Utah Jazz: A 23-point turnaround lifts Utah past Portland

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  • Gordon over Jimmer CORONA, CA
    Dec. 25, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    C Kanter 6'11"
    PF Favors 6'10"
    SF Evans 6'10"
    SG hayward 6'8"
    PG burks 6'6"

    This could potentially be Utah's starting line up one day. A couple years ago our biggest weakness was that we weren't tall enough to be able to compete with the top level teams in the league like the Lakers. I get goosebumps just thinking that this could one day possibly be our starting five if they all pan out to be good players. Thats a lot of blocked shots right there.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 23, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Evans needs more PT, yes he can make a 15 foot jumper. He also needs to come in with watson, they obviously have a great chemistry. Howard seems to have most of his speed and quickness back but needs to prove he can shoot from perimeter before he starts at the 3.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    just have faith with this team...and expect to have a rough couple of years...Once the Young Guns find their footing...teams should really watch out for us...Kanter...is a rebounding machine....and loves the contact...Favors has the highest ceiling among them...and could turn out to be the Main Man...Hayward would be the Manu Ginobili of our team....does everything...Alec Burks would be a great wing as well....let's all just have patience...and not to have too high expectations towards them...just wait and let them grow....

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 23, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    Oh the leading scorer was the great CJ Miles. Hurry trade him while he has value. I hear the NJ Nets need some players.

  • onetobeamup Murray, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    @JazzFan86 - this draft has exactly what the Jazz need - a true PG. Check out Kendall Marshall in NC and Myck Kabongo in TX. The fact this draft is C/PF heavy is to the Jazz advantage as our picks will probably be in the 8-12 range which is exactly where they could be.

  • YouthforEagar MONROE, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    The Jazz are struggling to get things going. The Jazz are going to make the playoffs.

  • jazzfan86 American Fork, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    To all those saying look to the draft next year, what exactly are you looking at? Its deep at basically PF and that's it. Look at ESPN top ten draft board, it has 6 power forwards being taken in the top ten. Now if Favors or Kanter is our PF of the future then what good would it be to take one next year with a top ten pick? Then look at the other options, Drummond is a C with 35% free throw percentage (potential yes but over-rated in my opinion). Basically if the ping pong balls fall our way we have a shot at Barnes but more likely we're looking at Beal or Lamb. Both good role players but I don't see either as being a franchise player. Lastly no point guards worth taking with a top ten pick, unfortunately that's what we need most.

  • coach hines Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    The last minute or so watching the jazz try to advance the ball up court or throw an inbounds pass looked more like 'jr jazz'! Not enough time in the two-a-days to practice under pressure?!?

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    I could care less about the Portland Trailblazers. Whether they make the playoffs or not doesn't matter to me. I'm sure going to enjoy watching this Jazz team develop though and it's only a matter of time before they move up in the west. Probably won't happen this year but the future is bright for this team. Portland will try to sign Jazz players when the become free agents because they don't how to spot talent in young players on their own. Hopefully the Jazz can lock up these young guys with long term deals.

  • Ravenal Somewhere in, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    @ Portland Trail Blazer,

    Congrats on becoming the hedgehog of Utah Jazz articles.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    @ JailBlazer

    So you think Portland has a chance at homecourt against Dallas, OKC, both teams in L.A and San Antonio? I thought Portland had educated fans. Not to mention Camby got hurt again, Oden is hurt again, Roy is gone, and Aldridge is your go to guy. Aldridge is good and all, but superstars for the teams you will be contending with are Dirk, Durant, Paul and Griffin, Kobe, Ginobili and Duncan (they are old, but still a good combo) Aldridge is not on their level.

  • Walter Bellhaven Las Vegas, Nevada
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    @ Doug10, wondering how you figure Hornacek isn't doing his job well???? You sometimes have random, unsubstantiated comments on here.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    Portland jailBlazer


  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Utah is fighting not to be in last place in the west while portland could contend for homecourt in the playoffs.

    Two franchises going in opposite directions.

    Jazz title contenders in 3 years?! Let me ask Miami, Boston, Chicago, Oklahoma City, both Clippers and Lakers, and New York if Utah is a title contender in 50 years....

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    It's cute when two fanbases (Portland and Utah) argue about which team is going to get the last playoff slot.

