it. A zone would help all of the new players. That is especially true if Hayward has to replace AK and Favors replaces Millsap.

    The Jazz help D is out of sync and that is a major problem with the D. Most of them do not switch on time.

    Corbin can demonstrate some flexibility and try something that has a chance of working or he can try to outscore TOR.

    That will tell a lot about if he is Jerry Jr.

    At least try it and see what happens. The D could not get much worse.

  • JazzRule Bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Thanks Old Timer, I enjoy your posts. I am going to enjoy watching the Rooks on the floor :)

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    March 8, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    One sure gets what the "instant gratification" & "now generation meaning is when you look in paticular to the Jazz fans we have in today"s world. We want a miracle and want to make the playoffs. For what? To try an assemble some injured players and get swept in the first round? We made a great trade fans, now please have some patience and see how our owners and team management tweak this team in the off season with the expendable players and draft picks we will have. I think the future looks bright. Old coaches with ancient philosophies and players that don't want to compete will be history next season and a new coaching staff will be able to get players they are satisfied with. It's almost spring time fans, get into something that doesn't irritate you for the summer. See all of you next season!

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    Jazz will have to go 15-3 to make the playoffs, and prolly still need some help due to tiebreakers. No chance with the injuries & upcoming schedule, it is what it is, get the kids some much-needed experience. I still think the DW trade was the best long-term move, and bless Sloan's heart, but 23 years and no rings, it was time.

    Not like the Jazz were doing anything the couple weeks before DW & Sloan left.

    Props to Big Al, really feel badly for him, just has to be a terrible deja vu, but I hope he hangs in there.

  • SnipeHookyoFace Farmington, UT
    March 8, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    This team needs a whole new philosophy. These guys aren't talented enough to win a scoring match, but they should be gritty enough to play some freakin' DEFENSE. Am I the only one that sees that the Jazz were at their best (November) when they focused on getting stops rather than scoring points??? It's amazing how much a team can falter defensively. I can understand scoring slumps but defense is just a matter of WILL and DESIRE. I've seen it once with this group and it was in Indiana. C'mon Corbin focus on DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!

  • duke5 vancouver, wa
    March 8, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Can't recover from death. Let's start over>

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    March 8, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    KOC = Worst GM in NBA outside of Michael Jordan and Joe Dumars.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 8, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    I agree with Houdini; Let the vetrans heal, let the young un's play and if they make the playoffs they will be healthier. If they end up with two lottery picks it can do nothing but help them whether they trade or use them. I still think the Williams trade was a fantastic move my the Jazz. The Jazz really came out ahead.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 8, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    I`m for cutting the starter minutes way down,letting AK,Memo and Millsap get healthy.Play the youngsters,let`s see what we`ve got.Harris,Millsap,AK,AJ are all proven players,showcase miles maybe we can get NJ to bite (D-will`s bro) lets give Corbin a fresh start next season.He was really dealt a bad hand with all the turmoil and injuries.GO JAZZ

  • cedar Holladay, UT
    March 8, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    am i right should they have traded ak before the trade deadline as now they have to pay the seventeen million now. they could have got something and maybe a high draft pick and saved all the money. now he will have a owchie for the rest of the season and he probly will be a free agent and go to new jersey as he knows the owner. darn.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Injury riddled? More like no-talent riddled... or no-jump shot riddled... or no-perimeter defense riddled... or no interior defense riddled...

    Prop to Millsap for playing Monday night. I'd understand if he sits out Wednesday, but I really hope he doesn't!

  • chiefbrady Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I say the Jazz should just pull a 1996 San Antonio (when they went 20-62 - the year before Duncan was to be #1) and tank the rest of the season. With any luck, they'll get another top 10 draft choice and put together something long term.