Utah Jazz: Fall apart in opener

Utah leads more most of game until 4th quarter collapse

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  • Basketballogy
    Oct. 31, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    @ @Basketballogy

    I'm with you, I want Boozer to shoot better too, but the reality is the Jazz didn't lose this game because Boozer had a poor shooting night, they lost because the Jazz gave up 114 points on the road.

    Seriously, while it would have been nice of Boozer shot better, 105 points is enough to win most games, provided you play some defense.

    Bashing Boozer has become quite fashionable with many Jazz fans, but if you want to single someone out to complain about, complain about Williams.

    Deron's defense is Jekyll and Hyde depending on if he's on the road or at home. Williams hurt the Jazz more than anyone this game with his stat stuffing performance on offense, while dogging it on defense.

    BTW, Boozers injuries are also indicative that he is trying to overachieve at his position. I like the guy, but I think he definitely would have been better off staying in Cleveland.

  • Go Jazz. I MISS HOT ROD!
    Oct. 31, 2009 3:35 p.m.

    I feel so crazy for saying this. "I miss Hot Rod." I was at work yesterday listening to the Utah Jazz game and I just couldn't get into it. Too much echo in the background and David Locke despite his stats, his energy and enthusiasm just wasn't doing it. It was interesting to hear Jeff Hornacek add his comments throughout the game but I had a hard time following what was actually going on in the game not to mention David Locke rarely mentions the actual score. He seems easily distracted. Perhaps his stats are too much of a distraction from actually announcing the game. If Hot Rod just read a few books about Positive Thinking and actually rooted for the Utah Jazz he'd be just fine.

  • Miles RE: Man-crush
    Oct. 30, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    It`s really not a man-crush,really more "boy-love" since cj is so young,he needs to be given a real chance to develope,he has so much potential and "up-side" he will be the best player ever to play the game,we just need to be patient,he`s only 23 and hasn`t had a real chance to show what he can do

  • Energy Solutions
    Oct. 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Go Fes! Go C. J.!

    D Dill, Milsap ,Kirilenko, Brewer, Price, Okur, Koufos, Mathews, and Maynor too! Go Jazz! Get er done!

  • The Solution ...
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    One guy ... CJ

  • todd from santa ana
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    If jerry understand he needs enforcers and shot blockers than Fez needs to play and quickly. It is his time. What I saw last night, I want to see more of.

    Blackwell states that Jerry knows he needs enforcers and shot blockers. Heck, he should. When Sloan played with the Bulls There was a time on the roster they had 2 7 footers in Dennis Awtrey (no talent but a big thug ask Kareem), Tom Boelwinkle (modest talent) and Clifford Ray about 6'9. Who could intimidate even at small height.

    I believe Artis Gilmore at the end of his career played for Sloan.

    The points here are if Jerry realizes all these things why did he not find a way to get "what he wants in here and so these guys could play"

    O Connor made no off season moves and frankly he could have. There were players Golden State could have worked with in particular especially when Nelson in the off season (the buffoon) complimented and talked about AK...

  • todd to dave
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    dave I know who you are, I remember your father he was brilliant broadcaster and writer, if you are going to put stuff out there, why do you not please get specific?

    The truth hurts but sometimes it is necessary

  • What you see.....
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    is what you get. Same is true to form with animals. the studs who produce winners will always do so. Those that don't never will. We only have a couple of good studs on the court and they are not tall enough to make up a championship team. Face it fans, most of you are wishful thinkers cause this Jazz team will, as formed up, never will achieve greatness....never, never, never, ever....and Amen.

    For you who attend and buy the expensive tickets, please BOOOOO the Booze next time you see him avoid body contact...that will be tomorrow night.

  • David L. Blackwell II
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    I have been involved in basketball all of my life and so was my father. You need an enforcer and a shotblocker to shut down the paint. This is not a new idea. It has always been that way. I know Jerry and Kevin are professionals. They realize this more than many of you folks do. There is something that we may not be aware of that is beyond their control. I just can not put my finger on it for sure. But I do have my ideas....

  • Nevada Fan
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    The team played hard for 3 quarters. They played so hard they wore out. Sloan needs to play the young bigs. The first team played their guts out but they aren't machines and probable don't have their legs yet. Use Fez and Koufos if for any thing else hard fouls and I mean knock some one down on the hardwood. Why Fez didn't get more PT is baffling. He change there game underneath. I don't even want to talk about the Laker beat down that's coming.

  • D. Curry
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    Listen-up Jazz fans,

    The front office didn't change a thing with this team. They still have the same defensive problems as they did last season and Sloan can't run his defense without a shot blocker. Kevin O'Connor had the entire off-season to improve this team and he sat on his hands. I wouldn't spend one dime to watch this team. Yes, they'll be good, but not great and that's all that matters for a franchise that's already been to the NBA Finals. Wake up and smell the coffee Jazz fans.

  • @basketology
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    If Boozer had hit his shots we would not be on his case. Boozer resorts to the fading jump shot when he does not want to (or cannot) go to the rim. He is at his best when he plays the rim. He is usually poor to decent when he does not.

    Okur and his outside shooting is by design. That opens space for Boozer to make his best rim moves. It also opens Okur as Okur's man has to try to double team Boozer and guard Okur. If you have noticed Ilgauskas also shoots outside. He is bigger than Okur and maybe stronger inside.

    DWill is a PG first. He shoots from the outside when he has to open up the inside. If you have noticed Korver and CJ are out (normally shoot from the outside).

    Boozer did well a couple of years ago. Things have changed. They have changed a lot since his injury. He has to prove to the whole NBA that he still has his rim game and is a 20/10 PF.

    If Boozer had played his rim game well the Jazz would have won and Boozer would be a hero.

  • @JerrySloan
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    Sloan is a good coach. He was lucky to have 2 allstars and an owner who loved continuity and one who was satisfied with making the playoffs consistently.

    Stockton would be worth a try as a replacement for Sloan. I think he actually understands Sloan's offense better than Sloan as he had to try to implement it.

    Stockton may not have the personality but Sloan does not either.

    I am not going to get on Jerry for trying some experiments with the line ups. That is exactly what he needs to do. Sometimes it will not work. But in the long run it will.

    In the mean time Sloan actually needs a couple of players. He needs an athletic wing who can shoot and defend and he needs a long athletic "real" PF. The wing is the easier part.

    He may need a better PG as both Maynor and Price have problems.

    Sloan experimented with Fez and it worked to some extent. Koufos needs to be ready. Koufos moves a little better than Fez when the other team spreads the floor and draws the C out.

  • wiseheart
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    How often must I repeat myself? The Jazz need a thug (enforcer) center to share time w/Memo, and a thug (enforcer) wing.

  • weedeater
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Is it crazy for me to think maybe losing was a gentleman's nod to the home crowd on their opening night?

    Is it even crazier to think that because the Jazz get some of the revenue for away games, and stadiums fill better when their team is winning, that the Jazz are soft on the road as a business decision? Remember, "It's a Business".

    When you play well for 3 quarters and then suddenly drop off like that it does seem like the outcome is predetermined like in "Professional Wrestling" (maybe not by mutual agreement but nonetheless). Call me crazy.

  • Re: Honestly
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:25 p.m.

    William's defense stinks..........and everyone else gets the blame for it.......He's "Diety"...haven't you heard!

