Jazz future not too far off

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  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    Jazz players do not have the confidence to beat the lakers. They believe when the game is over the lakers win. Proof is in the pudding. Until they can get over this hump the results will be the same home or away..

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    The Lakers were a one man show, and they kept feeding him and he kept up the performance.

    The Jazzkept feeding Harris, Hayward, Burks, and CJ and none of them performed and the Jazz got beat by a Laker team that let Luke Walton play. Do you know how bad he is? Do you know how old Derek Fisher is? Taking solace in getting beat by the Lakers is awful when you consider how mediocre their team is this season.

    The Jazz should feel good on holding Bynum to less than 18 points, they should feel great they held the Lakers to 12 points in the 4th quarter. After that their good feelings should go and hide.

    Hayward has to have a place on the floor where he can hit 90% from and that is where he should have taken the ball to. He takes it to the rim quite often but is not comfortable there so he won't shoot. In all honesty he had no business being inserted in the game with a minute left, poor call by Corbin and the team paid the price.

    Hopefully the coach learns from this one.

  • YoungBloodJazz REXBURG, ID
    Jan. 13, 2012 1:26 a.m.

    This game was a good measuring stick for the Jazz's progress so far; they are not a playoff team. Playoff teams win on the road and playoff teams take care of home court. The Lakers are very beatable and we couldn't make plays when it mattered. Millsap was great, but he was the only player who seemed to want to win to give it 100%. He was the only one who didn't play like he wasn't intimidated and took it into the teeth of the Lakers defense. I like Al Jefferson but he's got to learn to pass better, he'd benefit from watching some film of Tim Duncan. We need to trade Harris for Andre Miller today!

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    Actually, I don't see the Laker dominance of the Jazz coming to an end.

    This year's Lakers team is not nearly as good as last years. They're down, we held Gasol and Bynum pretty much in check with strong defense, but Kobe still got whatever shots he wanted and he hit just under half of them, especially at key moments.

    These are the games we think about at the end of the season when you're 1 game out of a playoff spot hoping for other teams to lose so we can sneak into the postseason.

    Wish we had Kobe's killer instinct. Instead, we're supposed to feel good about being competitive against our biggest rival.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    The only thing i would have done different is double Kobe from the start, make someone else beat u. That was the same way that Jerry coached. Get beat by someone other than there best player. If i coached against the Jazz they wouldn't see anything but a zone defense, until they prove they can shoot from the outside.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    Loved seeing Paul Milslap Gasol.

    Hayward is really good at getting to the hoop but he tries to dish it out way too much. Last night we need him to take that big time shot and he gave it up to Jefferson. Hayward's shooting percentage would go way up too if he actually took all the layups he creates for himself.

    Might need to bring in a coach who can teach him to use his body to get a better angle at the basket.

    Mostly he just needs to stop being so shy.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    @ CJ Miles

    That whole +- stat is useless. It does not factor WHEN the players were on the floor. What about the 3 wide open jumpers Miles missed from the baseline when the Jazz really needed them. I am not hating on CJ, but you act like the guy is Jordan. If I were the coach CJ would be at the end of the bench and would play only if the team were in foul trouble.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 12, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Yet again, a lot of negative comments by my fellow Jazz fans.

    Can't you see that the Laker's domination over the Jazz is coming to a close ... and soon?

    The game was an exciting nail biter, more like a playoff game. While I was disappointed in the loss I saw a lot of reasons why Jazz fans should revel in what the future is going to bring.

    Do any of you doubt that Kanter, Favors, Burks and Howard are going to improve by the time the playoffs arrive? I sure don't. If I were the Lakers I would be asking myself, "How in the world are we going to beat these guys if they get any better?"

    The Laker's own coach said it best, "They have the chance to be good for a long time."

    I for one, believe him.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 12, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    With their improved defense, turnover ratio, and rebounding, the Jazz could be really good if their guards and wings started averaging above 30% 3pt shooting and above 40% overall shooting (yes that low would make a huge difference compared to the current season averages).

  • sanpaco Sandy, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Stupid Lakers!

  • 4D Draper, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    Obvious problem was Gordon Hayward and Devin Harris last night. Between both of them they played 51 minutes, and shot 2-14 while only scoring five points. Thats not going to get the job done

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    The Lakers won... That is all that matters!

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 12, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    The comments of Jazz Source re Jefferson are right on. After what -- six years in the league? -- he doesn't seem to be able to tailor his game to the opponents he's facing. That he played over 30 minutes and got two foul shots is very telling. Can't our coaching staff teach him how to use that wonderful big body to attack the rim and draw fouls??

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Cj Miles isn't any better thn Bell. You are looking at a +7 on the night but yet he missed multiple shots that could have handed the jazz the game. (wide open shots). Don't get to excited about keeping the game close. 2 weeks ago we got blown out on the road so until we can keep a game close on the road I wouldnt be getting to confident. I love my Jazz but lets be real they still have a long ways to go.

    go Jazz

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 12, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    Jazz Source: Not one started had a =/- in the positive numbers. CJ on the floor, a +7. I wonder why? Bell and Hayward stink!!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Disappointing loss but certainly a dramatically better team and effort than we saw during the early blowout losses.

    If you go back and watch the end of regulation shot though Bell did not even lift his arms to contest Kobes shot. Bell deserves zero credit on that possession. Kobe had a wide open uncontested look at the rim.

    Second Al Jeffersons inability to do anything offensively predetermines we will never beat the Lakers when it matters as long as he is here and is a go-to guy on this team.

    Millsap struggled initially to but what did he do? He adjusted his game to get his shots off. He pulled Gasol further out and put the ball on the floor and used his speed to get by him.

    AJ? Duuuhhhh....just kept on doing the same old thing which involved shooting straight into Bynums and Gasols outstretched arms. Zero ability to adjust which is a sad statement of a supposed go-to veteran.

    Hayward has had a couple of decent games but overall I'm disappointed in his results so far. Missing open shots, not taking shots he should, passing too much/wrong situations.

    CJ is not even D-League.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    I've said it before, the Jazz are coming along well, and we seem to have a lot of talented depth. I too think the best is yet to come from this team...

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Jan. 12, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    @ FAN WVC,

    Facts are facts. Thats why they keep score. If the Jazz do nothing but entertain we are losers.

  • sportsfan2k10 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Good game. Great article. The Jazz's shots will start to fall with time and they will start winning! Plenty of effort. Keep it up. Go Jazz!

  • Fan WVC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 2:18 a.m.

    Why be negative. What a great entertaining game.This is all I'm hoping for all year.Win or lose. Still just only entertainment.Great play by Hayward to get ball to Jefferson,better play by Bynam.Great game.

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Jan. 12, 2012 12:02 a.m.

    Only if they learn how to shoot the ball...