Jazz playoff push: Is postseason better or worse for franchise?

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  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    April 24, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    Don't lay down Jazz. Work for what you want, cheating and being lazy deserves "NOTHING"! Work to win and let the chips fall where they may. Hard and honest work will always win out, forget cheating and scamming thats why this country is in the toilet today, it's time for integrity and honesty to take control and time for those that don't believe and do take the phony route in life to fall!

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    April 24, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    Its a win-win tonight. If the Jazz lose to the Suns again it will be because of their glaring weakness (failure to defend on the guard line) which they might be able to remedy with a lottery pick. If they win, they get to lose to the Spurs in 4, because they cannot contain Parker and Genobli, and we get to look forward to more of the same next year.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 23, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    always go for the win...it should be a team mentality...and that's a step forward in building a contender...not settling for anything less...if you want to win a championship...you need to breed winners...if they went to the playoffs...and they competed well...a fire will lit on the team...there would be hunger...and everyone would say..."we can do this"

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    April 23, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    Those who hope the Jazz miss the playoffs are unintentionally flaunting a very slippery grasp of NBA acumen.

    Regular season success and accolades mean almost NOTHING in the NBA.

    True NBA stars, those with authentic swagger and the respect of the entire league, earned that cachet in the playoffs. Until you've done it in the playoffs, you're just another promising player.

    The playoffs are where boys become men, reputations are cemented and legacies are made, not the draft.

    This season was already too short, thus stunting the growth of the younger players. Who in their right mind would want their growth stunted even further?

    By all means, extend the Utah Jazz's season with games that really matter, games that teams REALLY prepare for, REALLY cut film for, and fans REALLY go nuts at.

    The playoffs are where players internalize their ability to to silence a hostile crowd with a clutch play. The playoffs are where players become both beloved and despised.

    This year, this team, the young Utah Jazz players need the playoffs more than they need even the #1 pick in the 2012 draft.

    Sorry Phoenix, but you're going down!

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    April 23, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    Sorry, but for the Utah Jazz this year, this is a ridiculous question.

    If there is one thing the Jazz does NOT need right now is another promising young player.

    What the Jazz does need is to get playoff experience for all its promising young players.

    The only possible benefit the Jazz could have in missing the playoffs is they may be able to dangle a group of promising young players in front of some team to entice them to trade some of their proven veteran experience to us.

    I'd rather we grow our own stars.

  • KSUBYU Yucca Valley, CA
    April 23, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    This team has shown they have a lot of talent. They don't need much to be in the upper division just a good 3 pointer and some experience and they will not need a lottery pick. Go Jazz beat the Suns and see where you go.

  • warnason Provo, UT
    April 23, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    I was a little conflicted before I really thought about this and now I am totally in support of the Jazz making the playoffs. I believe it does instill a winning mindset in the organization and we may still luck out and get the pick from GSW. Even if we don't though, we still could trade up and get a lottery pick if there is someone the Jazz really want to go after, ala the 2005 draft when we traded up to the 3rd pick to get Deron Williams.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 23, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    Winning is the point, being in the lottery isn't. We've got the players, let's develop them.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 23, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    Playing to optimize your lottery possibilities is like quitting your job so you would qualify for food stamps.

    As so many other NBA teams have proven over and over again, getting into the lottery does not mean you're going to improve your team. We have some quality players on our team right now, including some very promising youth. It's a nobrainer to have our current core push and push as far as they can go, this season.

    If the Utah Jazz make it to the NBA championships in 2013 or 2014, it will not be due to the 10th round draft pick of this summer's draft. It will be because the top 10-12 players on our roster came together and played as a team on both ends of the floor.

    Tanking is for teams like the Warriors and the Timberwolves. Hard work and the constant desire to improve are our Utah Jazz.

  • Pugman TREMONTON, UT
    April 23, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    I believe we also need to remember these are just kids, a lot of growing left to do, and any playoff experience they can get would be valuable. That's just my opinion.

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris Clearfield, UT
    April 23, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Why play if you don't want to win???