  • milsap stinks
    Oct. 29, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    once again jazz over paid a player in milsap. he sure didnt play up to all the money he is getting paid.

  • Dear Steve
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    You can't spell actuary. You are a shame to all actuaries everywhere.

    Bob, who was considering becoming an actuary until he noticed your spelling

  • Jerry Sloan:
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    1,137 NBA coaching wins

    People who post on this site: 0 NBA coaching wins

    And you geniuses are calling for Sloan to be fired? Who you gonna get that's as good? Sloan gets more out of his players than anyone in the league. The Jazz players just aren't that good. (D-Will excepted). The rest of these guys couldn't win a New York city league. Lower your expectations, enjoy what you have--a playoff caliber NBA team--and enjoy life a little bit.

  • Sokol
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Put this stinky mess out of its misery...Sloan is horrible...cannot learn to call strategic time outs..
    The whole team is soft...
    We should call them the Utah Matadors...

    We are a 10th seed at best..
    Same season, same smelly team.

  • fun_times
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    i'm SURE the jazz tried to dump booz last summer, but nobody WANTED him.

  • Basketballogy
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:05 p.m.



    Not only do I not share the same views on basketball as some Jazz fans, I clearly don't share the same values and perception on LIFE either.

    And trust me, that's fine by me.

    Carlos won back to back state championships in high school, then started at Duke and won a national championship.

    Good as he was, Boozer dropped to the second round of the draft because pretty much all GMs thought he was undersized to succeed at power forward in the NBA.

    However, Boozer surprised everyone in Cleveland, but then again, he played with a 7'2 center, and a "small" forward (LeBron James) that was actually bigger than Boozer. In that line up, Boozer thrived and excelled.

    Then the geniuses in Jazz management lured him away from that situation with too much money, only to surround him with a skinny, undersized small forward, a center that won't play inside, and a point guard that wants to be Stockton AND Kobe.

    So now so-called Jazz fans beat Boozer up for not thriving as well in this lineup.

    Just brilliant.

  • honestly
    Oct. 29, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    ok - everyone- boozer doesn't play defense BUT the defender who hurts this team the most is D-Will. he has to stop the penetration someone else on the jazz has to come defend his man which leaves their guy open then D-Will doesn't rotate and wallah the other team scores puy price at the 1 and move williams to the 2 and let him score and would it take an act of god to call a time-out or play a big giy to match up or but the starters back in before things get out of control uh whose responsibility is that

  • to basketballogy
    Oct. 29, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    scapegoating Boozer??!?!?!
    he gets 12 million a year....MAKE A JUMP SHOT!
    there is NO EFFORT from Boozer...NONE...

    he should earn his keep...
    forget management and the other players....do your job on the court...PERIOD!!!

  • Basketballogy
    Oct. 29, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    I wish people would quit scapegoating Boozer and put the blame where it really belongs: Jazz management.

    The Jazz threw a lot of money at a talented but undersized power forward to get him to Utah...

    And paired him with a center who like to stand on the arc hucking 3s, leaving all the dirty work inside to the undersized power forward.

    Then there is the talented but tweener sized guard who can't decide if he is a shooting guard or a point guard...

    And while AK47 is an excellent off the ball help defender, he struggles one on one because he is too tall to guard guards, and too skinny to guard forwards.

    Face it, Jazz management acquired a bunch of good but very odd ducks, and have been trying to force these odd pieces to fit and win.

    Jazz fans obsess about the fruit when they ought to be looking at the roots.

  • @bballolgy
    Oct. 29, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    Koufos gets a rebound about every 2.5 minutes. He is better at collecting garbage than Boozer.

    Billups only used DWill at the end when Billups was well rested and DWill had carried the team all night. DWill should have posted Lawson.

    I suspect that Lawson will burn a few players until the second time they play him.

    The Jazz just flat out got beat in the draft. Lawson was an obvious steal at the time and the Jazz should have move up but as usual tried to find a high odds find in the second round. Maynor is okay assuming he develops by next year. But the Jazz could have gotten someone who is ready.

    I never did understand the Suton pick.

    The Jazz have to start drafting some athletes.

  • Wow
    Oct. 29, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    Boozer had terrible game, played with no emotion except when he yells when he missing a free throw.

    Melo scored whenever he wanted from wherever he wanted.

    A passionless loss from the Jazz, no one seemed to step up and want to make a play.

  • trueblue
    Oct. 29, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    What a bunch of cupcakes. THe Jazz just get out of peoples way when they head for the basket. I think KMart is a powder Puff, He and Mellow's chest pounding makes me want to throw up. I guess Boozer and the rest of the Jazz are scared of all their realy realy scary tattoos ! My heck Jazz, grow up and play some defense. All of these comments are not made for DWill. THat kid is a player.

  • Miles and Comma man
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    comma boy gettin under miles skin...again... it`s funny,a 12 year old outsmarting a 60 year old,funny stuff

  • The Jazz
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    are the best team to never win an NBA championship. Get rid of loozer! Same ol' Jazz, a different year. They can't ever close a game! They get in front, the lose the lead, then fall apart.

  • todd from santa ana
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    sorry about the grammar, I rushed it too quick

  • todd on lawson
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    Lawson helped turn this game around. He destroyed Brewer and Maynor.

    This is O COnnor at work for you. He drafts Suton and Maynor, Suton gone. Maynor may be a good pro, but he is too me an off guard. Lawson was traded up to #18 that is creativity and possibly us getting beat to the punch again.

    On The Spur 1st round pick. I told many this guy would work. This is why the Spurs management is so much better than ours, they were not scared of tis kid John elway type knees. Blair is a keeper.

    If Koustos and Fez do not get a chance we will be constantly had all year by long limbed, long arms and atletic size of the Aldridge's of this world.

    Watch Portland tonight.

    The way teams are beoming successful is the way Portland has become. VS Houston as I told Brad Rock this am, Oden, Lamarcus, Outlaw and Joel P challenged everything, sometimes 2 guys (good rotation) swarming the small shooter. Every Houston inside challenge, blocked or intimidation.

    o Connor take notes....

  • SJ
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    Oddly enough, I agree with Cowboy Joe. Bring back Araujo as our enforcer. If nothing else, he was tough. I remeber him getting Duncan ticked off all the time.

  • todd from santa ana
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    Kyle Korver and CJ Miles would not have made a difference. This is not how the game was lost.

    I thought "Jer" prepared the team well. However, mentally is where this team loses. The only defensive criticism i had was pointed out in giving Melo too much space on te jumper. They tried and rotated better and Melo hit some tough shots.

    However, it all changed on the 3 shot foul Dwil hit Billups-Foul or not Dwil being that close could get that call and refs call that frequently even in adult leagues. DWIL should have just let him shoot.

    Further, why Fez was not in along with Koustos when we were getting abused in 12-0 run? and Okur sat out too long... Why was Fez not back in after the 1st quarter?

    Also: Why did "Jer" not call time out when it became 85 or 86-80 instead waiting to get him back in at 80-89?

    Boozer stunk except for his cussing on mike-
    Millsap was passable
    AK was good, but after being hit in the month got soft
    players slow, heads down giving up saying "here we go again" after dunk and crash show

  • Terry M. Haimes
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:25 p.m.

    Nobody got madder or cussed Sloan any more than me but this crap about now having a team is just that. Putting Boozer, Millsap, Kirlenko and the two rookies on the floor at the same time was a mistake and lost the game. The Uki can take care of all the problems I saw last night. Sloan will adjust, the Jazz will be in the playoffs and can be the last team standing (if Sloan adjusts enough and we don't lose too many more).

