Utah Jazz: Underdog Jazz hoping to shock the world in 1st round

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  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    d-will

  • YUP
    April 19, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    They shocked the world alright!.

  • awsomeron
    April 19, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    In a few day the Utah Jazz, will be like the rest of us. Able to watch the NBA Playoffs on T.V.

    The early rounds of the Playoffs are a series of meaning Games in order to make more money at the end of the season and keep the stands full with false hope.

    The Playoffs should be the Division Champions and a Wild Card or two. Not the Top 16 Teams. Eighth Place should Not a Playoff Make.

    It should be like Football or Baseball, Seven Games is also silly, in the early rounds best of 3 should more then do.

    In the 70's and 80's when I was a Sports Fan and went to Pro Basketball Games. Phoenix was was always will find a way to lose Central.

    I had enough when I figured out that regardless of the Outcome No one was sending Me a Check. Then The Phoenix Suns Drafter A Center named Bayer Forest out of Grand Canyon College an NAIA Championship School in the First Round. I knew him (we went to the same Mega Church), nice guy, but 1st Round Draft Pick Not So Much.

    I switched to News Talk.

  • Lakers in ?
    April 19, 2009 2:11 p.m.

    Now do you believe!. Lakers in 4 or whatever they want..

  • RE;Circle the wagons
    April 19, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    How old are you, you can circle the fricking wagons all you want the "Priveleged Lakers" are going to shove it down your throats with out any problem. They may be priveleged but at least they have heart, something your own fans admit the Jazz are lacking.

  • Ok
    April 19, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    Here comes the dellusional Jazz fans that want to blame the refs..The Jazz were blowing games long before the playoffs with allot more teams than just the Lakers!!!!!.. Stop making fools out of yourself and act like men. You bunch of church basketball hacks!.

  • Re:optimist
    April 19, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    Keep drinking the koolaide!.

  • tmakulant
    April 18, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    the jazz will win in 6 at home i cant believe some of the comments on here wow jazz are not that bad seriously D WILL is better than Kobe and all tjis bynum talk he is not that good of a player seriously, he is good but not as good as laker and jazz fans say he is hes a bust this is going to be a good upset. and to answer every ones question yes the jazz doubt themselves but that does not mean we as fans have to give up on them its not our faukt they win or lose and jerry sloan can only coach so much he cant go out and play let all be the 6th man tommorrow and cheer on our UTAH JAZZ to a VICTORY!!!!!

  • miles I know it all
    April 18, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    and cj is the best player in the NBA

  • Why...
    April 18, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    ...all the fuss about a 2nd rate team, in a 2nd rate city, in a 4th rate sport? This does not compute!

  • TJSgigante
    April 18, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    If the Jazz show up and play, they probably got a better shot against the Lakers then most other teams.

    It's the "showing up" part that has me worried. Sometimes you don't feel like they really care.

  • Anonymous
    April 18, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    When your supposed best player (boozer) is out with an injury all year long and right before he's ready to come back leaks out that he may opt out of his contract, I don't think your chances of winning become greater. In fact, I liked our chances better before 'Booz the Looz' came back. Later Boozer, hello Milsap!!! Hey and maybe welcome in Chris B. from Toronto if we're lucky!

  • JazzHater
    April 17, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    I know it has been a while since the Lakers of won a chamionship.....2002 i think????.....But what i do know is has been longer since the Jazz have won a championship!!!!!....oh yeah the Lakers did win 3 in a row...have the Jazz ever done that??.....Go Lakers!!!

  • Bring on KK and Fes NOW
    April 17, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Bring them on...you are not shorthanded Jerry.

    Bring them on...you are not shorthanded Jerry.

    Bring them on...you are not shorthanded Jerry.

    that is what should happen Jerry.....DO IT!!!!!

    Bring them on...you are not shorthanded Jerry.
    Better than a second verse, same as the first etc.

    Bench Boozer and Memo..thery cancel out their scoring with no DDDDDDDDDDefense.


  • Booz and AK
    April 17, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    I think the plague of this team are Booz and AK. They are not even close to worth the size of their contracts. We need to dump those contracts so we can sign someone who really wants to play. Man, even Williams has said he would take less money so that the team would have more money for signing other players. He is one of the few in the NBA that cares more about winning than the money. Something Boozer could never say! He just wants to wear his 10000 dollar suits on the bench each game.

  • D-Will is a stud
    April 17, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    If we just had 2 D-Wills we could win the whole thing. Man if our whole team just had half the heart of D-Will we would win the whole thing. Seriously think about it. If Boozer showed up to play and gave 100%, do you know how good we could be! Even the announcers of the last game criticized Boozer for the lack of hustle and jogging down the court!

  • church translator
    April 17, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    for fes... that can twitter, and translate "BLEEP" into ukranian.

  • circle the wagons
    April 17, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    around giant-killer team energy, in-the-zone focus & team D. ignore everything and everyone outside the team's circle o'trust - including jerry's negative energy and phil jackson's phantom posters on this board.

    No matter what, play UP. Step on the Lakers' privileged throats. Make them pay. Like nothing else matters.

    & get a Uk. translator for FES, throughout playoffs.

  • Putar
    April 17, 2009 6:00 p.m.

    If Boozer will defend like his next contract depended on it. Period. If Kirilenko makes good passes but doesn't shoot except on offensive put backs. No dribbling into traffic. Focuses on playing the defense that he can but hasn't played for along time. If Sloan will show up ready to coach and let biases be bygones using the best available player for game situations. Then I like our chances in game 1.

  • STEVE-O
    April 17, 2009 5:59 p.m.

    Well Miles you have the ability to critisize everybody posting, playing, or coaching. So tell us... oh wise one... what would you do to win this series? Tell me your game plan! If "We have the deepest team in the league" then surely you know how to win right?

  • Miles
    April 17, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    @Steve-O: Talk about flopping. you wanting Collins to play is the biggest flop I have read. You can't stand Collins. As far as the series, I don't think Jerry knows how to coach against Phil. Phil knows Jerry will not change a thing. Jerry is the most predictable coach in the league. No adjustments game to game. That's why we will always be what we are. We have the deepest team in the league but never use it to our advantage. Jerry plays the same players, the same minutes night in and night out whether they produce or not. Playoffs won't change that.

  • 2 home games. . .
    April 17, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    . . . home court domination ends.

  • Fedor
    April 17, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    First off, how can this type of headline run in your country? In the motherland, we print lies, we die by hand of KGB. Shame on you for fooling all Jazz fans in hopes of chance against this Laker team. Why oh why did we have to play the Lakers? Why couldn't we beat the Golden States with only 7 players....or the Minnesota's with their rookie Kevin Love owning boards. Very frustrating to know how many "should have won" games Jazz have this year. For now it is easy, I will wear my Okur T-Shirt, my Jr. Jazz jersey, bring my autographed picture of Rich Kelley and root for the Jazz with all my heart from upper bowl. What a deal....$5 season tickets? Only in America. Sadly, Lake show in 4 games. Bring out broom Jack Nicholson and rest of hollywood stars....it's a sweep.