  • Crotty Kid Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    Like we've all been saying since the day the Jazz didn't match the offer sheet, we should have kept Matthews. Hopefully the Jazz brass learned their lesson and can hang onto unheralded young players like Jeremy Evans. He will be an excellent player even though he doesn't get as much attention as the other young players. Hopefully they can all develop. If the Jazz don't make the playoffs like predicted and GS is at least the 22nd best team next year then the Jazz will have two lottery picks for the 3rd year in a row. It's all based on potential but if the Jazz can develop all these young guys, we'll have a pretty good team for a long time.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    We're going to need to have patience this year, I'm not happy with Harris at the point, he looks to shoot too much , he needs to be the facilitator. I didn't like Favors and Big Al in the game together, Favors couldn't ever get the ball, Big Al is a black hole. CJ has played well but I didn't like his body language at the end of the game, with the players on the floor at the end he needed to take charge and he didn't. I just hope GS finishes 8th or 9th worst in the league, so we can get their pick this yr. This should be a very strong draft.

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Dec. 22, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    No sloan, so yea they wont do much.
    Ever heard of pre-season?

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    Exhibition games are just that; they mean little. All they are for are to sort out some of the players. The crowd will probably be indicative of the season; sparse. The only times the game had any excitement was with Evans' dunk/charge play and the last second shot defense against Portland for a possible tie at the end. I did like Kanter's hustle. Jefferson will be a liability on the defensive end, as is Mehmet; Hayward is going to be a project; Josh Howard will be a plus, as well as Tinsley. The jury is still out on Harris for me. I can see how this club will be a project.

  • The Big One Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Preseason thriller, headline writer can you look up the word hyperbole then avoid it in future headlines. I don't even bother reading the articles or watching the games till the playoffs. Preseason thriller, that is a classic.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Your conference predictions look like a wish list instead...and I bet you still leave cookies and milk for Santa...however, sometimes it is better to live in a fantasy world...Merry Christmas

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    @ Portland Trailblazers

    Yeah Portland will make the playoffs, and exit in the first round like always.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Bell should take the place of Hornacek and become a coach. Neither of them is functioning in their current role.

    I am not sure that Corbin giving Bell minutes will rejuvenate his career or his moves or shot that are missing from his game.

    The young guys should get better as they get used to playing together and as they get more time in actual NBA situations.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    I thought Jamaal Tinsley looked good last night. He runs the offense and is a good passer. I am glad he is on the roster for some insurance. I don't think he should see a lot of time, but if Harris gets hurt, or Watson, it will be nice to have him there. Josh Howard also showed some glimpses of his past. Jeremy Evans is getting better too.

  • akk2602 Sandy, Ut
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    I liked what I saw. Some observations... 1)Raja Bell can be a valuable part of the team but not so much on the floor. I hope he can be a good leader and mentor to our young guys and fill in when they struggle but his minutes should be very limited. 2) I hope Paul Milsap will accept coming off the bench and being our go to guy with that unit especially in the fourth quarter. It is obvious that Favors needs to play and Jefferson and Milsap playing together for extended minutes makes us too week defensively. 3) I hope Corbin demands defense from Jefferson, Okur and Kanter @ center and gives the playing time to those who do. 4) I think we are solid at point with Harris/Watson/Tinsley. 5) I like a Jefferson/Favors/Howard/Hayward/Harris to start Kanter/Milsap/Miles/Burks/Watson next With Evans/Okur/Tinsley/Bell to fill in when the others struggle and in back to back games

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    By the way everyone, that was NOT a charge on Jeremy Evans. Gerald Wallace will be hanging on somebody's wall on the receiving end of a monstrous dunk. The poster will be autographed by Jeremy Evans. That was sick!

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    @ Portland Trailblazers

    The fact that you put Minnesota at 9 takes away all your credibility. They have like 15 point guards on that roster. Give me a break.