  • Thought from Houdini
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    we let Denver dictate the pace,up-tempo,which is not our strong suit,we need to play our half-court,patient game,moving the ball around and finding the best shot,also Boozer has great moves around the basket,he should not be settling for jumpers,hopefully we learned something.Go Jazz

  • Basketballogy
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    Yes, Boozer had a tough shooting night, but he had 11 rebounds in 32 minutes and did what he could to help his team.

    Despite Boozer's shooting woes, the Jazz scored 105 points, more than 18 other teams have scored so far this season.

    That Jazz's offense was fine, even with Boozer struggling.

    They lost because of their defense, and Deron Williams was the main culprit.

    Billups used Williams like a rental car, and even rookie Ty Lawson, in his first ever NBA game, lit Williams up like Times Square.

    Sure, Williams had 28 points, but he more than gave it all back on the other end.

    Denver guards blew by Williams at will, causing Utah's bigs to react and opening up a lot of easy baskets for the likes of Anthony and Martin.

    It's not Boozer and AK47's fault that they have to leave their men to stop the guys the guards let go by.

    Likewise, Okur's injury made him even slower, and Nene took advantage, causing Utah's bigs to scramble to help.

    Williams pulled an Iverson and padded his stats at the expense of his team.

  • Houdini
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    We really missed both Harpring and Korver last night,both would have stood up to the "thugs from D-town"Hope to get Kyle back soon,and hopefully find someone to replace Matt,which is gonna be tough...not many around like him anymore

  • Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    Comma Man can't you come up with something more original than the babble you are posting under "miles". Who is Le Bron's? Didnt your mamma show you what the enter key does? And CJ getting max money? Even I am not that dilusional!

  • SJDY
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    Same Jazz - Different Year
    Can we please get rid of Loozer yet?

    Some things just never change and the way the Jazz man up and play on the road is one such thing.

    Oct. 29, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    Boozer looked uninterested. And he played too many minutes for how lazy he was. Millsap and Fes should have gotten more of his minutes.
    This was only the first game of the season so I'm not going to freak out like a lot of people. Just a bit disappointing to start out like that.

  • RE: We Stink 12:13 AM
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    I am afraid I have to agree with you. The Jazz kept the same players and I see little difference between their play this year over last. Look Good the First Half and become soft the Last Half.

    Why is Greg Miller paying so much for so little talent.

    AK - 16 Points 18M
    Milsap - 10 07M
    Boozer - 12 12M
    Memo - 13 09M
    Brewer - 16 02M

    Williams-28 11M.

    Based on these stats Williams is the only one who earned his salary. Maybe the others should be paid only if they double their salary in points.

    If the Jazz play this way again this year they will be 3-4 in Northern Division and IF they make the playoffs they are out in the first round.

    Come On Greg Can you really afford the Cap problem with these players?

  • The Truth
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    No one can guard Melo,Wade,Kobe in an isolation situation for more than 3 or 4 seconds. AK had plenty of stops, he just didn't get much help from the bigs. I mean you have to take something away, force him left or right. Jazz funnel to the middle, AK does that and Melo gets a layup. (Melo's plus minus was about even.) I've been watching Sloan's system for 20 years, I don't think you can win a championship with it because you don't take advantage of opportunities and matchups. Hubie said it best when Lawson was in the game that D-Will should have taken him into the post as soon as he came into the game instead Lawson killed us. Same thing for Chauncey with Brewer. We let them switch our sets and instead of exploiting it we took bad shots. Jerry if you are going to play Maynor, give him sometime early in the game. Don't just do your experimental crap and put him in to start the 4th quarter. Sloan, creativity= zero. Milsap is fine, his hustle is worth the bucks!! Go Jazz on Friday!

  • change now
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    At some point the coach has to take some of the blame for this mess. I've seen enough of jerry.
    Thanks, but its time for a change.

  • Chest to chest baby
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    WOW,now that`s funny,I`ve watched Miles and he can`t guard a water cooler,Miles,are you delusional,or using a illegal substance?

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:09 p.m.

    Same team. Same result. Can't defend an athletic scorer. Boozer didn't show up. D-Will did his thing like usual but can't do it all himself.

  • bob
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    This is the nba. Their are studs. Most people can't defend some of this players one on one which is why it is important to understand team defense. The problem with saying that AK and Brewer got beat isn't that they got beat off the dribble it is that noone got in front of them. When Fess was playing he would rotate, when Booze and Memo where playing they stayed away from the hoop in hopes of a rebound. This is why the defense sucks. The jazz need to get rid of either memo or booze. They both suck at defense. AK and DWILL player wonderful last night. Look at all the stats. + or - stat tells the whole story from last night.

  • It's hard.......
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    Living here in Laker land as a Jazz fan. The biggest difference between the Lakers and the Jazz is that from the owner down to the players. Everyone is in it to WIN. The Jazz seam to have the attitude of 'lets just be competitive and make it to the first round of the playoffs.'
    This will never change, until the entire organization is in it to 'WIN!!
    Oh well, let's enjoy another mediocre season.

  • Cowboy Joe
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    I think the Jazz need to bring back Araujo. The dude was mean and nasty. He was an enforcer and would have put Melo and Martin on their back sides. Plus he was strong enough nobody would push him around.

    Sign and draft softies than you have a soft team.]

    Anybody watch Dejuan Blair last night, the Jazz probably dropped the ball not drafting him

  • trades
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:47 p.m.

    Let the trade talk begin! dump Booze and Fez or Koufos or Memo, bring in Brook Lopez. nuff said

  • Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    CJ is the only player in the league that can stop the Kobe`s,Le Bron`s,Wade`s...we need him back now

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    It's obvious that this team needs to dump boozer. He is the problem with their chemistry and their overall play. I don't expect too much from the them until they resolve the (boozer) issue.

  • Mugged in D-town
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    we miss Harpring.Period.wonder what the Big Dog(Carr) is doing these days?????

    Oct. 29, 2009 12:16 p.m.

    There was a time when KANSAS CITY was just a farm team for the YANKEES.

    This is our time to continue that tradition by continung to supply point guards to the LAKERS.

    EASE THE PAIN of D-WILL, by trading (giving) him to the LAKERS to replace the gift we gave them when we sent FISHER to be KOBES PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

    Let D-WILL know that his "sentence" in SLC will end as soon as the LAKERS are ready to call him up to the big team.

    Be patient D-WILL, Championship Basketball is just around the corner.

  • Korver
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    would have helped spread things out,Boozer/Brewer,AK and Memo would be able to get inside,glad his surgery was sucessful,he`s the one player we really miss

  • IDjazz12
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    Lets get a few delusional things out of the way first. AK played defense last night? Whoever said that was not watching last nights game. Melo scorched him. AK had an okay shooting night but it did not tell the story. Sloan is the only coach not to call a timeout when a team makes a run until it is 10+ points. Brewer, DWill, Price, and Maynor all burned by a rookie as well as they could not keep any guard in front of them. Boozer our new SG it looks like could not hit the basket if it fell on him. Milsap looked to be standing in mud and flailing around like a fish out of water and they both just sat and watched Birdman, Melo, and Martin. Dunk and rebound dunk and they watched as if there was a meteor shower in the top of the Pepsi Center.

