Utah Jazz show plenty of fight, but Spurs burst their bubble at the end

Spurs have the 1st of 4 chances to close series out on Monday

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 7, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    If the owners and management...seriously want a championship banner hanging on the rafters...they should trust the rookies more...play them...and build the future around them...you cant win now...with that lineup...it would take a few years...they should have traded Al Jefferson and Devin Harris at the trade deadline...to get a few first round selections...and decent players to support the team...as a fan...i sincerely want this team to win...and when i look at how its progressing...i dont think we would win one...unless the culture of the team changes...making sure...that winning is the only option...they should have given Kanter loads of Minutes this year...for him to improve...durant shot poorly in his first two years in OKC...but the trust was there...the management believed on their players...Westbrook...Harden...they gave them huge minutes to develop...and create chemistry...and what does the Jazz do?...plug in vets...and wanted to win now?...but how? with a C who cant defend a PG who is inconsistent? please tell me how?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    May 7, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    I know some of you have been on message all year, but it's finally refreshing to see everyone agreeing on the problem of Al Jefferson. B Russ right on! Milner and Jazz Source too! I think Jefferson might get back a couple of picks we missed out on.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    May 6, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    I saw the same pathetic lack of defensive effort from little Al that you guy's did. I think it would be good for the team if Kevin could package Jefferson and Harris in a trade. We need a point guard who makes team mates better and gets them involved in the offense. We need our big men (and little men) to defend. Big Al is just like Boozer was here when it comes to defense. You gotta have defense in the playoffs. I think we should let Howard go too. Carroll is the better choice. I hope Favors and Carroll start tomorrow night, they want to hustle and play the D. Big Al has quit. Favors hates to lose and is up to the challenge. Go Jazz lets get a win!!!

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    May 6, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Game pretty much as expected, the better team won handily. Spurs defense was better, made easy by lousy Jazz outside shooting, allowing the Spurs to pack it in and relax- a Jazz problem all year.

    Ive thought the biggest problem was Harris poor defense- he gets screened easily and does not try to force through picks. Equal blame belongs to Jefferson who just watches and does nothing to stop the roll to the basket. Together, the interior defense is bad to terrible, which Favors remedies to some extent when playing, but usually rotates too late to help the primary problems.

    I still think we should have "rested" a game for a decent draft pick (point guard who can defend/assist) that might have helped next year and into the future. Now we have experienced a predictable 4-game humiliation and now have minimal chance for improvement. We need D-Will back.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    May 6, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Seems if Jefferson gets the ball he thinks he has to shoot no matter where he is on the court. He needs to look for the open man and pass it to him. Free throw shooting was terrible if they would of had a few more makes they would have won. Favors needs to start but that will never happen as long as the Jazz have Jefferson. Jefferson should be traded for someone that knows how to play defense.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 6, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    I hope not to many people were deceived into believing that AJ had a good game last night. He appeared to have a good game offensively but in reality his pathetic defensive effort more than negated anything he scored.

    I was stunned to hear but glad they pointed out that Jefferson was taking his 2nd free throw of the series when he went to the line in the 1st quarter.

    Early in the game Jefferson did not even bother casually defending. No physical bumping, not stepping out to guard the pick and roll.

    Didn't you love when the old Duncan literally outran him down the floor and got a layup? Yes, that would be the aging veteran that Popvich manages minutes before because he is getting too old. Yes that is who beat the 27 year old Jefferson down the floor.

    What a disgustingly lazy pathetic excuse of a defensive effort Jefferson had. The day this guy is gone from this franchise will be a major upgrade regardless of what we get in his place.

    Corbin? Playing Howard when Demarre Carroll clearly out hustling and outworking him. Not playing Favors when he was the only big man competing?

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    May 6, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    Thanks, Heidi T. I am with you! I really feel that next season our team and coaching staff will be dynamite. Now they know what the playoffs are like and will prepare accordingly and not be intimidated or overpowered. Jazz Fan for Life!!! That's me! Remember, there is still one more game on our home court. This does NOT have to be a sweep.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Missed free throws. Hayward MIA. Big Al and jump shooter.

    Down 0-3 will Corbin try something new?

    Burks was a bright spot. He and Favors need substantially more time.
    Nothing to lose at this point.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    May 6, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    I kind of feel the Spurs were told to to let the Jazz put on a good show at home.

    The Jazz defense was excellent, our shots were plenty but misses, many free throws were misses.

    The last play of the half was not just Ginobli finding open shooters. That had to be a play they have practiced over and over. Impressive Spurs. Fun to watch even with the outcome.

  • Heidi T. Farmington, Utah
    May 6, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    Considering the three star players of the Spurs and their strong experience, what could any team do better. Especially a new team of two years. The Spurs will take the championship. Utah has played hard and learned this entire year and have proved themselves. I am proud to be a Jazz fan!

  • JNA Layton, UT
    May 6, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    I think it is about time someone come in and "exorcize the demons" what is it about the Spurs that they have had the Jazz's number for decades. It seems that the Jazz just cannot beat this team. It is way beyond talent versus talent, it is a psycological barrier that has to be broken down, it is embarrassing

  • peter Alpine, UT
    May 6, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    The Jazz were beat in the paint, a coaching error by not playing Favors more; they were outhustled, outsmarted by both the Spurs' players and coach. The final play of the first half is just one example. The jazz left two good Spurs perimeter shooters wide open for Ginobli to find, while defending space by clogging up the middle. Poppovich has taught his players well in how to space themselves and maximize their strengths--hats off to them. I like Corbin's positive approach to his players and the game, but he needs to teach his players about spacing and how to maximize their own strengths.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    May 6, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Much better effort by the Jazz but the Spurs are just too good on defense, especially near the rim, are too deep, and shoot too well. Gordon Hayward had an awful shooting night and the Jazz were surprisingly terrible at the free throw line, but there were a couple of very bright lights. Favors continued solid defense and improving offensive moves hopefully solidified his hold on next year's center job, and Alec Burks had an outstanding all-around game. The smooth release and ensuing swish of a few of his jump shots was a sweet thing to behold. With some more upper body strength, Burks should be better and better at the rim, too.

  • samuel h wiscomb Sun Lakes, AZ
    May 6, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    TOO Many Turnovers. Start more earnestly defending the 3.