  • The Optimist
    April 17, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Well, after listening to another day of blastings, I'm back to tell you about winning the series. Realist, this has nothing to do with my faith in God. I'm not sure he hears Sport Prayers anyway.

    This is just pure instinct that has gotten me through a lot of different things in this life. I make my statement loud & clear. The Jazz are going to dig deep and win this series in 6 or 7 games, and it is probable going to start with them taking one of the first two.

    Even the refs are not going to be able to make them go away. History is about to happen and Kobe, who may be the best basketball player on the planet right now, is going to have some explaining and whining to do with the media.

    All you who don't believe, might be stunned along with him. I'm feeling it. Don't give up hope. I know you don't think it's likely, but I think we are going to witness something special. If I'm wrong, I will take a good beating from all of you after the playoffs.

  • Wager offer
    April 17, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    I would be willing to wager, even money, that the Jazz will not be swept.

  • A sloan hater
    April 17, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    With such negativeness from the coach,

    no wonder the team has such a bad attitude,

    the coach sets the tone.


    and it doens't help he is ruining players like AK and cj miles by playnig them out position.

    and ignoring the bad defense from boozer and deron.


    but hen again he the greatest coach of them all. NOT.

  • re:What is the deuce
    April 17, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    Not fair to the underdog? To big of a whole to climb out of? What would be the point of a regular season then? The lower teams earned their spot, that is their problem. And what makes you think a team will win just one game, if they fall down 2-0. That would be the worst playoff setup ever!

  • STEVE-O
    April 17, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    The Jazz can win the series if they can shut down the roll players. Let Kobe and Gasol have their 30 points each, but don't let Vujacic get a single open look at the 3 ball. Frustrate Odem by putting AK on him. Allow Williams to play 40+ minutes a game and get Fisher in foul trouble. Sent Collins in to flop on Bynum!! That's right I'm calling for Collins!
    The Jazz gotta throw everything, including the kitchen sink at the Lakers. Put in some 3 point shooters to spread the Lakers D. If the Jazz are gonna win it is going to have to be nontraditional.
    The Jazz are NOT a typical 8 seed. They are talented and can be strong. It can happen. It will happen!!

  • Anyone else?
    April 17, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    Is anyone sick of the 15 robots the Jazz have? Every interview is the same. Boozer-"We'll go out there, and when they throw the ball up we'll see what happens." Williams- "When we play as a team we can beat anyone, we need to rebound and defend and we can win." It gets old. When is someone gonna get mad? This team is WEAK, not physically, but mentally. The Jazz will lose, they are done, and this team has to be changed to reach the ultimate goal!

  • Nice comments
    April 17, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    I like the comments of Neverending Basketball Association, and What in the deuce.

    Go Jazz. Come on Okur get ready,.....and C.J.

  • What in the deuce!
    April 17, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    Playoffs should start in the better team arena but should be only one game. The series should go....1,1,1,1,1,1,1. Going up 2 games to 0 is too big of a hole to be put into. That puts the underdog team in the dilema of winning 4 out of 5. That is pure baloney. That is why I want to go back to the old league way of doing things. Let's be fair. The current final series playing it like baseball 2-3-2 is also pure bunk. What is that?

    Go Jazz!!!!!!!!! Thump those Fakers!!!!

  • Neverending Basketball Assoc'n
    April 17, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    This league needs changing. If we can't get back to the old NBA and have a 60 game season, can we at least have a split season and call it Part A & B? Have a first half and a second half. And then have playoffs for each half? That way this marathon 82 (ungodly) game season would not cause players to literally run out of gas or breakdown. My NBA would have 60 games and every team is in it. Forget the lottery as it stands as well. Every teams is in the draft equally.

    This Jazz team is just too soft to compete with dominating big players who body bang. The officiating favors the physicality of play style.

    On subject: The Jazz have two chances- slim and none. However they can give the Lakers trouble. Any team that is dominating at home as the Jazz are can be worrisome to a more complete team like the Lakers, who have the best player in the league. They Jazz have limited tools to work with but if they can play their team help style they have a prayer. It only takes one sneaky win in Los Angeles (not LA man).

  • Hollywood
    April 17, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    Yeah, we'll defend home court just like we did against Minnesota and Golden State. Utah may win one - Lakers will come out soft in Game #3 after blowing out teh Jazz in LA.

    I've always been a Jazz fan, but we've seen what this team can do and it cannot contend. Greg and Kevin need to make MAJOR changes in the off season.

    Get rid of one-dimensional players and those with bad attitudes. Bring in a defensive-minded coach who doesn't think it is still 1980. Bring in a specialist to develop Fes and Koufos.

    Utah has a lot of depth, but not enough first-rate players. Deron is the only superstar. He's untouchable. Millsap is also a keeper. He'll never be a big star, but he has good skills and a great work ethic. Jazz need that. I like Brewer, but his lack of an outside shot is a real liability. Everyone else is tradeable if the deal is right.

  • the refs
    April 17, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    You gonna blame the refs that the Jazz could not even take Minnesota or a 7 player Golden State team at home, missing their 3 best players and half the team in foul trouble? The Jazz are outmatched. End of story. This, coming from a die hard Jazz fan. The writing is on the wall. Lakers in 5. Sad to say, but it's true!

  • Terry M. Haimes
    April 17, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Bottom line, Jazz can win, but we have to see a lot of the Russian, more of Harpering, some of the Uki (not at the end of the game) and Williams needs to play defense and run the offense not be the offense.

  • NBA
    April 17, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    are licking their chops for a Lakers-Caveliers series, I'm sure they are telling the refs to make it difficult for the Jazz to comepete with the Lakers. With that being said, "GO JAZZ!! FIGHT THE SYSTEM!!"

  • The NBA and refs
    April 17, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    will ensure ensure the Jazz will not beat the Lakers

  • Jazz fan
    April 17, 2009 2:28 p.m.

    I am sick of the fans that are in denial thinking the Jazz might win this series. Just because some of us fans see the writing on the wall ,that does not make us a fair weather fan. I have been a supporter of the Jazz for over 20 years, I love them, to the point that it gets me in trouble with my wife sometimes :) but the fact is the Jazz are not going to win deep in the playoffs with this team. Changes have to be made. Memo and Boozer cannot play on the floor together. That kills us defensively. Miles has no heart. Kirilenko needs to play with purpose and quit being so selfish. There are problems on this team. That said, the Jazz have a sweet point guard, best in the league in D Will and have some good pieces. A championship run is not in far away, if KOC will and management will grow a pair and bring in some guys even if it means taking a chance.

  • Anonymous
    April 17, 2009 2:17 p.m.

    Come on! I love the Jazz as much as anyone, but they are about to get pummeled.

    They have no heart and have completely cratered at the end of the season.

    Change is in the air...

  • FAN
    April 17, 2009 2:15 p.m.

    GO JAZZ!!!!

  • The answer is..BOSH
    April 17, 2009 2:11 p.m.