    Same coach, same players, same results. Welcome to the defintion of Mediocrtiy: The Utah Jazz

  • @Cowboy
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    I don't hate Boozer. If he plays well I will be the first to give hime credit. I also critize Millsap since it is deserved. Until he proves otherwise he is an over paid back up.

  • Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    CJ is by far our best man to man defender,also our best rebounder,he would have held Melo to 8-10 points,he`s our only chance

  • miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    would not have made a difference,other than shooting a bunch of bricks,and playing no d,no rebounding,he`s worthless

  • New Season....
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    Same Old Jazz. Who would have thought that not doing anything differently would yield the same results?

  • SJ
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    The Boozer jersey I bought a couple of years ago just became the new oily rag in my car's trunk.

  • SJ
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    It all starts with Boozer learning to play some defense. The other players have to bail him out which takes them away from their man and the Jazz get exploited.

    Start Millsap on Friday and rotate Okur and AK at PF with Fez and Koufas getting more playing time. Maybe not playing will wake Boozer up. Repeat everytime he fails to show up.

  • Theme for the year
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:25 a.m.

    Hey, at least the Knicks lost.

  • Numbers do Matter
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    Whine and complain all you want. It won't change the outcome. The truth is the Jazz lost, but not by much. They could have done better, but what team knows better than the Jazz about home court advantage? The Jazz lost by 5 missed baskets. "5" Bad shooting night? Maybe, but bad defense, not so much, just not as good as it needed to be away from home. The Jazz do need to step up thier intensity in the 4th quarters of games. They have always played poorly on late starting games. Jet lag? I wonder. Does Boozer need to play better? Maybe, but for now a little positive karma is needed because this is our team. We don't have to worry about getting our first loss now, so let's focus on winning. Success is only a matter of focus and one more basket made than the other team.

  • SC Jazz Fan
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    I think too many people are over-rating Fes based on last night. He was fine close to the rim on both offense and defense but it didn't take long for Karl to start spreading the floor and Fes would have to step away from the paint to cover his man. Several plays, the Nugget big would blow by Fes on the perimeter and Sloan went back to someone else. Of course many Denver players were beating their Jazz defender but Fes looked really slow away from the basket. Eventually Sloan tried a zone to try and cut down the penetration, but then Denver was getting offensive boards. If the Jazz can't stay between their man and the rim things get tough. Almost everyone got beat to the hole--Brewer, AK, Booze, Fes were the worst. Of course Brewer and AK were often getting beat by Carmelo but Brewer also got beat by Lawson. I don't recall DWill getting beat, but he was mostly defending the older and slower PG's. Some of it is just ability--Carmelo and Lawson are quick--but some of it is effort. They can do better.

  • SnowboundNuggetsFan
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:11 a.m.

    Way to go Denver Nuggets!! A great start to what is going to be a great season!

  • An Asian Perspective
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    Jazz's zone defense looked like they started playing it a week ago. Disappointed.

  • Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 11:01 a.m.

    Melo would not have dominated CJ. CJ is quicker than AK. Melo would not have gotten all those easy layups. Easy jumpshots due to spacing from his quickness. AK is slow on the perimeter. This is how you can tell a guy can play defense: His shoulders and feet are square to the offensive player on the perimeter. Anyone who squares up on defensive is basically saying, " I am better than you and you can't beat me off the dribble". AK defended Melo all night with his shoulders turned and one foot in front of the other in the retreat mode. That's a defender guarding in fear. Man up, you never saw Harpring not square up to his man. Chest to chest baby.

  • Fred in NJ
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    I guess D-Will is gradually becoming the go-to guy of the Jazz, like D-Wade of the Heat. This is not good in the system because this means our PF is not functioning well. As for defense, I see no improvement from the last year. No defense stop when we are way behind. We still don't have a good shot blocker in the middle. A rookie like Ty Lawson can kill us off the dribble.

  • I do not think
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    Fez is got it in him but he has the physical tools to become the Jazz enforcer and a team leader. Koufos could probably do it but he is to young. Maybe in a couple of years.

    Sloan is going to have to get rid of hid Veteran Bias. If the Jazz are going to lose then lose with Fez and Koufos until you can get some better players who can run the offense and play defense.

    We tried to tell you Millsap was not worth the money. You would not listen. Yes you do not want to give Boozer away but his play is making his value go down.

    The fans are not dumb they can see the same problems and they see Sloan and KOC refusing to at least try to fix them.

    I wonder what Greg saw last night?

    Isn't is about time to make some changes. You should at least get something like the Celtics for what you are paying.

    I respect that you are willing to pay. I have no respect for the continuity garbage that you have been sold. This clunker needs to be recycled.

  • Old Port
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    one down eighty one to go. relax and enjoy the ride.

  • blauch
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    The Jazz outplayed Denver (A very good team - who went to the western finals last season) the entire games outside the 1 minute and 33 second stretch in the 4th quarter where the Jazz ran an horrific lineup of Okur, Millsap, Brewer, Price and Maynor against Lawson, Billups, Anderson and Affalo). The Jazz were outscored by 7 points in that time. Add the bogus 3 free throws Billups got at the end of the third and it was a 10 straight points. That the game.

    That just lineup by Sloan. I hope we don't see that again.

    Sloan played AK pretty much every minute Antony was in. Anthony had a really good game, 30 points but during the 40 minutes he was on the court the Jazz outscored Denver by 6 points.

    It really is just those minutes that AK and William were on the bench.

    As far as Millsap/Boozer not being able to defend Nene - No one can.
    The Jazz bench get much better when Miles comes back and AK can play in with the second unit.

    Boozer/Millsap can play together - they played 400+ minutes last season and were very good

  • CB
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    With all the contact I saw I thought I was watching a touch football game. No we weren't as 'physical' as Denver, but then Denver wasn't playing basketball, it looked more like 'midnight hoops in the Bronx'.

  • j from porkopolis
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    @ "King Black," One last thing, I give credit where credit is deserved and you make some good points, however, I have to disagree with one thing, the only thing about last night that was an "EPIC FAILURE," was the Jazz. You know A.K's hair was absolutely hilarious.

  • game 1, 81 games to go
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    yeah...would have liked to see Utah win the opener..and they could have

    got to rememeber Denver is a explosive, athletic team, that is sometimes overshadowed by it's punkness and tatoos..

    but..the Jazz are missing 3 very good role players, CJ, KK and Harping, and due to injuries have to start last's yr's #1 reserve-AK..by January, at least CJ and KK will be back

    fans have been screaming for Fess to get more minutes..and this is a perfect opportunity, and he looked pretty good last nite, active with springy legs, despite such a huge body..Eric Maynor was thrown into tough situation in 4th quarter, but will learn

    sadly..Booze looks disconcerted, missing shots and playing the same non exisitent defense, but am sure he will come back..it is interesting that to close the blowout, Sloan had Kosta, Fess, Maynor, Matthews..and Carlos Boozer...an obvious slap to wake Booze up

  • j from porkopolis
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    @ "King Black"; "It's the first game"; and anyone like these two. I am quite sure my post made perfect sense, but let me spell it out for you so you make no mistake. My post wasn't necessarily meant to be all that funny, but to bring out one simple point; the only thing that has changed about the Jazz this season is A.K.'s hair. The Jazz just rolled over and died last night, it was embarrassing and pitiful. Don't make the idiotic mistake of calling fans who criticize their favorite team, "fair weather fans." I have supported this team since I was 7 years old and have no intention of quitting, but I am going to demand excellence and change if needed, as fans we deserve it. As I said before, I still hold out hope, but last night was unbelievable. Granted, it was the first game out of 82, blah, blah, blah. Don't tell me it is not a foreshadow of things to come, and don't play stupid as if last nights game wasn't important, especially when it was a game that was in our hands.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:35 a.m.