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I think the charge call on Evans was legit which makes the dunk even more incredible. Ranks among the best dunks I've ever seen.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 22, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    Funny stuff here tonight...For one thing Harris is better than Tinsley and Earl and we need games like 10 points from him. He started well. Sure more assists will be needed and keep the turnovers down, but he looked to pass more in my opinion. Earl is excellent but LIMITED MINUTES. He wore down in the 2nd half of last season when DWIL was dealt. Evans? We know about the incredible dunk, he needs to develop a jumper. Expect little time from him again as Josh Howard is here. Hope Jeremy really develops. Favors was still a threat around the basket offense and D. CJ had a controlled game. AJ bounced back. More energy. They gave up still open 3s but it was better. The rotations were better. Still we cannot allow guys like Wes to get off, and hurt us with the Corner 3s. Everything was fine. The last few minutes almost ruined it. Trap leading to Turnovers and Portland almost came back. Although, Harris in Regular Season would have been in at the end. Tinsley had problems handling the rock there. Also Howard did not close on Wes last 3.

    Still better and we won!

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    @Portland Trail Blazers
    Are Portland fans and front office still uptight over drafting Sam Bowie and Greg Oden? It sure seems that way. Congratulation on finishing the pre-season 1-1. We all know how badly Portland wanted to win this game and finish undefeated.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    I think the Jazz need to ditch Harris and Bell they are not good enough to be on the starting line up. They need to earn there place on the roster. Bell is a great leader but a horrible player. With all the Talent the Jazz has up and coming you think they would let Bell go. Okur is fine cause we need the three point threat. Tinsley and Earl can handle the Point just fine.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    Who is going to distribute the ball? Tinsley had 3 assists in 13 minutes while Harris had only one assist in 25 minutes? Need a pont guard.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 21, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    its an ugly win....im a bit disappointed on Hayward...im high on the guy and expect a lot...hope he improves....

  • JazzRule Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 11:50 p.m.


    Yep, Blazers will make the playoffs and then be a 1st round exit, which is their destiny for the next decade.

    All I have to say is LOL.

    Jazz have top caliber young guys and will get 2 more this year from this stacked draft. Then in about 3 years, we are actual title contenders.

    Not perennial first round exits like you guys.

    Thanks for the entertainment after every Jazz game and for letting us rub in how mediocre your team is and always will be :).

    I'll take the lottery this year to get us more top caliber guys and get to actual contender status in a few years over Blazer mediocrity any day.

    I guess you are content with that, so enjoy :).

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    I thought we watched some interesting combinations out there tonight. At times they clicked pretty good. I thought the offense flowed pretty good when Tinsley was running the point. Earl Watson seems to distribute the ball as well.

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    yep Portland will make the playoffs and Utah will not. Thats right cowgirl99

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Portland Trail Blazers | 10:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2011
    Sandy, UT

    So the Jazz pulled all of their starters halfway through the third and gave their young players late game experience while Portland played their starters the whole game and on to the very last second. The Jazz still won and yet you seem to think Portland still going to make the playoffs.

    I guess it's possible... ... if everyone else only plays their second and third stringers.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    portland trail blazers

    UTAH 92 portland trail blazers 89.


    You will never hear the end of this loss.



  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Serious question, Aae Jazz writers, fans, and front office still up-tight about Wesley Matthews? It sure seems that way.

    Congrats Utah on a better "game" and actually deciding to show up.

    Here is my final western conference predictions and playoffs now that the pre-season is pretty much over:
    1. OKC Thunder
    2. Dallas Mavericks
    3. San Antonio Spurs
    4. Los Angeles Clippers
    5. Los Angeles Lakers
    6. Memphis Grizzlies
    7. Portland Trail Blazers
    8. Denver Nuggets
    9. Phoenix Suns
    10. Minnesota Timberwolves (I think they're going to surprise a lot of people; they are young which will help them, and they have Love as well)
    11. Houston Rockets
    12. New Orleans Hornets
    13. Utah Jazz
    14. Sacramento Kings
    15. Golden State Warriors

  • pate123 willard, ut
    Dec. 21, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    hey somebody needs too tell frontrunner's Johnson72 and Snailblazer that portland didn't win the preseason championship. How embarrasing to play all your best players in hopes of a win; and come up short against Utah's young third stringer's.They(portland) still couldn't win with utah's nine turnovers in the fourth; at least set your best players down and don't advertise "you're trying too win the game". OUCH!

    Dec. 21, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    Much better tonight! HOWEVER, the reserves need a lot of improvement when under pressure. They almost gave it away.

    I hope the ref apologizes to Evans for taking away the dunk of the year! That was INCREDIBLE!