    Chris Bosh is the answer to all our problems...!
    He is a big, athletic, hard working, blue-collar style player that would give us that presence in the middle that we so desperately need. No one in the league is afraid to penetrate on the Jazz. If we had Bosh, who is tight with D-will already, and wants out of Toronto, that would give us the foundation we need to get to the promise land....!

  • Reality is......
    April 17, 2009 2:00 p.m.

    At some point...1st round or not...you have to get passed the Lakers in order to appear in the finals. Major task indeed but must happen at some point to get on top. The Jazz are a major underdog but if they play hard and with some serious heart...there is always a chance. So keep whining, complaining and picking apart ever little thing possible but remember...nothing will come of it.
    Side note: Thank you Larry for building up the Jazz to were they are today. What would SLC be without the Jazz...!

  • STEVE-O
    April 17, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    Jazz in 7!

  • Jerrys kids
    April 17, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    After the Jazz loose in the first round. We should name a street after Coach Sloan. It would be fitting if that street was a one way deadend street.

  • WEAK SAUCE
    April 17, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    Get off Boozer's back you fairweather fans, most of whom know nothing about basketball and are Jazz fans only when they win. Go cheer for the Cavs or the Nets or the Sixers (they've all made finals appearances in the last decade and that's what you're looking for). Real fans stand beside their team, such as Cub fans. Don't call yourself a fan if you can't weather bad times.

  • Jazz
    April 17, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    Might win game 4 in Salt Lake, but even that would surprise me. Jump on the Portland bandwagon they are sick!!! Not a bunch of lame, spoiled chumps like the Jazz.

  • JAZZ
    April 17, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    Remember how much fight they had while Boozer was out? Hummmm makes this one wonder if the return of the might Booze has something to do with the chemistry on the team. hummmmm

  • sparks24
    April 17, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    Win or Lose I LOVE THE UTAH JAZZ

  • underdogs | rockstars
    April 17, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    what a bunch of naysayers. if the jazz had "zero chance" of winning, they'd be out of the playoffs. But no, they're in. you might not like the odds, but they've got a shot to win. you naysayers don't climb on board the fanwagon, until some media stat or bookie calls your team the favorite. what a bunch of sheep, following the statistical herd. If stats ruled then David Locke would be a billionaire by now.

    Back off the ledge, naysayers. You have an NBA team to cheer, in the playoffs this year. The jazz are statistical underdogs now. But they still get to play. And if "amazing happens" the jazz go from underdogs to rockstars - overnight.

    Go ahead. Stay on your buzzkill bandwagon, until it's safe to hope. But you're missing all the fun.

  • wallofvoodoo
    April 17, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Good luck with that.

  • Dapper2k
    April 17, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    Amen, Mike B.

  • Please, Boozer...
    April 17, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    play some defense you slug!

  • Golden State vs. Dallas
    April 17, 2009 12:07 p.m.

    This is a bad comparison to the Jazz possibly upsetting the Lakers. Golden Start had a wildcard that the Jazz don't have. They shot an amazing percentage from the 3 point line, they had street baller athletes, which of course will not win a championship, but it was enough to upset Dallas. Also a man named Kobe Bryant was not on that Dallas team. Just face it guys the Jazz have NO CHANCE! Nada, zilch. The Lakers will give them a clinic. I am a die hard Jazz fan but the writing is on the wall!

  • Anthony
    April 17, 2009 12:07 p.m.

    "...he should worry about his team getting better and getting out of last place," (K) Martin said.

    The Nuggets, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, open the playoffs Sunday against New Orleans.

    As dirty as K Mart, I wish we have one on our roster...

  • The Truth
    April 17, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    The only chance the Jazz have is "IF" Boozer suddenly learns what Kobey learned over the past two years. That is that it is NOT "All About Him". He needs to start playing team basketball and quit worrying about his contract when the season ends. If that happens, the Jazz could win a couple. Otherwise it's vacation time after 5

  • Chadders
    April 17, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    The Jazz win it in 6. The only reason we didn't win last year was "we fouled too much" but our fouls are down. We are the best team when we have at least a day of rest. This team has had to overcome tremendous obstacles and everyone (their own "fans" included) is picking against them. The Lakers think they have already won the Championship. I think the Jazz come out on Sunday and hit them in the mouth, then the bandwagon will be filling up fast. I guess it'll just be me and Optimist on before that.

  • The Realist
    April 17, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    Lakers in five.

    Sorry, Optimist. Everybody on this message board wants the Jazz to win. We all hope the Jazz will win. But when you combine the drive the two teams have illustrated over the entire season, the talent and the way it's being applied, who has home court advantage, and the way the teams match up, we'll be lucky to win one game.

    Consider your faith idea through this analogy. You might think your god is the most benevolent and loving being capable of existing in this or any other universe. But that doesn't mean you have to support some of the things that have been created by that god. Think about things like genocide, child starvation, rape, and other atrocities. Sure, your god could stop them, but he isn't. You wouldn't praise that.

    I'm not implying that losing basketball games is the same thing as ethnic clensing. What I am saying is that it's possible, and realistic, to have faith while questioning the things that don't make sense (or outright offend us).

  • To Mike B
    April 17, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    Yes, Sloan should have been Coach of the Year multiple times. Unfortunately, this year is not one of those times.

  • Ardian Cuka
    April 17, 2009 11:54 a.m.

    Well, lots of things were said positive and negative about Jazz and the players, but one thing is very important, they all are good and healthy players, they can do whatever they want, they can beat any team they want. Now is playoffs season, what happen in the past leave it to the past, that's learn from it and move forward. I believe that if Jazz go to play with a full heart and strong mind in the game, they can beat Lakers and go to finals and get the Title for themselves, Larry H. Miller, and the fans who supports them. Go Jazz, Go Jazz don't get discouraged, we can do it, we can do it, we can win, that's the motto.

  • PhillyCoug
    April 17, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Trash talk aside, you can change attitudes and scenarios, but can you change heart? No offense Ute fans who are also Jazz fans, but the Jazz have looked just like BYU this year; a ton of talent and potential, just no heart.

  • jp
    April 17, 2009 11:45 a.m.

    I'm tired to the hyperbolic phrase "shock the world" when it comes to winning a basketball game. It's overstated and is now a cliche. Writer, use something else, 99 percent of the world doesn't know the Utah Jazz exist (nor would they care).

  • Mike B
    April 17, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    I am so sick of the fair weather fans. I might grouse about how a certain player is or isn't playing but I am a Jazz fan through and through. While I might not believe they will beat L.A. I can certainly cheer them on and show support for my team. Nothing tears the heart out of a team faster than "gutless fans" who turn on them when the team is down. You don't want to support the team, then just SHUT UP and stay home watching re-runs of the Cosby show and dream of what might have been if you had shown as much support for your team as you show vitriolic bile against them. GO JAZZ BEAT kobe and the lakers and force phil jackson into retirement and a new hairstyle. Jerry Sloan you should have been Coach of the Year multiple times not just for the teams you have coached and turned into consistent winners, but for having to put up with the media and the fickle fans who seem to forget what you have accomplished with the players you have had. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

  • Jo Bangkok
    April 17, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    Nothing to loose. Go Jazz. I will support you all from Bangkok

  • Randall
    April 17, 2009 10:32 a.m.