    I am actually pulling for a failed season. If we can enter the lottery after this season, we will have an amazing opportunity with NY's pick (no matter where it is) and our's as well. Hence, we need to vote for NY to tank this season (which is very likely). We could possibly have 2 draft picks next year if both NY and the Jazz tank.. What if we were to land picks one and two? Has that ever happened before?
    Also, we need to cut the Snoozer.

  • Re: miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    Would you get over your man crush with CJ?! I promise you he would not have made a difference. Since when did he become a good defender?

    The rest of you make me sick too. It's the first game it's not the end of the world!

  • Cowboy Joe
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    Brewer got burned by Billups all night. He really stunk it up on defense. Brewer only plays help defense were he can get some steals, but is lousy staying infront of his man.

  • Same Sloan
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:17 a.m.

    Different year.

    Where was Fes in the 4th? Benched in favor of small ball. No defense ball. Boozer ball.

    Get real Jerry Sloan.

    We want Fes.

  • Boozer shot
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:16 a.m.

    Jump shots all night. Hubie said it best. He is afraid to attack the rim and has been ever since he came back from injury. The Jazz lose if the PF can't or won't play the inside game and attack the rim.

    Millsap is to short. The game has changed since Barkley. Millsap can't defend tall athletic defenders. Stop deluding yourselves. He is not the future of the franchise.

    Sloan's system without an effective PF is not a winner. At least on the road.

    The Jazz can not handle speed. Lawson cut them up. DEN has the tools to do what HOU did to LA last year.

    Until a trade can be made at PF develop Koufos. Are you better off with a near rookie who is learning and tall enough or with a couple of players who know the system but who can't or won't run it the way they it is designed to run?

    It is way past time the Jazz got real.

    Stop taking players who are fatally flawed and spending 3 years to make them better knowing they will always be fatally flawed.

    Boozer/Millsap will not grow taller.

  • Re: george
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    Yes George, there really is a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny and the Jazz are going to improve...how's that for positive?

  • Jazz Cop
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    The jazz have a tendency to get thrown off when the refs call a bad game, like last night, it makes it hard to win, but finding a way to still score and play d until things settle down a little is part of the mental toughness the jazz will have eventually, in the future, the game stays close and the jazz win, They beat denver for three quarters, for the one quarter denver won, denver can thank the refs for their help.

  • Cowboy Joe to Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    First off Melo would have dominated CJ also. The only Jazz man that can guard and frustrate MELO is MATTY. No one else can come close.

    To all of you Boozer Haters, Both PFs played lousy. Millsap stunk it up also.

    Millsap is too short to be any kind of force in the league. That Jam by Melo over Millsap reminded my of Baron Davis dunking on Kirilenko in the playoffs a couple years ago

    We need a new coach, and other than DWILL a whole new team. Fes did play good, but not given enough minutes. Why didn't Slown keep him in. He wasn't doing worse than the other front court players

  • Prediction
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    As long as Jerry Sloan is the coach (dictator) of this franchise and the jazz are required to play 41 regular season games away for ESA, the jazz have not chance of finishing higher than 7 or 8 in the West.

    The jazz played poor defense last night, but if you look close and have a basic understanding of basketball, the players were doing exactly what jerry sloan tells them to do. Just one example, put a slow defender on a much quicker offensive player and tell the your defender to crowd him on the perimeter just waiting for him to go by you and break down your entire team defense. JERRY SLOAN TEACHES THIS, this is not the players fault.

    As for Ty Lawson, he could never play for Jerry Sloan, he is simply too fast in the open court to allow jerry to be comfortable because he MIGHT miss a shot and your defense can't get back, exact quote from jerry sloan.

  • Jazz fan from PHX
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    Ouch I hate losing games that we could have easily won! Sloan said it all. You have to box out and rebound and play a little more intense D. Even the ESPN commentators said the Jazz must play D-fense for 48 minutes not 36 to win on the road. It hurt to watch replays of Boozer watching the ball at the basket while some Denver player came Rumbling down the lane freely for a put back. Ouch! Ouch! it still hurts. Sloan did a great job, a couple of players did not. Put Malone on this team in his prime even with his wining and it would be a scary team!

  • Jazz Cop
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    I don't want to make excuses for the jazz, but look at the picture of anthony driving on ak, see how anthony is pushing off, that should be a foul, and it was generally the kind of things the refs let denver get away with, and that's why the jazz loss, the jazz didn't have an answer, they couldn't be equally as aggressive because they were getting called for the smallest fouls. What a joke, this makes me hate the nba, it's too typical.

  • George
    Oct. 29, 2009 10:00 a.m.

    Just blow by Boozer and attack the rim. It's free. Sloan won't put Fez back in there.

  • Jazz Cop
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    Denver hit the jazz, and the jazz didn't hit back. Sure, anthony should've been called for a flagarant, that whole period when denver came back and took the lead, denver should've been called for numerous fouls; the refs didn't save the jazz, and the jazz probably couldn't do anything, because they were at the same time getting called for ticky tack fouls like the one at the end of the third period. It's a perfect picture of incompetent refs not being aware of circumstances and letting a team get back into it through basic thuggery, which isn't good basketball. I've seen denver do this too many times, they're basically getting away with cheating, when they get down they start thugging and because they're behind they get away with it, and the nba refs should be aware of it by now, and should be stopping it. The way the refs called the game during the denver comeback doesn't leave me with the feeling that denver could've won without the refs help. It's such a joke, the refs are incompetent, why favor denver? They're generally taking advantage

  • Note what I said
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    The Lack of Defense/Offense on the road is driven by

    1.PFs who are to short.

    2. The lack of an enforcer so the whole team plays soft. Nobody has your back. Why do you think LA added headcase Artest?

    3. No way to open up the inside so the bigs and slashers have a chance to make the inside game work.

    4. Lack of speed.

    Sloan does not have the tools to run his own offense. He knows it and refuses to go get the players he needs.

    It is not the players fault. I would play soft also if I knew I was going to get may teeth knocked out. Jerry whining about soft is not going to change anything.

    If Sloan won't make the necessary moves then KOC has to. If he won't then both of them need to go now.

  • Small Ball
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    Against Denver? To start the 4th quarter? Brillant. Why wasn't Fez out there? Why wasn't Boozer on the pine after about the 3rd dunk over him?

  • re: Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    Just stop... Please... Just... Stop. Please...

  • Save the Sloan Bashing
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Millsap and Boozers lack of defense made Nene look like Karl Malone.

    These two are anything but PF's--defensively at least.

    I though Millsap was supposed to be a tough defender?

    He looked like Nenes girlfriend last night.

    What a joke.

    Boozer had an bad offensive game..it happens and it usually happens against Denver for some reason.

    I'll tell you one thing though if I was betting my money I would say Boozer is a better offensive player than Millsap is defensive.

  • Dirty Secrets 2
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    At times the Jazz played well. DWill opened up the inside from the outside. Then Maynor got abused. Brewer to some extent got abused by Lawson's speed.

