Utah Jazz small forwards come up small in production

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 26, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    It is obvious tht there is something wrong with Hayward's mental focus. Right now, he just doesn't fit in. When he passed up an open shot that could have won a previous game from in close and passed it with no success, I knew right away that something is wrong with how he fits in with the team. He passes the ball and never gets it back. In that case, he should shoot when he has the chance. Everyone else is. Look at Millsap's assists. He scores but he passes. That cannot be said about most of the other players. I watched various highlights and saw right away that the Jazz do not block out on defense. When they played the Mavericks, every Jazz shot in the paint was contested by four Mavericks with plenty of boxing out.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    oldcougar - I don't think it is Corbin telling Hayward to pass up open shots. I think it is Haywards recent shooting success that is telling himself not to shoot. His 3 pt percent is abysmal.

    Look, I'm one of the biggest Hayward fans around. I know he does more for the team than hits the stat sheet. He is a player that helps everyone on the floor be better. However, if he is going to be the kind of player the Jazz need to build the future on - he needs to start stepping up in close games and showing himself to be a threat on the offensive end.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    I think Hayward shoot take more of his open shots...it's obvious he's instructed to play his role and get the ball to the designated "shooters." But he passes up so many open looks. I believe he translates instructions to "pass, not shoot" as coach's lack of confidence in him and thus he is gun shy when he actually must take a shot.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 12:57 a.m.

    In the overtimes, it would appear to have been smarter for Coach Corbin to play the player who was 4 for 11 rather than the player that was 1 for 9 (especially whereas CJ was very "cold" on offense early in the game, but had become pretty "hot" on offense by the time he was taken out in the second half)--just sayin'.