    Series Over/Under Is 5 Games.

  • Almond Joy
    April 17, 2009 10:29 a.m.

    Bring Morris Almond in for the injured C.J. Miles ... that'd be fun to watch.

  • Gyilkos
    April 17, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    The only way the Jazz can pull off a win and maybe the series is to play honest, good defense, limit turnovers, and score alot in the paint. If we don't execute correctly we will get 4-0'ed easy.

  • TRADE DWILL
    April 17, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    TRADE DWILL FOR STEVE BLAKE! trade carlos boozer for a chesseburger okur for robert swift trade ak miles brewer and korver for iverson! millsap kosta and knight to the knicks for crawford and lee

  • lady bug mom
    April 17, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    Go Jazz!Don't listen to the nay sayers -- just go out and kick some butt!

  • Loud and Proud Jazz fan
    April 17, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Whether the Jazz win or lose I am going to be the loudest fan I can be to show my support for the jazz because it pumps up the whole team and then they are unstoppable.

  • Be Realistic people.
    April 17, 2009 9:10 a.m.

    What make people think that with the total lack of effort they displayed during the final weeks of the season, that they can go in there and all of the sudden beat the lakers? We lost to a d-league team a few days ago. Not going to happen.

  • Sooo Glad
    April 17, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    I am sooo glad I have a winning team in Salt Lake!! ReAL Salt Lake is the best thing in this town right now! Jazz will be done before May even begins. Lakers in 4...Glad I have RSL to provide the summers entertainment and as the only professional sports team to FINALLY bring a championship to this town since the Utah Stars of the ABA!

  • Chukar
    April 17, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    To all you FAIR WEATHER FANS you know who you are, the same ones who said the Jazz wouldn't even make the playoffs, well you were wrong, even though I think it is an ouside chance at best, THE JAZZ COULD DO IT and I for one am still a fan, disappointed, but STILL A FAN
    Jazz win the second game in LA, LA takes the first one in SLC back,,,, it goes to seven
    GO JAZZ!!!!!!!!

  • true fan
    April 17, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    The Jazz are my team, win or lose, 24/7, all year long. If they tweak a few things and get a break or two, they win the whole thing. Really.

  • Jazz Cop
    April 17, 2009 8:45 a.m.

    The jazz are alot better than this shotty eight seed. However, the lakers have nothing to worry about, unless the jazz players and coaches, all get on the same page. Do the players want to know how good they really are, or are they going to stink, like they have been? A heartless effort is not going to get it done. A team effort with contributions from everyone...and the lakers aren't going to be escaping the first round without some loss, and perhaps, that's what the jazz should make as a goal, to incur as much loss for the lakers as possible. They aren't only doing a disservice to themselves, but the game, and all the other teams in the playoffs, if they don't go out and do their best to take as much from the lakers as they can.
    So, even if they don't win, at least they can leave the season with some good feelings.

  • What a bunch of
    April 17, 2009 8:35 a.m.

    losers!

  • Fess
    April 17, 2009 7:59 a.m.

    Fesenko is no better than a high school freshman center...but that is what is so great about him. He is the type that takes a head fake from the other team, goes for it, and then comes down HARD on the other player...yes, J-Slo "Hard". Blood everywhere type foul. That is what the Jazz need...some hard fouls to let the Laker's know that this is not a ballet, but a basketball game. Gasol is afraid of contact. Kobe doesn't need contact to get a foul called (thus his 3 pt plays). Vulaczek (I don't care to find out how to spell his name) Is more worried about his hair band than basketball.

    Formula to win:

    Hard contact, consistant play, Inside presence

    All things the Jazz are missing.

  • John Wicks
    April 17, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    How can all you BOZO'S write off the Jazz so fast? Last I looked the second season has not even started yet. You better give the Jazz a little more credit. They are ready to beat L.A. I would not even call it an upset when they do!!!!

  • Jazzercise
    April 17, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    Some of you Jazz fans are hilarious...

    Quote: "Fez" has the strength to go up against Bynum...

    Did you watch the last game? Please put Fez against Bynum. Bynum would be MVP of the 4 game series. For many of you fans, Koufos is this year's new "Fez". All the talk about these two helping the Jazz is a show of desperation. Koufos has 6 fouls to give? You mean, he gives Bynum and Gasol 6 possible 3-point plays.

    Quote: The Jazz have been in the playoffs more than any other team over the last 23 years...

    I love the #23 symbolism. (Jordan #23) PAY ATTENTION to this: Who cares? The only thing that statistic shows is the Jazz are consistently a decent team with a strong propensity to CHOKE when it counts. Sloan is consistently out-coached in the playoffs. Maybe that is why many (but, not all) Jazz fans bring up crazy ideas why you lose. (Refs, Stern etc.) So, close, but never can close.

    Please just don't whine about the refs and bring up stupid NBA conspiracies after you get punked. It embarrases the entire lot.

  • THEeyepatch
    April 17, 2009 4:49 a.m.

    Who would have thought the Phoenix Cards would make it the Super Bowl after losing the final regular season game to the Patriots. They just didn't lose, they got embarrased. The Jazz are now in that situation. Unfortuatly, they have to go on the road where they have the worst road record of any of the West's Playoff teams with eight wins. Terrible. Now for the good news....ahhh, we will skip the good news for now. Go Jazz!

  • Jazz
    April 17, 2009 4:41 a.m.

    The Jazz are done in 5...

  • Forget the World
    April 17, 2009 4:30 a.m.

    Just shock your avid fans by playing sold defense for once since early March by not allowing the Fakers to shoot over 50%.... well ... in at least one game.

    That is all I can ask for this VERY disappointing season. I think its time to change leadership. Salon is a great coach but after 20+ years of not winning a championship I think its time to move one. Unless all we care about is winning Division titles.

    2009 Has been a dissapointment... well execpt for the Sugar Bowl!!!

    Go Utes!!!

  • Try Koufos and Fez..PLEASE
    April 17, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    It could even re energize the fans out of curiousity. Jerry, could you arrange that serious time be given these two men who want to prove something. We know what the others can and probably will do. let them play...what have we got to lose?

    Come on Jerry.....Do it for the fans and for those young hopefuls. The Lakers have to many big men who are also very inspired....give em a chance..PLEASE.

  • Utes BYU Jazz
    April 17, 2009 12:05 a.m.

    They all stink on the national stage. This is the first playoffs I am looking forward to the off season the playoffs. I news to see if it's worth buying season tickets for next season or should gambel it in vegas?

  • Puzzled???
    April 16, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    I'm looking for where the Jazz fans are? Hello??? Where are you Jazz fans??? I've seen the Jazz do surprising things before. What's not to say they can do that just again? I've seen them play well in the playoffs more so than in the regular games. Come on guys! Root for the Jazz and bring some positiveness into the playoffs for your Jazz team!

  • Poor spelling
    April 16, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    The headline contains horrible spelling. It is FAINTHEARTED, not shorthanded.