    Get some speed.

    Wings can't shoot. Go get at least one wing who can shoot. Then design some outside (open up the inside) plays. You need one besides Korver. Players do get injured.

    Sloan knows exactly how to fix the problems. He has known for 2 years. He and KOC have not gotten the right players with the right capability to run the offense and play defense.

    This team needs a remake.

    Boozer/Millsap are too short. Get a real PF. Fez and Koufos are the future of the Jazz unless some trades are made. Start developing them. Your team is to short and too soft to play the Sloan system on the road.

    Okur, DWill, and to some extent AK and Brewer lead this team. That is good. They have to have some help. The PF position is a joke. That is the heart of the system.

    Koufos is not a PF but he could have done better than Boozer/Millsap last night.

  • David
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    Boozer is a no show as usual. He just wants to go spend all of his $$.

  • The Truth
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:38 a.m.

    Cheer up Jazz fans, the clips, automatic win, are coming to town that plus NY lost for those, the sky is falling lottery fans! I was looking at plus minuses for the game and our second unit was horrible. The worst, Milsap,Price and Brewer. The best for Denver Anderson, Afflalo and Lawson. AK and Fess were the only ones who had decent numbers for the Jazz. So for starters on starters we were pretty good. The bench lost the game. Got to love those 4th quarter lineups Jerry is famous for...Here is my take, the jazz struggle against athletic bigs and we have to many soft players. I thought Memo took a number of body shots trying to play D. I'll bet Carlos watched that first play when Memo went down and said, I'm having none of that!! @ Miles, really CJ on Melo, come on...AK played him well with out any defensive help behind him, you noticed who had his back...Snooze. I'd love to see AK play Melo with a legit shot blocking center behind him. I think you'd see even more of those borderline elbows. Where are the dirty Jazz??

  • Ticketholder
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    Boozer made $154,356.50 for last nights 3-14 miserable performance. Not only did he not show up, not play defense he made more money in one game than the majority of the readers here do in a year. It is time for surgery and it begins with the cancer. Trade him!

  • Sneaky Jimmy
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:34 a.m.

    Lawson was a nice pick for Denver. Maynor will be ok as the season develops. The Jazz seriously overpaid for Millsap, should have let Portland have him. I keep hearing: "the're young, the've played together for years, there is no limit to what they can do". As long as it's not above 3rd place in the northwest there is no limit. 2nd highest payroll should at least let you compete for the top spot in the NE div.

  • Dirtly Little Secrets
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:32 a.m.

    Jerry is always complaining that the Jazz are soft and that is why they lose. Well he is right.

    1. they are soft for good reason. One Sloan should know well. They have no enforcer. AK got an elbow to the mouth and the whole team lost it's inside game. AK played well but there is no one to prevent the THuggets from cheap shots much less retailiate.

    You can't run Sloan's offense on the road without an enforcer! Sloan knows that. Get a real PF. Boozer shot jumps shots all night. He was afraid to go to the rim. Stop deluding your self that Millsap's height does not matter. He got abused by Nene all night. Stop playing him at C. He is to short.

    Malone was a real PF, then Harp was somewhat of an enforcer (not as good as Malone).

    When Fez went in the Jazz stabilized. The inside attack by DEN stopped. It is not that Fez is good. Fez is big. You can't teach height.

    Play Koufos. He can get just as many garbage rebounds as Boozer. He is also big.

  • Nevada Fan
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    1st road game and of course we lose.I thought the game was great until the last minutes of the 3rd quarter. Boozer seemed to have a off night and the whole team seemed to abandon playing defense at about that point of the game. The big question for me is why coach quit playing Fes? He could of moved Okur to the 4 and played Fes he actually alter shots and Okur was on fire for awhile. Makes You wonder when DWILL'S contract is up if doesn't leave this guys. This team is very weak under the rim.

  • Bench
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:28 a.m.

    Boozer. Period.

  • Chad Ford
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    I meant Lawson was the most underrated player in the draft, not Maynerd. My bad.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Miles - AK defense was very good. Miles is not a good defensive player.

    We learned 3 things The Jazz cannot play any line without either AK or Williams on the court. END OF STORY. At no time should Millsap, Fess, Brewer, Price and Maynor be playing at the same time. You could have put Boozer in that same lineup and they would have stunk. Had Boozer hit a couple of shots in the 3rd quarter the Jazz would have had a 8 point lead going into the 4th. AK looked like a 36 minutes a games player. He really is the key. Somehow Jerry needs to figure out how to get him in with the second unit.

    The Jazz played better defense (outside of Boozer) Memo looked eager to play defense.

    Finally - Williams will have his best season. I am projecting 22 points and 11 rebounds a game.

  • Made of Scars
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    The success that the Jazz attain this season will hinge on their willingness (they have the ability) to make defensive stops.

    Sloan would be smart to reward the player's defesive efforts. Show you can shut your guy down? Get playing time. Show a willingness to rotate over and put your body on the line for help defense? Get playing time. Stop a layup with a hard foul? Get playing time.

    If somebody (talking to you Boozer) gets lazy on the defensive end and only wants to put forth effort on the offensive side of the cout - you get yanked in a heartbeat.

    Sloan needs to "reprogram" this team. His best weapon is the distribution of playing time, including who starts. That will send the correct message.

  • oldfan
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    Read this book before.
    Manangement has chosen to exceed the salary cap for this? Overpaying for medicore players and inconsistent efforts. They should be held accountable.
    Sloan's strength is also his weakness. His no nonsense approach achieves consistent play but inspires no one to greatness.
    AK began sulking and stopped playing 2 years ago - He and Jerry should be locked in a room for a while. 5mil for Jerry and 17m for AK. Come on guys. As fans, we deserve better.
    Booz - self centered player who's primary interest is a paycheck.
    Millsap - undersized, overachieving, hardworking player
    Memo - one dimensional player
    Brewer - Example of current crop of American players - Athletic guy who can dunk - where's the fundamentals and shooting?
    CJ - Makes no one around him better.
    D-Will - worth every penny - true grit!
    I am passing this year on the Jazz and their groundhog day production. For $600 per game I expect more. High School and College games for me until some changes are made.

  • Re:It's the first game
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Yeah indeed. But the pattern is old and repetitive. According to your HOF coach, team roster must be preserved. The same players have been on the roster for the past 3 years, but nothing has changed. If anything, yesterday's Jazz performance is an indication that the team, despite its roster preservation, has not improved one bit. So fans must expect the same result when all is said and done: No championship in Utah!

  • george
    Oct. 29, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Can't please everyone...Lay off...it was only the first game of an 82 game season. How about some positives???

  • Made of Scars
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    In one of the other Deseret News articles today, Sloan makes the point, "When you don't have a shot blocker, you have to guard the paint with your body."

    Therein lies a huge problem for the Jazz because Boozer absolutely hates contact on the defensive end of the floor. He almost seems to think it is "below him." I see this continuing to mushroom into a BIG problem this year.

    Watch the body language of guys like Kirilenko, Millsap and D-Will when Boozer fails to slide over for "help" defense on their man time and time again throughout the game. This will come to a head - just watch.

  • John Wicks
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    The best part of the game was the pregame in which Pace Mannion said the Jazz would win 55 games this year. Hope he knows something we all don't. Over paid slackers is all I can say!!

