Utah Jazz: Matthews draws praise for his hustle

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  • rvalens2
    Dec. 3, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    "...when was the last time someone just came in and understood Sloan's system?" @10:26 a.m.

    Uh ... I guess that would be Matthews and Maynor. Neither of them have needed 4+ years to understand Sloan's system.

    No one can argue that Maynor and Matthews have contributed mightily to the Jazz resurgence in the last few games. They might not yet understand all the intricacies of the Pro game but they are well on their way.

    I believe the reason they have done well in the Jazz system is because both played 4 years of college ball. They also had great Sloan-like coaches. Neither was coddle and had to earn his playing time.

  • Doc
    Dec. 2, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    Matthews is the future! CJ will be a solid backup. Last I checked, basketball is still being played on both ends of the floor!

  • B.R.
    Dec. 2, 2009 1:04 p.m.

    I really like them both. I really don't care who plays when. Just so they both play.

  • Miles
    Dec. 2, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    has a high ceiling,huge upside,lots of potential....

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 2, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    If wes from marquette is playing like he has been, no way you can take him off the starting card; in a short amount of time, hes done relatively alot; compared to miles, and i'm a miles fan, mostly because he has a high ceiling, but miles, truth be told, is coming along sssslloowwwllly

  • Re:Miles
    Dec. 2, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    hopefully he`ll come back and do another nose-dive,be gone 3-4 months....

  • RE; Miles bashing
    Dec. 2, 2009 10:26 a.m.

    Hey,lets give this kid a chance,he`s only 23 with huge upside,he`s only been with the team 4 + years,it takes a while to learn the system,when was the last time someone just came in and understood Sloan`s system?

  • You gotta be kidding
    Dec. 2, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    Comparing CJ Miles to Wes Matthews right now is ridiculous. Its not even close who is more valuable! Wes Matthews is 10X's better defensively and very productive offensively. His mental toughness is also 10X's that of Miles.

    Bet the Jazz wish they could take back the contract they signed with Miles, and give it to Matthews instead. The guy is the real deal. Love our Rookies!!

    Go Jazz!

  • Miles
    Dec. 2, 2009 9:46 a.m.

    CJ is out because he dived on the floor.

  • Sloanaholics
    Dec. 2, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    can you imagine Sloan STARTING a rookie and undrafted to boot,just proves Jer knows a bit more than most,Matthews has earned his playing time

  • Houdini: still waiting...
    Dec. 2, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    "Miles has potetial" CJ shows "climpses or has moments" I`m still trying to figure out how many games potential or glimpses have or will win for us.....how about none,zero,nada,zilch,miles is that young rich punk who should`ve stayed in school,Matthews,the undrafted rookie is head and shoulders the more complete and better player...not even close

  • Hollywood
    Dec. 2, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    Well, the rule is you don't lose a starting position due to an injury. But if Sloan benches Matthews in favor of CJ, he's crazy.

    Wesley is EXACTLY the type of player Utah needs at SG. He can hit an outside shot or drive to the hoop. He plays tough defense. And he knows and accepts the fact he's not going to get a ton of shots.

    Finding Matthews puts the Jazz one step ahead in revamping the roster. Jazz no longer need a SG. You can have Wesley backed up by CJ.

    Now KOC needs to find a SF or PF with the NY pick and vice versa by trading AK's expiring deal next year. I'm not counting on a Boozer trade this year. Jazz need to have Booz and Harp come off the books so they don't pay the luxury tax again next year. So Utah won't be taking on any long-term contracts in exchange for those two...unless a Gasol-like trade came up.

  • Hawaiian Fan
    Dec. 2, 2009 3:31 a.m.

    Hey did you see on ESPN that Miles and D-Will were BOTH ranked in the bottom ten defenders in the league. That surprised me for D-Will, but I think he makes up for it because he does so much. Miles on the other hand has no excuse. He's not bringing the ball up and initiating the offense every time down the floor. Once he's back we'd better see a big improvement on D, or he won't be getting any playing time- and nobody will want him in a trade either.

  • RE: Fes
    Dec. 2, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    Are you saying Dwight Horward can guard all three at once? Fes did a good job on Bynum 2 years ago. However I agree he will need some help Who Boozer? Okur? Koufos?

  • Fes
    Dec. 1, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    I like Fes and also like the way he is playing a progressing. However, Fes even when he plays well can not guard Bynum, Gasol and Odom all at once by himself. I was just watching take NO apart. All 3 of the LA bigs move very well and also move their feet on defense.

    Fes has a long ways to go before he is Dwight Howard.

  • re:anonymous
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Tell me the last time ANY NBA player was injured diving on the floor for a loose ball.

    Please tell us...even a single instance.

    You are a ridiculous negative complainer who obviously will go to any length to find fault with a Hall of Fame coach.

    You keep up your complaining and Jerry will keep on teaching basketball players what they need to know to be better at their profession.

  • No more guaranteed contracts
    Dec. 1, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    Notice a pattern here? Wes Matthews is hustling & working hard since he does not have a guaranteed contract. Boozer is finally working hard since he has to audition himself to the league when he walks from the Jazz next summer to get another contract. Guaranteed contracts should be eliminated. It can & usually does ruin a player’s motivation to work hard & improve. The rest of us in the real world do not have guaranteed paychecks.