  • fail
    April 16, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    this playoff series will mirror the regular season ... a team does not suddenly change when the playoffs begin.

    The Jazz will be tough at home, but will come up short in this one.

    Heck yeah, I hope I'm wrong ... but smart money says I won't be.

    GO JAZZ!

  • todd to FDR
    April 16, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    if he was going to do it he had to play him during the season. Magnus and others on here have said correctly the rotation is pretty much what it is now. Playoffs here. Damage done on that issue I am afraid. I agree on one issue. For some reason Okur plays Gasol decent defensively, WIsh against all centers, but make Kobe a jump shooter, IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE SOMEONE FOR HELP DEFENSE, IT WOULD BE LUKE, DEREK. THAT IS MY FEELING------SASHA HAS TO BE SHADOWED I SAID SHADOWED

  • FDR
    April 16, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    Bring up Koufos. Should have played all year. Did the same to DWill. Trying to ruin the kid. But I know him personally, he is strong inside, Jerry you'll never break his spirit. It is either for the Jazz or someone else. You'll see. Play the kid.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 16, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    what the Jazz players have to is try an block out the last month, and remember on the positive way this team played and the heart showed winning 12 in a row, I agree the issues I always mention were not exactly great but passable. It is like a cancer that has spread throughout the majority of this roster. The Miami game in my opinion was the turning point for a majority of the problems that followed. They need to forget Miami and move on. Take Care of The Heat next year.

  • Realist
    April 16, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    If you believe the Jazz are all of the sudden going to win on the road I have some prime Magna beach front property I would like to sale you. To my knowledge we racked up a 2- 17 road record against Western Conference Playoff teams. We have lost the last 11 straight games in LA. We didn't win at the Staples Center last year. But hey maybe this year we will do it. and maybe this year I will win the Power Ball.

  • Gretkzy
    April 16, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    who cares about referee rigged netball basketball. hockey is a REAL sport!!
    Let's go Rangers!!!

  • KW
    April 16, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    Lakers in 5...the Jazz will muster up 1 win in Utah for pride's sake. Other than that, the Jazz has but 2 chances...slim and none. GO LAKERS!

  • JazzFan4ever
    April 16, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    It will be fun...new season...new opportunities for success or failure...new ways to play defense and offense...mix it up, maybe a little, once in awhile...everybody expects to lose but who is everybody?...everywhere on defense and nowhere on offense...boozer time to earn that raise...AK it's a game... a game of stategy...if the Jazz win or lose play how you want to be remembered...Jazz have alot of weaknesses ... they are not alone...Jazz in 5:)...hey if your a true fan you got to believe.

  • Brettski
    April 16, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    2 points-

    1- The Jazz can't beat the Lakers
    2- The NBA is like WWE in the playoffs. LA will be playing Cleveland in the Finals. It's the best story

  • I am not...
    April 16, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    a fair weather fan...
    cheering in Utah land --(actually am closer to la-la land)

    neither am only jumping, yelling
    when Jazz is winning...

    Good lucks, Utah, hope you win!!!

    SoCalUtahJazzFan

  • Bill Dalew
    April 16, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    Honestly, I'm excited for this one. Because nobody believes the Jazz can win, they should have absolutely no pressure on them. Jazz players should be excited at the possibility of one of the biggest upsets ever. I don't know if they can win, but I do think that they will play well. However, we need Memo healthy and playing well. A lot will hinge on that.

  • Jazzguru
    April 16, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    Continued....

    The Jazz will win if....

    -Millsap plays the way he did when he had 19 straight double doubles.

    -Brevin Knight can at least keep the game steady and not have a huge drop off when he steps on the floor.

    -The Jazz have got to make someone else beat them other than Kobe. Keep him out of the paint as much as possible. Kobe can get pretty much whatever he wants, but Boston played great team defense on him last year and held him to 41% in the finals. He was forced to be a jump shooter, and he is a good shooter, but he does most of his damage when he drives and kicks or gets to the rim, and often times he gets an and 1.

    -The Jazz have to play their hearts out. If they do that, and still lose, they will have my respect. If they go out and play selfish or intimidated, they will have an early exit.

    -Last but not least, the old cliche, they HAVE GOT to put together complete games. No big let ups. If they get a lead, they need to keep it. GO JAZZ! Impossible is nothing!

  • Jazzguru
    April 16, 2009 7:16 p.m.

    The Jazz have a chance if...
    1-D Will plays the way he did when we played S.A. in the WCF 2 years ago. He averaged like 29 and 10 or something ridiculously good like that. He was getting to the rim, to the foul line and just taking names out there, he just did not have enough help.

    2-Carlos Boozer attacks the rim and gets Bynum and Gasol in foul trouble and does not keep settling for fade away jumpers. He has got to attack the rim even if he does not finish everytime.

    3-They get consistancy from there main guys- Williams, Boozer, AK, Brewer and Memo. These guys have got to be on top of their game. AK has to play like AK, he needs to block shots, get steals and bring intensity. Memo needs to show up every game. Brewer is going to be left a lot, Kobe just roamed around on d last year, he needs to make him pay.

    4-The run their offense and not just cast away shooting jumper after jumper.

    5-Here is the tough one, if they steal game 1 or 2, they have a chance!

  • The Optimist
    April 16, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    Guys, I'm not trying to take you into some dillusional belief that I think everything in the world is rosey, even in the Jazz world. I have had more setbacks in my own life than I can believe at times.

    There are sometimes decisions are made in faith and hope, and that's what get me through. However, there are some things that are just in the gut. That is what this is.

    I criticize the Jazz as much as anybody, and you're right. That needs to happen now & then, but, it has been words of encouragement from family & friends that have helped me bounce back and take me further than I ever thought was possible. I'm just saying to be proud of the fact we have a team here, and be more supportive.

    That being said, I'm still saying that we are winning this series. It's just something I feel, despite all of the odds against it. I feel the Jazz are going to dig deep and find something they didn't know they had. Maybe they're the Tin Man, who is getting a heart that he didn't know he already had.

  • Jazz have Talent
    April 16, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    The Jazz have plenty of talent....however they are missing a couple of key players.....Looking forward to a real power forward and a real center.....then the Jazz will be a contender. We already have the outside shooting, when allowed!!!!

    Go Jazz....give it your all ! We're not counting you out ! If it doesn't happen this year....there's always next year!!!

    We still love you Jazz!

  • gdog3gtb
    April 16, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    Saying Sloan is tough carries some street cred. But optimistic? Find me a coach in NBA history with more gloom and doom than Jerry. Sloan's team hasn't taken on his personality as a tough bunch. This years squad has the softest defense the Jazz have ever had. However, they sure have taken on Jerry's pessimism. Right now, there is no belief in each other in that locker room. Talent? YES!! Heart? Questionable. Chemistry? Absolutely not!! It's hard to make changes when giving up on talent, but stupidity would be continuing on a failed experiment again next year. Are we in it to make the playoffs, or make a run at the prize?

  • Is it possible. . .
    April 16, 2009 6:27 p.m.