  • Maynor vs Lawson
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    The Jazz have to feel like the ugly step sister in comparing those two rookies last night. Lawson destroyed Maynor in the first part of a critical stretch that buried the Jazz.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    Atleast AK was rocking a new hair style!

  • SC Jazz Fan
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:48 a.m.

    I agree with "Setting the Tone" and noticed Boozer just watching the offensive rebounder dunk with no effort to defend. It drives me crazy. Boozer will have good offensive games but the new defense emphasis has not sunk in with him. Sloan says he will play someone else--we will see. Denver is a good team--most predict they will win the division. A close loss on the road to them is not suprising for any team in the league. My dis-like for Carmelo just makes it hurt worse. Ever since Carmelo said he should have been an All-star over AK years ago and implied that he knew better than the coaches who vote, he has been my least favorite player in the NBA. Last night's "I'm back" tirade was more of the same selfish, punk nonsense. You may not like Jerry's BB decisions but we will never have to deal with that craziness while he is in Utah. That is really why I am a Jazz fan although I live in SC and have never lived in Utah. The Jazz are the anti-Carmelo of the league and I am a fan!

  • Steve (the acutary)
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:46 a.m.

    THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good heavens, at least wait until 10 games into the season before declaring the thing a total loss.

  • Bear Rug
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:43 a.m.

    Get rid of Boozer!! Relegate Jerry to an assistant coach, and get a coach that really knows how to play basketball in the new century. Sloan is a good guy, and the LHM's loyalty to him is commendable. We need a new coaching philosophy, though. One that emphasizes great (not good) defense. And an offense that keys off of movement, and keeping the big men underneath, instead of beyond the 3-point line.

  • Made of Scars
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    I guess all the talk about improved defense during the pre-season was just lip service. The Jazz seem to be as "soft" as ever. Is there anybody on this roster that is going to figure out a hard foul is better than giving up a layup or dunk?

    Did Boozer work on any part of his game during the summer? Doesn't look like it. My guess is that he was too busy house hunting in Chicago/Miami. He continues to be one of the absolute worst help defenders in the league.

  • GoodGuyGary
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    '"I had some good shots - just missed 'em," Boozer said. "They're shots I've been making my whole career."'

    Very nice, Boozer.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    Hey people who dont know what they are talking about with the draft Lawson went at 18 and Maynor went at 20.

  • Made of Scars
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    The Jazz did not pass on Ty Lawson for Eric Maynor. Then Nuggets traded up to the 18th spot in the first round to get Lawson. The Jazz picked at 20th.

  • ram
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:22 a.m.

    why no hd on dish network anybody know?

  • Miles
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    No CJ. No win. Carmelo lit up AK all night long. Wouldn't have happened if CJ had been guarding him. The defense was awful all night long. The Nuggets went to the basket at will. It's not the Big's fault that our 1,2 and 3 can't stop penetration. The Nuggets walked all over us. Boozer was horrible. Millsap was horrible. Memo played with more energy than anyone on the team. Dwill needs to play some defense.

  • Jumbo Slice
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    Same old Jazz - let the crying from Jazz fans begin!

  • jazz ball
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    I'm just cheering for every team that plays the Knicks, even the hated Lakers. Championships are won in the draft.

  • Coach
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:10 a.m.

    Spectator attendance at last nights game, 19,022, including Carlos Boozer...

  • re: question
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    Yes. Lawson expressed that he did not want to go to Utah and play behind Williams, so the Jazz drafted a skinny kid from a tiny school who wasn't nearly as ready as Lawson is.

  • It's the first game
    Oct. 29, 2009 8:00 a.m.

    What a bunch of lousy, fair weather fans. One game and you are already calling for Jerry's job? If you are all so smart, then who would you like to come in and coach that could do a better job? Which power forward do you want that will do better, night in and night out, than Boozer? I'm not a huge Boozer fan either, but he's the best option that is out there. I am amazed at all the people throwing in the towel, after the first game of the year, on the road, against a team that went to the conference finals. We are missing two good outside shooters, and one of our top scorers couldn't buy a basket. It happens! Michael Jordan had off nights. I can't stand whiny fans who can't see past the last game.

  • ctoe
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:58 a.m.

    When was the last time you saw Boozer go hard to the basket and dunk it? I have seen only lightly thrown layups that clink off the rim for the past two years.

  • Cal
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    Boozer is no Super Star; his play does not even warrant starting for the Jazz. Stars in this league do not fad in and out like Boozer does. He was dominated by the Nuggets and looked pathetic. If he keeps playing like this, his trade value will continue to drop to no value at all. You can see that his heart and mind is not in the game for the Jazz. Dump him ASAP!

  • Same old
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:55 a.m.

    I thought the Jazz were looking to play better defense this year? That lasted about six minutes. I wonder how long the Jazz will be kicking themselves for the latest version of their drafting failures (Maynor over Lawson) since maynor looked absolutely lost. The Jazz will win 50 games again, beating the punching bags and getting destroyed by any team with an athletic scorer (Nuggets, Lakers, Cavs, Heat, Magic, Celtics, mavs, Spurs) which tells you where the Jazz fit in. Same old same old

  • What's A Quarter Worth?
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:55 a.m.

    Let's talk about the definition of the word "quarter" - There are FOUR of them. The Jazz (except for D-Will) just thought the game was over after three, I guess...?


    And I stayed up very late (in the Eastern time zone) for that?

  • question
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    did the jazz pass on lawson in last years draft?

  • Boozer still ...
    Oct. 29, 2009 7:07 a.m.

    Boozer still refuses to play defense. Gonna be a frustrating season.

  • TXexile
    Oct. 29, 2009 6:51 a.m.

    Rebounds are about effort, getting your butt on your man and pushing back. The much taller Nuggets guys can get over you, but it is so hard to do that without getting a call. Instead you saw Milsap and Boozer just watch people jump right by them for highlight reel dunks. Milsap is the 6th best player on a championship team. Boozer might be 5th. Williams would be 3rd. Apparently to win a championship now you need a "big 3." We have 1 of those 3 and are thus doomed. How much are we paying between AK, Boozer and Milsap? $40 million? Our 5th highest player (Okur) still makes $9 mil. Boston's 5th makes half that. This team just is not a formula for success. And the Milsap purchase has to be a bust. He works hard (before tonight) but just doesn't have the talent to go 40 minutes and produce. Milsap's +/- was a -16 today! They need to get down to at most 2 players making over $6 mil and rebuild. I am not crying about 1 loss; I am seeing a pattern here and I don't like it.

  • Scodyshootfight (KC)
    Oct. 29, 2009 6:46 a.m.

    LOL...AK's HAIR playing better D than Booze!

  • Jazz-Ralphie
    Oct. 29, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    I saw good things in this game. Love D-Will. Paul Millsap is the man. Curious to see how this matchup goes in Utah. Will the Jazz establish homecourt dominance? The heck is up with Booze?

  • frustrated
    Oct. 29, 2009 6:10 a.m.

    Well based on the first game, I would think Boozer would be lucky to get the rookie third year contract amount of what 1.5 million. 3 of 14 in a year you need to impress people to get a contract.

