Utah Jazz: Looking forward to facing Nuggets

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  • Melo is a handful
    Oct. 27, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    But since JR smith is out we should win. That is their big outside threat that spreads our defense out tremendously.

    We can handle the rest of them.

    That group of miscreants are a Jerry Springer episode in the making. I will be shocked if Billups can hold the wheels on that wagon another year. The coach does not help that is for sure.

  • re:scodyshootfight (KC)
    Oct. 27, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    totally agree people find ways to make the religion relevant even to the Jazz who last time I checked haven't had a player from BYU since Hoffa before that was probably Andy Toolson. LOL HOFFA

  • Ted Tangent
    Oct. 27, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    I'm gonna go off on a little tangent but 82 games is just way too long and add the post season afterwards makes it even longer. Playoffs should be the best of 3 or best of 5 depending on the round. I haven't researched the issue too much, but I think the NBA should wrap up before June 1st maybe even earlier.

    I have a couple reasons for wanting to see a shorter saseon. For one, shorter schedules can give the players more recovery time between games and that may lead to a fresher product on the court each night. I also think scheduling can improve, in that teams can optimize their schedules to play nights when they feel they can draw in bigger crowds. There may be other benifits, and I'm sure there are some drawbacks. But from my mind's eye I like the idea of trimming back the schedule just a little bit.

  • Big Year
    Oct. 27, 2009 3:05 p.m.

    I think the Jazz are going to have a great year that ends up with a number 2 seed and 58 wins. They can't beet the Lakers but everyone else is vulnerable. Okur worked on his body and Boozer has to prove he is worth a big contract. Brewer seems to have his shooting stroke fixed and Andre will be motivated by his return to the starting lineup. Our bench will be strong once we get Korver or Miles back along side Milsap. And our emergency players all have skills that can give us spot jump starts. Lastly Williams will be a 20/10 guy now that he is healthy and will be our late game assasin. Go Jazz! Start the season off with a win!

  • Old Port
    Oct. 27, 2009 10:49 a.m.

    Prima dona Melo is going to let last year go to his head. Go Utes!!

  • What A Long Off-Season
    Oct. 27, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    Man am I happy to see NBA resume. I don't watch baseball or football until they get into the playoffs, and golf is only a filler for me. I don't expect the Jazz to win their division but they will be a entertaining team this year. Hopefully the injury bug is done for the year and we can see what this group can do healthy. Good luvk Jazz.

  • Jazzhater72
    Oct. 27, 2009 9:56 a.m.

    Come on Nuggets.... Tear it up!!!

  • Blauch
    Oct. 27, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    Matthews, Fess, and Koufas will only get a combined 10 to 20 minute. It really is not a big deal.

    AK, Boozer, Memo, Brewer and Williams starting this year. This is the same starting lineup the Jazz used 2 seasons when the Jazz had 2nd best offense in the NBA. Each will be getting 30+ minutes.

    Millsap will be getting 30+ minutes backing up Boozer and one other player either Okur or AK. The If Koufas/Fess comes in the Jazz believe that Millsap can play SF. I think that the Jazz will let Millsap back up Okur. Maynor will be backing up Williams, Price will be backing up Brewer, but will be playing with Williams.

    The real key is Williams and AK. Over the last 3 seasons when both of these players are on the bench the Jazz are abominably bad. I think that AK plays the entire first quarter

    Williams and Boozer are the first 2 be subbed out for Millsap and Maynor - Maynor, Brewer, AK, Millsap, Okur.

    The second Quarter Williams, Price, Boozer, Millsap, Matthews/Koufas/Fes.

    To end the half - Williams, Brewer, AK, Okur and Millsap/Boozer - depending who plays better

  • Shiny
    Oct. 27, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    as long as Linas Kleiza doesnt drop 40 on us again, were good!! And he wont cuz hes playing in the Euro league!! yay!!

  • scodyshootfight (KC)
    Oct. 27, 2009 5:50 a.m.

    What was up with the Brigham Young comment? Way off topic. Last I checked, Steve played football.

  • GregH
    Oct. 27, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    I am anxious to see how Wesley Mathews will play for the first two weeks. Considering CJ and Korver will be out for a little while, Mathews should actually get some pretty good playing time at the 2 Guard. Hopefully the kid can bring his tenacity from the Pre-Season into the Regular Season. It is a toally different beast when the games actually count.

  • jbra80
    Oct. 26, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    re: The Jazz need
    I don't see how Miles/Korver help the defensive problems you listed, but all are pretty good points. Well other than the one Todd just solved. W/O Smith and the loss of Kleiza (or however that is spelled), i'm not too worried about our defense for the game. Only real concern defensively to me is how well AK and Millsap can play against Melo. If they stay out of foul trouble we'll be fine, but if they don't i see trouble because i don't see anyone else on roster w/ much of a chance at guarding Melo. This is the type of player that we could use Harpring for. Harpring frustrating the other teams best wing for 10 minutes a game is what the Jazz will miss most from past teams. With all that said, I think AK/Millsap will do fine and the Jazz will get the win. That's how I see it at least.

  • todd from santa ana
    Oct. 26, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    i though JR was suspended for the first few games dating back to issue last season

  • Chuck Nunn
    Oct. 26, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Nene is going to be pretty tough, but I believe that Fess can lean on him a bit. Andersen combines size with hustle, so the young guys will have to be on their toes. Can't wait for the game!

    Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • The Jazz need
    Oct. 26, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    Korver and CJ against DEN.

    Nene will be a handful inside. Okur may get some quick fouls and the Jazz will need Koufos and/or Fez to step up and give quality minutes. Rebounding against DEN is one Key. Blocking out Birdman is important.

    Defending the 3 is another. DEN shoots well from the outside and Brewer/Price may not be at full ability. The outside D is crucial. Not letting JR get a lot of open shots is a major concern.

    DWill should handle Billups. AK may hold down Melo.

    Martin will run wild on the inside if the inside D is poor.