    . . . that Koufos could play any worse interior defense that what we've all been witnessing lately? Uh, give me a minute, let me think, uh, nope. The Jazz are going to have the throw the kitchen sink at L.A.'s big (and good) front line. I'd give Koufos the call if it were me, but then I'm far too rational.

  • gdog3gtb
    April 16, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    Oh optimist! Your not going with your gut but with your heart. That's fine. If you want to win the lottery, just say it will happen. Do you want to buy my tickets as well. Just manifesting everything you want will change everything right? Look, we need fans like you, but you need us as well. You said you are a Sloan lover, yet you have nothing in common with him that I can see. Sloan isn't a praise everybody all the time guy. You say that's all we should ever do as fans. However, you have labelled those of us that have doubt or criticism in the Jazz as pathetic losers. Heck, the Jazz doubt themselves even if you think they are going to win. It goes deeper than us cheering them on. I submit to you that the 1994 Nuggets didn't have more faith than Jazz fans now. The Jazz just have more talent and shouldn't be an 8 seed. That's their fault, not the fans. Look at the great home record of the Jazz over the years. The road record is always sub par. Is that the fans fault as well?

  • gdog3gtb
    April 16, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    Response to optimist: Having faith in the Jazz is not the equivalent of having faith in your family, friends, or even the lifespan of your materials. What role do you play with the Jazz? It's your pocketbook and cheering (Luther Wright gear/tickets/voice ect..). I said cheering, but don't think boos aren't needed for balance. Come now optimist. What are you trying to say? The Jazz will win because you want them to. Faith needs a foundational predicate. Are you saying you never criticize the Jazz? If so, then do you support everything they do as a collective whole? Praise and criticism are a necessary part of sports for fans, coaches, and players (like it or not). Example: A coach needs to compliment and reprimand. Seriously, cheer on the Jazz if you want. Just know that there are plenty of Jazz fans doing the same that exercise a voice unlike yours. Jazz players appreciate their fans more than you. Most fans are full of crap. Yet sometimes a profound thought rings true. When it does, it can come from either the "love the Jazz no matter what crowd" and the "what was Sloan thinking crowd" (reality).

  • The Truth
    April 16, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    WOW!! is all I have to say about the posts on this story! The Jazz are my hero's, no they are not, they are a bunch of babies, no they are not, if we all believed they would win!!....Man delusional fans vs the negatives with few sound takes in between!! ya got to love it! Unfortunately, the realists and the negatives are going to win out in this battle when it comes to the Lakers and the shorthanded Jazz. Please just give some sound reasons as to why the Jazz can win other than Rose colored glasses drama!! Even Magnus took them off weeks ago! Hey D-will has a big advantage in this series, Fish is older and not playing well, and Farmer isn't playing well either. That gives the Jazz a start if they can get some consistent production from their bigs on the boards and defense. The Jazz seriously need to mix it up! They need to smack the Lakers in the mouth right from the start and show them this is the Jazz of the 80's! don't come in the lane!! Then I'll start to believe!

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    April 16, 2009 5:07 p.m.

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  • KK
    April 16, 2009 4:56 p.m.

    It's the start of a new season. All slates are clean and everyone is 0-0. Minus the home-court advantage of the Lakers, I feel that the Jazz aren't just going to lay down like many of you "so-called" fans. Wow! Get behind your team and show your support. If you were real fans you would be glad your team was in the playoffs! I will be there and I will be supportive and make it known. I am proud to say I was one of the few who didn't boo the team off the floor against Golden State. If you hate them so bad, give me your tickets and I will enjoy the playoffs. GO JAZZ!!!!!! Shut these naysayers up!

  • Cheers to the Jazz
    April 16, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    Not all Jazz fans are fair weather!!! The Jazz made the playoffs in spite of huge obstacles!!

    Not all of the Jazz players are shirkers! Give some credit to the nucleus that still play with energy and heart ! Williams, Brewer, Milsap, Korver, and Harpring give it their all every time they step on the floor!

    The Jazz will survive and be a better team! Let's keep our nucleus playing hard and hopefully the rest of the team will follow suit!

    We need the whole team to jell at the same time....if not this year....well .....we can look forward to next year!

    The Jazz still need us cheering for them! What we don't need are negative fans and sports writers!

  • re:Jazz Optimist
    April 16, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    Nice to see we still have some real fans. I admire your passion, I hope you are right. If they are going to win they have got to man up on defense, and they need to have consistancy from Memo, Ak, Boozer, Brewer. D Will is going to bring it every game. It honestly will take the Jazz playing better than they have played at any point this season to win the series. Is it possible? Yes it is, is it probable? No. The game is played for a reason though, just ask the '94 Sonics and the '07 Mavericks.

  • todd to magnus
    April 16, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    have good day to all, Magnus i do agree on your minutes estimation for the roster, experimenting cannot be done now we basically have to keep in tune Fez and Price it will be hard unfortunately now to give them time in this series-we will see

  • The Optimist
    April 16, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    You know, if we spent more time praising the Jazz and talking about the good things they do, we might see a different team at times.

    Don't you ever have a bad day, week or even month at work.

    I'm sure they check out a lot of the media blitz that goes on. Talk about being demoralized.

    We have a ton of talent. We have the ability to beat any team, any time. Maybe what the Jazz need is a little more faith and optimism from their fans.

    I once again state, that we are going to win this series. It is something I truly believe in. I hope to hear from some of you when this happens. Everybody band together and make this a cheer up session to get the boys back on track. Let them know that we are excited to have them in the playoffs. There are 14 teams that aren't.

    What could give us more joy than pulling off the biggest upset in NBA history. I could even put up with losing the finals, if we could take Kobe & Co. out in the first round

  • todd on hgh
    April 16, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    my hero...Optimist, you may feel to realize this but "we all want to be optimists" I want to have someone I can believe in that will provide a gameplan that can best as possible combat the "fakers". I hate them, you do not even imagine how much I wish my takes would end up being wrong if we go far in the playoffs. Like you I want hope. That is why I elected to not say anything negative until after the playoffs. Do not be nieve. The players know through contact, family and friends the posts and they are aware of them. They will not change but they are aware it. We have enough problems in this matchup without adding to it. After the playoffs "optimist" though I may not be so cordial....

  • Jazzdude
    April 16, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    I am a die hard Jazz fan. However, coming out and saying the Lakers ARE going to win this series does not make me less of a fan. The Jazz just do not match up with L.A why? Here is why:

    L.A's bigs- Pao Gasol- he is better than any big we have. Andrew Bynum- He is a scorer in the post and a shot blocker, this presents a problem for our short big men. Lamar Odom- Take him away from the series last year and the Jazz would have won that series. The Jazz almost beat L.A. last yr, but had no answer for Odom.
    Now, let me just say the Lakers have the best player on this planet, Kobe Bryant. Combine their advantage with their bigs with the fact that they have Kobe, and where can you even think the Jazz can pull this off?

    The Jazz have locker room issues, AK is no longer that AK that is all over the place, Boozer is still not 100% and has bad defense, Memo is hurt and has bad defense. The Jazz have no chance. They might push this to 6 if they dig deep.