  • BacanaUte Holladay, UT
    April 23, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    You always play to make the playoffs. Teams like Sacramento, the Clippers, Raptors, Wizards, etc. have been in the lottery for years and have nothing to show for it. There is no Kevin Durant or even a Blake Griffin in this draft. The draft appears to be no where near as strong as it was once viewed, I don't think any of the players coming out will become a superstar. That aside, nobody plays to lose and if they do it is a bad atmosphere to be a part of, you never want to come anywhere near a losing tradition. Plus the Jazz already have young guys in every position but the PG there is no sense in getting any younger at this point.
    LETS GO JAZZ!!! Tomorrow night is huge!

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    April 23, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Finally was able to watch a Jazz game on ESPN last week. Offensively Jazz look sound. Defensively what the heck. Magic guards were driving to the rim at will around the pick and roll. Jazz did only slightly better in the 2nd half in defending it. Combine that with no exterior defense (20 3 balls by the magic?) and we could be in for a quick playoff exit.

    All that said I still wna to believe the potential is there. With the AJ, Favors, and Milsap lineup we are bigger and stronger than anyone we should face. Would love to see that lineup on the floor more and Milsap develop a better 3 ball. His midrange is golden though. Was also impressed by Hayward. He did not score a ton but scored when needed and is an excellent passer. harris also played extremely well. You gotta think getting back into the playoffs is a motivating factor for him.

    The Jazz are deep to with the bench playing well every night. I think the Jazz could make some noise, especially if the d steps up. Look out SA. Jazz are playing much better than their record.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    April 23, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Playoffs are undoubtedly the better option! We can still get the pick from GS and have our players gain valuable playoff experience. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    What did Al Jefferson say when he got picked up to play for Jazz. He believes Jazz are a playoff team and he wants to part of it and for his family. Win it and play the post season. Lottery stuff is a joke!

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    April 23, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Take the lottery pick- Improving long term is far better than a 4 and out against either the Spurs or Thunder.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    April 23, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Golden State still has a lock on the 7th spot--if they choose to take it. Toronto and New Jersey play each other. Whichever wins will have the same record as GS (assuming GS lose their last two). Both Toronto and NJ win the tie breaker against GS, which puts GS in the 7th spot. All GS has to do is lose their next two games, and they get their pick back. Is Vegas even going to take bets on those games?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 23, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    I think the draft would be a better route. I would not normally say that, but this draft might be a special one. There are a half dozen impact players in this draft, and that's why teams are tanking. We haven't played a team in several weeks that really exploits the Al Jefferson freeze and watch the pick and roll to the hoop. So give up a potentially great draft pick to watch A J fumble through his defensive assignments. Maybe Corbin has grown enough to see that the Favors, Millsap, A J combo covers some of this up.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    April 23, 2012 6:28 a.m.

    I say go for the win and try to make the playoffs. It will give the team some much needed playoff experience that will help down the road.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2012 12:37 a.m.

    Lets see, valuable playoff experience for a team that badly needs playoff experience to build for the future, or being able to pick a draft pick slightly higher up in the teens and miss the playoff experience and extra playoff revenue? And no, that 1 lottery ball in 100,000 does not amount to anything, never happens! This is one of the craziest questions I keep hearing lately and there is just no logic or common sense behind it.

    Now if you live in magic dream world, yes if we won the lottery, that would be worth not making the playoffs, but that just does not happen unless you finish with one of the worst records in the NBA so lets get real!!! Go JAZZ! Playoffs or Bust!

  • jazzlover Highland, UT
    April 23, 2012 12:01 a.m.

    One word: Better.

  • Sega South Salt Lake, utah
    April 22, 2012 11:46 p.m.

    Golden State won tonight so the chances of them moving under 8th place is now very slim. So to me there is really no reason for the Jazz to not go for the playoffs. It's not like this team needs another 2 lotto picks, all we need is one more piece and some FA help. Harris is our PG, Hayward SG, SF(draft), Milsap/Jefferson/Favors/Kanter at the 4 and 5. We don't really need a whole lot of help, but the GSW would be awesome!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 22, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    Might as well get into the post season, the chances of the Jazz winning the lottery will be remote. You can't win the championship if you're not in the tournament...