Utah Jazz: No rest for Jazz after preseason win

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  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Oops, I meant February 1, 2012.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:12 a.m.

    The Jazz have 20 games between now and February 1, 2011. In looking at who they play and what they have to play with, I am guessing that the Jazz will be 5 and 15 by then. By the end of the season, if lucky, 25 and 41.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Dec. 22, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Cheer up folks! It's almost Christmas and even though the Jazz have a ways to go, no one can deny that this year's version of the Jazz is better than the last years.

    How much better? We will know by February, at which point the Jazz can still make a few changes via trades as needed.

    Till then, let's avoid the talk about the gray dreariness and drudgery that sometimes fills our lives.

    I know, I know ... someone out there is thinking or saying "Bay Humbug!"

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Devin Harris "...we are a deep team.."

    His performance was slightly better last night but I thought his defense was probably the worst I have ever seen Monday night.

    He let his man routinely penetrate which caused our bigs to collapse and have to take fouls and/or collapse and then they were kicked out for wide open 3's.

    Everyone is patting themselves on the back last night for their defense. If you really paid attention, Portland just plain missed alot of wide open 3's that they hit Monday night in Portland.

    We all know how close the finish was and Portland hits even a few more of those wide open 3's they missed and suddenly everyone is on here whining. The misses were just misses and had little to do with improved defensive strategy or effort by the Jazz players.

    My guess is this team will be alot of Jekyll and Hyde this year.

    I watched Jefferson on multiple occasions standing flat footed on the defensive board while the Portland players hustled and got the rebound. That leopard is not going to change his spots.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Well, now we wait and see. Is consistency and sticking to a proven plan the way to go, or does toss everything out, throw some talented pieces together and see how they mesh, work better. No question there is talent there. No question they could turn out to be something, or the seed of something. Their defense will work--if they choose to make it work. Their offense is suited to high energy play and if they choose to bring energy to the building and play that way, we might see some entertaining games.
    The Jazz gave themselves a nice Christmas present last night (and let's face it-preseason or not, this was an important game) and hopes for a better new year. But in late February, the ornaments will be taken down and the colored lights and the lingering taste of eggnog will be naught but a pleasant memory. Gray snow will fill the gutters, the inversion will be making people sick and we will be preparing for another state legislature session. Will be gone on his mission. Will this team have the strength and will to warm the cockles of Jazz fans hearts, or will the gray gutter snow turn to sickening slush?