  • Huge JAZZ FAN
    April 16, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    We're doooooooooooomed! is there a mercy rule before the playoff starts? Williams should demand a trade to real a squad; we're pitiful! GO JAZZ! Sloooooaaaaaannn! We still have Karl Malone... I wonder if he's going to get his jersey retired as a Laker?!? wouldn't blame him.

  • jp
    April 16, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    Even if Koufos is recalled, Sloan would not play him except in garbage time. It's the same old same old, even when we need a chancge. Our system is broken, replace the status quo (Sloan).

  • The Optimist
    April 16, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    Yes HGH, I am a Sloan lover. I like most things about the Utah Jazz franchise. Normally, I don't say a lot of pessimistic things, but the fans on this sight are rediculous bandwagon people at times. I believe true fans have to support their team through thick and thin.

    I have feelings about things sometimes, and I just feel we are giving up too quickly on the Jazz this year. Yes, it has been a disappointing end of season. I, who am a very emotional fan, have been disappointed more that once.

    I also watch a lot of other NBA games and see their teams and fans go through the same kind of stretches.

    Something about the last bunch of games has me questioning a lot of things. That, combined with some impressions I have, are making me feel like we are going to be a completely different team in the Playoffs.

    I really truly believe we are going to win this series in 6 or 7 games. There ya go. I'm feeling it. Even if we lost the first 3 games, I'm going with my gut on this one, and still say we win.

  • True Jazz Fans Still Believe
    April 16, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    IF the Lakers win, they will have to win in 7, because the Jazz are not going to lose in SLC! IF the Lakers advance, they will do it physically worn down and pushed to the limit of a 7 game series. The team needs us fans. Let's remind Kobe and the Lakers where the greatest Home Court advantage in the league is still in Utah. I want to see a physical slugfest. D-Will gets it and this season left no question that this is his team! He will not let this team go down without a fight.

  • re: Optimist
    April 16, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    You must be a Sloan lover-
    "saddest bunch of fans"
    "pathetic losers"
    "pitiful lives"
    "pathetic and bad mouthed".

    So apart from childish name calling, why are the Jazz going to win?

    You are the one who will be eating his words after this series.

    HGH

  • The Optimist
    April 16, 2009 3:26 p.m.

    Once again, I am coming to let you know that the Jazz are going to win this series. You people are the saddest bunch of fans I have ever seen. If I were the Jazz, I would be totally embarrased of the kind of fans they have. You are the pathetic losers. I'm sure you have the same half hearted faith in everything else you do in your pitiful lives too. There is no hope and joy without faith in who you believe in. Jump on the L.A. bandwagon and be there pathetic and bad mouthed fans. We, who believe in, and enjoy the Jazz want to talk with other fans who have faith. The Jazz will win this series. After we win our first game, all you losers will be back here shouting Hail Mary's to all the team. Then I wish Carlos or Deron would get on this sight and tell you that they don't need your kind of support. Every team goes through there stumbling blocks. The Jazz will win this series and send Kobe packing for a long summer, so he can plot his revenge for next year. Go Jazz!!!!

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    Hey all you people that have no faith, the bandwagon will be coming around after the jazz steal one of the first two in LA and make it a series. Feel free to jump on like all you UTE fans who jump the bandwagon when they won. It's no suprise, but quit bagging the jazz and have some faith for cryin out loud

  • Kinda Sad
    April 16, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    When the biggest fan on posts seems to be someone from LA. What ever happened to "for better or worse" - Oh yeah - thats marriage.

    I for one will still cheer to the end, get frustrated with the mess ups - go crazy over the great plays, and love the fact that we have a team of our own in Utah!! Not the california Lakers, or the Texas Spurs - they are a city - WE are a state!! We do have one advantage over all the others. :) Just trying to be as optomistic as possible. :)

  • underdog
    April 16, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    a beautiful thing in sports happens when everyone is counting you out. teams can be very very dangerous if they play like they have nothing to lose. they play to win, instead of playing not to lose. there is a big difference there. they are more aggressive in their game plan. and something happens to the favorite when all you hear is that you will walk all over your opponent, you start to believe it and take plays off or whatever. do i think the jazz will win the series? not really, i hope they do. i just hope the jazz play like they have nothing to lose instead of just folding and bowing out. if the jazz win one of the first two games this could be an interesting series. if they get confidence going that what will make the jazz tougher to beat.

  • TODD FROM SANTA ANA
    April 16, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    EXCEPT FRANKS TEAM TOOK THE GREAT LAKERS TO 7 WITH A TEAM THAT GAVE IT ALL ON THE FLOOR EVERY NIGHT, BOB HANSEN WAS A HUGE CATALYST TO THAT TEAM. WE NEED THIS KIND EFFORT NOW.....WE WERE ALSO #8 SEED THAT LOST IN QUARTERFINALS TO TEAM THAT WON THE TITKE

  • Koufos
    April 16, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    Bring Koufos up from the D league now the day before the playoffs? He should have been on the team all year. Bring him up to what,to wave a towel at the end of the bench? This is typical Sloan coaching. I'm with RLM send Sloan to the developmental league.

  • Chuck Nunn
    April 16, 2009 2:41 p.m.

    Have to disagree with UkJazz. Fesenko has the strength to go up against Bynum in the post. That said, I still think Koufos would be beneficial for the Jazz in this upcoming series. The two 7 footers could be potent reserves to put in some minutes against the Lakers' two 7 footers, Bynum and Gasol. More over on Oracle later.

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • Always hope
    April 16, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    Everyone thinks the Lakers are going to steamroll right through the Jazz, but I don't think that will be the case. They still have to play the games and Utah is still a very good team, regardless of their recent slump. I'm not saying they are going to win the series, but if they protect home court, they only have to be good enough to steal one road game, which is very possible.

  • Any close games?
    April 16, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    Reminds me of the Lakers and Jazz in the 80's with Layden and Riley, maybe a little bit of entertainment value but everyone knows who will win.

  • magnus
    April 16, 2009 2:19 p.m.

    I like theHOYT...

    I think I want to be his friend, and watch a playoff game with him.

  • RLM
    April 16, 2009 2:19 p.m.

    Here's a provocative thought: Bring Flash Coach Brad Jones up to coach the Jazz and send Jerry Sloan down to the "D" League. After all, Sloan hasn't changed anything in his coaching for 20 years, still detests the three-point shot which has become so popular with the great NBA shooters, continues to defend thos shots, and every team coach and players in the NBA know exactly what the Jazz is going to attempt to do....emphasis on "attempt."

  • Magnum
    April 16, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    The only true comment is "The fat lady has sang". Let's get rid of some of our dead beat players.

  • Hopeless in SLC
    April 16, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    "Jazz pull of the upset and win at home in 6!!"

    Someone just hopped on the crazy train. I hate to admit it, but there is absolutely 0% chance the Jazz beat the Lakers in a best of 7 series. We'll be lucky to win one.

  • UkJazz
    April 16, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    Koufus is a better option than Fez, and as we are undersized against the Lakers his presence can only help us.

    The Jazz have got a mulligan, a fresh start, the regular season ended v badly, time for a new attitude.