    So tell me, why do we pay basketball players so much in the first place! Are they curing cancer, finding a solution to poverty, a rocket sientist? They play a game, which due to an owners greed or need to have a trophy, they often try to buy it, overpay the players. Lets face it a player making 2-3 million a year, will make more in one or two seasons than the majority of the fans make in a life time of work, for what, to play a game, to provide entertainment. If you had talent to get you there, you can play like Boozer or even Fes and sit on the bench and make more money than if they actually had to go out and get a job. Koufos, did he finish his freshman year, Fes, did he go to college in Europe, what do they have to fall back on?

  • Setting the Tone
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:51 a.m.

    The defensive tone for the entire game was set when the Nuggets were ahead 3-0 and another nugget player got free in the middle. Boozer was right under the basket and could have taken two steps to challenge the shot but stood watching as he let him go in for an uncontested dunk.

    Come on, Boozer, at least make an attempt to get in front of him or at least challenge the shot from behind. How about making a statement you care by fouling him hard to send the message, "you don't want to come in here." Boozer, I'm calling you out. Step up and lead or get out of the way for good!

    Williams, Okur, and Brewer showed a lot of heart, but several others were missing in action...

  • the Mailman
    Oct. 29, 2009 5:45 a.m.

    D Will continues to show he is the man in this team and everyone else keeps going missing when games are to be won in last quarters on the road - coach included.

    But hey, anyone who expects anything different from the Jazz this year need to open their eyes a little wider..

    When you keep doing things the same as you always have, why would things turn out any different..

  • JIMI
    Oct. 29, 2009 4:59 a.m.

    same ole jazz, gonna be a long session, with 25 road losses. and an 8th seed. yahoo

  • NYJazzfan
    Oct. 29, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    No CJ and no Korver and still scoered 100 points on the road. That is improvement.

  • THEeyepatch
    Oct. 29, 2009 3:34 a.m.

    Reply to 1:32 am. If thats your argument, go back to playing Halo in your mamma's basement. Your talking about AK's hair, you got to be kidding me!

  • King Black/end of post @ j from
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:45 a.m.

    Guys calm down, geeze

    I would hate to see what the Cavs fans are saying about their team right now.
    Everybody besides Boozer played good so much for playing Maynor over Price though he needs to step up his D.
    I mean look at Milsaps numbers for the minutes he played I'd say thats pretty good besides the posterize lol.

    Utah had this game won but lost it in the 4th its not like Denver manhandled Utah the whole game like Spurs did to Hornets, or like the Magic did to whoever they played, or even like the Raptors did to Cleveland.


    for a second you seemed like you were going to have the best post.. but then I actually read past the first line..

    you make absolutley no sense at all in about 60% of that un-funny supposed to be comic type post, which is more than enough for any person to make weird faces while reading it..

    I can see what you were trying to do but that was a Big EPIC FAILURE on your part.

  • gdog3
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    Hey, don't fret. Accept reality Jazz fans. You can call for Jerry's head if you want. You can shoot a pee shooter at Greg Miller. Perhaps you want to Boo the Boozer. Whatever you do, it all boils down to the same players, road game, no defense = same team (same ole' Jazz). You know, talented, lacking heart, chemistry, or something else. Whatever it is, it is. They are lacking, and they will lose enough to cause frustration, and win enough to sneak into the playoffs. I will half pay attention to them. I hope they win, but I have better things to do with my time. My favorite Jazz season was 2003-2004 when the Jazz were supposed to be the worst NBA team of all time. They won 41 games that year, missed the playoffs, but busted their butt night in and night out. It was post Stock and Malone, but it preceded D-Will, Booz, Memo, Millsap, and Brewer. It was the AK47 of yesteryear, and a bunch of blue collar ballers (Raja Bell, Harpring, Arroyo before being delusional, Ben Hand lotion (okay Handlogten), and Beaver Cleaver. They just played ball hardcore. I miss it!!

  • Told ya
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    See you boys in Salt Lake, where Denver will add JR Smith to the roster and then the show just gets better!!! Smooth Jazz, brought to you directly from Denver!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 29, 2009 2:03 a.m.

    The first two quarters we looked like an improved team, Then old habbits of not playing D got the best of us. I think Boozer must have had the worst game of his career! Fez looked good, and Memo still has the money ball. Hopefully the Jazz can learn to buckle down and win on the road this year.

  • j from porkopolis
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:32 a.m.

    Whats that I hear... wait for it, wait for it... oh its AK's hair playing better defense than Carlos "brick the ball every shot" Boozer has ever played in his entire NBA career. Hey A.K. Zack Morris called and wants his hair-do back. By the way, Paul "I can't see because number 15 just posterized me on national television" Millsap, think before you pass, use that ounce of grey matter inside your skull. And finally, Jerry "Can't call a time out to save his life and should have quit last year" Sloan, do us all a favor and bag it up now, worst coaching ever. A.K.'s HAIR knew to call a time out the second momentum began to change in the fourth, but noooo you had to let the Jazz dig a deeper hole for themselves, as always. The only bright spot was Deron "the man" Williams who was amazing and deserves better. I know it is only the first game of the regular season, but you can't tell me that this game was not important and not a foreshadow of things to come. I hope I am wrong.

  • I am not impressed
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:13 a.m.

    Okur really played, so did DWill. This is their team now. Brewer played pretty well. AK played well.

    Lawson went thru and around Maynor and to some extent Brewer like knife thur butter.

    Nobody stopped Nene in the first half. Melo did pretty much what he wanted to. Fez seemed to alter the inside game a lot. He held down his fouls and scored some.

    Boozer and Millsap look a lot better in the box score than on the court. The Jazz would have been a lot better with Fez at C and Okur at PF. Sloan should try that. Koufos could have done better than Boozer and probably Millsap.

    I am not a Price fan but he did okay.

    Forget the continuity garbage. The Jazz had better get ready to make some moves. This team stinks for the money the Millers are paying.

    Half of the team played hard and tried. The PFs sucked their thumbs or hacked.

    The Jazz need a real PF who can play, defend and shoot. That is not Boozer nor Millsap. They also need a wing who can shoot. DWill kept them in it from outside to some extent.

  • King Black
    Oct. 29, 2009 1:01 a.m.

    Well a good game untill the end of 3rd and all of the 4th quarters.

    They showed they could play defense but for some reason at the end of the 3rd they just forgot how to play at all.

    With them just behind a few points in the fourth, it didnt help that some people could not hit wide open shots on two or three consecutive posessions(Boozer) that lead to easy fast break points for Denver that gave them the bigger lead.

    If Boozer came to play that could have easily been a win but it was like Utah only had 10 players for the day.

    But i'd say Boozer wont have too many more days like this plus its the 1st game. Hey at least they didnt get mopped like Paul and the Hornets.

    And no need for bickering Cleveland is 0-2 so I dont want any reporters or sports analyst downing Utah without downing Cavs or Hornets.

  • AZ
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    The game summary says the score was 114-104, not 105. Which was it?

  • Jonny lingo
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    Jazz will miss playoofs!

  • A repeat performance
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    of last year is in the wings.....Booze failed to show up again. Fans take control of this problem...Boo the Booze when he fails to perform.
    No D....is possible with this team. Williams can not do it alone Jerry....Jerry......Jerry, are you out there????? Nice game Denver, you all had fun in this cat and mouse game, that is until the last quarter.

  • We Stink
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:13 a.m.

    Same old stuff with DWill and bunch of roll players will not even win the division. Its time for a change it starts with the coach.

  • B.
    Oct. 29, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    Hmm. Weird.

  • wow
    Oct. 28, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    is it february yet???