Utah Jazz notebook: Miles regaining legs, confidence

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  • @ Miles
    Dec. 12, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    When hasn't CJ's guy scored better than 50%? I am thinking of the playoffs last year when Kobe kept calling for the ball when CJ was on him. Kobe knows way more about basketball than either of us and he knows Miles is a defensive liability.

  • Gojazz
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    Sure, CJ's been ok on the offensive side, but dont forget about him getting those 3 fouls in less than 5 minutes, on Thursday night. In my mind he'll have to play Tenacious D in order to get that SF job back.

    dont forget about Wesley matthews either, he's been playing terrific lately.

  • Houdini:Re Todd
    Dec. 12, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    Good point,I don`t think he`s been contested once,almost any decent shooter can make wide-open shots,lets see what happens when they get up on him...I already know what will happen....CLANK

  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    I agree about CJ he seems to make a better effort at doing many things well when he gets off/

    In my opinion, teams will start making adjustments and maybe will ready and all over CJ when he cherry picks and shoots batting practice "3s".

    As time goes on, teams will not give him so many open looks, he will have to really develop a pump fake and other moves to create and get to the hoop. He can do this, work for cutter and his dishing. He could have a lot more assists from this as well, possibly more free throws.

  • CJ`s
    Dec. 12, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    Guy always scores easily,cause he gets by him,and someone else ends up havin to pick him up after he`s burned Miles,terrible defense by CJ

  • Miles
    Dec. 12, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    @ Confused: Name on person that has shot over 50% on CJ, let alone 65%. CJ's shooting percentage since coming back is better than his opponents.

    Plus Dude, Kobe scores 30 on everyone

  • Doug
    Dec. 12, 2009 11:54 a.m.

    re: Bankshot7

    Are you and I watching the same team? You suggest when Korver comes back we will be a better team? Did you know he shoots the 59% best in the NBA percentage. Both Okur and Dwill have higher percentages, so does my grandmother for that matter. Korver is trade fodder and not much more.

    And you want to trade Boozer for another big man, as a reality test ask yourself which big man (Boozer is currently ranked third among NBA pf's) will come to Utah. Boozer is one of only 2 NBA players that are averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. That means Boozer and not Gasol, nor Bynum nor Dirk nor Duncan nor Stoudamire has those numbers. You did not mention any names did you have someone in mind?

    Perhaps our efforts should be to get the man some help rather than "trade Boozer". Sometimes we are too close to the trees to see the forest.

  • Confused
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    People who focus too much on stats give CJ (as Boozer) too much credit. If he scores 20 while shooting 50% but his guy scores 25 while shooting 65%, the guy is a loss. The real key on defense is still Boozer. CJ makes no effort to contain and if Booz and Memo aren't rotating over then CJ's guy will score. And Boozer's defense on Howard only worked because Howard hasn't learned to not bring the ball down in the post. You never see Bynum and Gasol do that. Anyway, CJ does need to do more than score. He needs to contain. Guys like Kobe will get their 30 points but it is up to whomever is guarding him to make sure it happens while shooting 30%, not 60%.

  • bergstro
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    I've started reading the comments that follow Jazz stories only for their comedic value. You people are ridiculous. You would all be happy if we started Koufus, Fesenko, Matthews, Williams, and Harpring on crutches, all coached by anybody but Sloan. There is a reason you people aren't running anything.

  • Miles
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    IF Matthews is the answer, why is our record 13 - 9? Other teams don't respect Matthews on the offensive end and they pack it in. When CJ is on the floor, they know he is going to shoot if they don't guard him. He has no fear in taking the shot. Unlike Brewer, who prays when shooting from outside that he will hit the rim.

    Brewer needs to sit against the Lakers so that Kobe has to play some defense. Brewer allows him to rest for half the game.

    CJ, if Jerry lets him play, will give take the Jazz to the next level.

  • Comments Tickle Me
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:16 a.m.

    You all talk about C.J. and Mathews now. Have you forgot that Brewer and A.K. are not worth the paper their contracts are written on? Neither of them rebounds, are as good as defenders as you think and for sure are both terrible shooters! These 2 along with Boozer need to find new addresses. Watch the games fans, are you blind? After ridding myself of these three the next thing would be to unload Sloan, Johnson and Layden. Bring on Doug Collins, Hornacek, and Harpring PLEASE!

  • CJ Miles
    Dec. 12, 2009 10:05 a.m.

    has put on a few pounds it looks like baby fat,compare him to Brewer or Matthews,they`re cut,Miles is loose and flabby,he has no toughness,very soft,maybe put down the video games and spend some time in the gym ? how bout it CJ ?

  • CL
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:54 a.m.

    Re: Forgive me: It's not as though what you say it not true, that has been the patern for the last couple of years but I'm hoping that as CJ is getting older and maturing that he is understanding how to play better and that he will become more consistant and that all the potential we talk about will start to be realized. Lets hope so, only time will tell.
    Mathews defense is great to see and until CJ matches that I hope Mathews keeps starting. How many minutes each gets should depend on how they are playing in each game. Hopefully Mathews D will be an example to CJ and push him to develope that part of his game.
    I'm hoping Fes will be feeling good enough to play tonight. He needs to get playing time, so he can develope. We need him in the middle.

  • CJ
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    let`s see what he does tonight against kobe,will CJ show up?

  • Forgive me!!
    Dec. 12, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    Forgive me for being skeptical and don't get me wrong because I would be happier than anyone if CJ could CONSISTENTLY string together some performances like he did against the Magic.

    He has been here for 4 years plus now and we hear lots about potential and we live on that for 5 games and then 1 game he shows up and then he hibernates like a bear for 5 more games.

    Somebody needs to knock it into CJ that there is more to basketball than just "his shot".

    He comes out, jacks a couple up, and if they go then he will play better. If "his shot" does not go then he drops his head, won't play defense, rebound, or do much of anything except log minutes that actually helps the team.

    Matthews on the other hand is struggling with his shot but defensively he contributes on almost every play.

    Yoo-hoo!! CJ? Are you listening? The scary thing is that he probably does read these boards--he seems more concerned with tweeting on Twitter than getting better for his team.


  • Original one trick pony
    Dec. 12, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    Miles shoots,shoots and shoots some more,that`s all you`ll get from him,no tough defense,no rebounds,assists,nothing but long range jumpers,sometimes they go in,more often than not,they don`t

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 12, 2009 6:50 a.m.

    Toast? These articles areall a jinx. hahaha, miles is a funny guy. 3 good gamesin a row, suddenly hes a dynamic basketball player, ahahahah! he needs to work on that fourth quarter d, but hes looking big.

  • Bankshot7
    Dec. 11, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    Miles is a great kid and plays hard. He has worked hard on his phisique and it show on the floor where he demonstrates greater durability around the basket. I love his soft shot and he will be a super star in short time. If Korver comes back to full strength, we will be a very difficult team to beat. I just wish they would trade Boozer for a different big man. Not that he isn't playing great because he is but because I think he is a distraction and keeps the team from being consistant. Go Jazz!!!!