    Sloan's teams have apparently been know for defense, (well not in the last few years) time to get back to those ways.....


    GO JAZZ !!!!!

  • Jazz Win!!
    April 16, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Everyone is down on the Jazz, but if they catch fire, LA better look out. Kobe will once again be the difference in this series. If the Jazz can keep him away from the freethrow line, this could be a series.

    Jazz pull of the upset and win at home in 6!!

  • TheHOYT
    April 16, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    The Jazz wont win the Championship this year, but they are not in a bad spot.

    Let's step back for a moment:

    The Jazz finished the regular season with a .585 winning percentage, almost 60% I wouldn't call that a bad thing. Also, that winning percentage comes after major injuries to D-Will and Boozer.

    Does anybody remember the 12-game win streak? Does any body recall Milsap's double-double streak as a starter?

    Not only that, but if management decides to deconstruct this team they've got a lot to work with! Three valuable expiring contracts, the Knicks draft rights, and if we loose Boozer, we've got a good young player in Milsap who could be a starter on most NBA teams.

    Not only that, the Playoffs aren't over people! I'm not saying that the Jazz will beat LA (but I pray for it), the probably wont, but stranger things have happened (Golden State over Dallas anybody?).

  • KOUFAS
    April 16, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    i say recall koufas and let him compete in the middle with the laker's big 3. gasol, bynum, and odom are just to big to match up with. i think they send collins to the d league. i dont know how many times the other night he let the lakers bigs get deep position in the paint where they could just turn and shoot. i mean you teach 5th graders to not let the opposing team get that deep. plus koufas is an energy guy that really help during playoff run. he is more active and more of a threat to score. the jazz need him to compete on the offensive and defensive glass. and when are the jazz gonna learn that odom is left handed? they just let him come across the middle to his left and foul him giving him a three point play opportunity. but i will say i think this series will be closer than most think. all the pressure is on the lakers.

  • NM jazz fan
    April 16, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    At least Kuofos can give 6 more fouls on Bynum, Odom, or Gasol. If we can't wear down their 3 big men we'll be done in 5.

  • ECR
    April 16, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    12:37 "...what a boring , losing pattern year after year.."

    Now pay attention. Check the statistics and you will find that the Jazz have been in the playoffs as consistently than any other team in the NBA overthe past 23 years - including LA, Boston, Chicago, San Antonio - any of them. No, they haven't won the big one but they have provided excitement and enjoyment to those who love basketball.

    "boring, losing pattern, year after year?" Hardly. They played in the Western Conference finals in 2007! As I said - PAY ATTENTION.

  • Preparation
    April 16, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    I'll tell you Jazz fans how to prepare for the first-round playoff series:

    Buy a broom.

  • matjazzz
    April 16, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    4-1, we will win only one game at home, first two in L.A. will end up minus 20 points, we have zero chance, the mentality of this team isn,`t good enough to overcome Lakers... hope for the next year and well used draft pick from NY.

  • B-man
    April 16, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    We can beat the Lakers come on already, all you Utah UTE fans are the the same way about the Jazz you only like them when they are winning.

  • re: LA Jazz Fan
    April 16, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    Based on the way the Jazz played to close out the season I do not think there is pride or heart or anything else that resembles strength/toughness.

    WEAK is all that comes to mind--mentally and physically.

    There is nothing else to describe the last couple of weeks other than a total meltdown. Sure their schedule was tough but they lost some games that should not have been tough. Those games were only tough because we have too many sissies on this team named Boozer and Okur.

    If those two are all this team has to defend the rim then they will never get anywhere in the post season.

    We will win a token game-credit the fans though-I doubt we will get swept.

    May as well put Koufus and Fess in the lineup and give them some minutes--not that they will affect the outcome but let them get a feel for the intensity.

    Hopefully Booz and Okur are gone and we get some real BIGs that at least give us a chance. This rebuilding process could take years.

    When was the last time there was ZERO chance in the playoffs?

    A dark day for Jazz fans.

  • Wiley Old School
    April 16, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    If they bring up Koufus, it'd better be to play serious minutes. I don't care if he struggles and the Jazz get swept... I think this young guy is going to be solid but he needs the playing time.

    In fact at this point, I wouldn't care if management looked at this round as "camp" and played players who they want to evaluate for next season, especially KK and Fes.

  • L.A. Jazz Fan
    April 16, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    So many of you are quick to dump this Jazz team. I understand the anger/frustration that each fan feels to some extent. However, remember that the Jazz beat the Lakers once this year (in the midst of injury issues with Boozer). Don't discount the heart and pride of this team. I know, that sounds a little funny. You ask what heart? Remember, the Jazz stumbled to the finish line in 2007 and faced a home-court advantaged Rockettes team.

    I know, they have more injury issues this time around. And the Lakers are a better opponent. But, while I believe the Lakers should be favored without question, they still have to play the game. The Lakers have not won in Utah this year. The Jazz are 48-34. They are not making the playoffs at 39-43 like Detroit. This is a team that would have home-court were it playing a series in the east (they'd be 4th out there).

    So, let's not be so cynical. The Jazz are not the Clippers of this season remember! They are a proud bunch even if it doesn't look that way.

    Go Jazz!!!

  • Steve
    April 16, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    Yeah, but Devaney also predicted the Pistons would take the Cavs to 5. The Pistons are a much worse team than the Jazz, and the Cavs are a better team than the Lakers. There's no logic to his thinking. The man is a Lakers fan, and always favors the Lakers in his predictions.

    I don't think the Jazz stand much of a chance at beating the Lakers in this series, but I don't think they'll get swept either.

  • bye , bye Jazz!
    April 16, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    what a boring , losing pattern year after year...should be named after some soap opera as in who cares and the system is based on the good ol' days which never produced a championship in the first...you'd have to pay me to watch these guys!

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2
    April 16, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    Sean Devaney's prediction from Yahoo! Sports website:

    "1. Lakers vs. 8. Jazz: On March 10, the Jazz had won 15 of 16 and were shaping up to be a West force. But they went 7-11 from there. Now, they're first-round fodder. Lakers in 4."

    This was the only one of the eight first round matches for which he predicted a sweep.

  • Take a chance
    April 16, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    on Koufos. We'll need lots of offense against the Lakers. Let Koufos bang with Bynum.

  • Forfeit
    April 16, 2009 12:25 p.m.

    Is it possible to just forfeit in the NBA playoffs and avoid the embarrassment that gutless, heartless performances will bring?

    I'm sure "shorthanded" will be the excuse when the Lakers blow the Jazz out of the water in this series. Too bad we couldn't be like the Golden State Warriors and find a way to win on the road with only 7 players.

  • As if...
    April 16, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    As if it would make any difference!

  • We Certainly
    April 16, 2009 12:19 p.m.

    Wouldn't want to add an active body that might play a little defense to the mix, now would we? Someone that clearly showed that he wanted to play in this league before he was banished?

  • JazzFan
    April 16, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    What difference would calling him up make? NONE!

    Lakers win all four!

  • Thats it
    April 16, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    We are TOAST.