  • nick
    Dec. 1, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    I like to earn some credit, I was hoping they were going to draft him in the second round but they didnt. Then when they signed him to orlando summer league I wanted them to sign him and a bunch of you guys were saying no way. Then I said he should make the team over Dupree and Harris and many disagreed. i then said he deserved more of a chance once the guys got hurt, now he starts and is arguably the hardest competitor out there, best defender and can slash and hit the three!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 1, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    The Jazz just need to sign Matthews to a two year contract with an option for a third year, and trade CJ. Miles has TONS of potential, but potential isn't anything unless it is realized, and Matthews is using his potential and is realizing day by day what he can do in this league.

    I'm glad Sloan is playing the rookies more this year than any other. The rooks are definitely showing that they got what it takes.

  • rvalens2
    Dec. 1, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    Matthews = Harpring

    I'll take him over Miles right now. He's barely a baby in the Jazz system. What's he going to be like by the end of the year or next season?

    Sloan isn't going to bench him in favor of Miles; unless Miles can come in and blow the rookie away. And I don't see that happening.

    Instead, I see Sloan using both of them and splitting their minutes to keep them fresh out on the court. However, that's only going to happen if Miles starts defending and playing up to his capabilities. Otherwise CJ will be the one coming off the bench to mop up the leftovers.

    To hear Sloan talk about Matthews the way he does is HIGH PRAISE indeed!


    Oh and Kudos to Fesenko, he's finally starting to get it.

    Keep improving Fess, we are going to need you when the Jazz play LA, San Antonio, Houston and Denver.

  • @ the hustle is important
    Dec. 1, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    "Too bad we don't have an answer for Gasol,Odom and Bynum."

    Hey buddy, We do have an answer for all those guys.

    He weighs 310 lbs. has a 7'4" wingspand and goes by the name of FESS.

    I've watched him shut down Yao Ming (completely), Andrew Bynum, Marc Gasol, Chris Kaman, Greg Oden, and I've seen him really slow down Tim Duncan.
    He just needs the time on the floor

  • Re: Miles
    Dec. 1, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    I have been CJ's second biggest fan behind you. He has what I believe is a lot of potential based on glimpses or moments that he has had.

    However I will tell you as his second biggest fan that you are wrong. Mathews ALL AROUND is better right now. CJ is a good defender, Mathews is a great defender. Mathews is as talented right now as CJ has been. CJ has the potential, but so does mathews

  • RE anonamiss
    Dec. 1, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    diving after loose balls tells it all... the differemce between a winner and loser.and a guy that knows hoops and a clown

  • Miles
    Dec. 1, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    CJ is still a better all around player than Matthews. Matthews is doing a good job filling in.

  • joe
    Dec. 1, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    anonymous you dont have a clue dont even waist you time on here if you dont understand hustle anymore than that......

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 1, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    Diving on the floor is how players get injured...why does Sloan think it's so macho? I'd rather have a player play smart and avoid diving after a ball that's almost impossible to get. Is one extra possession worth a nagging injury all season? It's stupid.

  • jazzman72
    Dec. 1, 2009 11:27 a.m.

    It looks like Brewer will be gone next summer. You picked up a nice gem jazz!

  • Hustle, Energy, & Effort
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:58 a.m.

    Some players have "it" and Matthews is one of them.

    Sure he is still learning and will have some nights where he has a rough go but it is clear this kid has poise and a very good Basketball IQ.

    As you examine the differences between these 4 year College players and all these young punks who come out early it is very clear what is better for the NBA and for our team.

    We have Matthews and Maynor show up (Matthews totally undrafted and they look better than alot of guys like CJ who we have coddled for years and still have seen nothing (except posting on the internet boards).

    To get a talent like Matthews undrafted you have to take your hat off to the Jazz Scouts. They scored on this one it looks like.

  • B.R.
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    @ Chico
    Man you Marquette boys ARE pretty tough. You, D Wade, Wes Matthews. They say the Marnquette girls are pretty and tough too.

    Chico Fes is the real deal. I agree we need 15 or more minutes a night out of him depending on matchups. I think with games like he has been having lately Jerry Sloan will begin to trust Fes more and more. It's good to be a Jazz fan this festive season!!

  • Reverse
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    His reverse in the game last night was awesome! He can finish at the rim. What's not to like about him?

    He finished with 17 points and only took 7 shots. That's productive!

  • The hustle is important
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:11 a.m.

    but the defensive grading system and the outside shooting are killing teams. The Jazz have been shooting around 60% but in the last 3 games the spacing has been great. The outside shots have been falling and the inside is very open.

    Some night the Jazz will struggle from the outside. Maybe the hustle and defense will carry them on that night.

    Mathews will only get better and should light a fire under CJ. When Utah plays DEN they should have a fresh AK and Brewer to guard Melo all night while Mathews guards the 2. Maybe Maynor or Price can stay in front of Lawson?

    Mathews and Brewer can tag team Kobe. Too bad we don't have an answer for Gasol,Odom and Bynum.

    The Jazz can win with defense and outside shooting. They still have some match up problems on the inside with the best teams.

    However, Sloan is starting to create a defensive culture. Something that should have been done last year. The Jazz finally have some depth so Sloan has a little leverage with the Vets.

    Amazing how getting one or two players who fix your weaknesses create wins.

    Go Jazz

  • Chico
    Nov. 30, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    "I'm a Marquette boy. We're tough"

    I couldn't agree more with #23. That reverse layup nearly looked like #23 from the finals years. If Mathews and Brewer continue to play this way and Boozer keeps his financial aspirations set high this team could beat everyone.

    Fess will be key though. we need 15 solid minutes a night out of him.